It’s All Fun and Games

A 212-page fantasy book by Dave Barrett
2,177 copies sold
578 readers made this book possible
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When six high school friends spend a weekend Live Action Role Playing they discover that the game world is both real and very, very deadly.
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High school LARPers have their weekend of role playing turned into real playing in this well-written adventure story. Where were these cool kids when I was in high school? Looks like a terrific read — can't wait!
– Alan Tucker
About It’s All Fun and Games

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When six high school friends spend a weekend Live Action Role Playing they discover that the game world is both real and very, very deadly.

Fifteen year-old Alison Duggan finally gives in and joins her best friend TJ’s regular gaming group on a weekend of adventure that he promises “will be fuuunnnn.” Not long after the adventure begins, however, the friends find themselves transported from Earth to a world filled with both magic and danger. Suddenly, what Alison expected to be a relaxing weekend being geeky turns into a fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other nasty characters as the group tries to finish their mission…or at least get back home.

It’s All Fun and Games is the first in a series of Young Adult novels that follow Alison and her friends as they adventure through the game world, and is a Finalist in the Nerdist.com Novel Contest.

Dave Barrett teaches Accounting at the University of Maine. His kids think the book is pretty neat and that he should publish it.

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Dave can be reached at llabak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @llabak

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Prologue
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Prologue

“Run! NOW!” TJ shouted, yanking at Allison’s sleeve. Her eyes were focused on the ground, where their friend lay, twitching slightly. An arrow shaft stuck out of his chest. Her first thought was that it was all part of the game – just some elaborate prank for the newbies on their first outing. If so, it wasn’t very funny.

But there was no way that arrow was fake. The noise it had made when it struck. The blood that was rapidly spreading across his clothes. The raspy way he was breathing and the saliva slowly trickling from between his lips. Allison felt another yank on her shoulder as TJ shouted, “Leave him for now!” She shrugged off his grasp, reaching down to try to drag her injured friend by the collar. After only a few moments she gave up the effort.

A sudden force struck her in the shoulder and spun her around. Dazedly, she looked for whoever had hit her and saw no one standing nearby. Instead, she found a second arrow stuck in the wall, still quivering with spent energy. She reached up to her shoulder and felt a dent in the metal of her breastplate. A quick look back revealed that the archer in the woods had drawn a third arrow and was fitting it to his bow, a determined look on his face. With a cry of anguish and one last glance at her fallen friend, she turned and fled after TJ and the others.

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Happy New Year!

Farewell to 2016, which saw the publication of It’s All Fun and Games by Inkshares, and welcome to 2017, during which I’m hoping for a repeat.  Yes, the sequel folks have been asking for is not only in progress, but in editing mode!  You can find the More Fun and Games project page here.  I will be posting draft chapters as I go, so you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the continuation of Allison’s, TJ’s, Stu’s, Chuck’s, and Jimmy’s story.  I wrote this novel during NaNoWriMo in 2011 and it’s been sitting ever since, and I’m getting a real kick out of "reading" it as I go.

A quick note about the Inkshares funding model.  The pricing has changed so that $10 will get you an ebook and $20 will get you an autographed physical copy.  This is a significant uptick from the first go-round, and will make achieving the funding goal here trickier.  I’m not at the point where I’m ready to start the pre-ordering, but if you happen to be interested in helping fund the sequel, please head on over and "Follow" the project.  That will give me a good sense as to what the actual funding for the sequel may look like.  I’ll be sure to post any updates over there on the IAFAG page so you won’t miss out on any info even if you’re not quite ready to commit.

FREE STUFF FREE STUFF FREE STUFF

Now I’ve also got some other news to share.  A group of us indie authors are joining together in new-year’s giveaway for the next couple weeks or so.  Most of the books are in the "Fantasy Comedy" domain, and some aren’t especially kid-friendly, but they’re a bunch of good reads.

Here are the covers of the books that are being given away!


FREE STUFF FREE STUFF FREE STUFF

Feel free to share the links with people, including the link to my own novel.  The first 5 chapters (up to the fateful arrow strike, for those of you who have read it) are free for the downloading to anyone who wants them.

As always, I thank you for all your support, and I look forward to bring you More Fun and Games in 2017!

Cheers
Dave


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Happy December Everyone!  I hope that as we move to the darkest time of the year you have your own lights to guide you through until spring.

