It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, hasn’t it? Let’s recap:
- Sept. 9th we hit our funding goal and Mushroom and Anchovy was greenlit!
- You haven’t heard from me since (oops).
In the interest of transparency, I’ll be honest with you all: I have not yet submitted the manuscript to Inkshares as of yet, and there are a few reasons for this.
1. Mushroom and Anchovy needed a great deal more work than previously thought.
Especially part 3. My god. Obviously, I don’t want to sell you an awful book. While I’m sure the fine folks at Inkshares wouldn’t allow it to be delivered to you in such a state, I want to at least make their work a bit easier and give them something worth editing. Because... yikes.
2. November was the hardest month this year for me.
I’m not going to lie: I had a pretty difficult autumn and it has taken its toll. The winter solstice yesterday left me with some hope for the next season, which is great, because from the fall equinox til just a couple weeks ago has been brutal. I also got another part-time job and have spent much of my time lately managing my family’s rapidly changing schedule.
3. I’m still a bit burnt out from the campaign.
If you follow my social media accounts, particularly my Facebook page, you’ll likely notice some radio silence. I really haven’t been doing much. I haven’t even worked on my blog. It’s been a very introspective time for me, and outside of work, I haven’t been very social, either. The campaign was like a full-time job, and even though it ended three(?!) months ago already, it still feels like yesterday.
I had hoped to have the manuscript sent in by October 31st, but that simply did not happen due to all the factors mentioned, and a few more. I am still actively working on it, day by day, and my new date for completion is January 31st. It is my hope that Mushroom and Anchovy will be under Christmas trees across North America for 2018, and while I have no way of guaranteeing that, I’ll do my utmost to make it so.
Also in the interest of transparency, I want to mention that I do not have your money. Unlike Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, Inkshares does not send the money to the creators; the company uses it 100% for production. If you’re worried about my silence, please do not be. I am incapable of taking the money and running!
I do apologise for these delays, as I had hoped they wouldn’t happen. I am, however, only human. It is my sincere hope that the next time you hear from me, it will be to inform you all that the manuscript is in Inkshares’ hands.
Thank you for being patient with the process, and, as always, thank you for your unwavering support! The happiest of holidays to all of you, whatever you celebrate, and I will talk to you all in 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns at all about Mushroom and Anchovy or the campaign itself, please get in contact with me ASAP so I can put your mind at ease.
May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
This will likely be the last time you hear from me for a bit as I delve into all the material necessary to help bring Mushroom and Anchovy to life. There’s a lot of work to be done, so if I don’t update for awhile, that’s why. I assure you that you will find out information as I do, so please don’t worry!
Thank you for bearing with me last week while I took a little step away. Here are the winners of the draw:
Congrats to PAULETTE DIOTTE! You have won the $50 Amazon gift card! And congratulations to VICTORIA MARTIN and CAPRICE FRANCIS, the two winners of the Hub City Survival ebooks. Hooray!
I’m "going on vacation" next week, which really means I’m taking a week long break from social media and work that isn’t 100% for me. I’m going on my bi-annual Unicorn Cave Writer’s Retreat next week, as well, to try and gather some new creative energy, hike in the woods, sit by the campfire, and more.
In the meantime, please join me over at my blog and my Facebook page! I just released a new post: What’s next? This regards the future of my other projects.
Thanks again for reaching this goal with me, adventurers! If you wanted to preorder but missed the campaign, you’re still welcome to do so as the book will be accepting preorders up until its release.
I may not talk to you all soon, but it’ll be as soon as I can.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t update in the wake of exciting news!
Guys... we did it. With just 2 days left in the campaign, we hit the 250 mark. Mushroom and Anchovy is FUNDED at the Quill level!
I’m at a loss for words, but the only two that come to mind are THANK YOU. I couldn’t have done this without everyone reading this e-mail. I’m so grateful for everything.
Can I just say that I’m really feeling the Inkshares community love right now? You guys are awesome. Even if I don’t do another crowdfunding campaign in the near future, I’m gonna be sticking around. What a supportive group of fellow authors--a group of very talented people. I’ve learned so much from you all.
If you want the chance at a $50 Amazon gift card, you still have time! I’m not closing the contest until the official end of the campaign--which is Monday. So, I will not count any preorders after 11:59 PM on Sunday (Sept. 10th) in the Amazon gift card draw. You’re automatically entered by preordering, but you can pick up some bonus entries. Take a look at the pinned post on my Facebook page for more details.
Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to be taking the next couple days off! I’ll get back to you all with the winner of the draw next week. I’m throwing in two ebook copies of my first book, novella Hub City Survival. It’s nothing like Mushroom and Anchovy, but hopefully the winners will enjoy it anyway!
That’s it from me for now, guys. This has been a real adventure. Thank you all for helping my biggest goal of this year come to fruition!
We’re at the home stretch, folks. The last few days. The final countdown, if you will.
With less than 25 preorders to go at time of writing, I’m starting to feel excited and hopeful! I still have work to do, though, to get to that number. Look at this beautiful bar:
Thanks (again!) to local radio hosts Scotty and Tony of XL96 for blogging about Mushroom and Anchovy (again!). These two have been supportive of my work for years. Thanks again, guys!
By the way, this coming Thursday, I’m going to be starting a new initiative over on my Facebook page called Au-Thursday. I’m going to be featuring up-and-coming and indie authors, and their books. The first people to be featured will be supporters of MushAnch! Give my Facebook page a follow to see the authors I’ll be featuring. If you want a feature, hit me with a DM!
Final reminder about the draw! As I’ve mentioned before, you get an entry for preordering, but additional entries for sharing the pinned post on my Facebook page, and more. Details are all right here on that post! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card. I’ll be throwing in 2 ebook copies of my first book, Hub City Survival, if I hit the goal before 11:59 PM my time on Sunday. If I get the goal before the end of today, I’ll throw in a print copy. Let’s do this!
Thank you so much for this, guys, really. At this rate, it’s looking like it might just happen. And if, by some chance, it doesn’t, I’m so grateful for everyone who’s been following the campaign and contributing in any way. I’ve learned a lot from this experience and have managed to discover so many interesting up-and-coming books through this.
May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
WHAAAT? It’s not Friday! Though that may be true, I do feel compelled to write to you today because we’ve reached the critical timeframe: there is just one week left to make the preorder goal, as of today. We have just 70 preorders to go, which is a very small number, and also very doable! If you haven’t preordered yet, I really hope you’ll consider doing so shortly.
To try and get that last push for orders, I’ve created a Facebook event. If you would join the event and spread the word, I’d be very appreciative!
Mushroom and Anchovy has also been chosen as the Syndicate Pick for the Quill Brotherhood Syndicate this month, I am very pleased to say! That makes our second Syndicate Pick, and I’m very grateful. Thank you so much for choosing me!
Don’t forget about the contest, which could win you an Amazon gift card! If I hit 250 preorders before the 10th, I’ll also throw in a copy of my first book, Hub City Survival, and maybe an ebook as well!
All right, folks... this is it. Please help me push this book! I’ve been working very hard and want to bring this book to you in its best form. 70 is such a small number. At this point one month ago, the book didn’t even have 70 preorders yet, so I know we can hit this goal!
If there’s anything I can do to convince you to preorder, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to discuss any aspect of this campaign with you one-on-one!
Sorry for the second e-mail, folks, but I needed to follow up quickly to let you know that I was wrong about the referrals and they are no longer a function of the Inkshares program.
You WILL, however, get my undying, eternal gratitude for referring a friend. And that’s priceless, right?
Sorry for the error, folks! Talk to you next week!
A bit of a slower week compared with last week, but still a good one. We’re getting closer and closer to the end, with just a bit over a week to go and 93 preorders to go at time of writing. It’ll be very close but I think we’ll be able to sneak right in, just in time.
A quick note: please double check your orders to make sure you’ll get your book! If you’ve had any problems with your orders, please make sure to reach out to email@example.com.
This is a big reminder about the contest! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card! You get one entry just for preordering, then an extra one for every preorder, extra entries for Facebook shares of the post, and more. All the details are in the pinned post over on my Facebook page.
Could I ask a favour of all of you this week? Could you please message a friend or family member that might enjoy this book and tell them a bit about it? When you do, please make sure to click “share” on the book’s page to generate your personal referral code for Inkshares credits! Make sure you’re logged in to Inkshares and click “Share” on Mushroom and Anchovy’s page to share your referral link.
The reason for this is that one-on-one conversations have been, in my experience, the best way to get results in the campaign.
At this time, we have to turn all this pressure into diamonds. And like the treasure hunters in this book, we’ve gotta hunt those diamonds down and claim them as our own! Or... something like that.
Thanks for everything, adventurers. I’m really grateful to have so many of you joining me on this, and I’m really floored by the amount of people who have been preordering so far. Thank you!