Hey everyone! So it’s been pretty quiet around here lately, and yes, there are reasons for that. But ones (hopefully) you’ll forgive me for. I’ve been working hard at churning out the grim tales eagerly lurking in the darkest corners of my mind and the story with Ezra on the forefront of said corner is almost complete. Which means, *insert drum roll here* Seven Devils is nearing the finish line. Chapters are being tied up, editing will begin soon, and the long and grueling stretch for a publisher to put this project into your hands is waiting upon the horizon. Those 150 individuals who pre-purchased a copy late last year during the Nerdist contest, I want to thank you for giving me the encouragement I needed to finish one of the most important things in my life. We didn’t win, but you gave me so much more than I could have ever asked for. Because of this, I’m giving you the next two chapters of my debut novel. These are the only chapters I will be releasing to the public until Seven Devils goes into print, but I am more than happy to leave you teasers, answer questions, and talk to you about my upcoming projects! To those individuals who have stuck by me through this adventure and pre-purchased work of mine without having more than a few thousand words and blind faith, you are the true heroes of every story.
So here’s to you, guys. Hopefully you like the next couple chapters as much as you did the first. And if you do, please don’t be shy about sharing the word to friends, family, and co-workers, or even your friendly neighborhood aliens a few galaxies away.
Mark your calendars!
The inaugural Inkshares Review-a-Thon is this Saturday!
On December 19th, all authors and readers are invited to leave reviews on currently funding Inkshares books using the Inkshares "leave a review" option.
Throughout the day we'll be hanging out on Twitter in the#InksharesReviewstag as we share our favorite book projects, answer author Q&As, debate the merits of astronauts with swords versus cavemen with lasers, and more!Then, from 6 - 8pm ET, JF Dubeau and Paul Inman of the WriteBrain Podcast will be hosting a video livestream filled with author interviews, review readings, and live announcements of prize winners!Prizes?!?!Everyone who leaves a review on December 19th by 6pm ET will be eligible to win one of our fantastic general prizes:
Sword & Laser Contest Winners Package - print copies of the six winning books from the Sword & Laser Inkshares contest!
Nerdist Contest Winners Package - print copies of the five winning books from the Nerdist Inkshares contest!
An immediate pre-order of the book of their choice for five winners!$30 in Inkshares credits!Readers: Peruse the "currently funding" books on Inkshares and leave as many reviews as you want on Dec 19th. You could even start up a "must-have" list of books to order in case you win a free pre-order or the $30 in credits!Authors: Join our review exchange to leave three reviews in exchange for two guaranteed reviews on your Inkshares project and a chance at author-exclusive prizes! Email Cara Weston at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get on the list.It's gonna be fun.
So please leave your reviews for Seven Devils and let's get this party started!
Hey everyone! So, obviously the Nerdist contest was a no-go, and I want to congratulate everyone that entered and put their best foot forward. Unfortunately, Seven Devils did not not meet its pre-order goal, but I was overwhelmed with how many of you showed your interest and support in my novel. We got over 60 people to pre-order! How exiting is that!?
That being said, because we didn't meet our 250 order goal by December, the funding campaign stopped and no-one was charged. I have, however, re-started the crowdfunding campaign so we can get started on gathering the resources necessary to get Seven Devils published. If you are still interested in buying a copy of SD, it works just the same as before. You pre-order, tell your friends, and you are not charged a dime until we meet our funding goal and SD gets published! Everyone who did order, your pre-orders have been wiped from the system since we are starting anew. Any support is so, so appreciated and I cannot wait to get this off of the ground.
As promised, those of you who had ordered a copy in the last three months will be getting a signed copy once SD is in publication.
I hope everyone has a magical holiday season, and I will see all of you in the new year with Seven Devils finished and ready to be in your hands.
Just wanted to shoot everyone an update; I came down with something that isn't too keen on letting me leave my bed, let alone work. Rest assured that you will be getting a snippet of something from Seven Devils for all of your support and work today, and once I am feeling better, another chapter will be up for your viewing pleasure.
D-Day is here! And by D-Day, I mean Delivery Day. And by that, I mean that chapter two is going to be published for your reading pleasure in only a few hours! In the meantime, we're at 42 pre-orders, which means there are are only eight orders standing between you and another sneak peak at Seven Devils. Remember, for every 25 pre-orders, I will either give you a new chapter of Seven Devils, or a sneak peak at something inside the novel that no-one has seen or heard outside of the voices inside my head. :P
I’ve got exiting news! Like, super-duper exiting news. In one day we met the 25 pre-order requirement to get up chapter two, and we exceeded that amount more than I had expected. 31 copies and counting! Shout out to Staton Elisabet (who is the author of The Librarian’s Curse, you should go check her out right now, her story is amazing) who was the 25 order that will be putting out the second chapter of Seven Devils. I’m currently revising it and it will be posted Monday morning for your reading pleasure, so stay tuned!
I promise I won’t be sending out these updates every day; only when there’s some information that needs to be shared, and this is a milestone that I’m pretty psyched about. It’s one more step forward to putting this novel into print, and I cannot wait for you guys to see the finished product.
Another note for those of you who haven’t pre-ordered because of the price, I’ve got some more good news! By simply making an account on Inkshares, you earn a $5 to use toward the book. That’s right. Free money is always a good thing, right? And you can earn even more credits by following/recommending Seven Devils to your friends and family by sharing me out on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. For every person that you recruit into pre-ordering, you will earn $15 in credits. So not only will you get sneak peaks at Seven Devils, you’ll also have funds to support other authors on Inshares too. Pretty cool, huh?
For the time being, I’ll be signing off to polish chapter two so that you’ll be able to start off your weeks right with some Ezra and some new characters you’ll be seeing as we go along.
Have an awesome weekend everyone, and as always, your continued support rocks my socks off.
Goooooooooood afternoon everyone! It’s been a couple days since I’ve sent out any updates, so I just wanted to give you a quick little run-down about how things have been progressing and what you can expect to see from me in the next coming days.
First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who have either pre-ordered a copy of Seven Devils or have taken the time to read the first chapter. I’ve received nothing but positive feedback with this project, and the renewed hope and strength that you’ve given me because of it means more than I could ever put into words. Because of this, I want to make it my goal that each and every one of you who pre-ordered my novel will receive a signed copy and a mention in the acknowledgements page. I know I’m falling on the shorter end of the spectrum as far as the Nerdist contest goes, but even with or without Inkshares, I will be moving forward with the publication of Seven Devils and the many novels that will be following it in its stead.
For those of you who are on the fence about pre-ordering Seven Devils, I have good news! We’re only one order away from releasing the second chapter. If you’re anything like me, I like to see a good chunk of work in progression before tossing my hard earned cash at anyone, let alone a stranger on the internet. I gotchu. The game plan here is that with every 25 pre-orders, I’ll be releasing another chapter of Seven Devils for the public! So even if you are a follower and just wanting to see how the novel is developing and what lays in wait for our protagonist, you’ll be able to do just that.
Lastly, I know that there are a lot of other burgeoning authors like myself out there who are trying to get as much recognition as I am. I don’t see this as competition but rather, a team effort, and for those that are following and pre-ordering my work, you can guarantee that I will be pre-ordering a copy of your book as well.
Some of you have been receiving a lot of these emails, so I’ll keep this one short so you can get back to your lives and loved ones. I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone here who has been supporting me since day one, and none of you go unappreciated or overlooked. That being said, I look forward to posting the second chapter here shortly, so stay tuned!