I’ve got a few pieces of news I want to share with you all, now that November is all done.  Why November, you ask?  Because of NaNoWriMo, of course.  The genesis of these incredible Fun and Games was a month of throwing myself into “literary abandon,” and each year since 2007 (with the exception of last year’s editing frenzy) I have written a 50,000+ word first draft between November 1st and 30th.  For instance, the novel that you read was written in November, 2010, with the sequels written in 2011 and 2012 (yes, the series is complete(ish)).  After taking a year off into a different direction (don’t ask, it was awful), 2014’s novel was a standalone Chuck-centric story.  This year focused on Stu, and while I’m not done yet (about 53k words and counting), I can now take a breather without feeling guilty.

A couple exciting things happened during November.  First, we crossed the 2,000 sale threshold, which is absolutely amazing.  I sold just under 800 copies during the frantic funding phase, so that’s over a thousand copies purchased by readers through amazon and friendly local booksellers all across the country.  That’s super cool.  If you come across a free range novel, feel free to swing by Facebook and share it!

Second, the audio book was released, and is now available for download via audible.  You may remember that I shared the webpage of the supremely talented actor who performed it, Cassandra Lee Morris.  I’ve listened to a good chunk, and she really knows how to bring a story to life.  Sitting on some audible credits or just want to experience It’s All Fun and Games on your commute?  Swing on by and pick it up.

December is a season for giving, and my publisher, Inkshares, is giving everyone a great deal – you can order It’s All Fun and Games through my project page for only $4.99, and that includes free domestic shipping.  A great gift for all those cousins, nephews, nieces, and anyone else who would like a fun fantasy adventure to read this winter.  It’s not just my novel on sale, either – there’s a whole host of books all there for the grabbing.  Want a suggestion?  Shoot me an email, or check out my blog at authordavebarrett.com.  I’ve been away from it, but I think a nice book recommendation list would be a great addition, once I re-learn how to work the website.

On the review front, after my last email there was a flurry of posts on Amazon.  As a reminder, indie authors live and die by the review and the referral.  If you liked it (or your kid liked it, or your dog liked it) please pop over to your favorite ecommerce site (Amazon, B&N, BAM, or all of them!) and leave me a review!  And of course, if you’ve got a Goodreads account, that’s a great place to go too.  I’ve got 66 reviews at Amazon right now.  I’d love to hit 100 by Christmas!

Lastly, I’ve had a bunch of people asking me about when the sequel would come out.  At least three or four people, that is.  I’m not entirely sure if Inkshares is the place for book two (in a non-contest world I would need to sell 750 preorders at an increased price of $20 per book to fully fund), but I will probably be testing the waters along that front sometime in the near future.  Look for another update with a link to the new project page. 

As always, you can find It’s All Fun and Games on Facebook, and me on Twitter.

And as always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support.

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Jamison Stone · Author · added 3 months ago
Congrats ok 2k!!!! Yay!!! 
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Hi everyone!  Happy Fall!

Long time, no chat, huh?  It’s been about a month and a half since It’s All Fun and Games went live, and I’ve got all sorts of news to share.

The first thing is that I was fortunate enough to receive some pretty cool media attention to coincide with the release.  I had a nice sit-down with John Holyoke from the Bangor Daily News, and I was featured both in their online paper and on the front page of the Lifestyle section.  IAFAG also was in a segment on the 207, a statewide public interest show that airs nightly in Bangor and Portland.  It was fun hearing people tell me that they’d seen or read about me.  Look out Kardashians, I’m coming for you.

I’ve also been out and about for a couple public appearances.  I had my first public book signing at The Briar Patch in downtown Bangor.  If you live locally, make sure you stop on by – it’s a wonderful store filled with books, games, and other things that the little people in your life will enjoy.  And then at the end of August I was the featured presenter the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis (which, having just recently seen Calendar Girls at Penobscot Theatre Company (Season Tickets Still Available!), makes me chuckle at the role of “featured presenter”), where I talked about NANOWRIMO, Inkshares, and all the nuggets of stuff that go into making the sausage we call a novel.

