Preview Dead & Damaged

DeadandDamaged

Concept art. Not the cover.

With Dead & Damaged due out this summer, I’ve uploaded a preview on Wattpad to wet your appetite [sorry, bad vampire pun]. That’s right, you can now read the first 4 Chapters for free here.

On Goodreads? Don’t forget to add it!

Expected publication: 7.14.16
Check back for more updates as the release date nears.

Disclaimer: The version on Wattpad is still undergoing edits and content is subject to change prior to official release.

ConLife Philadelphia

I attended my fiComic Con Philadelphia Main Entrancerst Comic Con in Philadelphia this past weekend and it was an interesting experience, to say the least. First off, everything they tell you about preparing for crowds, long lines, lots of walking, etc. is true. Even at the scaled-down version in Philly (4th largest after Comic-Con International in San Diego, ReedPop’s New York Comic Con and Wizard World ChicagoCon). Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia was expected to get 90-100k attendees this year which is quickly approaching the 130-140k that attend the main Con in San Diego. That said, it’s still doable to cover the entire main exhibitor floor in a day.

Just be patient and try not to be overwhelmed (I found myself wishing I had a Valium on more than one occasion). The crowds make navigation Exhibitor Floor Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Condifficult, particularly around the autograph lines. And everywhere you look there are people in costumes posing for pictures. So you will constantly be walking through photo ops. It’s impossible to avoid. You will be a professional photo bomber by the end of the show.

You’ll also have lots of celebrity sightings, but getting up close and personal is another story. The price you pay for admission is just that. Everything costs money so bring cash if you plan on attending a celebrity meet & greet or even want to photograph certain exhibits. For instance, it is $10 to get a photo with the batmobile.Batman 1966 batmobile

I mainly went to check out artist alley and see what I’d have to look forward to if I ever exhibited at one of these shows as I’ve heard it’s a great place for authors to gain exposure if their fan base attends these shows. Sidebar: I’ve never seen so many fangs in one place, way to represent vampire fans! I was expecting to see a bunch of fellow fantasy and science fiction authors on hand and was initially surprised there weren’t more exhibiting. I spotted a couple publishers and a handful of indie authors with booths. A discouragingly meager turnout. So where were they???WWP

What I learned was that not many of their fans are going to pay the hefty $55-65 ticket price just to get in to get their book signed. Authors have better turn outs at book signings where they don’t have to pay $400+ for a table and their fans don’t have to pay to meet them on top of buying their book(s). So unless you are a best selling author, you may find the time and expense associated with Comic Con may not be worVendor at Comic Con Phillyth your while. Authors may contradict this observation, but that was my biggest takeaway from attending.

This convention is mostly for two types of people: those looking for comic book merchandise – posters and t-shirts appeared to be the biggest draw after the comics themselves. And die-hard fans who are willing to pay good money to spend their day waiting in line to meet their favorite celebrity (I’m tempted to say something disparaging here like “D-List” star from hit 80s tv show, but there were a surprisingly impressive number of current “big names” on hand). If you fall into one of those categories, Comic Con is for you.

And if you are an artist whose work fits the genres, it’s probably a good way to get exposure b/c this is likely one of the few outlets you have for appearances. Just know going in that more people are there for the cosplay than to buy your work.Stephen Amell Q&A

The highlight of the day for me was sitting in on the Stephen Amell panel. Fan or not, you get to spend an hour relaxing in a quiet room away from the exhibit hall frenzy watching film clips and listening to entertaining stories.

While I personally am only a casual watcher of Arrow and wouldn’t call myself a “huge fan” by any means, I still enjoyed the Q&A exchanges. Mostly it was just interesting hearing from the point of view of someone who works in the industry. Stephen had great stories not just of his experiences on set filming, but also from attending other Cons. I could have skipped the showroom floor and spent the day sitting in panels.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Yards Brewery for providing a pop up beer garden. You were vital to my con survival!

Latest Reviews: 2015 Edition

2015 has been very good to The Endangered thus far!
Check out the most recent reviews:

“The story itself is excellent. It’s not your typical Vampires vs Werewolves story. Instead it reads more like a female Jason Bourne vampire thriller in which the bad guys just happen to be werewolves…light years away from what I was expecting when I started reading…S. L. Eaves delivers a wonderfully thrilling tale of intrigue between vampires and werewolves that is well worth your time.” – Richard Foland
Read full review here.

“This is a taut, pacey and gritty gothic tale with plenty of car chases, fights and dark turning points to keep any fan of the genre interested…Overall this is a fun dark fantasy and an enjoyable action adventure.” – J.A. Ironside
Read full review here.

“I give this book an A! It was action packed and I couldn’t put it down…If you like a good vampire/werewolf battle story then check it out.” – Cherrelle Shelton
Read full review here.

Already read it? Please take a moment to leave a review. I’d greatly appreciate your feedback. Reviews are a HUGE HELP in spreading the word to readers about a new book; especially one by a new, unknown author.

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SL

“Vampires, Werewolves and an MBA” by Drexel University

Drexel University recently published this timely, Halloween-themed article where I discuss the challenges of tackling an MBA while trying to get published. If you are an aspiring writer hopefully you’ll find some useful tidbits of advice on the industry, or at the very least take away some new horror movie recommendations:

“With Halloween approaching, we decided that someone who took on the terrifying challenge of earning her MBA while penning a debut novel might have some interesting things to say about creativity, marketing and horror movies. Philadelphia area native Stephanie Eaves ’14 wrote “The Endangered” while enrolled here at LeBow. In January, she signed with Zharmae Publishing, and her book is now available for purchase…”

Read the full article here. Big thanks to my alma mater for the support!

SL

Book List Love – The Endangered Ranked #1

The Endangered has been voted #1 on a Goodreads list! And it’s performing well on several others:

Goodreads Listopia

Are you on Goodreads? If so, I invite you to add me as a friend, tell me what you thought of The Endangered, and – if you feel so inclined – throw it some votes & help continue this upward trend!

Note:The Endangered is currently on sale in Amazon’s Kindle Store for $4.99, so if you’re interested in checking it out, now’s the time!

Thanks for your support!
SL