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2013 Year-In-Review by Engen founder Matthew LeDrew

2014 fireworksWell, that was a little longer of an unintended hiatus to the updating of the website than I had originally foreseen. Take a week off and two months fly by, the nerve of it I swear. But we have still been busy, plugging away at our projects for 2014 over here at Engen Books, and while we’re excited about them all, a new year isn’t just about looking forward, it’s also about looking back on the thing’s we’ve accomplished, with an eye on both nostalgia and towards doing better in the future.

So I’m hoping to start what will be a tradition here at Engen Books.com, the Year-In-Review. Cue British nobility music. Pinkies in the air everyone, we’re not monsters.

Black Womb comes to a close

2013 marked the end of Engen Book’s original title, the Black Womb series. After seven years and ten books, the story of Xander Drew and the rest of the crowd from Coral Beach comes to a close. It happened without much fanfare, as we were in the midst of revamping the website at the time and were not updating content. The ending of the series was a choice that Ellen and I had wrestled with for some time, but it felt right after ten. Will it be the last we see of these characters? Who knows, (Spoilers: me, and definitely not) but what we’re left with are ten books that tell exactly the story I wanted to tell, and that was the whole reason I started Engen Books to begin with. Sometimes the series could be immature and sometimes I felt bad about it, but in those times Ellen would make me look at our library of authors and stable of titles and remind me: this is the house that Black Womb built.

New Engen Authors

2013 saw the addition of six new authors to the aforementioned Engen stable. Six. If you’d asked me seven years ago if we’d have six authors in total by this point, I’d have laughed at you, but that’s what we added this year alone. And I know it’s cliche, but they are all amazing in their own ways. They are: Tara Murphy, Megan Milner, Leanne Chatham-Milo, Ali House, Randi Livingstone, and one other. It was clearly an unintentional year-of-the-woman at the Engen hiring party (Kidding).

These authors produced amazing work for Sci-Fi on the Rock Returns and Bluenose Paradox, and what’s horrible is that several of them didn’t receive proper recognition. Tara Murphy was published during that website hiatus in April, and I had intended to have the site feature a news story of each of the Bluenose Paradox authors…. at which point the website didn’t get updated since November 19th. Great job.

For the record, they’re all amazing and I look forward to reading more of what they offer. That’s the real gift of running Engen Books, you never run out of great stories to tell.

Engen gets Dysfunctional

And yes… we couldn’t not mention this. Steve Lake and I started a show on YouTube called “the most dysfunctional writing podcast EVER,” and it has been. Response to it has been great and I take any opportunity to work with Steve. Anyone who can’t get enough of Steve can also hear him on the Whostorian show as well as every Monday night in the St. John’s area on the Blind Lemon Blues radio show.

The Dysfunctional Podcast will return in 2014. 😉

There’s been lots more, too much to mention. If I had time I’d just mention every fan by name, because you’re the ones who made 2013 great. I’d shout out to Amanda Evans and let her know she doesn’t have to find excuses to come around to the booth next year: just come talk. We don’t mind. I’d tell Travis Whalen and the rest of his crew from Sci-Fi on the Rock to come back and have a chat, and I’d bow to them for their great word-of-mouth campaign to get us known and hope they are keeping it up. I’d thank Ellen, who is always there for me and is currently penning the third Infinity book. I’d thank Jen Lambe for helping us make Bluenose Paradox a reality, and I’d thank Jay Paulin and his wife for making the best little girl in the world who was a wonderful dinner guest of ours one afternoon at Hal-Con.

Here’s to 2014.

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew, Engen Books

Engen invades Social Media

Engen Books now has pages on four of the major social media marketing sites to help spread the word about its great titles.

Pages have been added on Facebook (left), Twitter, MySpace and YouTube; each of which can provide a specific function for fans of the Engen Universe and are available from the Social Media toolbar located on the main page.

Author interviews and trailers have been available on the Engen Books YouTube for over a year now, and the Facebook page has been a part of our marketing plan from very early on.

The Twitter and MySpace accounts were added recently to round out the Social Media action plan.

“We’re excited about the plans for the social media marketing campaign.” said Matthew LeDrew, head of Engen Books and author of Black Womb and Infinity. “We want to make this an interactive experience for our fans. We’ll be logging on at least once a day to answer questions and reply to posts. In addition, we want to start an online version of the writing panels that go so well at conventions, giving short monthly assignments and feedback on work of young authors.”

Engen Books was started in October 2007 by Matthew LeDrew.

Engen takes the World

Ignorance is Bliss
Ignorance is Bliss

It’s October, and that means big news for Engen Books!

Not only is it our third anniversary, but we’re celebrating with two new books and the long-awaited international release of all Engen titles!

Starting on October 23, 2010 with the release of Ignorance is Bliss at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con in Corner Brook, Engen titles will be available internationally in Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Coles and more. They will also be available on amazon.com, amazon.ca, and chapters.indigo.ca.

“It’s amazing,” said Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew. “If you’d told me three years ago we’d be here already, I would have called you crazy. It’s truly incredible. We’re excited about Ignorance is Bliss… its the sixth novel in the Black Womb series, and we’re really gearing up for some good solid stories in the next few novels. I’m really happy with this one.”

West Coast Con will feature all five Engen authors as guests, including Darren Hann, Ellen Curtis, Steve Lake and Melanie Collins.

There’s no time to celebrate though, as the very next week (October 29-31, 2010) in Halifax, Engen will launch Infinity, the first book in a new title of the same name, penned by LeDrew and fellow Engen author Ellen Curtis (Compendium).

“I’m very proud of Infinity,” Curtis said. “I think it’s the best work either of us have done. We’re preparing an exciting launch at Hal-Con. I’m hoping people will be impressed.”

To watch the trailer for Ignorance is Bliss on YouTube, click here, compliments of Justin Foley Entertainment.

Stay tuned to Engen.com for more updates and interviews.

Vendor Profile: BuddyToad Comics

BuddyToad Comics
BuddyToad Comics

As Engen Books grows and expands, our staff has had some unique opportunities. Through business deals, conventions and book signings; we’ve met some of the greatest authors, businessmen and people that this province has to offer. Sometimes it’s just a one-off meeting. Other times, it’s a long standing relationship. This is the case with BuddyToad Comics.

BuddyToad is a comic and sports shop dealing heavily in anime and manga, but carry a great cross section of all mainstream and independent comic titles. They also carry sports clothing and jerseys from baby to adult sizes, and have a mail order subscription service.

Over the past few years, through it’s duel locations in both Gander and St. John’s, BuddyToad has become one of this province’s foremost dealers in comics, manga and sports supplies. Now they’ve taken on another service: an Engen Books supplier as well.

BuddyToad now carries titles such as Compendium, Black Womb and Roulette, both in-store, on the road and online at http://www.buddytoadcomics.ca.