Well, today’s the end of the road. Jump the Gun wasn’t funded and here’s the good news: you all get your money back.
It was certainly an eye-opening experience trying to promote a book while parts of it still needed to be written. I failed quite thoroughly, especially because I had to prioritise my day job these past few months. A writer’s gotta eat and put gas in her car.
Thank you for the support and the interest. If I ever publish this book somewhere, somehow, I will let you know.
This is a sign of life. June has been an incredibly taxing month for me, what with my depression flaring up, a car accident, getting back into work for eight-day-weeks, talking my apprentices through their final evaluations, my chronic pain issues becoming quite acute and the heat sapping me of what is left after all that.
There is a month left on the campaign for Jump the Gun and it’s quite clear that I am in dire need of assistance. There are 190 pre-orders left to get in 30 days.
I need you. If you haven’t pre-ordered, do it now, or tell me what’s stopping you. If you know anyone, anyone at all who might be interested in fun traditional yet unconventional space-y sci-fi, send them a link.
It’s been a little over a day since the massacre in Orlando and I still can’t stop crying. I’m devastated and furious. I didn’t know anyone in the Orlando LGBT scene personally, but make no mistake, they were all my brothers, sisters, siblings.
Here’s what you can do today to help.
I will need some time, today, tomorrow - I don’t know how long it will take for the shock to settle. This is why I write. This is why our voices need to be heard, why we need to be seen as more than just "those gay people". Because a man so disgusted by two men kissing will walk into our sanctuaries and gun us down.
If anyone needs to talk, I’ll be working today, pretending everything is fine, because I’m not out at work - but I’ll check back when I can and should be available for anyone who needs it.
Two updates in the same day? Indeed! I have fabulous news! Jump the Gun is the June syndicate pick for Write Out Loud and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of that.
We also hit a little milestone on the long way to publishing: 50 copies sold!
I want to take the time to thank a few people who’ve helped get me to this point: first and always, RH Webster, who has been invaluable in keeping my spirit up, Ricardo Henriquez, who threw the entire weight of his syndicate behind this story, James Rasile, Joni Dee, Elayna Mae Darcy, and of course every single one of you who’s put their trust in me by pre-ordering this fantastic adventure.
I’d also like to put the link to Dakota’s beautiful art here again so you can access it right from your email: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n2uyb2n4bm9mpdn/Suaine-comm.jpg?dl=0
If you haven’t pre-ordered, now’s the time. Also, make your friends, family and pets buy the book, too. I’m going to announce a raffle for referrers sometime next week and it will be a culinary delight.
The fabulous Dakota finished my art and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Let me share it with you.
I’ve been so lucky to have her work with me on this and I’ve been extremely emotional about having this beautiful piece to accompany the novel.
Followers and readers, when the Geeks & Sundry contest ended, Jump the Gun had just made the jump to rank 11. Fantastic for a late entry.
Now I need your help. I just released the third chapter, so it is a great time to review and recommend the novel, on Inkshares and everywhere else. Please do so! Word of mouth is vital for the success of the campaign!
If you haven’t already, now is the time to pre-order. It’s a long way to go to 500 for this book to make Quill and be published. This novel is worth it.
I’m also saving up for an art comission by the fabulous Dakota to raise the visibility of the project! Check out her work, she’s brilliant.
Please pre-order, recommend and share. I need you!