News. Urged on by Indigo, with whom I appear to have sold enough books, I have been requested to present a role-playing workshop, a week from Friday, on the 18th of March, at the Signal Hill Indigo Bookstore in west Calgary. At 7 pm.
The discussion will revolve around my book, How to Run: an Advanced Guide to Mastering Role-playing Games; I'll be there to answer questions and pose ideas about running games, creating worlds, acting in one's best interest and seeking a long-term campaign.
I took steps to put my book on Indigo shelves about a year ago - with a promise that I was entitled to 60 days even if the books did not sell. At present, I have books still on the shelves at two Indigo bookstores; there are three other box stores in the city I haven't approached, largely due to resources. The important thing is that the books have done well enough that Indigo is happy to leave me on their shelves. Me, a little 'vanity' publisher.
That word has gone away. So much of the work in the free world is self-published now that it's no longer a stigma to publish your own books. Indigo has treated me with nothing but respect.
I'm looking forward to the workshop. I don't expect more than three or four participants, as I know that I've pretty much reached out to every resource I have to get people interested in the book. I understand that there is a D&D play going on at the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary; I might hunt up someone there and I will be making a couple of stops at gaming clubs to see if I can get someone interested in coming. The Indigo consignment marketer, Stacey Kondla, promises that she has connections with the Sentry Box that I don't have. She can be reached for details through Indigo and of course I can be reached for details here.
If you're in Calgary and you've always been afraid of approaching me, here's an opportunity to do so in a bright, public place with lots of witnesses. I'm not likely to bite.