Monster Carnival was fun as always, and I got to bring home an original piece of artwork, a signed book by a new local author, and some cool swag. I also learned that cold rainy days kinda suck for even indoor events. Next year will be much better. Still, I got to see old friends and make some new ones.
I got to attend as a vendor this year, which means that even if I didn’t sell tons of books, people saw them, saw me, and hopefully may buy next time or go find them online.
I have made the decision to pursue Dark Lit Digest as a podcast and as a print digest of others’ works. I think it will help Twisted Candle Media get established as an actual publishing house. I just have to figure out how to pay people for their stories and art. I don’t want to be one of those publications that can’t afford to pay contributors. (Nothing against them, it’s just not the business model I choose.)
Contributor copies are alright, but they don’t pay the bills. I would like to build a name for TCMedia as a place where authors and artists in dark lit and art can go to see and be inspired, learn, and share their works. It’s not a nonprofit, so I hope to make some of the money up in advertisements.
If you know of a company or individual that might be interested in an ad on the Twisted Candle Media website or in Dark Lit Digest, go ahead and send them our way. Our starting offers are VERY reasonable.
Now that the obligatory promotional stuff is out of the way, I would also like to share what I did on Spring Break. Are you ready?
Homework and taxes.
Yep, that’s how exciting my spring break was. It’s all good, though because now it’s done and all I have to worry about is five more weeks of school and finals. Then I’m taking the summer to get everything up and running for the Etsy shop where I’ll have jewelry, handmade bookmarks and more, for the podcast, and the digest. And finish Nova Wave for publication in October 2018. And maybe write another.
Whew. That looks like a lot of work. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, here are some more pix from Underground Monster Carnival.