The Illusioneer & Other Tales: Book Blog Tour

This is my first Book Blog Tour.

The tour celebrates the upcoming publication of the paperback compilation - The Illusioneer & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #3.

You can follow the blog tour on my webpage, twitter or on the FB event page: The Illusioneer & Other Tales: Book Blog Tour

Watch out for these posts: (Australian Central Time)

Monday 25th Sept: I'm doing a guest blog post, Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale (Researching Viola Stewart’s Adventures), on book blogger Suzie Eisfelder's blog: Suz’s Space

Tues 26th Sept: Poet and author Christopher Hawes will be interviewing me for his blog.

Thurs 28th Sept: Penny Blake is doing a book review on her blog, The Curious Adventures of Messrs Smith and Skarry.

Friday 29th Sept: Book review by steampunk author and enthusiast, Lynne Lumsden Green, on Cogpunk Steamscribe 

Sat 30th Sept: Interview by Stephanie Kato on her blog.

Sunday 1st Oct: I'll be doing a guest blog post on steampunk author, David Lee Summers' blog

Thanks to fellow authors, book bloggers and steampunks for taking part.

I'll also be hanging around on the FB event page, so if you have questions or comments, please post away. I'll do my best.

Burnside LibCon17

Yesterday the Burnside Library held its first LibCon inJuly, 2017, with indie artists, comic book creators, Jess Cate and  Jana Hoffman, and local indie authors: Matt Pike, KE Fraser, Kylie Leane, Aprille Legacy and myself. You can find out more about local South Australian Indie Writers at our FB page - facebook.com/SAIndieAuthors/ The library livestreamed talks by local artists and authors. You can view them on Burnside Library's FB page Here are the links: South Australian Doctor Who Club, Tintin, Star Trek USS Mawson and 501st, represented some of the local fan groups in Adelaide. Here's a peek at the indie/fan club alley: [embed]https://youtu.be/Lmkdz70zK_I[/embed] Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table for a chat, or to buy a book (or both). It was lovely meeting you.

Video/Photographs ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Difficult Decisions

I like to have my event schedule sorted out early in the year. This allows for me to schedule my writing around conventions and festivals so I can set a book launch date with plenty of time to allow to finish, edit, format and printing.

This is what this year looked like:

  • March/Apr- Oz Comic Con Adelaide
  • August 5-6 - steampunk panel and write your own Discworld story workshop at Nullus Anxietas
  • August 19-20 - Salisbury Writing Festival
  • August 27th - ACG Ball
  • September (mid) - Steampunk Festival
  • September (late) - Steampunk Pirate Ball
  • November - Supanova

Though I had lost a couple of months due to ill health, I was still on target for a September launch date, when I hope to launch it at the Steampunk Festival (who were kind enough to host the book launches of both Doctor Jack and Eye of the Beholder) .

I recently got my email for the Steampunk Festival and tendered my application and  started preparing for Salisbury Writing Festival registration...

But, wait...

I grabbed for printouts for Steampunk Festival and flipped through them. Dang! The Steampunk festival has changed dates.  The original Steampunk Festival was held in May, then twice in September, which is why I tentatively scheduled it in for the same time this year.  Big mistake!  It is now scheduled for 19-20 August - the same weekend as the Salisbury Writers Festival.

Decision time!

I enjoy Salisbury Writers' Festival. I've got a lot out of it in the past six years. I meet fellow writers, hear from publishers and agents in panels, on the  state of writing and publishing in Australia. Members of my writing group enter the short story competition. This year I may have convinced some of my fellow writing group to attend the actual festival.

But will I?

The Steampunk Festival is one of my favourite event - costume-wise, meeting readers and fellow steampunks. It is a photographic smorgasbord. This is my tribe.  They understand me.

Sales-wise it is my biggest event of the year. I have launched both my books at the Steampunk Festival and hope to again this year. This means I have lost a month of writing time and now have to finish my book earlier to get it out in time for August.

<insert expletives here>

But I've made my decision. It wasn't hard in the end; I go where my readers are. I'll just have to pull up my socks and write faster. I've got a closer deadline now. No time for napping.

Photos ©2016 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.