Every time the guys and I take a weekend to do a comic convention or book signing affair, I wind up falling behind on other projects. There are only so many hours in the day. Eating and sleeping take up a good bit of time. I also have to put in a few hours at my day job. I have a great boss, but I'm expected to be working with patients and not writing books when I'm on her clock. By now I'm certain all you dedicated Lorefans know that after a show it takes several weeks for me to get photos and blogs updated. Now that's not because I don't love posting new photos of our great Lorefans. I really do love the photo work. I love doing the blogs to update and entertain you guys. However, first and foremost,
I have to keep writing books.
Book sales and poster sales pay the bills around here. Much as Stan, Colt and I love writing, we can't
responsibly do it for free. We all have families to support. Stan's family may not include a wife right now, but girls, he is looking. Seriously. Hotels, food, gas, electricity, electronics, and various expenses involved with book production would sap our day job pay in no time. I'm sorry, but day job pay is earmarked for supporting our families. That's one area where I can't afford to fall behind. Our grand adventure in writing and publishing has to pay for itself. Now I've got to say the hard part of today's blog. If you don't read anything else, please read paragraph three.
When the guys and I are doing a show, nothing is more fun than having a crowd of Lorefans
mob the table for autographs, photos and a chance to discuss nuances of Varg's favorite sword or Mara's utilitarian fashion sense. I can spend hours trying to discuss Von's love life without giving away any plot secrets. Unfortunately, some folks (THEY ARE NOT LOREFANS) have found it possible amid all this happy confusion to obtain merchandise without paying for it. Now all the prices of books and posters are clearly marked at our table. Pay up! We usually bring in someone to handle sales, so the Loredagger writers are free to meet and greet with the public. This leaves sales to one helper. Pay up! May I make a simple request? Please don't rip us off. Pay up! If you can't afford a book or poster, we will happily sign anything else (check our no nudity policy) even someone else's book. Books and posters are for paying customers only, unless for some INSANE reason we announce otherwise. Nobody went home hungry that night, but come bill paying time, we were short by a few bucks. That money had to come out of somebody's pocket. I'm not saying I penalized our salesperson, but someone put the bite on her for the missing merchandise. You see? You see what you did? Some poor volunteer had to cough up her own cash because of what you did!
Anyway, if you're at a show, watch out for ripoff artists. Some steal chairs, some steal food.
Some walk off without paying for autographed posters. Shame on you! By the way, if you're
feeling sorry for our salesperson, feel free to leave her spare change at our next show or send her
a few bucks at our corporate offices. Just write "Pamela" on the cash and I'll personally see she gets