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Oregon Business: Can Eugene Sell Itself — Without Selling Out?

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I’ve lived in Eugene since 2000 and have seen how much this small city is changing—and how it also resists changing. It was really cool to get to write about this balance and conflict for the February 2016 edition of Oregon Business:

Full article: Oregon Business – Can Eugene Sell Itself — Without Selling Out?

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fantasy Book Savings!

Travel to a new world of myth and adventure

Oh my oh my how I’ve been looking forward to this. If you’ve been planning to get the Rucksack Universe for someone on your gift list, there’s no better time than now to save big on e-books, signed paperbacks, and book bundles! These Black Friday savings are good through Nov. 30, so you can save all weekend and on Cyber Monday too!

Author-Only Savings

During Black Friday, you’ll save the most when you order directly from my secure author store at Selz.

99¢ e-books

$2.99 e-book bundles (includes formats for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks & more!)

FREE US shipping on signed paperbacks*

$25 signed paperback bundles (save big off the combined cover price of $33.97) + US FREE Shipping*

* For all non-US paperback orders through my store, shipping is $30 per order

99¢ E-books

Over Black Friday, all Rucksack Universe e-books are only $0.99 each at my store, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, and more.

>> Get the Universe at Black Friday Savings < <

FOREVER THE ROAD is a Fantasy Best Book of 2015

FOREVER THE ROAD - 2015 Self-Published E-book Award Winner from SELF-e and Library Journal

I just got some pretty incredible news.

Which I’ll preface by saying, so, I’m not much of a winner.

I was never much for athletics. I did pretty well at public speaking in high school, and did some decent placing in forensics competitions for things like live readings. But I’ve never won contests or awards. Heck, I don’t even care for going to Las Vegas or buying a lottery ticket, because I’m about as good at gambling as a footstool is at astrophysics.

But all that said, I just won something.

Library Journal is a major US trade publication that librarians use for figuring out books to add to their collections. The LJ has a new service called SELF-e, which helps indie authors like me gain broader access to libraries for e-books. As part of the setup process, I also entered my 3 e-books (The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road) in a free competition for their 2015 Self-Published Ebook Awards.

And I just got word that FOREVER THE ROAD won Fantasy Honorable Mention.

Forever the Road, Rucksack Universe Book #3

It’s not first prize, but I’ll take it with glee. It’s validation. It’s a nod from the industry. And I gotta say, it still feels pretty darn good.

Speaking of the Fantasy category, you should also check out the other Honorable Mention, Shelbi Wescott’s After Life, and winner Dave Ferraro’s Yokai. I’ve already snagged samples for my Kindle. The other 3 genre categories were Science Fiction, Romance, and Mystery, and be sure to check out and support those authors too.

Of course, if you or someone you know is interested in FOREVER THE ROAD, you can snag an e-book or signed trade paperback copy here.

Thank you for being along with me on this journey… and here’s to what’s next on the way.

FOREVER THE ROAD nominated for 2016 Oregon Book Award

60 fiction books are being considered for 2016 Oregon Book Awards

FOREVER THE ROAD is one of 60 novels being considered for a 2016 Oregon Book Award.

Oregon Book Awards finalists will be announced early next year, and winners will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in spring 2016.

Cross your fingers…

Source: Books Submitted to the 2016 Oregon Book Awards | Literary Arts

MystiCon, Feb. 26-28, 2016, Roanoke, VA


One of the Southeast US’s top science fiction and fantasy conventions returns for a sold-out year! I’ll be appearing at Roanoke, VA’s MystiCon, alongside some fantastic names:

As a co-signer of author John Scalzi’s Convention Harassment Policy, I’m also glad that MystiCon has a good behavior and harassment policy in place.

I can hardly wait for this event. If you’ve already gotten your MystiCon ticket, I’ll see you there. If not, I’m afraid the convention recently sold out of all its tickets.

$0.99 sale ends Oct. 15

99¢ FOREVER THE ROAD Birthday Sale

99¢ FOREVER THE ROAD Birthday Sale

Quick reminder: The Forever the Road 99¢ e-book sale ends Oct. 15. Thank you to everyone who has purchased and told people about the sale!

