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October 17, 2018

Good morning, everyone!

I meant to send an update yesterday but life happened so I’m a day late on this one. It is officially two weeks since Shadow King launched, so I wanted to just give a quick update on how things are going.

Book Reviews
A few reviews have started to come in on Goodreads and Amazon. The majority are 4 and 5 star, so that’s outstanding. However, I’d like to get a lot more! When you finish reading Shadow King, please consider leaving a review on one of the sites. It only takes a few minutes of your time and they’re really important for helping a book pick up momentum!

Events
My first author event at Tatnuck Booksellers went well. Small group but there were a TON of questions in the q/a part, and I really enjoyed that. My next author event is October 24 (next week) at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA. Event starts at 7:00 pm.

I’ll also be attending Arisia in Boston in January. More details to come on that!

Press & Interviews
I was interviewed by WBZ AM Radio in Boston for their "Women’s Watch" segment. The interview was taped and will be aired/posted in the upcoming weeks. I will share a link as soon as it is available.

Upcoming interviews include:

  • November 17: interviewed on the Golden State Media Concepts podcast
  • November  28: interviewed for "Be My Guest," a local podcast/local cable news show

Once links to those or specific times are available, I’ll be sure to share that with everyone!

Future Work
I’m happy to say that progress on the ESCAPE Anthology (which will contain one of my short stories) is going well. The contributing authors are all in the process of reviewing the content, and I’m very excited to be included in this group of excellent writers. When production is finalized, I’ll be sure to let you know when the pub date is!

The Devil Inside is still in the pre-production queue with Inkshares. I am hoping that it will reach the editor in Spring 2019, but that will depend on how quickly the books ahead of it progress.

And, I am planning to kick off work on a new manuscript -- a follow-up to Shadow King -- during November.

That about covers the highlights for now. I’ll send another update when there is news to share!

Best,
Susan



October 2, 2018

Today’s the big day! Shadow King is now officially loose in the wilderness.

In celebration, I just finished a bowl of Fruit Loops at my office desk. I know, I know, Fruit Loops are a gateway cereal and I’m letting the fact that the book is published just go to my head and acting like a rock star.



In addition to excessive consumption of sugared cereal, I’m going to be busy promoting Shadow King in a bunch of different ways over the upcoming weeks and hopefully getting some media coverage and more reviews. My first book signing/author event is on Sunday (10/7) at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westboro, MA and I’m really excited for that. Event goes from 2 to 4 pm and I hope to see you there.

Please leave a review!
Reviews are SO important to an author and to a book’s success once launched. Once you’ve read Shadow King, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It doesn’t have to be long or involved, just a few sentences to let people know what you thought of the story. My goal is to reach at least 50 reviews on Amazon!

Join me at an event
I have three events scheduled right now:

  • October 7 -- 2 to 4 pm at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westboro, MA
  • October 24 -- 7 to 8:15 at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA
  • January 18-21 -- Arisia Convention in Boston (more details to come)


What’s next?
Aside from promoting Shadow King, I’m starting to investigate having an audio book created via Audible. I’ll keep you all posted on that progress.

My next book with Inkshares -- The Devil Inside -- will hopefully go into production in Spring 2019, but I don’t have any definitive dates yet.

I will have a short story coming out in the ESCAPE anthology later this year (date also TBD). There are going to be some awesome stories from some great authors who I have a lot of respect for in this volume and I’m honored to be part of it.

And last, but certainly not least, my NaNoWriMo project this year will be to get the rough draft of a Shadow King follow up written (as opposed to the jumble of notes that it is at this moment).

One more thank you
I will never be able to say thank you to all of you nearly enough. Shadow King wouldn’t be launching today if you all hadn’t taken a leap of faith back in 2016. I appreciate each and every single one of you.

Take care,
Susan




September 25, 2018

One week left! Only seven days between now and the official "Shadow King" launch date.

