“Ripple” Effect of Convention Appearances

  Since doing conventions, I’ve noticed a trend. Despite whatever sales I make, there’s usually still several people who accept my business cards. A person tends to wonder how much attention browsing customers spend on you once the convention is over. I watch my Kindle sales every few days, tracking the editions bought or the number of pages read from Kindle Unlimited books. I did...

Posted:7thSep, 2018

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1st review up for Pilgrims with Blades – 5 stars!

I was already glad to see a 5-star rating hit from one reader on Goodreads, but now we also have a first written review up on both Goodreads and Amazon. Also 5 stars! …Van Dyke’s writing is tight and action is well paced and thought out. Immediately, I spotted some things that made me grin… Follow the links below to either site to read the full review. It’s from Christopher Schmitz,...

Posted:2ndAug, 2018

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Signing at NerdinOut! Rochester, MN Sept 8-9

I’m making another convention appearance this September. Headed to NerdinOut in Rochester, MN. Dates are Sept 8&9, 11-6 both days. Address below: Graham Arena  Rochester, MN 1570 Fairgrounds Ave SE 55904 This will be my 3rd convention this year. Stop by for autographed copies of my fantasy books. This time, I’ll be sharing a booth with Christopher Schmitz, so on the program it might...

Posted:25thJul, 2018

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Author Signing, Chapel Con, Albert Lea, July 21&22 2018

It is confirmed that I will be signing books locally…well, kinda locally…in Albert Lea in just a couple weeks. I will have a booth at Chapel Con! This will be July 21&22nd, 2018 at the Albert Lea City Arena. I’ll have all five of my published books present, and will be autographing and signing them. Chapel Con’s Website I’m going to be in one of the middle rows, not...

Posted:5thJul, 2018

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Title in the works: “Boxer Earns His Wings”

Time for another update! This summer I’m slowing down some other projects to focus on a previous, unreleased title. Yes, that means I’ve been delaying work on the next Pilgrims with Blades. So, what is this new title? Years ago, I was asked to create a short story for a compendium with other authors. It seemed focused on Steampunk, so that’s what I wrote. I finished up and submitted...

Posted:19thJun, 2018

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Conversion to Ingram, (Still using Createspace)

Now that the family vacation is over, I have a big project to continue. This is basically a continuation of acting on my thoughts in an earlier blog: https://dhealoral.com/indie-author-navigating-choices-in-self-publishing/ Most of my successful book sales venues will not be affected. I sell a lot through Amazon and Kindle, so I’m keeping both of those. (My Createspace books maximize my Amazon...

Posted:25thMar, 2018

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One week until my Marscon signing!

Just one week remaining until Marscon! This will be my first trip there as a vendor, signing my books. Typically, authors are lined up in the hall outside the Dealer’s Room, near the panel rooms. I’ll be there with all of my books for fans to peruse and buy! I’m on the guests of honor page…near the bottom: https://marscon.org/2018/goh.php Stop by if you’re local. Marscon...

Posted:24thFeb, 2018

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Appearing at Marscon, March 2-4

Hey local Minnesotans, you’re coming to Marscon, right? Marscon is an exciting science fiction convention here in the Twin Cities. This will be my first booth appearance at a local convention. (Last year I went to a convention on Alabama!) Robots, Rayguns & Rockets The 3 R’s of Sci-Fi March 2-4, 2018 Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America 3800 American Blvd. E. Bloomington,...

Posted:5thFeb, 2018

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1st Review in for Pilgrims with Blades – 5 Star Debut!

Pilgrims with Blades (Click for a larger picture) I was overjoyed to see the first review hit Amazon for Pilgrims with Blades: Pressed into Service. 5 stars! I knew a lot of folks were impressed by it, but an author needs to see folks give a thumbs up in their public reviews. Many thanks to the reader for giving me this boost. Ok, I feel like getting in more writing right now… Link to Amazon...

Posted:19thJan, 2018

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Dramatic Reading of “The Widow Brigade” on YouTube

I have a new treat for my book fans today. I have been trying to expand my YouTube to assist with my writing habit, and not just use it for streaming needs. I uploaded a dramatic reading of my highest rated fantasy novel, “The Widow Brigade”.   This was certainly a first-time attempt to do anything like this. I’m shy enough that I have a hard enough time doing readings in person…doing...

Posted:2ndJan, 2018

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