July 20, 2018

Hello, hello! Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer. I just wanted to share a few quick updates on "Shadow King."

The Manuscript
The book itself continues to move through the process. It is with the typesetter now and I should get my first look at the layout on or around July 30. From there we have a few more reviews as we close in on having a final book ready for physical production and release.

The cover has been proofread, and once we know the spine size, my cover designer (the wonderful Charlene Maguire!) will be able to complete the final template that Inkshares will need.

Important: Have you moved?
Everyone who has pre-ordered will get their copies of "Shadow King" in advance of the October 2 release date (yay!). If you ordered a hard copy, and have moved in the last 365 days, please contact Inkshares to update your shipping address! I’d hate to see your copy go to the wrong address!

I was interviewed by Writing Bloc about "Shadow King" and writing dark fantasy as a genre. Please check it out!

Spread the Word
Like all writers, I’m always interested in spreading the word about "Shadow King." Please share what you know about "Shadow King" with friends, family, your hair stylist, dog walker, and mailman (mailperson?). And if you’re following my adventures here but haven’t ordered yet, now would be a most auspicious time! 

Thanks again for all of your support, and I’ll update again in August!


June 21, 2018

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay sending an update but my Inkshares account has not been playing nicely with my Twitter account and we’re still figuring out what’s up with that. (thank you Elena @ Inkshares for the help!)

So, the good and excellent news is that "Shadow King" is moving through production. I just finished going through all of the copy edits from Jessica and have returned them to Inkshares. Next step -- Shadow King goes to typesetting and starts to look like a "real" book!

Assuming we stay on track with production, everyone who has pre-ordered and backed Shadow King, should get their copies prior to the October 2 release date. 

I’ll send another update in July!



May 11, 2018

Hello, everyone -- I have some excellent news to share!

I got my official notification from Inkshares that "Shadow King" will move into production a the end of May/start of June!

I am BEYOND excited about this.

So, that means "Shadow King" will get reviewed by the copy editor, proofread, turned into a "real" book with a cover... and then, assuming there are no major delays or hiccups, we’ll have an official release in October 2018. As production advances, I’ll share a more specific date.

I hope you’re all as happy about this news as I am! I’ll send another update soon with more details about production and any other news I have to share.

Thank you all for sticking with me on this wild ride--we’re almost there and I can’t wait for all of you to get "Shadow King" in your hands!

More to come soon. Have a great weekend.



Hello, everyone.

I’d wish you all a happy spring, but so far, spring seems reluctant to truly show up around here. Hopefully that will change soon!

In the meantime,  I wanted to share a quick update on Shadow King...

There are now only two books ahead of Shadow King in the queue (at my last update, I think that number was seven), so things are moving along. 

I’m HOPING this means a summer kick off for my project, which will get Shadow King into the hands of the Inkshares editor for the line-edit portion of development. Once we have an official kick-off, I should be able to get a better approximation of when my release date will be--and I’ll be sure to let you all know as soon as I know!

I’m very excited that we’re a few steps closer to official production! Thank you again for sticking with me through this excellent adventure. Looking forward to updating you with more news soon. 



Hello everyone,

Hope the new year is treating you all well so far. I just wanted to send a brief update on Shadow King to all of you. I’ve been in touch with Avalon at Inkshares and she’s let me know that there are 7 books ahead of me in the queue for the editor.

There’s no hard-and-fast rule for how long it will take them to get through those books. Every book is different and may need more or less editing time. My HOPE is that we’d get to Shadow King in the summer but I think likely that fall will be a more realistic expectation.

I want to thank all of you for being so patient with this process. I know when you supported me through my campaign you thought that you’d have your copy by now (and--trust me--I did, too!). I appreciate you sticking with me, and can’t wait to hear what you think of the book once you receive it.

If you have any questions, please let me know!



Hello everyone.

I wanted to send one quick update out before the end of the year. First, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday, and a wonderful, safe and happy New Year! After tonight the days start getting longer again!

In my last update, I mentioned that I turned the updated, post-development-edit "Shadow King" manuscript back in to Inkshares. I don’t have a kick-off date yet but did hear a whisper of February. Now, that’s not set in stone, so I’m trying to keep my expectations grounded. As soon as I know something about a kick-off, I’ll be sure to let all of you know.

Also, my funding campaign for "The Devil You Don’t" is starting to wind down (December 31 is the last day for pre-orders), and many of you have thrown your support behind that effort as well -- thank you for that! It definitely gets you on Santa’s Nice List!

I’m really hopeful we’ll make the goal... after taking into consideration several orders that are pending but haven’t been put in the system yet, realistically I only need about 10 orders to get Devil over the finish line. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please visit "The Devil You Don’t" Inkshares page!

