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It’s Imaginarium time!

Published October 4, 2016 by admin

I know I’ve been away a while, but I wanted to make sure to let people know that I am alive, and I’ll be in Louisville this weekend. It’s the annual get together of writer-type people, otherwise known as Imaginarium!

Seriously, if you haven’t been there and can get there, do it. There are so many panels and workshops available on not just how to get started writing, but the business of writing, marketing, plus a lot of genre subjects, as well. There’s a film festival, gaming, parties, and all the stuff that makes cons fun, but what really makes this one special is that it’s a one stop shop for learning about craft and networking with other like minds. This year’s GOH is Briane Keene. Elizabeth Bevarly, Jim C. Hines, and Jason Sizemore will be there, as well as loads of other talented people.

Plus, me. I’ll be there, talking about stuff, selling books and other fun things, and doing my annual duty as costume contest monarch. Or something.

Imaginarium is from October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, KY. More information can be found at




News, Contests, and Opportunities!

Published August 24, 2015 by admin

I want to catch everyone up on some things going on, and Monday seems to be a good time to do it!

Interested in marketing your book?

  • The Author’s Guide to Marketing With Teeth is now available for Pre-Order! Stoker Award Winning author Michael Knost has put together an amazing book of essays by various successful authors, including Charlaine Harris and Kevin J. Anderson. Plus, if you pre-order, you can take part in an online workshop Michael has going on in October.
  • If you’re looking for more immediate marketing help, be sure to check out Bitten by Books I’ve worked with Rachel for a while and have nothing but praise for her site and services. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to get monthly info on sales and free promo ops!
  • Somewhere on my blog here is a graphic with a certain word…if you find that word and fill in a form at Night Owl Reviews, you could win some awesome prizes. A lot of authors are taking part in this and it goes until Sept 17, so there’s a bunch of chances to enter! Be sure to check out the info at the link! And pssst…you may want to check out my page links at the top of my home page…
  • I recently did another blog post for Mocha Memoirs Press,this time about writing characters I’m not overly fond of. Some good stuff, if I do say so myself, so check it out!
  • And as I’ve already said once today, if you’re into writing or want to discover some new-to-you authors, be sure to check out the Imaginarium Convention Sept 11-13

Wanna Write? Enter the Imaginarium!

Published August 24, 2015 by admin


Interested in writing? Want to network or learn about genre, marketing, editing, or the different means of getting published? Want to connect with bunches of regional authors and discover new titles for your TBR list? Whether you want to swing by the Louisville area for the weekend or an afternoon, you should definitely enter the Imaginarium…

We have guests from all genres, including editor Michael Knost, author Tim Waggoner, and GOH romance author Lori Wilde. There are workshops, panels on genre, technique, marketing, blogging, reviewing, publishing, editing…pretty much any aspect of writing you want to know about. There will be publishers on hand and so many authors to connect with – I can’t stress enough the importance of networking at an event like this.

Want more info? Visit the convention website for venue, times, and everything else!


Published April 29, 2015 by admin

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be appearing at Cincycon with the rest of the Midwestern Authors Syndicate this weekend, May 1-3. I’ll personally be there Friday and Sunday for sure, but we’ll have a few excellent authors of various genres there at the table for you to check out. There’ll be a lot of cool stuff going on, and more details can be found at the CincyCon websiteIf you’re at the con or in the area, be sure to stop by the table marked as Hydra Publications, say hello, and check out some really great books!

Why Imaginarium?

Published September 10, 2014 by admin



So I want to tell you about a really cool event happening next week. It’s called Imaginarium and it’s a writing convention unlike any other.

So why should you go?

If you’re a writer, you’re going to get information you won’t get anywhere else:

We have full panel tracks that deal with the writing process, marketing, business, getting published, genre discussions, writing for comic books, and writing for film. We also have workshops you can take to really learn the topic you’re interested in. In total, we have over 140 panels and workshops dedicated to the art and business of writing.

There will be a good number of publishers there.

There are a lot of authors at different levels to talk to.

