Two Appearances Soon, Con of the North and Marscon (Feb and March)

I’ve been hard at work arranging plans for my book signings for 2019. A couple of those dates have been confirmed and are approaching fast! If you are near the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and you love big conventions, I hope to see you at either of these events. Be sure to pick up an autographed book from me if you can. If not, at least pass on this notice to your social media. If there are people...

Posted:15thDec, 2018

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Video of Me Reading at WordBrew 6

On Oct 28th, 2018, I was invited to read a sample at my first Wordbrew event. The occasion was sponsored by the Minnesota Speculative Writer’s Group, (Minnspec), as well as a few local bookstores and coffee shops, and hosted at Kieran’s Pub. I’ll include a link to the Wordbrew 6 “Lookbook”, which details the event and introduces the authors who appeared along with me. Wordbrew_6_Lookbook I...

Posted:9thDec, 2018

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End of the year Thanks and planning for 2019

The U.S.A.’s season of Thanksgiving has arrived, even though this post comes a few days afterward. In fact, I’m writing this on my 47th birthday! It’s a time to reflect on the accomplishments and blessings of the past year. Also, I have news of 2019. First of all, notice how the Dhea Loral logo includes a cornucopia? It very much resembles an old Thanksgiving table. This represents...

Posted:28thNov, 2018

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My Wrist Surgery, Sept 27, 2018

Folks have been asking about my wrist surgery, so I might as well shoot out a general blog about it. I had surgery on my dominant wrist on Sept 27th, 2018. The diagnosis was Keinbock’s Disease, a condition derived from a wrist injury that leads to a lack of blood flowing to the lunate bone. I originally injured my wrist years ago at an old job while moving a patient. It was a case in which only...

Posted:16thOct, 2018

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“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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When you feel bad about a spelling error…

It happens. I can write and rewrite, go through a dozen editing passes, and somehow or another….a spelling error still makes it through into the book! Now, no one is immune. Even my favorite authors, guys with big names in the business, have had a misspelled word slip through. You wouldn’t believe the number of word oopsies that have already occurred typing this post, but I keep going back...

Posted:10thJul, 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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Author Initiative show with me on Geekside Network Earning Views

A video I helped produce on Geekside Network has been channeling in the views. Zoe and myself talked about character creation, and discussed a character of his in the making during the show. We cover the many steps and considerations undertaken when designing a character for a book. Although I tend to focus fantasy, and he treads between fantasy and science fiction, these techniques could apply to...

Posted:29thOct, 2017

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Indie-Author Navigating Choices in Self-Publishing

I’ve mentioned around this webpage and on bios before, how I’m constantly trying to navigate and contemplate the surge of indie-authors and self-publishing in a growing digital literature field. Recently, I cam face to face with some harsh consequences to my decisions. Roll back the clock to when Trafford published my books. Having had rejection after rejection, I found a company called...

Posted:27thSep, 2017

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