Have a happy, happy, merry, merry!

All the best,

Hello, Shadow King readers!

Hope your December is going well. I wanted to send you all a quick update to let you know that the development edit is done, and I’ve turned the manuscript back in to Inkshares! I’m very, very happy with how it has turned out and can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy.

I’m hoping to get an ETA on when my project will kick-off soon, but I don’t have a hard and fast date yet. But as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to share the good news and any kind of timeline.

In the meantime, I’m working on two other things:

First, my funding campaign for "The Devil You Don’t" will close at the end of this month, and I’m pretty darn close to reaching Quill funding again. Several syndicates have endorsed the book, so if you haven’t checked it out, please take a look. I need just under 40 pre-orders before 12/31/17 to make the threshold--please consider sharing info about Devil with your fellow readers (or order a copy for yourself, I’m confident you’ll enjoy it!)

Second, yes, I have started dabbling on Shadow King 2 (clearly a working title right now). I’m planning to get started on this in earnest over the next few weeks.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and New Year, and I’ll update again soon.

All the best,



Sorry for the recent radio silence on "Shadow King."  For much of the fall, I was engrossed in the new Launchpad competition and "Shadow King" was (im)patiently waiting in the queue for Inkshares’ editor.

I decided to invest in a development edit for "Shadow King." And I’m so glad I did. I just got my edits back, and I’m thrilled with what this editing team had to say. They had a lot of very good things to say about the manuscript, and also pointed out several areas where I have an opportunity to expand scenes and make the story even more robust than it already is.

I am about 2/3 of the way through these updates and have a goal of having the updated manuscript to Inkshares by the start of December (although Thanksgiving may alter that by a day or two).

I’ll send another update when there’s some more news to share. In the meantime, have an awesome fall! 


Good morning!

I know you’re all eager to get your hands on “Shadow King” (I had two people at my office yesterday ask when they were getting their copies!).  "Shadow King" continues to wait in the Inksahres queue for the editor, along with several other books. As soon as I have news about release dates, I’ll let you know right away.

In other news... as you know from previous updates I did go ahead and enter another manuscript into the 2017 Launchpad Manuscript Competition (because I’m crazy like that).

I found out Tuesday that “The Devil You Don’t” has made the first cut and been named to the Top 75 list

So, what does this mean? It means I still have a long way to go to get from Top 75 to (hopefully) Top 10 and beyond.

I can, however, start to crowdfund for the Inkshares portion of Launchpad 2017 on August 28.

Many of you showed a tremendous amount of generosity and support last year for “Shadow King” and it wouldn’t be waiting for the editor now without each and every one of you.

I am, however, painfully aware that asking for your support for a second book when the first doesn’t even have a release date yet is a BIG ASK. But I’m going to ask anyway, and I hope that you’ll all be as enthusiastic about “Devil You Don’t” as you are about “Shadow King.”

I’ll be sending another update next week with details about when I’ll be opening the new manuscript for funding, key dates, and a list of raffle-type giveaways that I have planned for different pre-order milestones. In the meantime, you can see a synopsis of “Devil” on my Inkshares page (preview chapters coming soon!): www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t

We made it to 5th last year -- and I know getting into the Top Three is totally achievable this year!


July 24, 2017

Good morning, everyone. Sending out a brief update on Shadow King to keep all of you informed on what the current scoop is:

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I’m still in the queue for the editor. After speaking with Angela at Inkshares, she let me know that they will try to kick-off my project as soon as possible, however, there are close to 50 books in the Quill forecast and they are a small team. They try to honor submissions on a first-come, first-served basis but some other considerations factor in (I’m hoping to find out a little more about those factors).

They’re currently working on three Quill books with Reedsy but will only kick-off new projects when they are confident they can be managed without a sacrifice to quality. I’ll keep everyone posted as I learn more--thank you as always for sticking with me through all of this!

Coming soon: Pre-order a copy of Shadow King and enter to win a signed copy of Darkstar Rising.
Earlier in my writing career, I self-published a fantasy novel called Darkstar Rising. You can read more about it on my website: www.susankhamilton.com. If you have not pre-ordered Shadow King yet, you could win a signed copy of Darkstar--stay tuned for details coming in August.

Please follow The Devil You Don’t on Inkshares
Entries are now closed for the 2017 Launchpad Competition, and in the coming weeks, I’ll find out if lightning can strike twice for me. Devil has its own Inkshares page now: www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t. I’m very excited about this new story and would love to keep you updated on it as well.

Thank you!
Thanks again to all of Shadow King’s supporters; your enthusiasm means the world to me. I’ll send another update in August. Have a great week!


PS. Hopefully, those links are active above--when I update from this particular computer I often have trouble with links looking live as I write, but then not working after I send. Fingers crossed!

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