A couple years back I thought about stopping these year-end reviews. I believe my reasoning at the time was that not much was happening in my writing career of late, so who needed yet another struggling writer summing up what amounted to a whole lot of nothing?
Well, as it turned out, 2012 finally gave me something to talk about. A few things, actually.
The biggest event of the year was without a doubt the publication of my first book, Every House Is Haunted. A year and a half had passed between the time of the book’s acceptance at the World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas, and its publication, but my excitement certainly hadn’t waned.
There are so many memories of this experience I will cherish forever. The party thrown for me by my good friend Michael Rowe. The photos posted by family and friends of my book in stores across the country. My first reviews in publications like Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. And of course, holding the book in my hands for the very first time.
This milestone was followed closely, figuratively and literally, by the publication of SuperNOIRtural Tales, the first collection of Felix Renn stories. Composed of reprints and one very long new tale, “The Brick,” the collection served as a nice companion piece to Every House Is Haunted.
The support for both books has been tremendous, and I’d like to thank everyone who has bought one or both of them, posted reviews, recommended them to friends, and so on. In this day and age when it seems like everyone and their dog has a book out, it can be extremely difficult for one’s voice to be heard. If my career received any kind of bump forward this past year, it’s because of you.
I only attended two conventions in 2012, but they were both goodies. The first was the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, to which I was invited as a guest. I had my own table, set up directly across from Amy Acker, which I certainly didn’t mind. I sold a lot of books and met a lot of great people. The other con was the World Fantasy Convention, which ended up being the best convention I’ve ever been to. This was due in large part to the launch of Every House Is Haunted, which took place at a room party held by ChiZine Publications. There was also a number of excellent readings and panels, and hanging out with new friends and old friends. WFC is definitely a con I plan to attend again in the future.
The year ended with a whimper instead of a bang. The whimper was a tired one, the result of almost two straight months of promoting my books. Of course, the promo never really ends, but the initial hoopla has come to an end, and boy am I exhausted.
Now it’s time to crawl back into my cave and get to work on the next book, which will be the first Felix Renn novel. As such, I suspect 2013 will be a much quieter year for me than 2012. A year spent behind the scenes, as it were, writing books and hopefully selling them. Getting an agent would be nice, too. I’ll do my best to check in every now and then to let you all know what’s going on.
See you on the flip-flop.