Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Few Updates and Convention Season Begins

I intended to post a little more often, but the past month and a half turned out to be much more of the strange dichotomy that I exist in.  I had to stay focused on the business side, to keep on track.

Professionally, all kinds of things are happening, including gearing up for what is going to be the most high profile spring we've ever had at Seventh Star Press.

Personally, I'm just in a really bad place.  The gulf between personal and professional is about as wide as it can get.  Staying busy helps me keep the personal at bay.  No matter how much I wanted this year to really take a turn, I just continue to have hard luck in that area, and take more blows.  It has affected my productivity writing-wise, as I don't write if I'm not in the right headspace.  I'm really sorry about that and hope to get that back on track, but when the dark is everywhere at all times it is really hard to tap into the magic for creativity.  It also begins to change your perspective.  You wonder where the light is.  Not sure how much longer I can keep picking myself up, but I keep trying.  I'll keep fighting.

We do have a lot going on.  Convention season begins next week at ConNooga, in Chattanooga TN.  Ahead are Author's Faire in Madison IN, MidSouthCon in Memphis TN, EvilleCon in Evansville Indiana, ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC. Hypericon in Nashville TN, Fandom Fest in Louisville KY, Imaginarium in Louisville Ky, and ConText in Columbus OH.   We have a very sharp new banner we are unveiling next week.

A massive promotional campaign looms, in which Seventh Star Press will have a presence in great magazines like Locus Magazine and Fangoria, and we will have a presence and activities on those websites and others such as Night Owl Reviews, Bitten by Books, Book Chick City, and many more.  I've been so busy setting up a slew of web banners, ad layouts, and much more.

Imaginarium is about to begin its main promotional phase two.  We have some really sharp new promo materials, from brochures to postcards, that will begin making the rounds on the convention circuit.

The weekly radio show, the Star Chamber Show, is going well.  The group of co-hosts is really settling in nicely and we have had a number of wonderful guests on the show, such as Michael Knost, Charles Day, J.L. Mulvihill, Rachel Smith, and more!

The press itself has had a slew of amazing new releases recently, from Steven Shrewsbury's Philistine to Jackie Gamber's Reclamation to Eric Garrison's Sinking Down, the novel side has been robust.  Last week, in what was a major project, we had three brand new anthologies come out.  Check out the covers from these.

Pretty amazing art from Enggar Adirasa, who is one of our regular artists.

So needless to say, the next few months are going to be very busy, and hopefully do some good things for everyone involved in the SSP family.  I always wish the best for everyone, and will do everything I can to help them attain their dreams.