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Issue #64, November 18, 2011

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome Aboard Patrick Thompson!

Overlord Enterprises Adds New Artist

After an extensive international search that included hundreds of applicants, Overlord Enterprises is happy to announce that Patrick Thompson has joined the ever-growing company! Patrick's cutting edge artwork, forward thinking, and enthusiasm toward making Overlord Enterprises a globally recognizable name put him over the top!

When asked how Overlord Enterprises would benefit by having him on board, Patrick responded:

"I believe that I can bring the story of the Overlords to life with my unique vision, artistic talent, skills, and imagination, bringing to the series an extra oomph that will draw in readers."

His signature file also caught our attention, "I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."

Patrick's responsibilities will include creating the cover design for Book Three, caricatures of the main characters, webisodes, book cover artwork for our clients, and much, much more! As you can see, Patrick is going to be quite busy.

The Overlords: Journey to Salvation

Mike is ready to announce the title to his much anticipated third installment of The Overlords series to the world, but his loyal fan base gets to hear it first! The Overlords: Journey to Salvation is now at the publishers and is awaiting a final cover design. In the next few weeks, we will begin taking preorders for the 543-page novel that's full of new adventures, characters, and twists -- everything you could ask for in an Overlords storyline! Look for another newsletter in your inbox detailing the ordering process coming very soon!

Upcoming Events

Adult Writers' Workshop, Middletown Public Library, 900 West Main Rd, Middletown, RI

Every Monday from 11/14/2011 to 12/19/2011, 6:00 to 7:30 PM (no class 12/5)

Renaissance Fitness Networking Event, 195 Broadway, Newport, RI 11/29/2011, 5:00 to 7:00 PM


Issue #63, August 16, 2011

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Ever Expanding Overlords World!

Call for Artists

Overlord Enterprises is expanding yet again and we are excited to secure an Artist Partner who will work with us to roll out online projects for both the company and clients. The full job description can be found on our blog, and our website, and we're taking applications immediately. For more information, contact jon@the-overlords .com.

Blogging a Short Story

In an effort to whet your Overlords appetite in anticipation of the upcoming release of his third book in The Overlords series, Mike will be blogging short stories of the supporting characters on a bi-weekly basis. One of Mike's favorite characters is Xavier Murdock, the rogue ranger and expert marksman of the group. He definitely had a checkered past, to say the least! Look for new blog entries in your inbox and social network of choice, or check out the stories now at

More Workshops and Presentations

With the recent success of "The Concepts of Writing and Publishing", as well as Adult and Children's Writers Workshops, Mike will again be scheduling events in the very near future. Both workshops and presentations are perfect for those who are thinking of writing a book, as well as for soon-to-be authors. And with the kids going back to school in the very near future, anyone interested in a presentation for their class, students, or library should contact Mike for more information. Booking events are on a first-come, first-serve basis so contact Mike soon!

NECON 31 Update

Last month Mike attended NECON 31, a fantastic gathering of horror authors, publishers, editors, and fans alike at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Mike gathered important information on topics such as meaningful social networking, the expanding e-Books marketplace, and the overall state of publishing. Along with strengthening his bond with people in the literary field, Mike envisions broadening the business scope for both and OverlordEnterprises with the contacts he made at the event.

Upcoming Events

Check The Overlords website for upcoming workshops and presentations. In the meantime, Mike is going to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Did You Know?

Mike has already committed to mentoring a Tiverton (RI) High School student with her senior project. He might be able to accomodate another student if the situation is right

Book Three Update

Mike has finished making his final edits to The Overlords: Book Three and is getting his manuscript ready to go to the publishers! Overlord fans, your wait is almost over!


Issue #62, June 14, 2011

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012


Mike Mentors Middletown, RI High School Student

Over the course of the past school year, Mike mentored a student of Middletown, RI High School with his Capstone Project. Mike taught Robert the finer points of writing, editing, and creating a book. When all was said and done, Robert turned out a 136-page horror novella, which he titled "Totenkopf". Mike assisted Robert with his editing, book formatting, and presentation, and on June 1st Robert presented his material to four judges at his school. We are happy to announce that Robert's project passed with flying colors! The judges even asked for his autograpgh on their copies of "Totenkopf". From all of us here at Overlord Enterprises -- Congratulations, Robert!!!

Summer Writers Workshop for Kids

Mike will be holding a Summer Writers Workshop for kids at the Tiverton, RI Public Library in July. The workshop will teach the children how to create characters and settings, outlines and plot points, and meaningful editing, as well as self-marketing and self-promotion. The sessions will run every Monday starting July 11th and going until August 9th (Tuesday; library closed on 8/8) and are open to kids ages 9 to 17. Contact Dorrie to sign up for this very limited session.

"The Concepts of Writing and Publishing"

Mike will be presenting "The Concepts of Writing and Publishing" at the East Bridgewater, MA Public Library on Tuesday, July 19th. The presentaion will go over the finer points of creating a story, including character and setting creation, plot points, and the Four-Pass Editing Process, as well as discussing agents, publishers, and self-publishing. There is also a section devoted to self-marketing and self-promotion. This event is perfect for anyone who is in the process of writing a book, or for those who always dreamed of writing but did not know how! The presentation will run from 6:00 to 8:00 and there will be a book signing afterwards. Contact Manny Leite for more details.

