Good work, Keith!

 

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

While in Clarksville, Tenn. last week, my cover Artist, Keith Wood, and I did a Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book signing at Rick’s Comic City. Something happened there that I’ve never seen in any venue where I’ve sold my books. First off, I’ve never seen book vending where both the Author and the cover Artist are present. Keith and I have done several together and have been well received in that. People are thrilled to have their Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books signed by the Author and cover Artist.

But at Rick’s last week, Keith did something that went beyond that. And I was blown away by how acomidating and original that was.

At one point, a copy of Torch, the new Hadley book was being purchased. The buyer asked Keith if he would do a sketch, in addition to signing it. I thought this was bit much to ask but after negotiating a charge of an additional five dollars, Keith agreed to do it.

Now five dollars is a give away price for orginial Keith Wood art work. But as long as Keith was good with that, so was I.

I proceeded to run the buyers debit card through the reader on my cell phone to complete the transaction. At the same, I was multi-tasking several conversations with people gathered around the counter where Steve (Ricks’ Comics store manager) had us set up. While doing that, I assumed that Keith would just run off a postage stamp size little drawing. Maybe Hadley’s lips and fangs, something akin to a minimalist tattoo.

But no. When I was done running that debit card, I looked over at Keith and he was doing a full page, head and shoulders of Hadley. The person buying that book couldn’t have been more amazed than I was. Keith was speed-drawning and I knew it. When he and I work together on a Hadley book cover or any other Hadley promotional materials, the pace is much slower to get it all right. He erased the pencil a couple times to redraw and I explained to those watching, that no line in an initial sketch is definitive. Playing with that is necessary to, as I’ve said, get it right.

I can’t promise that Keith will do that in any future book signings that we both attend. While book vending in various venues, things can get a little crowded with people and happen fast and furious at peek times. We may not have the time to acomidate that.

But it was way cool of him to do that at Rick’s. Good work, Keith!

Has anyone else seen something like this at a Con or book singing?

Get your copy of Torch, the new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, in paper book or ebook here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Torch

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Rick’s Comics

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A big thanks to Steve and Megan at Rick’s Comics for hosting Me and Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book cover artist Keith Wood for a book signing in their new store. How many time can you get an author and the cover artists to sign your book? We did that last week at Rick’s.

Again, thanks to Steve and Megan for all their help.

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Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention

IMG_1779From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

(Yes, I know, I look like I have resting grouchy face in that picture. I’m actually a lot more friendly in person than what that looks like.)

Last weekend was the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention. It was my very first con and my first major venue displaying Hadley’s new book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. And I have to say it was a lot of fun, but definately sensory overload- in a very fun sense of that. There was so much cool Sci-fi/Fantasy merch and cosplay and Stream Punk, on a massive scale. I’ve never been surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom were civil, friendly and open to conversation.

This introvert needed some down-time to recover from such a enjoyable weekend. Which may explain why it’s taken me so long to post about this. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

My thanks to Allan Gilbreath and his staff for a well-run convention. A true gentlemen in person and great conversationalist. Elvis and John in security. (There were others in Security but those two were the ones I interacted with most.) Brian, the on-site medic and his “little sister”, Laura. Brian was pro-active in introducing himself when he noticed that one of the people on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team has mobility challenges. And member of his team- Laura, Edward, Ian -made sure that person in my crew was hydrated by periodically delivering bottled water to our vendor table. Then there was Charlie, the friendly gal who was the door guard closest to our table. To all of you, we say, good work and thank you.

I had the pleasure of meeting artist Mitch Foust and novelist James Crawford and The Simpsons animator Chance Raspberry and Make Up artist A. G. Howard and Writer/Editor Alex Brown (-who invited me to participate in my first pannel. Thanks!) and artist Samatha Hughes.

I also enjoyed meeting Marc Meeker from Red Skull Alliance Cosplay. The first time I met Marc was in the hall way. He was decked out as Dr. Doom. As an old Fantastic Four fan, he indulged me to have pic taken with him. The next day Marc was strolling the vendor room and came to my table. He was dresses as some other character. (Forgive my bad memory. I don’t recall, specifically which character.) I asked him if he was Marc, because I couldn’t see his face. He said yes. So Marc was one of the people who made this con so much fun for me. But the truth is- I never saw his face. I don’t know what the guy looks like.

I was there primarily as a vendor to promote and sell Hadley’s first book. But I will say I did have bouts of fanboy nerdgasm. One- of many -was when I spoke with Chip at his vendor table, Famous Collectables. Escape from New York is may favorite movie off all time. I was looking for a Snake Pliskin action figure. Chip didn’t have one, but made some calls and got me one by the next day. Thank you, Chip! Yes, I’m a grown-ass man and I purchased a doll.

It was fun to meet people who have been my Facebook friends, but I’ve never actually met in-person. I got that in-person opertunity with Mitch and Allen.

And then there’s Tammy.

Tammy Westphal and I have a mutual friend in Kelly LePlante from Gemini Dreams Designs. Kelly and I go way back and Kelly and Tammy are tight buds. As such, Tammy and I became Facebook friends. I’ve seen Tammy’s image on Facebook for a while and instantly recognized her when she first came into my line of sight. The reality of Tammy is that she’s a total sweetheart, a very friendly woman. But the truth is, Tammy lives there in Memphis. In my Massachusetts, Northener bias, it never occared to me what her voice would sound like. Tammy and Kelly and Keith and Grace and I had dinner at a Panera the night before the Con’s first day. For the first hour or so of conversing with Tammy, I was taken aback by the fact that she spoke with a charming Southern accent. It never occured to me that the image of Tammy on Facebook would speak that way. Yes, Northern bias. Like being with anyone with an accent (Ros), that accent disappeared (subjectively) the longer I talked with Tammy. In either case, this wasn’t Tammy’s first con, so she was very helpful to Grace and me for our first time out. Thank you Tammy!

