Well, it seems that all of my hard work is finally paying off. I'm really excited by recent turns of events, and would like to fill you all in:First
- Legend of the Quill
is going to crowdfunding! That's right! After 15 years of work (world building, illustrating, editing, formatting), I finally found a company that is capable of affordably producing my dream binding for this book!
However, in order to do it, I have to order 500 copies (which is 5 times more books than I've ever sold of any of my previous titles). In order to facilitate this dream, I will be running a Pubslush Campaign to raise the needed funds. Pubslush is very fast-paced, so it needs all the supporters to be funding RIGHT out of the gate, and that means I need to start building hype! So, please! bookmark the campaign link - legendofthequill.pubslush.com
. I'll be posting up a notice when the campaign has gone live, so please check it out, donate for fabulous perks, share the campaign, and win a little piece of my soul!Second
- Which brings me to my second piece of news: my new job
! As many of you know, I went through a divorce, and it forced a lot of change in my life, including (not insignificantly), the need for a new, higher-paying job. Now, I wanted to ensure that I was doing something I loved, rather than just transferring to another dead-end job like the one I was in. I am now working part-time as a teacher at the Community Centres in Victoria, teaching Creative Writing and Making Comics
. I am also working full-time for FriesenPress Publishing
, a self-publisher. I'm able to apply all my knowledge from having self-published 6 books to date with my creative passion to help others print their books! Our quality and attention to detail is fabulous, so if you're thinking of publishing a book, let me know and I can hook you up with some sweet deals. Third
. It's an artist's lifeblood, and I'm finally getting some. I'm so so grateful to all the people out there who have recommended me for contests, or who have encourages magazines and conventions to get in contact with me. Thank you all!! The result of which are some amazing milestones for me: I won first place at the GottaCon Cosplay Contest
(my first 1st place finish) for my Zia costume from Bastion. I will be a special guest
at the Camosun Comic Arts Festival (April 11th) and at IFcon (October 31st). My book, First Born
, is in the running for the Self-Published Fantasy Slushpile Contest. My articles will be featured
on various online blogs/magazines over the upcoming months. And my Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Astra-C…
has surpassed 250 likes!
So, if you'd like to be kept in touch for events that I'm putting on (including workshops, readings, conventions, etc) and new releases of my work (comics, novels, cosplay) - please follow my Facebook page, and sign up for my Mailchimp list: eepurl.com/biWGCr
Up, up and away!