It’s been an interesting few months for me, full of ups and downs, and blogging on here hasn’t even been on my mind, sadly. However, I really want to start blogging more and talking about what I’m going through as a freelancer, writer, and soon-to-be publisher.
Of course, for those of you who have followed me for a long time, you already have an idea of what I do, or at least the fact that I have a company named Steam Powered Dreams, but even though I’ve got that far, it’s still not easy going. In fact, Steam Powered Dreams in itself hasn’t brought me any profit yet (it’s not bringing me any debt, either, so it’s not a big deal), but I hope that changes very soon with my most recent project.
I might as well talk about that since I mentioned it, but this isn’t a sales post or anything else, so I’ll keep it very brief. You may have noticed that my website has changed. 100% overhaul from how it was before. The reason for this is because I am in the process of starting a division of Steam Powered Dreams exclusively in making websites for writers! The concept was simple: I want to make affordable websites for writers, whether they’re just starting out or have 10+ books under their belt. I thought for sure that service already existed, and I was right, but I was outraged at how much people are CHARGING for this service! So, as a web designer myself, I set out to create something new, something amazing, but most importantly something affordable for everyone.
The soft release happened a few days ago, but I haven’t done a true “grand opening” yet. That’ll be coming in the next few days/weeks as I start to advertise and try to pull in customers. I already have two websites built based on the template and I really think it is amazing. If you’d like to check it out, just head over to Websites By Steam Powered Dreams. Oh, and if you’re interested, use promo code “authorsite” to get 10% off, or join the SPD mailing list to get even more savings.
Alright, enough of that.
I went to a small, local convention yesterday here where I live called Colossus Con. Being that this was dubbed a comic convention, I didn’t expect there to be a lot of networking opportunities as a writer/freelancer/publisher, but I was wrong! The first thing I see when I walk in is an awesome steampunk booth by Dava Design and The Robot Angel. I picked up a pair of steampunk goggles (my first one!) and talked to her about possibly doing some custom work for me in the future.
But it was the next row of tables where I met David Kudler from Stillpoint Digital Press. We had a lot in common, but what started our conversation was the copies of The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. While I haven’t read the whole book, Campbell is somewhat of a virtual mentor for me and his teachings/theories/myths are what I base most of my own writing on, as well as the way I teach others to write. Then I find out he’s basically doing what I’m trying to
Then, after talking with David for a while, I find out he’s basically doing what I’m trying to do with Steam Powered Dreams and we both get excited. It’s not often you find someone to talk with about being a publisher. Much like writing itself, it’s a lonely place most of the time!
I found out he was actually doing the panel I was going to attend, so we parted ways after exchanging contact information and kept moving forward.
I was surprised to see many published authors at the convention, but most of them seemed like they either didn’t want to be there or were already done with interacting (As an introvert, I understand!), but I did stop and meet one amazing author, and his name is Mike Lynch. He wrote across a few different genres, but I ended up getting his first novel, When The Sky Falls (Sky Chronicles). I also found out he’d be part of the panel, so it was interesting I met both of them before heading up there!
The panel itself, as I suspected, was for new writers and I didn’t get any value out of what was talked about, but it was a great experience none the less.
All in all Colossus Con was a great event and I hope to actually have a table there next year!
Alright, I think this update has gone on long enough. I’ll be having updates on my SInesol and Kahlima Universes this upcoming week, so don’t forget to check those out!
Leave a comment below if you have been to any cool Cons recently, or just have anything to say at all!