GEEKFEST May 4th!!

Today I received an invite to GEEKFEST in New Orleans. Come see us! Pro Se will have a table and we’ll look forward to seeing you.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM

Its late notice but very cool. Looking forward to a new relationship with the New Orleans Library.

Thank you for reading!






Leaving a convention is often difficult, and CyPhaCon 2019 this weekend was no exception. As a presenter, a responsive audience is what makes it fun. When can share your passions with a room full of people and they respond in kind is quite a rush. Fans are the soul of a convention and the CyPhaCon fans were great this weekend.
It was great seeing friends and making new ones. Frank Schiavo, Dave David Ducorbier and his sidekick Brian Held Jr , Don Cooper, Derec Donovan, Chris Hayes and many more. Happily met were Sherry Melancon, Michael Hinton, Michael Moreau, Randolph Allen, and Paul Honsinger. If I missed anybody please accept my apologies.
A convention is a great deal of work and can eat up a lot of your life. The team running CyPhaCon did it well. I appreciate their bringing me in as a guest and all the communication from the staff with whom I had contact. Hats off to Garrett Manuel – Guest Relations Director, John Juhala – Table- top Gaming Coordinator, Sven Brooks – Vendor Coordinator, and Michael Hinton – Programming Coordinator. You ran a fun convention and in working with you would happily be a CyPhaCon guest anytime.
A special note of thanks to a young lady whose last name I do not know, Emily, your services of running food and drink for the vendors was deeply appreciated.


CyPhaCon Schedule Update!

As packing and final preparation are underway for CyphaCon, an invitation was received for another panel. As it stands now my panel schedule is as follows:

7 pm – Writing Science Fiction with Real Science
8 pm – Genres: Do They Still Matter?

3 p.m. – Creating Memorable Characters
8 pm – Vampires, Zombies, Elder Gods, and things that go bump in the night

2 p.m. – Tropes: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it!

Thank you for reading,


CyPhaCon!! My Panel schedule…but wait! There is more….

One week from today CyPhaCon Returns to Lake Charles!


Really excited as I prepare for CyPhaCon next weekend. Have my panel schedule and these are all going to be fun.


7 pm – Writing Science Fiction with Real Science
8 pm – Genres: Do They Still Matter?


3 p.m. – Creating Memorable Characters
8 pm – Vampires, Zombies, Elder Gods, and things that go bump in the night

In a first for CyPhaCon and Pro Se Productions, Pro Se will have a table at CyPhaCon.

Come see us and discover new worlds within our pages!

For complete information on CyPhaCon please visit our website!

Visit the official CyPhaCon Events Page for more details of the great panels, guests and activities.

CyPhaCon returns April 12th-14th, 2019 to the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles Louisiana.
Pre Reg Tickets still on sale at Paper Heroes until Monday, April 8th. Tickets also available on Ticket Master and Civic Center Box Office up to and during the entire weekend of CyPhaCon.
Stop by and say Hi!
Thank you for reading
Ernest Russell




A leading Publisher of Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions is always on the lookout for new characters, those fighting the good fight against evil, maybe against good, or just to survive. Pro Se announces its CALL FOR A HERO! Contest seeking out the next character to wow readers with strong, pulpy tales!

To enter, Writers must submit an email with requested registration information and then submit a 2500-3000 (hard limits) story featuring the first appearance of a new lead character, the ‘hero’, placed in any genre.

The story must be single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs, 1 inch margins, 12 point type Times New Roman.

Each entry must include writer’s name, pen name if one is used, address, phone number, and email address. The submission must be a never before published complete story. One entry per author.

The top ten stories will be collected into an anthology to be published by June 2, 2020.
The top three stories will also receive a single book publishing contract to consider featuring the hero featured in the winning stories.

The grand prize winner will receive $50.00 AND an exclusive digital only release of the winning story in which the author collects ALL proceeds of any sales published by August 1, 2019.


All rights of ownership remain with the author of any submission. Winners of the above prizes will receive contracts for rights Publisher desires to use, but will retain ownership of concepts and work.


