Jun 09

Welcome back, everyone. It’s been a hectic year so far with many things going on. Night Creeps was a finalist in the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival for 2019. Space Truckers won Wild Sound’s Best Script for 2018. Of course, I do have the links for the announcement and for the trailer as well.

In addition, Princess Pain won a best scene table read with Wild Sound as well.

Unfortunately, I had to cancel my appearance at SciFiValleyCon but I will be appearing at Inconjunction on July 5th to the 7th. For those of you in the Indianapolis area who are attending, you can find me in the dealers room or at one of my panels. Join me again soon for more updates on my projects and appearances.

Apr 09

Hello, everyone. Welcome back for more on the Worlds of Michael D’Ambrosio. Lots of interesting things going on right now that are keeping me occupied. My Night Creeps script is a finalist in the Crimson Screen Film Festival with final judging scheduled for May 26th. This will be the second time Night Creeps has made it to the final round of a contest so I’m hoping for some good news when all is said and done.
I’ve been very busy with Space Truckers in more ways than one. Recently, I learned that Space Truckers was picked as the best sci-fi script in 2018 by Wild Sound Film Festival. They are creating a 5-minute trailer for me to promote the script (and the book). My publisher and I haven’t decided on a release date yet as there is still a lot to do. It will likely be late this year or early next year. Space Truckers, unlike my other novels, will be available as an audio book. Currently, Mark Delgado is working the narration for me. My publisher, Patti Hultstrand of AZ Publishing, will be providing the artwork for both the audio package and the novella. Once that is completed, Disk Makers of Pensauken, New Jersey will be creating the package, which we expect will be 7 CDs in a DVD style package. I was surprised to learn that a CD only holds a max of 78 minutes so, thankfully, Space Truckers is a novella. I expect that this will be a long series as I have many ideas for it. I have received two more requests for copies of the script from production companies with excellent comments. Unfortunately, for all the interest and praise, no offers have been made. Maybe, I’m getting close(r).
Not too far off are SciFiValleyCon (Altoona, PA) and Inconjunction (Indianapolis, IN). Both are excellent conventions and I’m excited about returning to both. I really look forward to meeting fans at the conventions. Lately, I’ve been putting in a lot of time focusing on my pitching for Space Truckers, particularly on the marketing points. In November, I will be attending Amazicon, which is moving to the Clarion Hotel near the Philadelphia airport. In December, I will be spending some time in Phoenix but I’m not sure if or what I’ll be doing yet. I’m hoping to come up with something new and creative for my fans.
I’ve already mapped out Space Truckers 2 but I haven’t had time to do much more than that. I’m working with a good friend in Phoenix, Don Jacques, on a project for his Earth Seed. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Earth Seed is an innovative self-sustaining vehicle that can recycle and produce anything necessary to survive in the wilderness. I’ve designed the circuitry for one of the new components he wants to add and I’m currently building a prototype of the circuit. You can find information on the Earth Seed on Facebook or search Don Jacques. The man is amazing what he has invented thus far. Well, time to get back to work. Join me again soon for more information on my projects and appearances.

Feb 05

Greetings to all my friends, both frozen and warm. This weekend, February 8-10, I’ll be participating at Farpoint in Hunt Valley, MD at the Delta Hotel (formerly Marriott Hunt Valley). I do have a table in the dealers’ room where I’ll be available to talk with all of you, show (and sell) you my books and anything else you can think of. You can find me on panels on Friday: Cities in Space at 3 pm; The Farpoint Book Fair at 10 pm in the hall. On Saturday at 5 pm, Military Fact vs, Fiction and then Sunday there’s Constructing a Story at 10 am and Writing to a Deadline at 11 am.
My latest project, Space Truckers, is off to a good start. I just submitted the story to my publisher, Patti Hultstrand at AZ Publishing. This will be a novella and the first of several in the series. My screenplay for Space Truckers has garnered a lot of attention and recently won the Best Overall Script for 2018 with Wildsound Film Festival’s Table Read contest. They are currently creating a 5-minute trailer for the script which I’ll post as soon as it comes available. I hope to have more information on my projects and appearances in a week or two so join me again for more information or at Farpoint.

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.