Become One of My Patrons and Join My Journey

I have a personal Patreon page now, as do so many independent artists and creatives in today’s world. It is a platform through which anyone in the public can choose to become a patron of an artist, musician, writer, filmmaker, or a company engaged in those kinds of activities.

For myself, this is something that can be of tremendous help in advancing and growing in my content creation and activities.

At the moment, in addition to being a writer, I am also developing a TV show, co-hosting a weekly podcast, co-hosting a weekly V-log, engaging in weekly blogging, hosting original content on my own YouTube channel weekly, while also tending to all the tasks involved in running a press (Seventh Star Press) and convention (Imaginarium Convention).

The workload is seven days a week, with most days being long, whether twelve hours, fourteen, or even more (and sometimes overnight). It doesn’t come with any guarantees. No benefits of any sort, like healthcare or paid vacation or sick days. When I’m dealing with an illness, I have to still meet deadlines and make things work on a regular basis.

I’m not complaining.  This is what I do.  I love the areas of activity I am involved in and have always maintained I’ll work 80 hours a week at something I like versus 30 in something I have no interest or passion for.

At this stage of my journey, I have seen that the work I do does help and benefit a great many others, in many ways.

Seventh Star Press has enabled a great many authors to have their work published, with quality presentations that involve great care in regard to cover art and layouts. It has also provided lots of opportunities for editors and artists, and serviced many thousands of readers with quality content.

The Imaginarium Convention has delivered a wealth of opportunities in learning, networking and empowerment to all kinds of independent creatives, whether authors, editors, publishers, filmmakers and artists.

The Vlogs, blogs and podcasts all serve to regularly provide insights, education, and inspiration to all kinds of independent creatives on their own paths.

My own creative work, whether in writing or filmmaking, strives to encourage and inspire, with affirmations of positive values and outlooks in the protagonists I embrace. The Rayden Valkyrie character is a prime example of this, and I have gotten many messages from readers who have been inspired and encouraged in the ways I had hoped to see.

Ultimately, it is up to others to recognize the value in what someone does, but I believe strongly in the work that I do, what is has been for others, and what it can be for many more.

The realities are that the landscape for creatives is unpredictable and constantly shifting.  It is a very difficult road to travel.  The book publishing world alone sees regular, profound changes in the way books are marketed and sold, and these changes are rarely, if ever, truly helpful to smaller press and independent writers.  Similarly, ad revenue streams on things like Google Ads or YouTube monetization sees sudden and unhelpful changes, such as the famous “adpocalypse” last fall.

A little help is needed and this is where a group of Patrons can make a huge difference.

Having a little more surety in what I can look to each month can enable me to develop even stronger content and participate in more activities like workshops and events.  I can upgrade the equipment I use regularly, take advantage of more marketing opportunities to raise awareness of my work and all the things I am involved in.  From growth to production value, Patrons would help me develop and keep improving in all my spheres of activity.

I can assure potential Patrons that the result will be increased content with stronger presentation, which will, in turn, benefit a much greater number of independent creatives.  There is a real synergy that can happen with a solid base of support at Patreon.  I look forward to engaging regularly with my Patrons, no matter what level each chooses to participate at.

If you are interested in supporting my work in any area, whether my writing, my broadcasting/Vlogging, my filmmaking, blogging, or the work I do for Seventh Star Press and the Imaginarium Convention, please consider becoming one of  my Patrons.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.  It means a lot to me. more than you might realize.

You can visit my Patreon page at the link below to learn more:

https://www.patreon.com/stephenzimmer

New Episodes of The Creative’s Cauldron and Tip Trifecta Today!

The fourth episode of The Creative’s Cauldron and the third Tip Trifecta were posted today.  In the Creative’s Cauldron we explored how the Paranormal Genre gives creatives great flexibility for both creative explorations and entering fields of study.  The featured independent creative is none other than Christopher St. Booth!

In my latest Tip Trifecta, I give 3 things to keep in mind when you are an independent creative setting up your own event.

Give them a look!

 

New Episodes of the Creative’s Cauldron and Tip Trifecta Up Today!

Episode #3 of The Creative’s Cauldron and the second installment of my Tip Trifecta are up today.

The latest edition of The Creative’s Cauldron focuses on the modern day creative as a “Renaissance Person”. The featured independent creative is the amazing Glenn Porzig and also has a cover reveal for his upcoming novel! Check out the episode here:

The latest Tip Trifecta gives three insights about what to keep in mind when the malaise of apathy strikes.

If you enjoy these, be sure to like the videos and subscribe to the YouTube channels for both myself and Seventh Star Press!

The Creative’s Cauldron VLog Show I’m Co-hosting Debuts! Episode 1 is Live!

The first episode is live of The Creative’s Cauldron, a down-to-earth raw and candid Vlog (video blog) show on the Seventh Star Press YouTube channel about life as creatives in the independent creative’s world, co-hosted by myself and Holly Marie Phillippe.

In this episode, we give a a little overview to what the show is about and what we do. It runs about 18 minutes and hope you enjoy it! if you do, be sure to click “like” and leave a comment on the show page!

First Teaser Trailer for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot is now live!

Thrilled to announce that the first teaser trailer for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart is now live! The new teaser trailer gives a first glance at the look and style of this tv pilot. I hope everyone enjoys it!

If you like the trailer, be sure to give the trailer a “like” on the YouTube page and share it with friends!

