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Demon Events, Fall 2016 – with free stuff!

This fall, WordFire Press publishes The Demon in Business Class, an international modern-day fantasy by Anthony Dobranski.

Meet the author at these upcoming appearances and readings:

Sat Nov 5 – DC Library Author Festival, MLK Library, Washington DC
Fr-Su Nov 11-13 – Rhode Island Comic Con, Providence RI
Wed Nov 16, 7pm – Reading & SigningOne More Page Books, Arlington VA
Fr-Su Nov 18-20 – PhilCon Cherry Hill NJ
Thur Dec 1, 7pm – Reading & SigningThe Writer’s Center, Bethesda MD

*Each print copy of Demon sold during these appearances comes with a free  poster!*


**While they last, get a real Demon trading card, printed from the virtual set running on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.**

The nine Demon picture cards

For up-to-date news on events, visit More Demon! The Demon in Business Class info page

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Hello CapClave – Trading cards now REAL!

I’m paneling and reading starting today at CapClave in Rockville MD. It’s a very different kind of personal appearance than my work at convention booths, with panel discussions of literary topics, and a half-hour Saturday morning to read my work.

In celebration, my social media promotion has slipped the surly bounds of cyberspace and achieved card form!

The nine Demon picture cards

It’s only the 9 picture cards, not the complete set of 55, which is still being published one a day on my social media: Instagram & Twitter @adobranski, Facebook @adobranskiauthor

It’s also a small test run of this promotional idea!

Any intrepid and review-minded readers who buy an Advance Reader Proof from me at CapClave get a card along with the posters I also gave buyers in Cincinnati. (And if you bought a book in Cincinnati, get in touch on Facebook or by email to dobranski outlook com and I’ll send you one!)

Here’s my CapClave schedule – for full details, see and find me under “Participants.” See you there!

Fri 6p – Whatever Happened to the Standalone Novel?

Fri 8p – Who’s the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes?

Fri 11p – How Graphic is Your Novel?

Sat 10:30-10:55a – Reading

Sat 11:00-11:25a – Author’s Table

Sat 4p Politics in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sat 5p – Global Climate Change in Science Fiction



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Thanks, Cincinnati! – my successful advance release

My debut selling advance proof copies of The Demon in Business Class at the Cincinnati Comic Expo was a smashing success – I completely sold out!

It was great to be part of the WordFire Press booth and have their amazing support. My posters and banner clearly caught people’s eyes. And of course, thanks to the many brave readers who took a chance on an unknown author!

I am still under-slept, and I have work ahead of me to be ready for reader reviews – and for my next pre-release appearance, October 7-9, at CapClave in Rockville, MD, where I’ll be on several literary panels, and doing my first public reading. Cincinnati gave me a lot of good energy, and I look forward to putting it to use.

Thanks Cincinnati for my warm welcome!



Fun with marketing – book teaser trading cards

The image-driven firehose that is social media challenges the modern writer. I see some managing to do clever things with it, releasing aphorisms and motivational notes, and others just stupefied. Count me more often among the latter.

Not long ago, writer, blogger and ace self-marketer Shannon A Thompson  posted about her book teasers, single-image character bios she puts out well in advance of her book’s release. I can do that, I thought.

But I couldn’t. My efforts seemed both too much and not enough, and in retrospect I think Thompson’s style wasn’t playing to my strengths. I needed a way to put forward not just characters but the breadth of my story, and my own writing style, in bits and snippets – in a spirit of play.

I did have a great cover, thanks to artist Julie Duong, and my banner showed me that I could make an unusual concept work. Early one morning three weeks ago, trying to get back to sleep after waking too early, I suddenly saw these in my head.

Star Wars trading cards 1977

These are my own Star Wars trading cards from 1977 (I have the first three sets of 66, complete). What’s funny about them is that they only make sense if you’ve seen the movie – even in numerical order, they’re more like a trailer blown up into individual frames and fallen all anyhow onto the floor. I imagined what it would be like to read them without having first seen the movie…

The result debuts today on Instagram, and come out one a day between now and my mid-November book launch – 56 in total (7 x 8, a union of Western and Eastern lucky numbers). Here’s a sample:

Three Demon trading cards

I’m no artist, but I can run an image editor enough to add borders and fonts. I took Thompson’s great idea to use stock art for my character images – it helps that they’re mostly business people, and stock art sites are full of those – but I ran them through Prisma, the smartphone app that makes people look painted, which let me image the character’s personality, not just their looks.

For now they’re on my own Instagram account adobranski. Follow it and get a little literary oddness in your daily feed!


Fun with marketing – my convention banner

I am so pleased to show off my first major marketing tool since the book got its cover – my banner for convention booths and signing tables. Artist Andrea Klores created a fantastic twilit look that complements the book’s edginess and theme. See it below in detail, and the final product at the end of this article – with a 6’4″ human for scale!

Demon banner detail

This is not the usual book marketing banner, and I thought it worth discussing.

My marketing education this summer included a weekend working at my publisher’s booth at Hartford’s Connecticon. Continue reading

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My book has a cover!

I’m so excited to share my novel’s cover! Created by Duong Covers, it captures my old-meets-new theme in spectacular fashion.

Demon-final-cover-go small

Speaking professionally, it’s also fantastic. In case you wondered why titles are getting so BIG on book covers lately, thank online bookstores and their 100ish-pixel-wide icons. Here, not only the title but the central art really stands out at small sizes, a rare achievement. See for yourself –

Demon-final-cover-go small

Just a couple more months before the world sees the cover around its book!