Author Event To Do List

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I’m a list girl.

I think I’ve said it before, but now I can really confirm it. I participated in my first Con as an author with a table and everything, and I learned so much!

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 So, I’m here to give you my best ‘To Do List’ for when you are attending a convention as an author.


Lets get started.

  1. Bring two tablecloths – one to be used as a tablecloth and one to be used at the end of each day to cover your display. Bringing an extra, just in case something goes wrong, isn’t a bad idea.
  2. Bring water – You’ll be talking with lots of people and dry mouth is never fun when you are trying to make a good first impression.
  3. Bring CANDY – Have a bowl of candy sitting on your table for people to take from. No, they aren’t going to buy it from you but it will draw them closer to your table so you can strike up a conversation.
  4. Have the book blurb printed and sitting in front of your book display – this allows people to read the book description without having to pick up your book (causing possible damage to the cover). This also is great for introverts who don’t really want to talk to you, but they can still learn about your books and see if they are interested.
  5. Take photos – This is something I really failed at. I took a few photos but failed to take enough to really document and remember the event. NerdCon 2015 - SpyChic007
  6. Plan a GIVEAWAY – have a sign-up so people can join your mailing list and then do a drawing for FREE STUFF! I gave away two gift bags full of fun stuff, a copy of one of my books, jar of candy, bookmarks, book cover magnets, notebooks, travel mug, fun vampire cup, and more. Think of a giveaway that goes along with the theme of your book(s) and make it fun.
  7. Guest Book – Sit a guest book out for people to sign and write in. While you sign their book you can ask them to sign your guest book. It’s a fun and easy way to look back on the event with fond memories. I am turning mine into a scrapbook and including photos and event materials.
  8. Decorate your Table – If it isn’t eye-catching people won’t approach you, but don’t over do it. Make sure there is just enough to bring people in but not so much that they feel overwhelmed. NerdCon 2015
  9. Freshen Up – Don’t be afraid to step away now and then to freshen up your makeup and/or hair and to stretch your legs. You’d be surprised what a little freshening up will do for your photos and what a stretch will do for your attitude.

Well, that is my advice. If you have advice to share please do so in the comments below. I know I would love to hear from anyone else who has participated in a Con at a vendor and/or author, and I’m sure my readers would too.

Book Release: SECTOR C ~ The Hunted by Nina Soden

I am so thankful for the support of the indie author community.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Nina Soden from my author feature a year ago. Nina is an indie-author who specializes in supernatural fiction. She currently has three books in the Blood Angel Series; Awaken, Beginnings, and Revenge, available for purchase.

She’s now releasing SECTOR C ~ The Hunted, the second book in her SECTOR C series.

What is SECTOR C ~ The Hunted about?

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIn the future, most of the world is governed by a council of vampires and lycanthropes. Sector residents are offered the freedom to live as they desire provided they stay and abide by the laws handed down.

After being jolted awake by the blaring screech of the sector alarm, Zelina is dragged from her bed, gagged, and tied to a chair. Confronted with the brutal murder of one of her former classmates, she realizes that all eyes are on her as the primary suspect. Whether she was involved…

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September 2015 In Review

September came and went with little effort on my part. That is, I felt like it flew by before I was even able to make it productive. However, it wasn’t as much of a fail as August so I will take it as a win. 🙂

Without further ado, let us take a look at the raw data.


  • Blog Posts – 6 (Exactly what I was shooting for! GO ME!)
  • Fiction Writing – Throughout September I completed the final rounds of editing on SECTOR C ~ The Hunted. The Beta Readers had their way with the manuscript and I sent it off to be published. I am excited to say it will be available in paperback and eBook at the end of October.


  • Reading:
    • QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller
  • Finished:
    • GREY by EL James.




  • SECTOR C ~ The Hunted – Book 2 of the SECTOR C Series will be out October 31st.
  • Author Event- I will be attending the Rocket City Nerd Con in October 2015 and will have copies of all of my books available for purchase.
  • YA FICTION NEWSLETTER – The 2nd installment of my quarterly newsletter all about young adult fiction will be out sometime in November. It will include reading suggestions, reviews, author tips, etc. I hope you will sign up and join the mailing list (I WILL NOT SPAM) to check it out. I will also be doing Newsletter Subscriber Giveaways too. Sign up by clicking HERE .

