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Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday (on Tuesday)!

I know I said I would update you on every other Monday, but yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving, so I hope you’ll forgive me for taking the day off. I was out camping with my husband and daughter, as well as spending time with other family members. But, here I am now!

Unsurprisingly, I have, as yet nothing yet to update. The autumn has been rainy here on the east coast of Canada so far, but I managed to sneak out last weekend to do a bit of solo camping and plan my next project. For updates on that and more, you can check out my Instagram and my new website, The Practical Escapist, which I let you know about last time.

I’ll keep plugging away on this end and updating you when I can. I know that one MushAnch Monday will be the one that I have news for you. Thank you for your ongoing patience!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper
Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday!

As expected, I don’t have anything new to report today. Just a part of the process! But, as I’ve been saying, I’m keeping accountable with a bi-weekly check-in. So, hello!

I do, however, want to point you in a few directions where I have been very busy and active of late, and I’m posting a ton of free content for your enjoyment. My new website, The Practical Escapist, has officially launched, and I’ve been trying to keep up with a blog post and a recipe a week. A post that may be of interest deals with my lengthy silence--give it a read if you’re interested!

I hope to have some news for you soon. September came and went with a flurry of activity, and I’m finding it hard to believe that we’re just a week away from October. How was your month? Was it productive, relaxing? I’d love to hear more!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday! I said I’d be updating every other Monday to hold myself accountable, and here I am. 

I don’t have any news about the book to share today, admittedly. As I only submitted the manuscript about 2 weeks ago, I’ve yet to receive any news. Thank you for patiently waiting alongside me. I know that when I do have news, it will be worth sharing!

I’d like to hear about you. Now that I’m peeking my head back around Inkshares more often again, I’d love to hear about your projects--new, old, funding.

I have a bit of news about my other projects. I’ve amalgamated my online presence to "The Practical Escapist"--everything will be under that umbrella name online now. I have already switched over my Facebook, Twitter (@ThePractialEsc), Instagram (@thepracticalescapist), Ko-Fi, and Patreon, and I’m working very hard on my new website. I hope it will be ready for official launch by September 24th--the next #MushAnch Monday--so I can parade it around for all of you!

I’ll be sure to have a meatier update next time, but it’s good to check in, just in case. Shoot me a "hello" and let me know what you’re up to!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough danger to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

   

Greetings, adventurers!

Wow, it’s… it’s been awhile. It’s been a long while. It really has.

So, I’m going to open with an apology. I had every intention of updating sooner, but after my progress was waylaid by life—I’ll spare you the grisly details—I experienced setback after setback. The third book in particular needed a massive overhaul before the manuscript could be sent off. The result is that this will make for a MUCH better finished product. This is no excuse for my silence. I hope you all understand that I simply didn’t want to come to you empty-handed after such a long wait.

I suppose the good news here, then, is that I’m not coming empty handed. After a lengthy editing process, the manuscript is now, at long last, in Inkshares’ hands.

So now? We wait for word from our friends at Inkshares. 

In the meantime, no more radio silence. To keep me accountable, I will be sending updates—even if there’s nothing to update. Every other Monday will be “MushAnch Monday”. Even if I have no news, I’ll send a snippet from the book, or something else—like a doodle or comic. 

For a bit of fun, I’ve been taking music that reminds me of Mushroom and Anchovy and adding it to an aptly titled Spotify playlist. If you like power metal, you may want to check it out. The playlist is called “Mushroom and Anchovy”—fitting title, like I said! 

I’ve been working VERY hard to make this something we can all be happy with, and I’m pleased to say that I’m proud of the manuscript I sent off to Inkshares, at last. I think the quality of the end product will outweigh the extra wait it took to get there. I’m going to quote renowned game developer Shigeru Miyamoto here because I think this applies to books, as well:
"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

Thanks for your patience, my friends, and for your understanding. I’ll talk to you very soon--September 10th, to be precise--update or not. Enjoy your Labour Day weekend, and, as always...

May all your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, Adventurers!

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

2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added about 1 year ago
Really, really happy to see this make production! Cheers!

Greetings, adventurers!

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.

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
Congratulations! I was honored to be order number 250! :)

Greetings, adventurers!

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!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers! 

 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:

  

So close!

 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

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