Get Forever the Road for 99¢ wherever you get e-books—and please keep telling your friends about the sale:

Direct from the Author at Selz




October Eugene Craft Beer News

Laurelwood Fresh Hop Red Alepouring beautifully

A photo posted by Beergarden. (@beergardenme) on

Recently I had the pleasure of going to Beergarden, a new Eugene pub with indoor/outdoor seating, an excellent tap list of craft beers, meads, ciders, and more, and a food cart pod out back.

Beergarden was a wonderful example of a convivial, cozy space where you can pass a pleasant evening. The food carts had diverse selections, a band played in the corner, and groups and solo drinkers alike were enjoying some of the finest craft beer to be found anywhere. I can’t wait to go back.

Oregon Beer Growler, October 2015 Edition: The Technology Issue

Oregon Beer Growler, October 2015 Edition: The Technology Issue

In other news, the October issue of the Oregon Beer Growler just came out. Check out their Technology Issue for everything from the skinny on Taplister and mobile canning operations, to my pieces on a beer apps roundup, Veneta farm/brewery Plough Monday, expansion plans for Falling Sky Brewing, and the hottest Coolest Cooler around.

  • Beer Apps for Brewers and Beer Lovers, p. 11
  • Big Moves for Falling Sky, p. 12
  • The Hottest Coolest Cooler Around, p. 12
  • A Quality Decision: A Conversation with Plough Monday, p. 17 & 23

Read the Oregon Beer Growler online

NEW: Get Rucksack Universe e-books from your library with Library Journal, BiblioBoard & SELF-e

A new library-focused partnership from Library Journal and Biblioboard

Get Anthony St. Clair e-books from your library with Library Journal SELF-e Select

Some good news came in to the Rucksack Press world headquarters this week. A while back I submitted all 3 of my books—The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road—to a new e-book service for libraries, SELF-e, from Library Journal and BiblioBoard.

SELF-e - e-books for libraries, powered by Library JournalI love libraries, and my family and I are big supporters of our local Eugene Public Library. (We were even part of an early literacy public awareness video campaign.) Making my e-books  widely available in libraries is a big deal to me. I use my library to find books I want to buy, as well as for research for my stories. Having my e-books available for free to readers through libraries is part of giving back to the public and to the library.

My books are part of SELF-e curated collections. They’ll be featured selections shared with subscribing libraries all over the US on BiblioBoard Library. The first Library Journal SELF-e Select collections are expected to be available to libraries this month, making them available to readers nationwide.

Oregon readers and Oregon libraries looking for Oregon authors can also find my books in SELF-e’s Indie State module as a “highlighted selection.” SELF-e is also updating their GoodReads group with selections.

See you at the library!

Home for today: Florence Festival of Books, Florence, Oregon

Car is packed. Hitting the road from Eugene to Florence on the beautiful Oregon coast for this:

Florence Festival of Books

I will also be reading this morning. Stop by and say hi–you might even see something at my booth that talks about the next book…

Who Gets #100? Last Signed, Numbered Paperback of FOREVER THE ROAD

Forever the Road paperback stack Anthony St. Clair

Speaking of Forever the Road turning 1 year old, I only have *1* signed, numbered copy left, #100 of 100. Signed numbered copies are available only from me. So, who wants #100?

See my online store to order signed paperbacks »


Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

FREE Sample

Check out this free sample of FOREVER THE ROAD

Anthony's third book, FOREVER THE ROAD, is a Best Books 2015 Fantasy pick from Library Journal's SELF-e, and a 2015 Oregon Book Award nominee.

Download your free sample to find out why Nth Degree's reviewer said this "high-stakes story, told with wit and compassion," left him "completely gobsmacked."

Rucksack Universe

Travel fantasy tales
of wit, adventure & beer

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novel - learn more and buy now

Home Sweet Road by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novella - learn more and buy now

The Martini of Destiny by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novella - learn more and buy now

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