Dear Gentle Readers,
Greetings from the trenches! Now that Quill funding for the book is complete, I have returned to writing and working on the manuscript for Mothering; The Game. I thought I would send you a quick update just to let you know you will get updates from me periodically over the next few months but not with the same regularity as when the campaign was active.
While I have your attention, though, I must implore you to sign in again to Inkshares and make another purchase. As I’ve mentioned before, my guide and mentor to the Inkshares world is Evan Graham. He was the first author I connected with directly in this community and has believed in my book even on the days when I was quite ready to give up.
Evan has been campaigning for Tantalus Depths since the Geek and Sundry Hard Science Fiction contest which ended before the Nerdist contest I joined even began. It has been a long and difficult road for him and his campaign is drawing to a close. He is 90 orders away from full funding with Inkshares.
I’ve had the honor of being a beta reader for Tantalus Depths and I can recommend it without hesitation. It is beautifully crafted; Evan has composed a familiar but futuristic world, a story filled with delightful if often terrifying surprises, and characters the reader easily comes to adore. It moves like a film and unfolds slowly but confidently toward an exhilarating conclusion. I am left with the kind of questions only good literature leaves you with: What just happened and where can I read more?
If you haven’t already ordered Tantalus Depths, go forth and be awesome. Order a copy before his campaign ends in five days so you, too, can be part of the select group of readers who launched his career.
Until next time, game on!
Greetings Gentle Readers,
I write to you tonight from the other side of my campaign: the finished side! It is so exciting to look at the page for Mothering: The Game and see how it’s changed. If you haven’t already, you should take a look and see. (Hint: that dreadful green bar that haunted my dreams is now gone!)
Also, there is this:
It is so exciting to see my happy little book in such great company in the Quill collection. I couldn’t have done it without the support of each and every one of you that placed a pre-order. Thank you so much for helping make this dream come true!
Now I am off to work on the manuscript!
I have only two words for you all tonight:
Last night, I passed the minimum copies sold to make Quill publication. I couldn’t have done it without each and every order you made. Thank you so much for helping me make this dream a reality. I cannot wait until we can each hold a copy of my book. My book. Wow. That sounds amazing and terrifying at the same time.
If you haven’t ordered, there are still five days left in the Mothering: The Game campaign so make sure to get your copy soon!
Dearest Gentle Readers,
I write you from the final days of my campaign - only six (6!) days left to pre-order Mothering: The Game! But look at how great the status bar looks:
You read that right! FIVE BOOKS TO QUILL! 5!
A huge thank you to all those who ordered in the last couple of days. I wouldn’t be here writing this exciting update without the support of everyone who has ordered up to now. I so appreciate your belief in me and support of a book that I love. :)
Who will make the last five orders?! I cannot wait to see!
Thank you to all the new followers and those who pre-ordered Mothering: The Game over the weekend. I am so thankful you are here to help me complete the end of my journey to publication. Currently I need 29 pre-orders to get me to Quill publication and have 10 days left to get them.
I’m working my fingers off to get those last pre-orders, sending out messages to everyone I can think of to pre-order the book. I know many of you are doing the same and for that I am hugely thankful. So I will keep this update short so we can all keep beating down doors to get this book published.
I’ll leave you with this. It’s perhaps my all time favorite picture of me and my mom. I know she would love you to support this book in all the ways she cannot.
Until next time, place those pre-orders!
I just wanted to share this bar with you:
This bar has been the central focus of my life since the beginning of June. Even when I wasn’t actively campaigning, I still had a browser window open on my phone to allow me to constantly and regularly refresh this bar. I’ve watched that green section grow in fits and spurts just like I’ve watched my daughter grow. The process of watching it slowly fill has been just as painful on my heart, I think, as watching my daughter suffer through multiple molars cutting through her gums. Love often brings suffering. :)
I need 41 books to get to Quill and have just 12 days to do it. If you are here following Mothering: The Game but haven’t been able to order, please order now! Time is almost up and as those days tick on my compulsive need to refresh this bar is insatiable. Help remove this bar from my life and help me hold a copy of Mothering: The Game in my hands.