At this point, everyone who supported this adventure during the funding period should have received their book in the mail or via download. If you have not, please let Inkshares know so they can sort that out for you (hello@inkshares.com). 

So, now what?

Post a review online!
Now that you have your copy, I truly hope you enjoy the story. Once you’re done, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It only takes a minute or two, and it doesn’t have to be long (one or two sentences is fine), but it is hugely important for the book.

Many people take reviews very seriously when considering what books to buy. Plus, the more Amazon reviews I have, the more likely, Shadow King will get recommended via Amazon’s algorithms to potential new readers.

As an FYI: Amazon will not let you review until the official launch day.

Join me at a launch month event!
I’ll be doing author events (readings/Q&A/book signings--plus there will be snacks) at two different locations in October, and hoping to find a third venue in November. Would love to see you there. 

  • October 7 at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA (2 pm to 4 pm)
  • October 24 at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA (7 pm to 8 pm)

Beyond launch month...
Plans are not set yet, but I’m planning on being at the Arisia convention in Boston (Jan. 18 - 21), and am looking into attending Boskone (Feb. 15-17) and Readercon (date tbd). More info to come on this in the upcoming months.

I also have a short story that will be included in the "Escape" Anthology, which will have stories from a number of outstanding writers. I’ll keep you posted on when that will be available.

Thank you.
That’s it for this update. Thank you all again for being part of bringing Shadow King from idea to reality.

Best,
Susan





September 15, 2018

Great news! I just heard from a friend that she has received her printed copy of "Shadow King."

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That means if you ordered a printed copy, you should get yours over the next several days (if you haven’t already). And if the emails letting you know your ebooks are available have not gone out yet, you should get that in the near future.

Reviews rule! Once you’ve had a chance to read "Shadow King," please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are hugely important when it comes to promoting a book -- and the magic number on Amazon is 50. Once a book gets 50 reviews, it will start appearing in the Amazon recommendations.

I’ll update again soon with more news!

Best,

Susan


September 6, 2018

Exciting news! A few people have sent me notes and I’ve confirmed with Inkshares that the backer copies of "Shadow King" are back from the printer and being packaged up for shipment! I anticipate shipping will happen sometime next week, but will let you know when it has started. 

You should get a notice from Inkshares that it has shipped and/or a note to confirm your shipping address.

IMPORTANT: IF YOU HAVE MOVED since ordering "Shadow King" during my campaign, please update your address in the Inkshares system (if you need help, contact hello@inkshares.com). I would hate to have your copy go astray after all this time!

For those of you who ordered the ebook version, I anticipate seeing the final proof of the ebook early next week, and once that is approved you should be receiving a notice from Inkshares when your ebook is ready to download.

Thanks so much -- really looking forward to getting this book into your hands!

Best,
Susan

August 25, 2018

Hello, hello! We are just a hair over 5 weeks away from official launch day, and wanted to send out a quick update.

Shadow King Production Update: I just had the opportunity to look at the final interior for Shadow King. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The cover has also gone through a last few adjustments on the spine, and should be final now as well.

Next it is on to creation of the ebook version and prepping the whole thing for physical printing. After that, we’ll be on the countdown for when you’ll all be getting your copies!

Upcoming Events: I am still looking for a place to have a book signing event during launch week, but in the meantime, I do have a Q/A/Book signing on the calendar for October 24 (7 pm) at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA. If you are in the Massachusetts area, I hope you’ll be able to join us!

Haven’t Ordered Yet? Over the past few months, several awesome people have followed Shadow King on Inkshares. I would love to add all of you to my official reader list, so please considering ordering a copy today at: www.inkshares.com/books/shadow-king.

I’ll keep you posted as we move into September on how things are going.

Have a  great rest of your weekend!

Best,

Susan


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.

Cover
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!

Interview
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!

Best,
Susan

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!

Best,

Susan

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.

Best,
Susan

4/17/18

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. 

Best,
Susan

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