I had the horrifying experience of being asked by my award winning voice actor, Cassandra Lee Morris, how to pronounce a few words and realizing that I never really thought about how those combinations of letters would actually sound.  Garbaldar is a tricky one to roll off the tongue, and don’t even ask me how to pronounce Gahrauah.  I actually just punted and told her to make something up.  Memo to me – read all future novels aloud before sending them for publishing and make sure the names are actually pronounceable.  If you’d like to read more about Cassandra, you can visit her web page here.  She’s pretty impressive, that’s for sure!

Sales have remained steady, though they have tapered off somewhat.  Word of mouth is a wonderful thing, so if you know anyone who might be interested in It’s All Fun and Games, have them swing by their Friendly Local bookstore or Amazon and pick up a copy.  Or grab it on an e-reader, or in a week or two the ebook!

Also, if you’ve read the book, please swing by Amazon, Goodreads, and (if you have an account) Barnes And Noble and leave a review.  They don’t need to be long – “I really liked it” is plenty!  I’m currently sitting at 51 reviews on Amazon, but there were 578 people who preordered the book.  It’ll take just a few moments of your time, and can make a huge difference.  We haven’t yet broken into B&N’s retail stores (which would be instantly several thousand copies sold), but a couple hundred reviews on Amazon and Goodreads would make a pretty convincing argument. 

In fact, go do it now.  I’ll wait. 

….

See?  That wasn’t so hard, was it?  And now you have a warm fuzzy cause you know you did me a solid.  Speaking of which, I’ve had a number of people tell me that they’ve let the book around their office or circle of friends.  That’s great, and I hope your friends all enjoyed the book too.  Please ask all those folks to leave me a review as well.  3 minutes of clicking and typing is a great price to pay for a novel.

So, I think that’s all the news that’s news.  You may or may not have received an email from Inkshares regarding new contests.  There are three right now.  Of perhaps the most immediate interest to backers of It’s All Fun and Games are the Geek and Sundry Fantasy Contest and the Crypt TV Horror Contest.  If you’ve got any interest in helping another author fund their novel, here are some suggestions of books written by some of the buddies I’ve met throughout my own contest process –

 A Beast Requires

Apex

Arcadia

Bad Medicine

Exile, Magus

Phew!  That was long!  Thank you again for all your support, and I promise not to wait so long between mailings next time!

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It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but as of today I am a published author.

Almost a year after I first started pestering people with buymybookbuymybookifyou’rereallymyfriendyou’llbymybook harassment, it’s finally out.  If you’re reading this, you’ve already gotten your copy (I hope!), but now they’re available online at Amazon, B&N and others, and at dozens of independent bookstores all around the country.  

Thank you so much.

The amount of effort that goes into publishing a book is truly awe inspiring.  My editors Kiele Raymond and Michael Trudeau transformed some mediocre writing into the polished manuscript you received this past month.  I’m beyond over-the-moon about the cover Elyse Lyons produced for me, and Emily Zach and the rest of the production team at Girl Friday was professional 100%.

Meanwhile, at Inkshares, my marketing manager Avalon has been working overtime getting me interviews, reviews, and my books in stores, while newly appointed CEO Adam Gomolin has been in overdrive on the derivative properties side.

And then there are the Nerdist folks, who not only sponsored the contest in the first place, making this whole thing possible, but who also treated me like a real Author when I visited them at Comic Con in San Diego.

Thank you all for your tireless work to make this project as successful as possible.

Now, some news:

Monday night I was featured on The 207, a Portland and Bangor local features show on NBC.  The boys from Bull Moose were extremely kind in their promotion of my novel.

Today I woke up to a Bangor Daily News review, which was similarly positive.

I’m also looking at scheduling book signing events around the Bangor area over the next several weeks.  Check out my Facebook page to stay current!

Lastly, in case you missed it, I’ve got a Comic Con recap on my blog, which you can find here.

So that’s pretty much it.  

I can say thank you enough
Dave

PS: Leave reviews!!!!!!!!!!111

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OMG 3 days left!

Hi everyone!  Quick Saturday night post before I go to bed.

1) Comic Con was awesome.  Met some great people, ate some great food, saw some great costumes, didn’t blow the royalties bank on souvenirs.  If you’d like to read more about my experiences out there, check out my blog post.

2) If you are local to Maine, you will be able to see a review of It’s All Fun and Games on "The 207" on Monday evening on your local NBC station (in Portland and Bangor).  I believe it airs in the 7pm slot in both cities.  I also had a great interview with John Holyoke at the BDN, so there should be a review/interview coming out in the next several days from them as well.

3) All backers should have by now received your book(s).  If you haven’t gotten yours yet, please email hello@inkshares.com.  The lovely folks out in Oakland will be happy to get things sorted out for you.  If you’ve read it (and liked it), the best way to tell me is to head over to Amazon and leave a review.  It doesn’t have to be long, or coherent, or even in English.  Even people shopping at their Friendly Local Bookstore (which I absolutely encourage!) check Amazon ratings before buying, so please take a minute or two and leave me a review.  

For what it’s worth, if you’ve read it (and didn’t like it) the best way to tell me is to never tell me.

So that’s the news from here.  I’ll have more to say in a few days.  In the meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and read a book!

Thanks for all your support
Dave
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Hi Everyone!


Three quick items I wanted to mention:  First, don’t forget that there’s a backer thank-you party this coming Monday night.  If you plan on coming, please RSVP at the facebook event page so I can get a good head count.  You can find the link here:

https://www.facebook.com/ItsAllFunandGamesNovel/events

Second, all the preorders have shipped!  If you were a backer, and haven’t received an email with a tracking number, check your spam box.  If there’s nothing there, email hello@inkshares.com  They’ll be able to let you know where your copy or copies are!

It’s super fun seeing everyone posting about having gotten their copies on Facebook!

Lastly, if you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, please consider heading over to Amazon to leave a review.  Amazon’s algorithms take into account the number of reviews received when deciding on "also bought," links and for emails.  I’d love to get up to 100 or so by the time the book releases on August 2.  You can find my product page on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Its-All-Games-Dave-Barrett/dp/1941758819?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Thanks again!


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Backer Thank You Party!

Another update!  Crazy!  Save the date: July 18 from 6:30 to 8p at the Edythe Dyer Library in Hampden, I’ll be hosting a Backer Thank-You party!

Swing on by and say hello!  If you’d like your copy signed, I can do that for you.  If you wouldn’t like your copy signed, I can accommodate that, too!

RSVP here so I can plan the proper amount of munchies:  https://www.facebook.com/events/538821839652708/

See you then!

Cheers
Dave
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EBOOKS ARE COMING!

Hi everyone!  Guess what?  We just reviewed the ebook files (both kindle and epub), and they’re looking pretty sweet.  What does this mean?  An early weekend present for all my backers - the ebook should be downloadable by this Friday, so if you’d like to dive into the story over the holiday weekend, you can!  Huzzah!

To access the ebook, you must return to www.inkshares.com, log in, and when you click on your profile picture (top right hand corner), select "Bookshelf."  From there you’ll be able to download the book to your computer (or other device).  Then transfer the file into whatever folder holds your ebooks, and boom, you’re good to go!

In other news, the physical books are in as well, and should be shipping out some time in the next week or so.  So if you’d rather have the feel of paper between your fingers, it’s not that much longer of a wait.

For those of you who live in the Maine area, look for a backer thank you party soonish, as well as possible events at Bull Moose stores.  I’ll be sure to let you know!

One last thing - in a few weeks I’m going to be leaning on you all to do me one more favor: post reviews on Amazon (and Goodreads, if you’ve got an account).  Amazon’s algorithms  take into account, among other things, the number of reviews a book has when it is deciding what to include in email newsletters, as well as "you may also like..." links.  They don’t have to be long, they don’t have to be good (though remember what your mother said about not having anything nice to say), they just have to be.  So look for that harassment in the coming weeks, as soon as the book officially goes live over there.

Thanks again for your support!  I’m so excited to deliver the book to you that you blindly ordered almost a year ago.  Super cool.

Cheers
Dave

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Hey everyone!

So last week I teased you about some other exciting piece of information.  Well here it is:

We’ve sold the audiobook rights to Audible!  So in addition to ebook and paperback, we’ll be able to follow Allison and her friends’ journey while driving, walking the dog, or doing whatever else it is that people do when listening to ebooks.

Before you ask, I have no idea who’s doing to be performing it.  Audible takes care of all of that.  I just smile, wave, and wait to see what happens.

Thanks again for all your support.  Just a month from this Saturday is ebook day!  Perfect July 4 back yard reading!

Cheers
Dave