I hate to disappoint this wonderful following! In 3 days, the campaign will expire and everyone will get a refund. I’m tempted to extend it, but ... no, I don’t think it will be a good idea. It was a fun experience, and I may have found an interesting method of gathering support, but there just wasn’t enough positive response. I had a few friends and family members pitch in, but I think neither the idea of the story nor the Inkshares method appealed to them. With the bad relationship with my wife, debt, and anxiety taking over, I simply cannot campaign any longer.
I’m looking into alternatives. I will self-publish Far Flung most likely - I will use this wonderful list of followers and contacts and ask everyone to follow along as I update progress on the fate of Far Flung. My next draft will go to Launch Pad early next year - they might be able to help me find someone interested in publishing. After that, I’ll be looking for ways to get a professional edit done. I’ve no idea how I’ll get the $$$ for that, but ... one step at a time, I suppose.Anyway, my thanks to everyone. You’ll get your refund shortly, though I wish it were a promise of a book instead.
This was an amazing experience, despite this outcome.
#INDIESPOTLIGHT #8 featuring T.C.C. Edwards
I want to let you all know about this post by Christopher Lee on his blog, christopherleeauthor.com. I really enjoyed answering these questions, and it is a great promo for Far Flung. Check it out!
And please, pick up a copy of Far Flung while you can! You’ll be making the coming year a great one for me and you, my readers!
The Road to 250With the contest over and 37 days left, I’m looking at the prospect of getting 250 pre-orders. I’m also wondering about The List for 2017 - a number of Launchpad Entrants from last year made that list, but unfortunately I don’t have direct control over my own inclusion ... maybe if we generate enough buzz together? Worth a try!
To get to 250, I need help from my followers here, and I will have to turn to Twitter and other resources to pitch more potential buyers. With no contest going on now, every order helps, including multiple orders from one user. If you’ve ordered once, consider ordering again. If you’ve already ordered more than one (and some folks have, thank you!), perhaps you know someone who will order one.Will you order another copy?
If you haven’t ordered yet, will you help me reach 250?
I guess my empty inbox is all the notification I’m getting about the end of the Launch Pad contest...
Anyway, like I said, I won’t end the campaign - I already did that after the Nerdist contest, but I want people to know that this book will continue in development.
Congratulations to the top 3 - Paul Gulyas, Kate Hohl, and Meghan Godwin. Awesome work guys!
Apparently there’s another week?
I knew the Tracking Board side of things would go on another week, I didn’t realize the Inkshares side was also going on past October 9.
Why not add your name to the list of awesome supporters?
Most on the list are Inkshares authors, but I’m also proud to have representation from the Busan Writing Group and authors who self-published. I have 49 previews up - will you be number 50?
Perhaps a weekend miracle? A few people waiting to pounce on a pre-order?
We are down in fifth place, with things not looking so great for Far Flung’s prospects on Inkshares. No matter what, though, this was an amazing experience and a great chance to connect with wonderful authors.I’m writing the final previews for my blog now - but are you really going to let me get away with only 49 previews? I did say I’d write up to 100!
Use this link to quickly find the previews I wrote:
If you’ve been holding back, this is it. Far Flung needs your support now as October 9 fast approaches.Anyone following me who has not pre-ordered, this is your chance to shine!
Still going! I’m still pitching away, mostly with followers of writeorelse.com and I’m trying to get some more distant acquaintances on board. I’ve been talking about the book with the Busan Writing Group a little – and they are some very busy people now, let me tell you. The group has a new anthology of short fiction and poetry in the works – you can even hear me talk about it on the radio!
I’ve got another Lore Update here for you – all about the Alliance, the main antagonists of Far Flung.
The Alliance, a Federation Corrupted
The Alliance started when the Kryannian and Quan races first met, several centuries before the events of Far Flung. Originally a consortium dedicated to peace, understanding, and discovery, the Alliance welcomed all sentient beings and worked to improve the means of communication between very different cultures.
One method of translation, however, proved to be the downfall of the Alliance. Quan cyberneticists developed cortical language implants designed to work with several member species of the Alliance. At first, the results were amazing – vastly different species could communicate far more effectively than before. There appeared to be no side effects, and the Kryannia approved the distribution of implants to volunteers throughout the worlds of the Alliance.
Forces within the Quan government, however, found a way to take control of all implants. They used the implants to subjugate others, bringing beings under their control. By the time the Kryannia understood the betrayal, it was too late – a faction of the Quan had taken over the Alliance, with billions of willing slaves working for them. This new Alliance set out to conquer new worlds and amass an even greater army.
The Kryannia split from the Alliance during a massive civil war, and formed the Rogue Factions. Kryannian engineers developed habitats in thousands of remote locations, providing homes for millions of beings who no longer trusted the Alliance. Scientists like Asar worked to modify implants already within the minds of Rogue species, and found ways to protect those beings from Alliance control.
At the start of Far Flung, Asar encounters William Flynn, a human with a cortical device all too similar to Alliance implants. The Kryannian is understandably reluctant to use the advantage it offers in overcoming the language barrier. With the Alliance all around and little time to act, Asar makes a difficult choice and uses Flynn’s implant to initiate contact. It is now up to Asar to protect the humans from the mistakes of the past and ensure that they remain free from the Alliance’s control.