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We’re now less than a week away from our big launch party weekend at GenreCon, at the Guelph Holiday Inn, so I thought I’d pop online in the midst of all the check-listing and last-minute prep to provide a few more incentives to come see us this coming weekend, for all the fence-sitters out there.

1) This may seem obvious, but we’ve got food! And prizes! We’re giving away a free, signed copy of Distant Early Warning, and we’re going to have an abundance of tasty, trail food inspired snacks. You won’t believe what I’ve gone and done with jerky… seriously!

2) Coming to the launch party is a great way to make new friends, and it’s also a great way to check out the book before you buy. I’ll be doing a reading, and we’ll have excerpts from the book playing all through the party on the con suite TV. If you’re of a more professional turn of mind, it’s also a great way to meet other authors and editors, who may or may not be currently reading for anthologies, wink wink.

3) And finally, the biggest reason to attend the launch party is that we’re offering a one-time unique experience that no Pop Seagull fan is going to want to miss out on… an exclusive screening of the leica reel for the upcoming, animated Distant Early Warning trailer! For those of you not familiar with animation terminology, a leica reel is an edited-together version of the storyboards for a piece of animation, with a preliminary soundtrack patched in. It is used to give the production crew (and in this case, our fans) an idea of what the finished film will look like. This reel is not going to be released to the internet, it is not going to be shown publicly again, and it offers an exciting sneak peek into what we’re working on, and what the book holds in store for readers.

We’d love to share all this with you on Friday, October 17th, from 7-9 pm, but you’ve got to come out to experience it! Taking the party door-to-door is a bit complicated for us right now, seeing as Pop Seagull hasn’t quite landed that party bus. Give it time, though…