Baltimore Book Fest Success!

This past weekend was the Baltimore Book Festival. It was my first time setting up there and I had no idea what to expect.

What happened was this: the Baltimore inner harbor was absolutely packed with authors, illustrators, artisans, and musicians. Even better, the Baltimore Comic-Con was happening a few blocks away, which brought an additional 30,000 people to the area. Then, ON TOP OF THAT, the Orioles were in town and many fans got to the harbor early to wander around before the game started.

I got all set up like so:

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And then I got to meet all kinds of new readers! Lots of families came by, many of whom had sons and daughters who were taking martial arts. I used to be a martial arts instructor before I started being an English teacher, so it's always great to see new students working their way towards their next belt level.

A couple of people recognized my Camp Half-Blood shirt from a distance and wandered over to talk about Percy Jackson.

My neighbors were awesome, too. I got to know Ben and Bill from Clickworks Press and it turns out that they are huge fans of Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett. E.J. Wenstrom is one of my fellow DC writers and her fantasy story about a clay golem that wants a soul is next on my reading list. Dana Fraedrich and her crew are steampunk enthusiasts and Dana has penned a tale called Skateboards, Magic, and Shamrocks that is a fun read for middle schoolers.

Great show, great books, and great people!

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And now, buried at the end of this post, the news you have been waiting for.

Mecha-Mole Mayhem is about to become a final draft. It is currently in the hands of my editor, the absolutely amazing Shannon A. Thompson, receiving a final run-through for spelling and grammar. After that, I get to start making test copies with Tristan George's mind-blowing cover.

A release date is coming very, very soon! Stay tuned.