Salt Lake Comic Con 2017

Galaxy Press Rocked the Salt (Salt Lake City that is…)

We attended the Salt Lake City Comic Con which took place at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City with over 100,000 attendees over the 3-day event.

One of the best parts of attending these conventions is seeing amazing friends—judges from Writers and Illustrators of the Future, contest winners and the amazing fans! We also made some great new friends.

Our Writers of the Future judges Brandon Sanderson, Jody Lynn Nye and David Farland were on panels promoting Writers of the Future…

Writers of the Future judges on a panel

(L to R) Brandon Sanderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Tad Williams, Jim Butcher and David Farland.

And they also talked about the Contest on television.

John Goodwin and Dave Farland on Park City TV with Joe Davis.

John Goodwin and Dave Farland on Park City TV with Joe Davis.

Author Jody Lynn Nye being interviewed by Joe Davis from Park City TV

Author Jody Lynn Nye being interviewed by Joe Davis from Park City TV

Illustrators of the Future judge Rob Prior promoted the Contest from his booth.

Rob Prior at Salt Lake Comic Con

Rob Prior at Salt Lake Comic Con

Writers of the Future winners, past and soon-to-be-awarded, were also on hand to lend their support to the Contest.

Eric and Darci Stone with Joe from Park City TV

Eric James Stone (WOTF 20 & 21) and Darci Rhoades Stone (WOTF 34) with Park City TV’s Joe Davis.

And then Terl showed up figuring he would steal the show.

Terl at the Galaxy Press booth

Terl at the Galaxy Press booth

Stormtroopers take a minute to get their picture with Terl

Stormtroopers take a minute to get their picture with Terl

But he was certainly not to be outdone by all the fans who stopped by our booth.

Galaxy Press booth at Salt Lake Comic Con

Galaxy Press booth at Salt Lake Comic Con

We also met the convention organizer Dan Farr and will team up to promote Writers and Illustrators of the Future at future Comic Cons.

John and Emily Goodwin with Dan Farr

John and Emily Goodwin with Dan Farr

And then there was all the other great media we were featured on.

 

Emily Goodwin, Pat Henry and John Goodwin

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 4

Monday was the final day in Atlanta for Dragon Con.

Again, the booth was constantly full with people looking for Writers of the Future or Battlefield Earth or one of the many titles by bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard we had at the booth.

Luckily, Kathy Lackey volunteered for a few days to help with the free poster offer we had going. Anyone who came by received a free copy of Frank Frazetta’s original cover art for Battlefield Earth or Larry Elmore’s beautiful dragon art as seen on the cover of the latest Writers of the Future edition. Needless to say, these were very popular items. So, thanks to Kathy we were able to keep up with the demand until we ran out of posters!

Kathy Lackey handing out posters

Kathy Lackey handing out posters

We also made some new friends who we are excited to work with in the future, including:

Jim Butcher, fantasy author best known for The Dresden Files series; Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times bestselling author and best known for her Dark Hunter series; Michael Williamson, bestselling military science fiction author (Freehold Universe series) and fan of Battlefield Earth; Larry Correia, who has won the Dragon Award the past two years and best known for his Monster Hunter series along with Ramon Terrell, actor and fantasy author.

John & Emily Goodwin with Sherrilyn Kenyon

John & Emily Goodwin with Sherrilyn Kenyon

John Goodwin and author Michael Williamson

John Goodwin and author Michael Williamson

Ramon Terrell, Emily Goodwin and Larry Correia

Ramon Terrell, Emily Goodwin and Larry Correia

We invited Pat Henry, President Dragon Con, to come by as we had a very special presentation to give him in appreciation of his incredible support and help. Above you can see our presentation to him of a signed Frank Frazetta print of “Man: The Endangered Species.”

Pat, who was really happy to get this gift had this to say, “Thank you very much. I have a few Frazettas but not this one. I hope you had a great time. I really enjoy working with you all and am looking forward to having you back again next year.”

After presenting the print to Pat, Bill Fawcett whose wife is Writers of the Future Contest Judge Jody Lynn Nye, came by to say hello. Bill is a well-known editor, anthologist, game designer, book packager, author and historian—and for us, he is also a good friend!

Bill Fawcett, Emily Goodwin, Pat Henry and John Goodwin

Bill Fawcett, Emily Goodwin, Pat Henry and John Goodwin

We were very happy to see Writers of the Future winner and Contest Judge Eric Flint (New York Times bestselling author of the Ring of Fire series) who stopped by to say hello and talk. We look forward to seeing him at the next awards event and Writer’s Workshop in April 2018.

Sarah, Lucille and Eric Flint and Emily

Sarah, Lucille and Eric Flint and Emily

Illustrators of the Future Volume 9 winner, Brian Lee Durfee, came by the booth. He is very active as both an author (The Forgetting Moon, Book 1 of the Five Warrior Angels) as well as an artist. He made it down to visit after having sold out of his books at the convention.

Brian Lee Durfee

Brian Lee Durfee

Well, that’s a wrap. We hope you have enjoyed this year’s Dragon Con!

Illustrators of the Future panel with Ciruelo, Echo Chernik, Stephan Martiniere and Larry Elmore

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 3

We are now over the halfway mark for the Atlanta Dragon Con and things are still going at high speed.

As soon as the convention opened, we were inundated with public and remained so for the entire day.

We visited the Heinlein Blood Drive to see how that was going as we have had so many public coming by our booth to thank us for the first edition Battlefield Earth. There were blood donors who wanted to thank us directly and so posed for a photo with their copy of Battlefield Earth.Heinlein Blood Drive donor with copy of Battlefield Earth

Heinlein Blood Drive donor with copy of Battlefield Earth

As one of our team members was donating blood, Galen Unold, the Director of the Heinlein Blood Drive, wanted to thank us once again.

And here is what he had to say:



We then had our Illustrators of the Future panel with Ciruelo, Echo Chernik, Stephan Martiniere and Larry Elmore. They spoke about the contest and their own experience with it and why they support it. We have such great judges!

Tomorrow is the final day and we have a special surprise for Pat Henry, President of Dragon Con, that we are excited to show you!  Then we will give you the wrap up of what is looking to be the best Dragon Con that we have ever attended!

Battlefield Earth characters in the Dragon Con 2017 parade

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 2

Another great day at the Atlanta Dragon Con!

It all started with the Dragon Con Parade and our entry featuring Battlefield Earth. Leading the way were the Scotsmen, then came Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, Chrissie and Terl followed by two bag pipers and a drummer. You can see a video clip here:

Once the parade was over, the exhibit hall became the focus of attention with science fiction and fantasy readers making their way to our booth to get their copies of Battlefield Earth, Writers of the Future and Stories from the Golden Age.

The Illustrators of the Future display at the art show had a table where people could find out more about the Contest and how to enter. There was a bay devoted to the art from the illustrator winners featured in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volumes 32 and 33.

The Illustrators of the Future display at the art show

The Illustrators of the Future display at the art show

Later in the day, Galen Unold who is the in charge of the Heinlein Blood Drive came by to thank us for the incredible donation of Battlefield Earth first edition books. But more on this in tomorrow’s post.

John Goodwin with Heinlein Blood Drive In Charge, Galen Unold

John Goodwin with Heinlein Blood Drive In Charge, Galen Unold

Check back for Day 3 with more on the Blood Drive.

Galaxy booth at Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 1

Today was the first day of Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA and it was jam-packed all day long.

Sales at the convention started at 10:00 AM and it was a full booth at the start all the way to the end of the day. Both Battlefield Earth and Writers of the Future are in great demand. Books-A-Million staff are also on hand helping with sales for the release of Battlefield Earth mass market edition.

As sales were going on, we went to CBS46 in Atlanta and did an interview promoting our new release on Atlanta Plugged In. You can see that segment here:

Following that, we had our Writers of the Future panel with several of our Writers of the Future judges including: Rob Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Todd McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven and Jody Lynn Nye.

Writers of the Future panel at Dragon Con

Writers of the Future panel at Dragon Con

Then the President of Dragon Con, Pat Henry, having seen the 9′ tall Terl in the hall, wanted to make sure that he didn’t get in without a badge. So he was provided a ladder that he climbed up to put a badge on him. Along with him was Jonnie Goodboy Tyler making sure he was safe as he placed the badge on Terl’s chest.

President Dragon Con Pat Henry giving Terl his badge

President Dragon Con Pat Henry giving Terl his badge

Terl, being Terl, also didn’t waste any time creating trouble. He grabbed Larry Elmore and his wife Betty thinking he could get some leverage. Fortunately, both were rescued from the clutches of the 9-foot monster in time for dinner!

Larry & Betty Elmore captured by Terl!

Larry & Betty Elmore captured by Terl!

