Q : Do you accept bookings for public speaking engagements?

I have hosted and performed in a limited series of public reading sessions, and I have also participated in book fairs where I read from my novels. I am open to public speaking engagements where my material would be suitable to share. I tend to write for an audience of ages 16 and up, so I can be a questionable fit at events where the majority of performers are reading from children’s books.

The primary thing to understand is that I am a person who stutters. “Rapid-fire” style one-minute reading sessions are a poor fit because you will hardly get much material out of me in such a short span of time. The range of five to ten minutes is usually workable, though ten would be on the long side. I then require a place to be alone after the reading in order to collect myself. If your facility has washrooms with stalls, this would be acceptable.

Q : I have received your promotional materials and I am unhappy about that. Should I bring this up with you or with Matador Books?

I’ll answer the lattermost point first: Matador Books is a service provider that has been paid to print paperback copies of The Gift-Knight’s Quest, and has done some work promoting the book when it was just released. They helpfully maintain a listing for the book on their website, and have set up its presence on Amazon and other ebook outlets. However, they are not my handlers, and they are not responsible for receiving complaints on my behalf; nor do they have any responsibility for the promotion I perform on my own time in Canada; nor are they required to defend or share any of the views or opinions expressed in my written works. To have your concerns be addressed in any effective way, they should be addressed to me.

Now a word about what promotional activities I engage in personally. I email dozens upon dozens of review blogs hoping for some words about my works, whether positive or negative; I arrange honest reviews and tend to share them on social media. I rarely send physical media such as cards because I keep these in reserve for book fairs, and have limited funds to commit to fresh print runs. Usually, if a physical copy is mailed, there was some prior arrangement so that I know this mail was welcome.

Q : I have received physical materials from you and I believe you have sent them to me before, and I do not want them. How do we make sure this doesn’t happen again?

This is within the realm of possibility. First, there is no one that I mail regularly in the past few years for the above mentioned reasons of financial constraints; I rarely send mail anywhere at all. However, I may get taken with the impulse to send a card when it is the media that I have on hand, and I may not actually recall that I have mailed this destination before if it has been long enough.

I am going to share a few links describing the exact mechanism for why this happens, keeping in mind the very first paragraph on this page.

Effects of stress on memory (Wikipedia)

Memory Loss and Anxiety (Anxiety Centre dot com)

Can Depression Cause Memory Loss? (Health Line dot com)

A simple Google search can turn up plenty.

However, there is something I can do for you despite this possibility. I am beginning to compile a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of persons, institutions and mail destinations who absolutely do not want my mail. I will back this up in email and perhaps I will also write it down, in case of hard disk failure, because I am in no way interested in having a problem with you. I say that last part because it occurs to me that I may have considered this idea before, but two separate hard disk failures later, I have no current records of such. Backups are wonderful, and not just for manuscripts.

Q : Then how do I contact you to make sure this gets done?

I am the administrator of my very own Facebook Author Page. Follow this link to find it and leave a message if necessary.

On a final note, anyone can mail a card or picture. I generally include a return address; if I believe anything I have sent warrants a response, I would definitely do so. Anyone could pick up a card from a book fair booth and send it, and the only thing I can do is run out of cards until the next run gets printed.