Oh- and I forgot to mention Lake, who, along with Tammy, is one of Kelly’s helpers and Katy, one of Keith’s helpers. Nice folks.

And then there were the fans, people who weren’t involved with the Con or vendors. People who attended this event. Now I’m going throw out some some names. If I met you at my table, if you bought Hadley’s book or not, please forgive me if I don’t mention you. Feel free to email me at: hadleyred@yhoo.com to remind me who you are. There was: Tom, Brenna, Merlin and Tracy, Gwen, Jasper, Steele, Tabitha, Tom and many more. At my table, I’ve also met Charlene and Veronica from WDNG radio out of Anniston, AL. Again, if I spoke with you at my table and I didn’t mention you here, please email me at hadleyred@yahoo.com .

I may or may not get this wordy when I post about the next con I go to. But this was first time. I can’t tell you how many times I was called a virgin over that weekend. But the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who made it a great experience.

(For more pix we took of this event go to: Tales of the Vampire Hadley on Facebook.)

A little Friendly Rivalry

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A little friendly rivalry…

Hadley has been looking over my shoulder as I prepare for my trip down south to Tennessee in two weeks to show off her new book at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, November 20th-22nd and my book signing at Ricks Comics in Clarksville on Wednesday, November 25th.

Within that, she has challenged me on something. A little friendly rivalry. Now understand, she’s a tiny bad-ass Vampire girl and I’m just a big schlep of a Human. I would never challenge her on anything. What chance would I have of besting her at any game? But since she challenged me, I figure she’s humoring me by implying that there’s the slightest possibility that I could win.

So, what is that challenge?

Both of us are relatively new to Facebook. Me, with my Warren Onufer page and she, with her Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price page. We’re both a little over one year into it. And we both thank you for joining us in the insanity of this whole Vampire book thing.

Since the release of Hadley’s first book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price a couple of months ago, there’s been a spike in the Likes on her Facebook page and also a marked increase on the Friends on my Facebook page. Both of us are right around 60 on those.

Her challenge to me is this: which one of us can reach 100 first? Can I get 100 Friends before she gets 100 Likes?

Hadley and I are tight buds. We do everything together. So it’s kind of strange that I’m not working with her on this, but as a rival against her. She has a sense of humor about it all so she’ll probably not kill me or turn me into a zombie if I win. Broken bones, however, are a possibility.

So cast your vote-

Team Warren- Friend me on Warren Onufer on Facebook

Team Hadley- Like her on the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page.

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A Free Exclusive Offer Starting today!

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

As promised, we’re giving away a freebie starting today!

What’s the big deal about today? Not just one, but three things. First, our book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price is now available, online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBook and Kobo.

Second, today, October 25th, is the one year anniversary of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price on Facebook. And you’ve been patient as we’ve given you updates on that before it’s release.

Third, this Saturday is Halloween! Vampire prime time!

Yes. It’s a triple whammy!

To reward you for your patience and to celebrate those other two things, we have an exclusive offer. Yes, we want you to buy the book. But this exclusive offer doesn’t cost you a dime. It’s a freebie. In fact, you can get this freebie even if you haven’t gotten the book yet.

Presenting the official Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price bookmark!

What you’ll get:

-The official Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book mark

-The instruction manual for the optimal operation of your Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book mark

-A certificate of authenticity to prove that you, in fact, are in posession of an offical Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book mark.

How do you get this exclusive offer?

Send us an email at: hadleyred@yahoo.com . Write “Bookmark Request” in the subject line.

We’ll send you a pdf package. Print it out and- presto!chango! -you’ll be a proud owner of your very own official Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price bookmark! Print out a bunch of them. Give them to your friends. Leave a trail of them where ever you go.

Did I mention that it’s free?

The picture in this post is the Certificate of Authenticity. What does the Official Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Bookmark look like?

Email us to find out.

hadleyred@yahoo.com

Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A major announcement!

My very first author personal appearance at a Sci-Fi Fantasy convention will happen next month, in Memphis, Tennessee at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Con. That’s happening November 20th-22nd.

There are plans for me to be on pannels and of course I’ll be there to sign your copy of Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. Stop by the vendor area. Say hello. I’ll have some freebie give-aways.

This is my very first Con as an author and my first attending this specific Con. People on my team here at Tale of the Vampire Hadley Price tell me that it’s a great Con, a lot of fun and the people who run it are very good at what they do. I’m looking forward to being part of it.

This Convention in Memphis also marks the first time that everyone on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team will be in the same physical location. My editor, Christine Piesyk, will have a vendor table of her own, next to mine. And the same goes for my cover artist, Keith Wood. Kelly LaPlante, my promotions and creative consultant is a very talented steam punk jewelry maker. I’ll be elbow-to-elbow with her as I sell my books and she sells her jewelry.

My marketing and sales gal, Elizabeth Decourcey (that’s what it says on her business cards, but she’s really my right hand gal and jackie of all trades) and I will be flying down from where we live in Massachusetts to attend this Con. And, as I’ve said, it’ll be the first time that all of us will be in the same room. Skype, Facebook Instant Messaging, phone calls and emails are a wonderful thing. But it’ll be sort like an alignment of stars in the heavens to see everyone lookin back at me, face-to-face, breathing the same air.

So if you’re in or anywhere near Memphis next month, check out the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, November 20th-22nd.

So stop by and say hello. Hadley and I look forward to meeting you.

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