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Hey all, so this is it, last day of the campaign and the end is nigh.  

While we won’t be seeing Rule Britannia published through Inkshares, there are plenty of other books worth your time, and $. The Nerdist Sci-Fi competition is nearing its end and if I were you, I would be taking my refund/credits and using them to get yourself a copy of Ferd Crotte’s Mission 51.  

Head on over to the story page and read some samples, then get in quick and lets help Ferd get over the line!

Hi everyone, it’s been a while between updates as I’ve been filling in some of the blanks in the book, and working with a development editor to address some plot issues I am struggling with.

100 days goes so quickly.
Wow, there are only seven days left on my campaign.  To be honest, I haven’t done half the work I should have been doing as far as promotion, and the results for that are very visible, 88 orders, just over half-way to Quill publishing.

What now?
So the question I’ve been pondering as the 100 day deadline came closer and closer was whether to extend, or let it lapse.  There are a few things with the Inkshares process that I’ve learned about over time that I am not comfortable with. There have been changes made since I signed up that I don’t agree with, so on balance I’ve come to realise that while publication is my destination, Inkshares is not the road I want to travel to get there.

For that reason, when the campaign clock runs out in seven days I have decided not to extend.

I am eternally grateful for each and every one of my followers, and for the people who believe enough in Rule Britannia to commit $ (or credits).  From what I can see on the site, refunds will start being issued soon after the goal is not met.  

But hey, there’s good news too!
Rule Britannia will live on.  It’s still in the running for the LaunchPad competition, so who knows, maybe that screenplay I wrote for it seven years ago will come in handy after all? 
And, the editor I’ve been working with has confirmed something I’d had in the back of my mind, Rule Britannia as it currently stands has enough content and story to be at least two, if not three books.  Considering I’ve already started outlining and writing the first pages of what I thought would be a sequel, that means there is the potential for Miranda to fly the Duchess into series territory.

Thank you again for your support, for the orders, follows and votes in the syndicates. 

See you soon,
Helen.

Hello all!

The updates have slowed a tad as my day job has entered a busy period, but there is light at the end of the tunnel as I am taking two weeks leave over Easter - that means lots of time to eat chocolate and work on Rule Britannia.

I’ve also booked Rule Britannia in for a development edit with an editor who was recommended to me - Lorelei Logsdon, which is a great opportunity for a completely fresh set of eyes on the story from go to woah. The manuscript will go off to her on 29 May and I will have it back a week later.

Between now and then I’m adding a couple of extra chapters that I think will fill in some gaps that are bugging me.  

Could I ask something of you?  It’s that time of month again when syndicates start nominating books that warrant support.  So when you’re thinking of your syndicate nominations this week, could you to take a moment to consider nominating Rule Britannia? 

And finally - here’s my pick of the week(ish)!

After a viral apocalypse, corporations run by vampires create heavily guarded city-states to preserve the human race - as a subjugated food supply.  

This is a fantastic piece of post-post-apocalypse fiction (a new sub-genre?), it’s a fun and well-paced read with rich characters that grab you from the start.  Not to mention that it won the LaunchPad comp for 2016 so there are already many wonderful things on the way for the story and Robert - don’t miss your chance to say you were on board from the start!

’till next time,
Helen.

Hi everyone,

Now that the dust has settled on the first couple of weeks since pre-orders opened, I’ve been turning my attention to trying to drive more traffic to the story page for Rule Britannia. I know I’m treading a well-worn path that a lot of you have taken before me, so I’ve been poking around your updates, social media, forum posts etc to see what has been tried, tested, failed and succeeded at.

I’ve spent my time over the last week or so working on my online presence.  In addition to launching the Facebook fan page for Rule Britannia, I’ve registered a domain name with the intent of setting up an author page (stay tuned). I’ve been trying to get to grips with Twitter, and through Fiverr.com found a consultant who set-up a social media schedule for me to get my head around what to post when, and to where.

All this, and like most of the rest of you, working full-time.  Roll on Easter.

Here’s my pick of the week(ish).

Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid By Sergey Grechishkin
"One eventful middle-class childhood behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet Leningrad.  A mix of a fun memoir and social history of the years preceding the collapse of the USSR."

I said in my review of this book that history is written by social historians like Sergey, the sample chapters (which I enjoyed so much I stopped reading because I didn’t want spoilers for the full book), are engaging and full of the little details that pull you into a story and keep you reading.  Sergey’s book has nabbed three syndicate picks, including the coveted Staff Syndicate, and as of today, is tantalisingly close to 750 - just 52 more pre-orders needed. 

’till next time,
Helen.

Hello everyone!

What a wonderful week it has been, Rule Britannia got some cover artwork, pre-orders opened up and a whole bunch of lovely, lovely people came on board to support it!

As promised, I’ve just finished setting up the official Rule Britannia Facebook page, if you’re interested in facts and tidbits about my version of Victorian London, or are eager to know more about the characters, why not pop over and give the page a like?

In my short time on Inkshares I’ve found some incredible works that I’ve got really excited about supporting, I’d like to start using my weekly update messages to you to give those books a bit of a boost.  So today, I am recommending you check out:

The Walls Are Closing In  by Jacqui Castle
Decades after The Seclusion, during which America sealed itself off from the outside world, thirty-one year old Patricia Evans lives within the panoptic nightmare of a total surveillance state.   

This cautionary tale has already blown its Quill target out of the water, let’s give it a boost up to the magic 750!

Cheerio
Helen

Greetings all, and as usual a special welcome to new followers who have found me this week!

Updating slightly earlier this week, because I can’t contain my excitement - my cover art is done, and I’m doing my happy dance.  It’s a wonderful and surreal feeling to see your name on the cover of your first novel.  

But wait, that’s not all!

RULE BRITANNIA IS NOW OPEN FOR PRE-ORDERS!!!

Of course now all the hard work starts, but I’m super excited to be taking my book to the next stage.  This weekend I’ll be finalising Rule Britannia’s Facebook page where I’ll share other snippets about the world of the story, as well as the characters.

I hope to see you there!

Hello!

If you are a new follower, welcome, I’m really glad to have you on-board.

A brief update this week to let you all know that last night I got the first drafts of two different covers back from Damonza.com - a few tweaks needed of course, but I’m really excited by what they’ve come up with.  Because one of them is reeeeaaallly close to what I was envisioning, I’m not going to give you a sneak peak (aaaawww) - but I should be doing the big reveal very soon.

Cheerio
Helen.

Hi everyone, 

I just wanted to say a quick hello and thank you to all of you for following Rule Britannia this week, and a special thank you to those who have added a comment or a review!

I have a follow-back policy, I’m working my way through checking out each of your projects (if you have them) and following them.

What’s next?

This weekend I’ve given myself a long list of to-dos which includes working on a cover for the book, making some tweaks to the first chapter based on feedback I’ve received, and setting up a Facebook page.  I’ll share the link to the Facebook page once its up, and I’ll be using that to share extra info about the world of Rule Britannia, and of course, the characters.

Thanks again for your support in these early days, it means the world to me!

Cheers
Helen.


Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
Great job with your opening chapter, I love how you set the scene but don’t waste time in descriptions. My one suggestion would be to make the first sentence more of an attention grabber. It doesn’t have to be much, it could even be as simple as replacing the word small with the word modest. Just something to grab a new reader’s attention enough to keep them reading the paragraph, but the whole of the chapter is well written and kept me interested.