When Spirit came out on March 11, 2015, I focused in on marketing and looked for any opportunity I could find to promote the book or myself. While visiting Goodreads, I stumbled upon something called the Brain To Books Cyberconvention. Basically, it was a group where each author had their own booth in post form. About a 100 authors attended that year. Lots of great conversations and relationships came out of that.
2016 saw Facebook, discussion panels, a blog tour, and videos added to Goodreads. The expanded venues meant a lot more action and fun. We had hangout sessions going on for 3 or 4 hours. During the last day, I got to read my favorite chapter from Spirit. Roughly 300+ authors attended.
2017 has meant even more changes. There were a few growing pains, but given the phenomenal growth and development of the event, those were expected. The con now has an official website and anthology. Authors still have their booths on Goodreads, but everything starts and ends with the website. There is a lot to see and do. Readers and authors can find events by their title as well as genres. Participating authors have their books highlighted on each event page.
2015 and 2016, I was a participant who learned a lot about the indie community I joined as a published author. This year, I’m one of the volunteers. As the IT person, I make sure that the website runs, managing its updates and functionality.
My fellow authors are an interesting and eclectic lot. They come from all different walks of life and backgrounds. For some, their history is the reason they started writing. This is especially true of the cycon’s creator, Angela Chrysler. The first two years of the con, I knew her as the wild and energetic brains behind the event. Over this last year as we’ve worked together to build the con, she’s become one of my best friends.
Her friendship means a lot to me. She’s helped in a lot of ways, some personal that I will never divulge other than to say that they helped me grow as author and a person. A quote from Seabiscuit best sums them up.
I was crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better.
– Red Pollard
Thank you, my friend.