Book Three Update

Mike has completed his final edits of The Overlords: Book Three and has sent the manuscript to his editor, Laura Vadney, in Memphis, TN! The final product ended up being 743 pages in the making! If all goes well, Mike and Laura will be finished by the end of the summer, and there will be a book launch date soon after that. Be on the lookout for all things Overlords this summer!

Upcoming Events

Summer Writers Workshop, Tiverton, RI Public Library, Tiverton, RI. Weekly starting July 11, 2011 to August 9, 2011, 6:00 to 7:00

The Concepts of Writing and Publishing", East Bridgewater Public Library, Eastbridgewater, MA, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00

NECON 31, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, July 21, 2011 to July 24, 2011

Did You Know?

Mike will be beginning a baseball story based on actual events and players from his Narragansett Brewers team. Stay tuned!


Issue #61, March 28, 2011

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Writers Workshop

Overlord Enterprises is happy to announce that Mike will be offering a five-week Writers Workshop, starting on Wednesday, April 27th, and then every Thursday in May (5th to 26th). The workshop will go over in more detail how to create storylines and plot points, characters and settings, and the Four-Pass editing process, as well as self-marketing, self-publishing, and self-promotion. All current writers and aspiring authors are welcome to join this fun and informative event. The workshop will be held in the events room at the Backroad Grille from 6:00 to 7:30. Cost for the sessions are $75 per person. Slots are filling fast, so be sure to register today by contacting Visit the Events link at for more information.

Self Publishing Insight

Over the course of the past few months, you might have heard Mike mention in his workshops and presentations. Self Publishing Insight is an offshoot of Overlord Enterprises, a new venture that brings services and expert consultations to authors and would-be authors alike. Self Publishing Insight offers services in the areas of editing, website design, newsletter creation, one-on-one consultations with Mike and other seasoned experts, and much, much more.

Please visit the Events link at for more information about registering for these services and workshops as well.

Want to link with us or have another partnership idea and we will review everything you send. You'll be hearing a lot more about Self Publishing Insight in the very near future.

Book Three Update

Great news! Mike has finished writing Book Three from beginning to end! Practicing what he preaches, he is now in the third pass of his Four-Pass Editing process, meaning that he is tightening up the storyline, tying up any loose ends, and making sure that his fan base will be receiving his best work very soon! Look for more details about Book Three in the coming months

Upcoming Events

Writers Workshop, April 27th to May 26th, 2011, Backroad Grille, 549 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI

Summer Young Adult Writers Workshop, Tiverton Public Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton, RI TBD

Did You Know?

Mike is mentoring a Middletown (RI) High School student for his Capstone project. Starting in the fall, Overlord Enterprises will offer mentoring to similar students.


Issue #60, February 7, 2011

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Major Presentation at the Middletown Public Library

Overlord Enterprises is happy to announce that Mike will be presenting "The Concepts of Writing and Publishing" at the Middletown Public Library on Sunday, February 13th. This free event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 and will cover everything from character development, creating plot points, and the Four-Pass Editing Process, to self-publishing and self-promotion. Seating is limited and you must reserve a spot by contacting Christina Wolfskehl at We hope to see you there!

Book Signing Event at the Backroad Grille

Mike will be signing copies of his Overlords books on Thursday,February 10th at his brother's restaurant, The Backroad Grille. This free event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 and will also include wine tasting, as well as fifteen other local vendors from all walks of life. Come on by for great food and drinks, camaraderie, and fun! See you there!

Overlord Enterprises needs an Intern!

Overlord Enterprises presently seeks a Marketing Intern for the remainder of the 2011 school year and possibly beyond. What we envision about an intern: unlimited online access, web surfing is second nature and big part of daily life, you love social networking, communicating electronically and working virtually is the way you prefer to operate, solid writing and grammar skills, self-motivation is a strength and you must have a great, positive attitude!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; enhancing our brand utilizing various grass-roots marketing efforts for both The Overlords [] and a forthcoming innovative Self Publishing venture, research horizontal and vertical areas for potential cross-promotion, assist with occasional events(conferences, speaking engagements, etc.), work about 1 hour every other day during most weeks.

The candidate selected for this position will be able to gain valuable, real-world experience in a "ground floor", casual, flexible atmosphere. The intern will become part of The Overlords team and your voice/ideas will be added to our strong potential. While this is not a paid internship, the right candidate will have an opportunity to gain equity in our company. Also, it should be a lot of fun! Please email Jon: regarding your interest.

Book Three Update

Mike has finished the final conflict and is starting to work on the ending of the third book in The Overlords series! If all goes well, he will be finished with his first pass and begin the editing process very soon. Though we're not going to announce a release date just yet, Book Three will be available in 2011!

Did You Know?

Paul McCartney's song, "Band on the Run", inspired Mike when he wrote a portion of Book Three's ending. Thanks, Sir Paul!

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Upcoming Events

Overlords Book Signing, February 10, 2011, The Backroad Grille, 549 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI, 6:00 - 9:00

"The Concepts of Writing and Publishing", February 13, 2011,Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd, Middletown, RI, 1:00 - 4:00