The evening completed with a dinner with almost all the attending Writers and Illustrators judges at the Dragon Con.

Writers and Illustrators of the Future judges at dinner

Writers and Illustrators of the Future judges at dinner

Stay tuned for Day 2.

 

Andrew and Jake signing books for fans at SDCC.

Check Out How SD Comic Con Welcomed Writers of the Future

Over 500 Comic Con attendees had an opportunity to meet Writers of the Future Volume 33 winners Jake Marley and Andrew L. Roberts to get an autographed copy of volume 33 and the beautiful poster of the cover art, Crimson Dawn, painted by Larry Elmore.

We thought we would let Jake and Andy tell you in their own words what it was like. Here is Jake’s overview of the event

“Getting to sign copies of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future at the San Diego ComicCon was a dream come true. The last time I was in San Diego for the con was eight years ago, and I promised myself I wouldn’t return until I was a professional sitting on the other side of the table.

“Galaxy Press not only got us a pro-badge, but we had a non-stop signing that lasted until we ran out of copies of the book to sell! I’m delighted to know that so many new readers have copies of my story on their shelf. I can’t think of any other possible way my first published story would’ve ever brought me to SDCC, let alone give me the kind of opportunity to meet so many amazing people.

“Once our books were sold out, Andrew L. Roberts and I walked around the enormous convention and managed to find ourselves talking with folks at Simon & Schuster and Penguin/Random House about the contest and our experience as newly published authors.

“There is no other contest that will provide you with the opportunities that Writers of the Future does. You’re part of a group when you win, so you can meet up and go to signings together, you can get tips from some of the biggest pros in the industry, and you can have the confidence to take the next step in your publishing career. The lessons I’ve learned from Writers of the Future are going to help me to achieve all of my writing goals, and they’ve inspired me to dream even bigger.

“Thanks again to everyone at Galaxy Press for making this possible. I had an AMAZING time and if you ever have any other venues you’d like me to hop aboard, let me know and I’ll do my darnedest to make it. I love hanging out with all of you, and I appreciate this more than you can know!” –Jake

Here are Andrew’s thoughts on the signing—

“Jake makes it easy! I learned more from him on the fly than I ever expected. He has a terrific talent when it comes to connecting with people, but more importantly, he really makes the effort to push things to the next level—and he succeeds!

“I think it helped too that he and I click because we are genuine friends, but anyone who signs with Jake is likely to grow and get better at this aspect of being a writer.

“Ultimately though, what really made the event work so well was having the support and energy of the whole Galaxy Press crew. Everyone who was there was a vital part of the process, from our barkers handing out posters and bringing folks in, to Sarah talking to the people one on one in the line and prepping them for us, and finally with Emily who took care of the actual sales—they did the real work so that all Jake and I had to do was happily engage, sign books and be good ambassadors for the Contest. We had the easiest part and the funnest.

“From this experience and from my previous experiences signing with Doug (Souza) and Sean (Hazlett) I have become convinced that signing in pairs or threes is the best way to go. It keeps the energy positive. But man! Having a whole support team was golden.

“I really hope you do this again at other conventions as well as Comic Con. And if you do I hope you include some of the artists as well as the writers, because Jake and I always asked each customer if they were writers or artists and then made a point of promoting both aspects of the contest. We were also quick to express gratitude when the customers identified themselves as ‘readers.’ Because we only get to be writers so long as there are readers.” —Andy

In addition to Jake and Andrew, past winner Steve Pantazis (author of “Switch,” Writers of the Future Volume 31) and his wife came by to congratulate them and wish them well with their signing.

 

David Farland with Lawrence Simmons Jr, General Manager of the Nellis AFB Exchange

David Farland at Nellis AFB to Promote Writers of the Future

Writers of the Future Coordinating Judge David Farland visited the Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, to promote Writers of the Future and this year’s bestselling volume of the annual anthology this past weekend.

The air force base previously known under several names was renamed on the 30th of April 1950 in dedication to Lieutenant William Harrell Nellis, a graduate of Las Vegas High School who served in General George Patton’s Third Army. Nellis was a WWII fighter-pilot war hero whose career ended during the Battle of the Bulge.

Nellis Air Force Base

Nellis Air Force Base

As there are many service personnel who enter the Writers of the Future Contest annually, it was only fitting for us to visit one of the largest bases in the United States— Nellis being the “home of the fighter pilot,” with the USAF Fighter Weapons School and premiere pilot training base for US and allied forces—to let military personnel and their families know that they too can and should enter the Contest.