I’ve linked to all of my social media sites throughout this post, so please help my numbers grow in August!! Friend, Like, Subscribe, and as always, please share my posts with your friends. Lastly, thank you to anyone who follows me and especially to those of you who have read through this entire post. I know it was long, but I think we all need a little accountability in our life. Putting everything out there, is how I hope to keep myself motivated to do all this marketing stuff everyone keeps telling me I need to do.

Author Interview: Kenneth Eade

I am excited to have Author Kenneth Eade, known for his legal and political thrillers, as a guest on my blog today. 


What is your name and where do you call home? My name is Kenneth Eade and I live with my wife and our little dog part-time in France and part-time in Russia.

Wow, my husband and I went to France for a week last year. It was beautiful. I can’t imagine living there. 

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?  It’s called “,” and it’s about a group of cyber stalkers who take anonymous cyber bullying to its highest level – by contracting for a murder online.

Cyber-bullying, actually bullying of any kind is a very serious issue right now. With the growing amounts of bullying in schools and online I can imagine there was a lot of materials to draw from for your research. 


Murder goes high tech with deadly consequences in the latest book of the #1 Legal Thriller Series

Journey to the sordid depth of the “Dark Web.”

A mob of anonymous cyber stalkers torments lawyer Brent Marks with defamatory posts on the Internet in this latest installment of the legal thriller series.  When Marks sues to enjoin their libelous publication, the stalkers hide behind the immunity of the Communications Decency Act.  Then a mysterious anonymous killer for hire arrives, and Brent finds himself on the wrong side of the law.


Is the above book part of a series?    Yes, it is part of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series.

What or who inspired you to start writing? When I see something or experience something that I feel strongly about, I become inspired to write a fictional story around the issue.  That’s how I came up with stories that delve into bank fraud, personal freedoms, police brutality, and the latest on Internet stalking.

I think that is so true for a lot of authors. Many of us see something or hear something small, and instantly it can spark an idea that leads to something huge. I love it when that happens. 

And how long have you been writing? This is my third year writing novels.  Before that, I kept busy practicing law and writing opinion pieces for the local law journals.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books?  I prefer paperbacks to read and hard covers to collect.  But I read most books on my Kindle.

I’m the same way. I love to hold a book in my hands when I read, but more and more I find myself turning to my kindle app on my iPad. I like the idea that I can hold an entire library in my purse. 

Are you a self-published/Indie author?  I’m both self-published and one of my books, “A Patriot’s Act,” is traditionally published.

What is your opinion of novellas?  Having written one, I can venture the completely un-biased opinion that they are fun to read.

Yes, completely unbiased, lol. Well, I’ve never written one (not yet) but I would agree with you. Short and sweet, if done well they can be great between book fillers. I’m actually getting ready to start a novella as the 4th book in my Blood Angel Series. I’ve had a number of readers reach out and ask when the next book in that series is coming out, and although I had planned on being done after the third book, they want to know more about Phoebe so I’m giving her a book of her own. I’m sure you have come across similar situations in your writing. 

What is your favorite film based on a book?  “Anatomy of a Murder” with James Stewart

What is your favorite book genre at the moment?  I’m reading legal thrillers.  I never used to like them before I started writing them and now I’m reading the legal thrillers of Paul Levine.

I actually find your answer fascinating. I’m surprised to hear that you never liked to read the genre you write until you started writing it. Most new authors, I think, tend to start writing in the genre they enjoy reading the most. 

Where can your readers follow you?

Author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an up and coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as “Brilliant when it comes to creating complicated, intriguing stories that end in mind-blowing surprises, who have said that his novels will remind readers of John Grisham, proving that Kenneth Eade deserves to be on the same lists with the world’s greatest thriller authors.”

Says Eade of the comparisons, “Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, although there are some similarities, because John also likes to write about real topics and we are both lawyers, all of my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy.”

Eade has written seven novels, which are now in the process of being translated into ten languages.