Tea Junkie Magazine

TeaTea Junkie Magazine has launched its inaugural issue. Interested in tea? The articles inside are interesting and informative. My book review of Asian Pulp is included and you should check it out too.

The magazine is the love child of Kimberly Richardson, an author with a real passion for tea. If you like what you read, you should look into her tea blends sold under Viridian Tea Company. You can find Viridian Tea on Facebook and Etsy.

So, brew a cup of your favorite tea and settle in for a Tea-riffic read you can enjoy oolong time.

Thank you for reading,

Ernest Russell

Life Updates

Life is flowing well.

The new job is proceeding apace. Been there a month now and have progressed from training to working on my own. Ending time varies a bit depending on the number of customers but is a solid and enjoyable flow. We got out early enough tonight I could have some time to write a note and say hello.

I’m still riding the high from CoastCon 42. Personally, and for Pro Se, felt great opening a new convention for the publisher and taking part in the convention as a guest. Missed going to Midsouth Con in Memphis this past weekend but have seen some great posts from friends who had a good time.

All of it is making me look forward to CyPhaCon in April.

There is still at least one items owed to a couple of people from CoastCon. Notes from one of my panels, I need to arrange them more coherently for someone who does not live inside my head.

Travelled to New Orleans with friends to a large book sale this weekend. Picked up a variety of reference materials. A few, like Flights of Passage and Shinano!,  I look forward to reading, others are going to be fun to peruse at leisure or reference as needed.


So, off now to shine a light in dark places. We have some light bulbs out and need replacing. Just doesn’t sound as much fun that way.

Thank you for reading my ramble and hope your days are going well.


CoastCon 42 was Great!


If you missed CoastCon 42, you missed a great convention!

On behalf of Pro Se Productions I would like to thank the staff and volunteers of CoastCon for hosting an outstanding convention. It was an honor to be a guest for this milestone event and I was delighted to be invited back next year. The staff and organization of this convention was outstanding. I cannot sing your praises enough as an admirably professional organization.
This was Pro Se’s first event with CoastCon and we would especially like to thank the following individuals for making Coastcon 42 a remarkable experience, Frank Schiavo Pauline Blacker Grigsby, Timothy Broome, Kayla Fisher, Paula Fisher, Robert Ashmore, Chip Lechner, and Cami Brown.

A special thank you to Karen Lewis, Cathy Chandler, and Unity Rains for your efforts as guest liaison, Dealer room and scheduling. As the ones who dealt with me the most, your efforts to make sure this event was a success for me as guest and a vendor were over the moon.

Coast Con 43 is already a highly anticipated event for next years calendar.

Thank you for reading,

Ernest Russell

Nominated for Best Pulp Anthology


I am delighted to have been an editor for this really fun anthology now nominated for Best Pulp Anthology at this years WINDY CITY PULP & PAPER CONVENTION.

Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild is available on Amazon and Pro Se Productions.
To find out what else from Pro Se Productions has been nominated for awards check out our Facebook page.

Thanks for reading,

Ernest Russell

CoastCon 42 Panel Schedule

First off, I just want to say I am SUPER stoked that I am going to on a panel with two gentlemen, both of whom I admire greatly. A Lovecraft panel with Alexander S. Brown and Sandy Petersen. When I read that I let out a squee that made my partner jump.

For those in the area or attending the convention it would be fantastic to see you. Come by after the panels or visit my table and introduce yourselves.

Friday 8PM Panel Room 3
Lovecraft: His influence in today’s world Ernest Russell, Alexander S. Brown, and Sandy Petersen

11:00 AM Panel Room 4
Using Social Media Platforms to promote as an author Ernest Russell

2:00PM Panel Room 1
Writers’ Panel Steven Brust, Julie Wetzel, Alexander S. Brown, Derek Dykes, Ernest Russell, KD Wood, Jen Mulvihill, J.B.

12pm Panel Room 4
Science Fiction Themes: What has changed? Ernest Russell

3pm Panel Room 3
So you want to write? Ernest Russell

Thank you for reading,

Ernest Russell