The Base Exchange set up a huge booth that resulted in a constant stream of people to meet and talk to the New York Times and international bestselling author David Farland during his two-day visit.

The weekend was best summed up by David who stated, “I was tremendously impressed by the men and women we met in our military at Nellis. Not only were they excited to see us, but their intelligence, dedication, and commitment were off-the-scale.  I’ll be very interested to see how many of these people end up entering the Contests in the future.”

Kevin J. Anderson (center) with the Blue Angels

Kevin J. Anderson Meets the Blue Angels at Barksdale AFB

The Barksdale Air Show on Sunday was packed to capacity with over 50,000 public in attendance to see—well mostly to see the Blue Angels perform.

But not before the Blue Angels went to see Kevin J. Anderson, where he was able to brief them about Writers of the Future Contest and show them the most recent release, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33.

In addition to greeting the Blue Angels, Kevin was on hand to celebrate this year’s national bestseller—Writers of the Future Volume 33—and autograph copies of the book at the Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show 2017 for delighted local fans.

Kevin was interviewed by the Air Force media while also promoting the Contests to everyone who came to visit the booth. Civilians and enlisted military will now be entering the Contest as a result of Kevin’s enthusiasm for it at the show. Other attendees who came by to get Kevin’s autograph, picked up material to tell friends and relatives whom they know want to become writers or illustrators.

Kevin J. Anderson, photo by Sarah Thompson

Kevin J Anderson and the Blue Angels at Barksdale AFB

Blue Angels Flying in Delta Formation

Blue Angels Flying in Delta Formation

Writers of the Future Contest Judge and author of over 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers, Kevin J. Anderson is visiting the Barksdale AFB promoting Writers of the Future this weekend and signing books at the air show.

Within minutes after arriving in town, Kevin was in the KTBS TV newsroom in Shreveport, LA promoting that he was in town for the weekend and inviting fans to come see him.

Kevin had his first book signing on Friday at the Post Exchange where he again invited science fiction and fantasy fans as well as aspiring writers and artists to visit him at the air show taking place over the weekend to get their books signed and find out more about the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests.

Kevin has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Writer Workshop Group Shot

Writers of the Future Workshop

The famous Writers of the Future Workshop, previously only provided to Contest winners, has been made available to anyone wanting to attend. The first workshop was taught by David Farland (Wolverton), Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and the Winner Twins (Brittany & Brianna). We had a great turnout with attendees from 13 different states and from novice to established writers.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card

To cover everything would take several days of writing, so I’ll just hit the highlights here:

The Workshop started with Dave Farland welcoming all the attendees. The first speaker was Orson Scott Card who talked about creating story ideas and the techniques of writing in his presentation “1001 Ideas.” After speaking for two hours on the stage, he sat down and spent the entire lunch hour chatting and answering questions one-on-one from attendees.

 

Instructors the Winner Twins and Dave Farland

Instructors the Winner Twins and Dave Farland

The afternoon workshop started with essays on writing by L. Ron Hubbard used in the annual workshop for the Writers of the Future Winners. The Winner Twins then passed out trinkets for the writing practical based on the article “Magic Out of a Hat.”

At the end of the day was a networking dinner followed by a live theatrical reading of one of Hubbard’s short stories “The Magic Quirt.”

Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson

Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson

Day 2, started with instructors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta talking via Skype on “The Business of Writing.” In addition to providing helpful suggestions and needed information for anyone going pro; they answered the constantly asked question: “Should I give up my day job?”

The afternoon session again featured Dave Farland and the Winner Twins. The Winner Twins who are award-winning authors, provided a very thorough overview on the topic of self-publishing.

Dave Farland, often referred to as the “Story Doctor,” covered in detail “The Seven Points of Plot Structure.”

The workshop ended with certificates for everyone and a group shot.

Joe Davis interviewing Orson Scott Card at Author Services, Inc.

Joe Davis interviewing Orson Scott Card at Author Services, Inc.

We’d like to thank a special guest, Joe Davis from Park City TV who hosts the “Mountain Morning Show.” Joe, who is a huge proponent of writing and of L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, has featured writer winners on his show. While in Los Angeles he was also able to get in interviews with Orson Scott Card, Dave Farland and the Winner Twins.

From all the feedback, the Workshop was a huge success. We won’t be surprised if we see many of these talented writers back again—but next time they will be on stage accepting their award for winning the Writers of the Future Contest.