If you’re a reader, you are going to be around a lot of amazing authors with books that you will love. All genres, all types. 

If you’re just looking to hang out, there will be a film festival and a masquerade.

And you can go all weekend for a $55 pass. $25 dollars will get you in the door for a day.

Registration information can be found here

Guest-wise we have Rose Pressey, author of more paranormal-themed books than I can list in a blog post. We have Maurice Broaddus, who’s been published with Weird Tales, Cemetery Dance,  Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Books, and Angry Robot. We have Jeffery Reddick, creator of the Final Destination film series. And Dan Jolley will be there – if you’re into comics and gaming, or interested in writing for either, you’ll want to talk to him. 

Plus, there will be many, many other author guests with input about writing and fantastic titles to check out.

So why should you go to Imaginarium?

Why shouldn’t you?

You can access the main site here

Info on panels and workshops can be found either using the tabs off the main site or here

Imaginarium will be at the Crowne Plaza (Louisville Airport) Sept 19-21.

See you there!



Published April 8, 2014 by admin


evillecon banners

Yeah, pretty tables! Look at how official we are!


I had a blast in Evansville. I got a chance to tour my university and see all the changes taking place before the con started. All I have to say is WOW. I mean WOW. And geez, where was all this classiness when I was there? 🙂 Seriously, I’m proud to see all the progress taking place.

The con itself was a lot of fun. It was my first time as a special guest and a first time for the con to have a lit track, so it was a good fit. It was a little odd to be part of opening ceremonies and talk to con-goers in that capacity, though it was really cool. It makes me realize the kind of power an author has. You’re shaping worlds that people are entertaining themselves with. You’re encouraging them to think, to feel. That’s powerful, and though you may never know how your work effects people, your writing is essentially carrying on a conversation with them every time they read your work.




The panels were all pretty well-attended and we got some great conversations about genre, world-building, and publishing going. What was really cool is that people made it a point to seek me out or stop by the table after the panels, either to talk writing or books or whatever. That was amazing. It was really nice to be back and to be able to have those sorts of conversations, and hopefully to encourage people to start writing or read things that might be just a little out of their comfort zone. Everyone was warm and welcoming and the whole experience was just so much fun. It was an incredible time and I’m grateful to Stephen Zimmer and John Allen who were there to keep me from freaking out. Jondi Schmitt-Soper was also AMAZING and I owe a lot of the weekend’s awesomeness to her.

evillecon jondi

Even if she is a Trekkie 😀

Things were not without their hilarity. The pavilion’s temperature went from hot and humid Friday to absolutely freezing on Saturday (hence the hoodies and coats). I may have somehow deactivated my room card fifty thousand times and the hotel staff deserves a medal for dealing with me alone. I know John allowed me to constantly drag him to Dennys with a sigh (dude, we don’t have Dennys here. I’m going to stock up on sweet pancake goodness as much as possible when I can!)


Still, the people attending made it all worth it. I loved talking to young and old readers, picking people’s brains, talking to them about the kind of things I write and what they like. I love getting to know my audience, and this provided a great opportunity to do that.

And I may have gotten a special serenade from Professor Shyguy. I have many, many people to get back for that one, heh, but it was hilarious. All in all it was a really rewarding experience, and I really hope I get to go back next year!

evillecon john and stephen

SJ hits the road: Evillecon!

Published February 7, 2014 by admin

I am so incredibly excited to announce that I’m officially a guest for Evillecon Anime Convention on March 28-30!!

This is extra special for me, because I spent a good chunk of my growing up in Southern Indiana, and I’m an alumni of the University of Southern Indiana, which is in Evansville. I’m excited to go back to familiar turf and see how things have changed, plus, it’s even better that I get to do it while talking about something that I dearly love: books and writing.

So if you’re in the area that weekend, swing by! I’ll have a table chock full of my books, and I’m going to be participating in some fun panels, too! Plus, there are some other fantastic guests to check out, and a lot of fun to be had by all!

Evillecon’s Official Page – where you can find info about hotel, tix, con rules, etc.


My Evillecon Bio Page