If you have already ordered, thank you so much for your support! If you can continue to spread the word about this project, I would so appreciate it. Yell from the rooftops, Tweet it, Facebook it, Google+ it if you know how. Any and all shares are appreciated.
I am writing to you with 14 days left in my campaign for Mothering: The Game. I’ll admit -- I did not have a plan to write this update tonight. It has been a very long day for me and as I write these words I am sipping on a medicated beverage I hope will usher me into the Land of Nod in the very near future.
But I was surprised to find the most amazing recommendation for Mothering: The Game in my email today. As many of you know, Evan Graham has been my Inkshares mentor and guide. He wrote the most amazing piece about my book, my project, and well, me today, and I feel compelled to share it with all of you. You can see it on his page here but I am including it in its entirety in this update.
Thank you, Evan, for your belief in me, my book, and this process.
Gentle Readers: I need your help to get those last 46 order in the next TWO WEEKS!
"You may ask yourself "Evan, why are you, an unmarried, childless man, so invested in a memoir about a woman raising her toddler?" Well, you’d be right to assume that it isn’t my genre of choice. Other than being a gamer as well, I have little to tie myself to the subject matter of Mothering: The Game. However, interestingly, there are quite a few parallels between that book and Tantalus Depths.
Tantalus Depths saw its origins in Geek and Sundry’s Hard Science Fiction competition. It placed in the top ten, but failed to win, and ever since then I’ve been working overtime to see it hit the full funding goal the hard way. One by one I’ve seen every other entrant in that contest either give up or fall short, their campaigns dropping left and right until the only ones left standing are the winners of that contest, and me.
Mothering: The Game saw its origins in Nerdist’s Video Games competition. Regina also managed to claw her way into the top ten, but not quite to the top. Since then, she’s been working hard to try and scrape together the support she needs to make it to the Quill goal the hard way. One by one, the other entrants in her contest gave up or failed, until the only ones left standing are the winners, Alisa King’s "Are You Sure You Want To Quit" (which managed to make it to Quill and deserves your support as well), and Mothering: The Game. Only a few scattered stragglers remain, none of them with more than a couple dozen pre-orders.
I’ve seen a determination and tenacity in Regina’s campaign. She wants to finish it, she wants to hit that goal, and she’s been willing to work hard for it. She’s successfully earned the Break The Bechdel syndicate’s pick, a syndicate that focuses on books with strong female protagonists. Well...the protagonist of Mothering: The Game is Regina. The real Regina. She’s a strong female protagonist in the flesh, and she’s earned all the success she’s seen and much, much more she’s yet to see.
Her writing is personal and meaningful. The relationship between her and her daughter radiates off the page and warms the heart. I’ve backed this book, and I’ve been kicking her butt to keep trying for that goal ever since I first found Mothering: The Game. True, it’s not my genre. That doesn’t stop me from loving this book, though. And even if it did, it could not stop me from seeing the reality that Mothering: The Game is a book that must exist. There is nothing like it on Inkshares, and there are few books like it in existence. Please, please consider playing a part in bringing this book to its goal.
Mothering: The Game has only 14 days remaining in its campaign, and has already been extended once. It needs 47 more orders to reach Quill publication. If I had the cash and Inkshares allowed it, I’d buy all 47 myself."
Fear not! I have not fallen into the abyss of motherhood and other life duties. Ok. Maybe I have. The last few weeks have been jam packed for me with the start of classes at my university and lots of other hectic life events. But I see some calmer waters on the horizon and time to return to my campaign.
Speaking of, Mothering: The Game has only 19 days left to get to 250 copies and Quill publication. With two orders this week, we are 52 books from that goal. It’s close. So very close.
So if you’re reading this and you haven’t ordered, please order a copy today. If you have ordered, tell everyone you know about it. Seriously, people. With 52 books left I’m asking that we all start talking to strangers on the street to get this pushed through. ;)
In other news, I am attending Rose City Comic Con this weekend and will be in cosplay for the very first time. If you are attending, let me know on my Twitter (@doclizz). I would love to say hello. My crafty husband made this fabulous necklace for me. Do you know what character I’ll be cosplaying??!!
Until next time, get your pre-order on!