Memphis Comic and Fantasy Conventions, November 9-11


MCFC Poster

MCFC Poster

Guess where I’ll be this weekend. Yep! I’ll be there promoting Forging Truth and my other writing across 3 different panels. Here’s a link to where I posted on GeekDad about it: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/join-the-fun-memphis-comic-and-fantasy-convention/.

  • Friday, 5:00pm-6:00pm — Getting the Gizmo/Science Right
  • Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Getting Visual: Writing Scenes for Comics, Books & Movies
  • Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm — Q&A with Raymond Masters

Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2011?


Well, this is the second annual “Exactly What Did I Accomplish” post. Guess it’ll become a tradition if I remember to do it next year. So, what did I accomplish? As far as actual writing goes, I’m not sure I did too much, really. I did however make a couple of large leaps toward getting my work out there.

I spent the month of February furiously typing out the manuscript for what would become Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale. I wrote it for a specific anthology that, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t make it into. While I’m sorry it wasn’t accepted, I’m equally excited with it. Why? Well, because… (See June’s entry.)

March was the month I found my niche, as it were. Wired.com’s GeekDad blog welcomed me into the fold, and it’s become the perfect vehicle for me to express my geekdom (31 articles!!). March was also the month I left my Professional Fanboy column at Project Fanboy. While I appreciate their helping me into the world of geek news coverage, I’ve really felt like a part of a family at GeekDad. Plus, I’ve been allowed to break several exclusives and interview some of my favorite writers and artists. One of the coolest things this year, also happened in March: David Cabrera finished the artwork for Black Dawg, my short story for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia anthology. Maybe 2012 will finally see it published. Fingers crossed.

In June, I self-published Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and on Smashwords.com. This was my first time to publish anything, and I was on cloud nine for this 8,000-word story.

August I picked up my first paid job in the writing/publishing world. Where I had been a slush reader for Dark Quest Books, I now primarily do PR work for them. I currently have three authors under my umbrella. I learned a lot about book promotions in 2011 that I plan on building on in 2012. I’ll carry that knowledge over to my own stuff as well.

In November, I began the final edit of Forging Truth, formatting it as I went. The goal was to have it to the printer and in my hands by the end of the year.

On December 21, my 5 proof copies of Forging Truth arrived. They were beautiful. Last night, another 10 books came in, and I have those all spoken for, too. Also, last night, I put the finishing touches on the eBook for Forging Truth. As I mentioned in today’s post, I’m so excited to say it’s now available on the Kindle for $4.95 or through Amazon Prime for FREE.

All and all, it was a pretty awesome year to this guys. So, what goals do I hold for 2012?

I’d like to finish Corrupting Truth and have it ready to publish by June 30.
I’ll probably be doing a Kickstarter campaign to help out along the way, so look for that information soon.
I plan on doing a lot more PR work for my Dark Quest authors, as well as offering my services freelance. (See my Slushpimp page for more details.)
I’d like to wrap up The Coyote and the Spider to submit to Viper soon.
Lastly, I’m hoping to get in with another of Chris Wolfe’s projects, called Project Breakthrough.

Who knows what else waits in 2012? Heck, I didn’t even know most of this year’s goodness was coming.

Happy New Year!

Raymond

Promotional Handouts for Black Dawg and Dangerous Hunts


I have printed out some of the postcards available from Avery with the following promotional adds for Black Dawg (Coming Soon from Viper Comics) and Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale.  I’ll be handing them out tomorrow at the River City Comic Convention in Little Rock, if anyone’ll be there or knows someone who will.

I didn’t get a booth this time, as I only have the one book out, and a table costs $40.  They’ll be having another one in November that I might go to.  If so, what I’ll probably do is get a friend to gather up his comics for sale and I’ll get together mine.  I have Magic: The Gathering cards and Hero Clix I might throw in, too.  Combined with our random comic/geek stuff for sale, I could have some hard copies of Dangerous Hunts available.

Just a thought.

Oh, hey, feel free to copy both ads and wall paper the Internet with them.  Shoot, wallpaper your local Wal-Mart bathrooms with them.  The point is, I need help spreading the word.

“You stay classy.”

Raymond

My GeekDad Author Page


Here’s my GeekDad Stuff.

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/author/raymondmasters/

This is a placeholder post until I can get the page fleshed out.

Completed DCnU Reboot Checklist


  1. Justice League – Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
  2. Wonder Woman – Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
  3. Aquaman – Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  4. The Flash – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
  5. The Fury of Firestorm – Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone and Yildiray Cinar
  6. The Savage Hawkman – Tony Daniel and Philip Tan
  7. Green Arrow – JT Krul and Dan Jurgens
  8. Justice League International – Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti
  9. Mister Terrific – Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson
  10. Captain Atom – JT Krul and Freddie Williams II
  11. DC Universe Presents – Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
  12. Green Lantern – Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
  13. Green Lantern Corp – Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
  14. Green Lantern: The New Guardians – Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham and Batt
  15. Red Lanterns – Peter Milligan and Ed Benes and Rob Hunte
  16. Batman – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  17. Detective Comics – Tony Daniel
  18. Batman and Robin – Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason
  19. Batman: The Dark Knight – David Finch
  20. Batwoman – J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
  21. Batgirl – Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
  22. Catwoman – Judd Winick and Guillem March
  23. Birds of Prey – Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
  24. Nightwing – Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
  25. Red Hood and the Outlaws – Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
  26. Batwing – Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
  27. Batman, Incorporated – Grant Morrison
  28. Swamp Thing – Scott Snyder and Yannick Paquette
  29. Justice League Dark – Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin
  30. Animal Man – Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman and Dan Green
  31. Demon Knights – Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
  32. Frankenstein, Agent of Shade – Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli
  33. Resurrection Man – Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino
  34. I, Vampire – Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
  35. Voodoo – Ron Marz art Sami Basri
  36. Legion Lost – Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods
  37. Legion of Superheroes – Paul Levitz and Francis Portela
  38. Teen Titans – Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
  39. Static Shock – John Rozum and Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion
  40. Hawk and Dove – Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld
  41. Action Comics – Grant Morrison and Rags Morales and Rick Bryant
  42. Superman – George Perez and Jesus Merino
  43. Supergirl – Michael Green and Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar
  44. Superboy – Scott Lodbell and RB Silva and Rob Lean
  45. Stormwatch – Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
  46. Grifter – Nathan Edmondson and CAFU
  47. Suicide Squad – Adam Glass and Marco Rudy
  48. Deathstroke – Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
  49. All-Star Western – Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
  50. O.M.A.C. – Dan Didio and Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish
  51. Blackhawks – Mike Costa and Ken Lashley
  52. Men of War – Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick