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Novelist A.P. Fuchs is shown with some books from his Axiom-man series, which will have installments six and seven released at the upcoming Central Canada Comic Con.

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Novelist A.P. Fuchs is shown with some books from his Axiom-man series, which will have installments six and seven released at the upcoming Central Canada Comic Con. Photo Store

A.P. Fuchs knows a thing or two about self-publishing, and he’s hoping to pass that information along.

The prolific Elmwood-based zombie, paranormal romance, and superhero novelist will release Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-publish Your Book at C4 (Central Canada Comic Con) at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. The convention is slated to run from Nov. 1 to 3.
As a companion to the book, the 32-year-old will host a workshop on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at the conference. The $50 fee includes a copy of the book.

"It’s going to be not just going over some of the material in the book, but there’s going to be extra material for those who come to the workshop," Fuchs said. "It’s going to be an intense two hours of everything you need to self-publish a book using the book as a guide."

A seven-year veteran of C4 appearances, Fuchs has built a following of fans for his fiction.

Though the content was a departure for him, it was the issue of how best to present it that was challenging.

"It was the hardest book I’ve ever written. Not in terms of content, because I know that stuff inside and out, but the fact that there was so much information that I wanted to just dump out in a how-to book, you’ve got to really keep it organized," Fuchs said. "It was way different than doing a story, where you just gush it out."

Fuchs said the book will inform readers about everything from choosing a printer to formatting to design to ebooks. In addition to providing the advice, the books offer a rationale for it.

"I have a couple self-publishing books, and a lot of it is ‘do this, do this, do this’, but it doesn’t really say why," Fuchs said. "When I started self-publishing, everything was trial and error. I had to do everything on my own because there was no resource."

He hopes the book helps readers determine whether self-publishing is the right avenue for them, as he lists off the pros and cons. He explained the main tug-of-war of self-publishing has to do with the freedom to do the project all on one’s own against the responsibility of having to do it all on one’s own.

Also at the convention, Fuchs will release the two latest installments of his Winnipeg-set Axiom-man series — Underground Crusade and Outlaw.

"I’m a fan of epic saga-type stuff, I’m big on that, and I thought it was a chance to do something of my own," Fuchs said. "As far as I know, there’s never going to be a 50-book superhero saga, so I’m seven books in, plus some short stories and some comics. It’s coming along.

"It’s meant to be like a life’s work kind of deal."

Tickets for Fuchs’ workshop are available at http://www.c4con.com/at-the-con/programming.
For more information on his work, visit www.canisterx.com.

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