Thunder Horizon, the New Rayden Valkyrie Novel, Now Available!

Pick up a copy of Thunder Horizon in print or eBook formats at any of the following links!

Kindle
Nook
Kobo
iTunes

Print Version

Continue the adventure that began in Heart of a Lion, and journey with the heroine Rayden Valkyrie through a dangerous world full of sorcery, the supernatural, dark empires and monsters!

Be sure to also look for Rayden Valkyrie coming to the screen in Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot, being produced this summer!

Synopsis of Thunder Horizon: Synopsis of Thunder Horizon: A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden’s survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Saga.

About Stephen Zimmer: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Find Stephen online at:
Website: www.stephenzimmer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7
Twitter: @sgzimmer
Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

New Video Trailer for Thunder Horizon!

Be sure to check out the new video trailer for my latest Rayden Valkyrie novel, Thunder Horizon, the 2nd book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy. The trailer was produced by Frozen Creek Studios and features a voice over by the wonderfully talented Kylie Jude!


Cover Art Reveal for Thunder Horizon, the New Rayden Valkyrie Novel, Plus Pre-Order Offers!

Very excited to share the following press release for the cover art reveal on my upcoming Rayden Valkyrie novel! 🙂

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Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from the award-winning Bonnie Wasson for Thunder Horizon, the latest Rayden Valkyrie Novel and the second book of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy from Stephen Zimmer!

Fans of sword and sorcery, fantasy, and heroine protagonists will love the follow-up to Heart of a Lion. The adventures of Rayden Valkyrie continue and the dangers are even greater in this action-packed novel full of twists, revelations, supernatural elements, and fearsome entities.

Thunder Horizon will be released in both print and eBook formats on May 23rd.

Pre-order the Kindle version of Thunder Horizon right now for just $3.99 and have it delivered automatically to your device the moment it becomes available!

Kindle Pre-Order Link

You can also pre-order a paperback signed by Stephen Zimmer, which will be delivered around the release date.

Special Pre-Order Signed Paperback Link

Synopsis of Thunder Horizon: A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden’s survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Saga.

About Stephen Zimmer: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Find Stephen online at:
Find Stephen online at:
Website: www.stephenzimmer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7
Twitter:  @sgzimmer
Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

Announcing Sol Geirsdottir as Rayden Valkyrie for The Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot!

Seventh Star Studios is proud to announce the casting of Sól Geirsdóttir to bring the heroic Rayden Valkyrie character to life onscreen in the TV pilot Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart.

 

Sól will star as Rayden Valkyrie, an iconic warrior in a dark age who leads a mercenary war band to rescue a group of captives destined for slave markets. When some of the surviving raiders take a pair of female captives with them, seeking escape into an ancient forest said to harbor deadly perils, Rayden does not hesitate to pursue them. In the shadows of the forest, Rayden and her companions must overcome monstrous threats and deadly sorcery to prevail.

“Sól Geirsdóttir is our Rayden,” Director/Screenwriter Stephen Zimmer said. “During our extensive search, we have seen many very talented actresses, but Sól conveyed the right kind of presence needed for this pivotal character. Sól has a passion for the genre, for history, and loves a good sword fight. I know that Sól is dedicated to bringing the best performance possible to the screen, and I am absolutely confident that audiences are going to love Sól and the Rayden Valkyrie character when they see this show. Rayden Valkyrie is my favorite character to write, and I am thrilled that Sól will be the one to portray her onscreen.”

 

Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart represents the first onscreen portrayal of the Rayden Valkyrie character. The character’s literary debut occurred in Stephen Zimmer’s sword and sorcery novel Heart of a Lion. The story in the TV pilot is not an adaptation of the novel, but rather an original storyline envisioned to be the foundation for a series of episodes filled with Rayden Valkyrie adventures.

Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart is scheduled for production late spring on locations in Kentucky and represents the first visual media project for Seventh Star Studios, a division of Seventh Star Press, a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

More about Sól Geirsdóttir: Sól Geirsdóttir made her stage debut at the age of 13, performing traditional norwegian folk songs. Since then she has been creating and producing music with her band Vǫluspá, who will be releasing a full album in 2017. Sól has also appeared in several theatrical plays and was given a part as “Jora” in the TV pilot ‘Rangers: A Shadow Rising’ in 2014. She has worked with Ron Newcomb, Ian Hencher, John Wells, Marita Tathariel and many more.

Sól is an alternative model and has been featured in several magazines such as Fae Magazine and Dark Beauty. She currently attends the University of Oslo pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition to this, she is a trained vocalist, an accomplished belly dancer and a seemstress specialized in Viking Era clothing. Sól is thrilled to embark on the epic journey of playing the role of “Rayden Valkyrie” in the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Follow Sól Geirsdóttir online at the following links:

Website: www.thevikingqueen.com
IG: @thevikingqueen 
Twitter: @solgeirsdottir 

To follow the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV pilot on Twitter and Facebook, use these links:
Twitter: @RaydenValkyrie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/raydenvalkyrie

 

Special Thanks to William D. Hutcherson and the West Jessamine County High School Newspaper, Colt Nation!

Wanted to give a special shout out and thank you to William D. Hutcherson, who conducted an interview with me for the West Jessamine County High School newspaper Colt Nation, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The article was published and Will sent along a photo of it to me. Was very proud to be featured in Colt Nation and appreciate Will choosing me as his subject to interview!

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