If you’re a regular reader here, you know that in June 2011, I left a corporate 9 to 5 to be a full-time #LifewithAutism parent and do freelance work and focus on my own writing. It’s been six years of ups and downs. But, it’s mostly been good in hindsight. However, now the call for my own work is stronger than my ability to support myself (and my contributions to my family’s homestead). I don’t have the time to churn out as much fiction as I like because my freelance stuff keeps me busy most work days. Our intentional living on a rural homestead the others.
Two years ago, several folks suggested I do Patreon. But it wasn’t until last month when I launched Wilderness Rim: Echo Falls, Book One that it seemed like the right time to do such a thing. The reception to this particular work of mine has been so great and I’d like to keep churning out more for my readers, for my future readers. But, I need time. Paid time. Enter Patreon.
Patreon works off the old-school method of benefactors supporting individual artists. Michelangelo, Bach, heck even Shakespeare, had people who supported their artistic endeavors, so they could work and still live. Not sure why we got away from that method of supporting the arts, but I’m grateful that Patreon exists and is bringing that sanity to working as an artist, in my case an author.
So today, another launch in my life as a full-time author. I’m hoping to add more rewards and stuff than what’s listed here, but this is only the beginning. Just like in June 2011, we were just beginning the journey that brought us to Book One in the Echo Falls series.
If you’d like to support weird fiction, especially stories that focus around bigfoot, aliens, ghosts, demons, and all manner of odd, then click on my Patreon, and get in the fun. If you have suggestions for rewards for any level of tiered support, please don’t hesitate. I can alter and edit my Patreon as it grows and matures. Like I said above, I hope to make being a regular monthly supporter of my work worth it in whatever way possible.
It’s taken me more than two days to process (and another two just to get this post up) what was the book launch for my debut novel, Wilderness Rim, Echo Falls, Book One. As far from where I sit, the launch went off without a hitch. I mean, there were small things I wasn’t prepared for because I’ve never done my own book launch before, like the fact that if you’re on a stage with real stage lights, it might be hard to actually do your reading because the lights can cast weird shadows on the text (oh, and maybe you need to see the eye doctor again). And that you better eat before the event because I couldn’t even settle down long enough to drink a glass of wine until it was all over. But, then the venue owners took pity on me and got me sustenance — great wine, even better food (I need that spinach enchilada recipe, stat!).
But the good things far outweighed the bad things, and there were mostly good things. Those good things include the fact that it was standing-room only in the venue, The Black Dog Arts Cafe. They were gracious and had wonderful food and drinks for everyone. I didn’t have to bring home too many of the Sasquatch cookies that we handed out.
Additionally, we sold out of the 30 books we brought with us to the launch event. I honestly had to tell people that they would have to get their books on Amazon and to look on my web site for my next reading event of Wilderness Rim to get it signed — or find me at The Black Dog on any given Friday. Yes, yes, it’s a great problem to have.
The crowd represented many aspects from my life — people who know me from my kids’ activities, other local writers — especially those who are involved with SnoValley Writes! (the writing group I formed in 2008, which is still going strong), the arts community at large, my farming friends, my activist friends, and of course, my family. I loved that I wasn’t the only one in Sasquatch Silliness Gear. Big kudos and thanks to fellow author, Rachel Barnard for being in the Bigfoot spirit.
There were people who came from all over to be there — Buckley, West Seattle — and my soul sister, Lisa, traveled all the way from Portland, just to surprise me for the night, bringing a “pamper yourself” gift for her favorite author. 😉 She made me cry and I had to chastise her for ruining my make-up. What another great problem to have.
My cover artist, Leslie Moon, had art available at the event, too, and she even saw lots of love that night, people gobbled up her art as much as they gobbled up the cookies.
One of the things I learned was that you’re going to forget something — even if you write it down. I had planned to reveal that there’s another fandom Easter Egg in Wilderness Rim, and that I would be running a contest here on my blog for the first fan to find it. I was going to give a hint at the launch about what fandom that is. But, I forgot. So now everyone gets an even chance and I’ll be hinting at that on the blog here in a couple of days. So, stay tuned.
The creativity was so thick in the air and we launched an “I <3 Stinky” campaign that soon will be launched right here, so stay tuned.
At the end of the night I was exhausted in one of the most pleasant ways anyone can — just overwhelmed with the love and support. It was a blissful, bless-full night.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ll be saying Thank you I believe until the next book launch. For my inaugural novel event, you all made it so wonderful.
A lot of years, lots of tears, and much sweat equity went into making this event the success it was. I would be remiss if I didn’t say a special thank you to Colleen, who brought the delicious cupcakes to compliment the cookies; to Sue, who served the goodies; to Tonya, who was my prize basket drawing diva; and to Jess, Sheri, and Lisa who took photos. Also, to my son who provided grunt labor, and my spouse who was the money man that night: I love you both and your support Saturday was invaluable.
No project like this happens by the feat of one person. So, thank you. And a hat-tip and curtsy to Cris and Greg at The Black Dog for opening their wonderful cafe to our Sasquatch Silliness and Released From Quiet for playing us in and out of the night. Going to be hard to top this with the next book, Rattlesnake Ridge in late summer, but we’ll try.