McPhersonal Appearances at VCON in early October

It’s almost official:

Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be attending the Book Launch event opening night at Vcon 2013

Book Launch

VCON’s annual multi-author Book Launch event will be held the evening of Friday October 4, starting at 7p.

Attendees will be able to mingle and chat with a variety of science fiction and fantasy authors, editors and publishers from throughout BC, Canada and the US who have released new publications since the previous year’s VCON or who will be releasing new publications before the end of the calendar year. In addition to the opportunity to schmooze with these authors and publishers there will be a period of readings from some of the attending authors.

VCON’s Book Launch event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So please feel free to bring out your convention-shy friends and give them a brief taste of what we’re about.

That’s of course always assuming there is one: http://www.vcon.ca/vcon-38/special-events/book-launch.

If there is, then he’ll have with him copies of some of his earlier novels as published by Phantacea Publications:

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications,  prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications

Notwithstanding in-house floods and slow-to-deliver POD producers in the States (why aren’t there any here in Vancouver?), he should also have with him copies of the latest Phantacea Mythos full-length novel “Nuclear Dragons“, the second entry of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle.

Front and Back Covers for "Nuclear Dragons"; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

Front and Back Covers for “Nuclear Dragons”; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

And if the newest novel hasn’t arrived up here in backwards Canada by then, well, he’ll happily read from and/or sign some of earlier books; assuming Vcon will let him.

More on “Nuclear Dragons” can be found here, here and here. It’s auctorial preamble is here and here.

The first entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle was 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics“. A note re the dreaded letter ‘D’ and the spoiler alert that goes with it are here and here. Both apply to “Nuclear Dragons” and both were taken from 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“.

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Marketing Muddle


Here’s a line from “Feeling Theocidal“, the first book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic trilogy that ended last year with the release of “Goddess Gambit“.

5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page

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The speaker is Tralalorn, the demon child (at least according to Mithras, whom she’s addressing in 4376 YD). As becomes clear in “Nuclear Dragons“, she’s the one who ‘devolved’ Pandora Mannering and Augustus Nauroz in 5920 YD.

She thereby rendered them the perpetual children, Hush ‘n’ Gush (among many other names and nicknames), they still were in 19/5980 when ‘Gambit’ and the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle are set:

“Muddle the puddle, daddy, that unkind of hurt the squirt.”

Hush and Gush, art by Ian Fry ca 1989

The faerie tricksters also known as Young Life and Young Death, as sketched out by Ian Fry circa 1989

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There’s also this, from the same source:

The third eye in the Steg’s forehead bulged, whereupon it tore out of the Sari Witch and into the Master’s prison pod. Which promptly detonated, hurtling Helena onto her backside. Despite the dampness of the garden’s ground, the Master was more muddled than muddied.

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Which (finally) brings us to a link sent in by an off-blog correspondent: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/27/self-publishing-showcase-tasha-harrison/print

Not sure what to make of her experiences. I for one think she’s underselling her output. All the years and all the time she put into writing her books and she’s reduced to selling them as e-books for 99p a pop.

Even if she sold 2000 of them at 35%, as she claims in the article, that doesn’t amount to much, maybe 700 pounds sterling. (Not a bad return on nothing, I suppose, if you consider writing and ancillary tasks nothing.)

She does make a couple of good points, though. As a fellow marketing muggle (pardon the reference to Harry Potter movies), I certainly appreciate this one: “Overall, finding the time to market my books and write the next one is the biggest challenge – there just aren’t enough hours in the day.”
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Yet it has to be done. Or as I say to myself over and over again as I try to figure out how best to market “Nuclear Dragons”:

‘One way or another I shall muddle through.’

Potential b/w ad for Nuclear Dragons, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson 2013

Potential b/w ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013, rendered grey for b/w reproductions

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Crowdfunding

Have become curious about crowd funding (sometimes spelled with a hyphen, sometimes as one word). The Georgia Straight article on it is here: http://www.straight.com/life/vancouver-startups-put-new-spin-crowdfunding. What particularly interests me is the notion of securing pre-orders.

I’ve what’s beginning to look like three potential novels or moderately lengthy mini-novels on file. They were intended to conclude the Launch 1980 story cycle but, given how much they overlap, it’ll take some time to get them right — as in complete unto themselves. Or, and this is my current thinking, I could release them as originally written — as simultaneous web-serials eventually coming all together as one, really long unit.

Phantacea Publications business card

Phantacea Publications business card, copy and pass on, por favor

Which would be better? And should I try my hand a crowd-funding to see which alternative attracts more interest? Anybody out there in pHantaBlog land tried it? Got any advice, comments, suggestions?

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