Dec 24

Welcome back, everyone. It’s been a busy spell for a lot of reasons. For starters, I will be appearing at Inconjunction in Indianapolis over July 4th weekend. This is a very well run convention that draws a lot of fans. What I love about this one is that the fans are very involved with the guests. They come to mingle and meet. Amazicon has moved to November and is in Essington, Pa. at the Clarion Hotel, not far from my home. Also, I have been in contact with Multiverse in Atlanta, Ga. I’m awaiting some additional details about the convention but likely will be there in October.
Earlier this month, I was in Phoenix to meet with my publisher. After several discussions, we decided that the new Space Truckers series will be released in novella size versus novel. This will allow me to keep each novella focused on one main adventure with a few subplots. This series gives me a chance to open up a lot of new avenues. I may even cross over into the Pain series with a few adventures. More to come on that later.
On the screenplay front, still lots of interest but no takers yet. The big concern by a few of my contacts is the competition with one or two other very big budget franchises. Timing is everything in the movie industry. Patience and diligence will win out eventually, I’m sure. Join me again soon for more details and appearances. Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone. See you soon.

Sep 12

Welcome back, everyone. It’s been a long busy summer for me as I’m sure many of you can say the same. Queen of Pain has finally been released! My publisher and I are waiting patiently for its availability on the internet sites. I do have copies for those who can’t wait and are chomping at the bit since reading Princess Pain. I apologize for the delay but the Queen won’t disappoint, I assure you. I will be appearing at Imaginarium in Louisville in October and PhilCon in November and I look forward to seeing many friends and fans. This will be my first visit to Louisville in quite a few years and I’m looking forward to it. In February, I’ll be appearing at Farpoint in Hunt Valley and, like all conventions I attend, I will have a table in the dealers’ room. In June, you can look for me at SciFiValleyCon in Altoona, Pa. for a fun con in the mountains. I hope to add appearances in Phoenix, and Nashville next year as well as several other locations so check in to see if I’ll be at a con near you.

The summer has kept me busy with marketing my screenplays. As usual, there’s been a lot of interest but no action. The film industry appears to be in a recession of sorts as there isn’t a whole lot happening in regard to new scripts. I receive leads from Inktip every week and it seems that the demand right now is for very low budget scripts. Unfortunately, good sci-fi comes with a price. I’ve been limited in my work on my new novel, Space Truckers, but did submit a novella version of it to a major publisher. I don’t expect anything to happen with it since it doesn’t fit the cookie cutter formula for them. I will be continuing on the full length novel though and I’m targeting April for a completion date. So goes the business of writing. Join me again soon for updates on my projects and appearances.

Jun 12

After a very successful weekend at SciFiValleyCon and Amazicon the previous weekend, it’s back to work. The good news is that Queen of Pain, the Princess Pain sequel, has made its debut and did well. The great news is that I met a lot of really cool people and made many new friends. I had the pleasure of meeting JoJo Spatafora of Big Brother and Nick Giglio of Comic Book Man (AMC) at Amazicon. If you check my Facebook page out, you’ll see that Dead Pool is an avid fan of the Pain series. Now that the fun is over, I must get back to work on Space Truckers and several pitches for my other scripts that need to be sent out. Currently, my next convention isn’t until October 5th in Louisville for Imaginarium but that could change. Join me again soon for more information on upcoming appearances, projects, and the latest news.

Jun 01

Hello, everyone and welcome back. Queen of Pain has finally been released and I have copies available for the upcoming conventions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Pain series, Queen of Pain is the second book and the follow up to Princess Pain. This is a futuristic action series that has plenty to keep you going. There will be a third novel in the series, titled Reign of Pain as our heroine Marina is joined by her young Seers who have more to offer than she ever imagined. In Reign of Pain, Marina will need all the help she can get.
This weekend, June 1st to the 3rd, I am appearing at Amazicon in Wilmington, DE at the DoubleTree Hotel next to the Concord Mall on Rt. 202. Next weekend, June 8th to the 10th, I am appearing at SciFiValleyCon at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. I will be joining my good friend Stephen Zimmer and his outstanding staff at Imaginarium in Louisville, Kentucky on October 5th to the 7th. Look for more to come.
I’ve been busy adapting my screenplay Space Truckers to a novel. Currently, I have completed it as a novella if that provides a better opportunity. Meanwhile, I am completing it as a novel where I could use part two as a second novella if needed. As usual, there is a lot of interest in my screenplays with lots of potential but no contract offers. It’s hard to believe when you see the limited selection of quality movies and TV series today. Join me again for more information on upcoming projects and appearances.

Mar 01

I’ve just returned from the beautiful Chattanooga area and had a most enjoyable trip. Connooga 2018 was outstanding. Each year, the convention improves in so many different ways. The attendance was great and book sales were amazing. I missed the last two years and was overwhelmed by the number of people who remembered me. Then, there was McKay’s Bookstore just outside of Chattanooga off Rt. 75. exit 7. The staff were so pleasant and sociable. The crowd they draw every night is amazing. McKay’s also has stores in Nashville and Knoxville. If you get a chance to visit one of them, do it. Most of their items are second hand but their rating system tells you how good or bad the item is. The selection of music, instruments, books, games and many other items is unbelievable.
No word on the release of Queen of Pain yet. Medical issues have hindered AZ Publishing recently but are expected to improve soon. They’ve always done a great job for me so patience is earned by them. I’ve been very active with marketing my screenplays. It’s been a frustrating spell as there is much interest but no takers as of yet. I hope to focus more of my attention on the Space Truckers novel in the near future. That’s kind of slid to the back burner for a while now. No worries, though. It is coming.
Next events are AmaziCon in Wilmington, DE and SciFiValleyCon in Altoona, PA, both in the first two weeks of June. I am working on adding more events for the latter part of the year so join me for more details in the next update. Join me again soon for more on upcoming events and projects.


Mike D’Ambrosio