I apologize, readers, for not updating the blog yesterday. I’ve been busy with a number of things.
Some of them are related to personal matters or the business aspects of what I do.
My main concern however has been in converting both Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter into Kindle format. That is a long process that involves readjusting the size of EACH AND EVERY image of the works, digitally creating the MOBI file, and then uploading it to Amazon for processing. Continue reading
Attention! Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 is officially available today!
Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 by Max West, ISBN 9780989069601, Library of Congress Control Number 2013944447, 200 pages, Retail price US$19.99
This book is available wherever books are sold. It is available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor via BCH Distribution. If you represent a library and want to carry my titles, they are available via Brodart Company.
As some of you remember, the first volume (still for sale) got good reviews in the blogosphere and in the trade journals. So far, the second volume has been praised by the Midwest Book Review, having been called “part of a very entertaining series.”
If you are interested in ordering any copies directly from me, please contact maxwestart(at)gmail.com or write to Different Mousetrap Press LLC, PO Box 1321, Greensboro NC 27402.
Also don’t forget that my original graphic novel of Gothic horror Von Herling, Vampire Hunter is also available through the above sources. As a warning, Von Herling is NOT a general audiences title; it contains blood and profanity.
Von Herling, Vampire Hunter by Max West, published by Different Mousetrap Press LLC, ISBN 9780989069618, LCCN 2013946269, 144 pages, Retail price US$16.99
I wanted to share tonight two crowdfunding projects that are in need of your help. Given how my own Kickstarter didn’t work out, I don’t want these people to fail.
The first is a Kickstarter by Kelsye Nelson for a book titled Book Lush: The What to drink with what to read guide book. At the time of this writing, the project is 17% funded with just 21 days to go.
The book itself? It’s exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a recommendation of cocktails to drink while reading certain authors or particular types of literature. Personally speaking, that’s a novel idea.
The second one is more personal and poignant. It’s over on GoFundMe.com and is a survival fund for a gifted individual named Patrick Russell of West Virginia. Mr. Russell is in need of emergency funds; at the time of this writing, this drive has raised US$3,530 out of 5,000.
Mr. Russell is a supporter of the independent arts scene (writing, comics, music, film, etc) and he can really use our help.
I ask all of you to please give whatever you can to these two funding drives.
I have some news for everyone. How would you like a
FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 or Von Herling, Vampire Hunter?
Just go over to Great Stories! Great Stories is holding a contest where you can win an autographed copy of one of the above titles. Also available as prizes are signed copies of two books by noted fantasy author R.A. Salvatore!
When you go to the Great Stories page, simply click the “Register” option at the top of the page! In addition to being put on their monthly email list, your name will be entered to win one of the above books. The contest entries will be accepted until Monday, March 31, 2014 and winners will be announced on Friday, April 4!
So what are you waiting for? Enter the contest today!
Also don’t forget that in five days from now, on March 1, 2014, Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 will officially go on sale so pre-order your copy today on Amazon! The same goes for Von Herling, Vampire Hunter – pre-order your copy of Amazon today!
I have a few notes of interest today. First, I came across this interesting blog post about Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing. It’s definitely worth reading. Rule number three really caught my eye:
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
I have more good news.
The Siouxland Library of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will be adding Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 to their collection!
As a reminder, this library was the FIRST to add Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 to their collection. In fact, the second book is dedicated to the Siouxland Library and its staff.
If you represent a local library or are a patron who wants Sunnyville in your collection, please get in touch with Brodart Company, Ingram, or Baker & Taylor.
Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921)
Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601, LCCN 2013944447)
Optical Sloth has given a good review of Sunnyville Stories #7 – be sure you check it out!
Good day, friends. It’s fourteen days until the release of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2. On March 1, 2014, the book officially hits the streets!
At present, I’m working on Sunnyville Stories episode 10. I’m trying to work out the layouts for the pages and it isn’t easy. (I did talk about the importance of thumbnails and layouts before.) I also have been in contact with Steven Martin; he’ll be doing a guest cover for this comic just as he did for Sunnyville #5. I’ll have more information in the future about the story itself and the new characters in it.
But today, I thought I’d share a script excerpt. This isn’t from the final script; it was an early draft that went out to a handful of people for review. Enjoy! Continue reading
I have good news, everyone. The Alameda County Library has finally added Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 to its collection! This makes them the first library to have the book.
The second volume has also been officially added to Worldcat!
I’ve been trying to get Siouxland Library (of Sioux Falls, South Dakota) to pick up the book too. Because they were the first library to carry Sunnyville Stories, the second volume is dedicated to them.
Remember that both books are carried by Brodart Company as well as Baker & Taylor and Ingram. If you represent a library and would like to carry either Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (IBSN 9780615653921) and Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601), please get in touch with one of the above vendors.
My Kickstarter has officially ended.
It was a failure.
I’m not pleased with the results. However, I’m not throwing in the towel. I’m probably going to fund the next printing of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 some other way.
There’ll also be another crowdfunding drive for my books in the future. It won’t be at least until the spring or we may hold off until the summer.
I used Kickstarter this time. Next time, IndieGoGo may be used. In contrast to Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing approach, Indiegogo lets you keep whatever funds are raised. That may work better for me.
I’ll also be hanging around the crowdfunding forums to learn whatever I can about projects, promoting them, and how to make them successful.
Believe me – crowdfunding drives are not over for me. They are just beginning.
Stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, we are looking for more public libraries to carry copies of the Sunnyville books. If you are a library (or vendor), both volumes of Sunnyville Stories are available wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor via BCH Distribution and through Brodart Books.
Sunnyville Stories Vol. 1 (ISBN 9780615653921) is still for sale on Amazon too.
Last but not least, I welcome your fan letters and commentary. You can email me at maxwestart(at)gmail.com or you can write to:
Different Mousetrap Press LLC
PO Box 1321
Greensboro, NC 27402