Realm Makers 2016 Day 1 - Early Bird & the Launch Party

Captain's Log Conference Date 20162807,

I have arrived at planet Villa Nova for the gathering of the Realm Makers. This strange assortment of beings all have the incredible power to bring worlds into existence merely by willing it to happen through words and pictures. Exactly how this phenomenon comes about will have to be explored through further research, but my science officer says that it appears to be powered by an exceptional mix of creativity and passion.

Here are some of the things I witnessed today.

After arriving in this hot and muggy land, I ventured into the cool interior of a gathering place for these beings. There I had the privilege to witness the wisdom and insight of the amazing duo of Suzanne and Shaw Kuhn.
This session for the "Early Birds" gave invaluable advice about finding and protecting your Brand.

Some key data points:

1. You Are Your Brand - Your brand is your identity to your audience, it is why they see you as. And it is your promise to them for what to expect from you.

2. Send out you story in advance to people, asking them for reviews to use for marketing purposes. You will learn things about your book from those reviews that you would have never seen for yourself. Use this knowledge when promoting the book. And always thank your reviewers for their valuable feedback, and ask them to share their review when the book is released.

3. Know and befriend the five influencers:

  1. Book Retailers
  2. Librarians
  3. Teachers
  4. Book Clubs
  5. Avid Readers
These influencers will help you spread news of your book throughout the galaxy!

We were also introduced the the most odd of local culinary dishes, known as "Tomato Pie". Though I was reluctant to try this oddly cake-like pie, it turned out to be quite delicious. A true surprise, and not the last of which I expect to discover on this journey.

Later in the evening, I learned of a strange ritual known as the "Splickety Launch Party."

It was truly a sight to behold as a wolf in red pant found called forth beings from the audience to partake in such actions as pulling tissues form a box, pretending to be a walrus stacking marshmallows, and even the stacking of drinking vessels, all for the chance to win amazing prizes.

Though the truly spectacular event was saved for last

Yes! The local "politicians" form this land's contest of power appeared to debate many aspects of the writing world. From whether the oxford comma should be done away with, to the merits of the point of view. It was truly a sight to behold.

All in all, I have found this first day to be quite enlightening, and am looking forward to what new discoveries will be found in the days to come.

Thank you to all who have made this expedition possible.

End transmission.


I just found your blog. I saw your book at Realm Makers, then got it on Amazon more recently. I just finished it and enjoyed it. I found it interesting because I'm writing a story where the main character is an alien. (Note that my world has humans, but the two POV characters are aliens.)
If you're wondering who I am, I'm the one in the pink shirt at Suzy Q's class.

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