March 26

Hello everyone!

Today I’m really excited to share two things with you: the new title of "The Devil You Don’t" and the cover art, done by the wonderful and talented Charlene Maguire!

The new title is "The Devil Inside." Not a tremendous change, but it more accurately hits on a recurring theme throughout the book. And the cover is...

Charlene was kind enough to give me an image designed to look like a real, honest-to-goodness book and I got all giddy over it.

We’ve still got a ways to go in the queue for the editor, but as new developments or milestones come up, I’ll let you know.



Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

I wanted to send a quick update on "Devil You Don’t" to everyone, and the first bit of good news is that I just turned the manuscript and all the paperwork in this morning! 


So, Inkshare has it all now and "Devil" will take its place in the Quill production queue and wait for its turn with the editor. For those of you who have been with me on the Shadow King journey, this will be familiar territory. For those of you just joining us with Devil, get comfortable: the pre-production and production processes do not happen overnight (as much as I wish they did).

Coming Soon: official cover art and -- gasp! -- a new title! That’s right, there’s going to be a bit of a title change, but I really think it is a better representation of some of the themes in the book. When the cover is ready, I’ll share with all of you and then get my Inkshares page updated.

Other bits and pieces... And I did find out a couple other things from Inkshares. First, they are going to be discontinuing their Quill imprint. But don’t worry, both Shadow King and Devil You Don’t are in the queue and WILL be published. However, any book currently in funding will need to make the Quill threshold before the end of February to be added to the Quill production queue. Inkshares feels they have learned a lot from this imprint but are surfacing new and different ways to surface books that readers are interested in.

The second thing is that they will not be continuing with the signed copies for those who ordered printed copies during my funding period. To get the books signed they would either need to ship them to me and then have me ship them back (that’s two trips cross country) or fly me to the West Coast and back again. Both options have proven to be too costly to make good business sense. I’m going to try to figure out an alternative for signatures, but haven’t quite gotten beyond the brainstorming point yet. I’ll keep you posted on that as well. However, if not getting a signature in your book is a complete deal breaker, contact Inkshares customer service and they’ll help you out.

That’s about it for this update. Again, thank you for your support -- please do keep sharing the link for Devil You Don’t (https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t) -- Just because funding is over, doesn’t mean I’m not keen to get new readers! :-)

All the best,

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Greetings, everyone!

It has been quite the day here. 12"+ of snow, howling winds, and tomorrow will bring sub-zero temps. Once again, I am wondering if I would be content running a t-shirt hut in Aruba (while still writing, of course!).

But, I know you’ve been waiting for the raffle results now that "Devil" has hit the magic 250 orders. So without further ado, congrats to the following winners:

  • Vicki Hamilton: $50 Amazon gift card 
  • Catherine Correia: Signed copy of "Darkstar Rising" 
  • Michael Welch: Signed copy of "Darkstar Rising" 
I’ll get those awards out to you as soon as possible but with the cold it might be a day or two before I can get to the Post Office! :-) 

As for "Devil You Don’t", I haven’t heard from Inkshares yet about turning in the MS, but I’m sure like most of us, they’re getting refocused after the holiday. I’ll update you all again soon on what next steps are.

Have a great evening -- and stay warm!!!


Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 4 months ago
Big congratulations!! Well deserved. I can’t wait to read it. Happy New Year!!



With 4.5 hours left in my funding window, I am THRILLED to update everyone and let you know: WE DID IT!

"The Devil You Don’t" has officially hit 250 pre-orders which is the threshold for Inkshares’ Quill imprint!

Thanks to all of you for your support -- not only did you pre-order copies but you shared my info, promoted it, and really helped get the word out. There are a lot of people I want to thank for going above and beyond but, honestly, I’m so tired right now, I know I’d forget someone and that would make me feel awful!

I’ll send another update after the holiday with next steps and other info, but for now, I wanted to share the good news.

Of course, Devil will still be available for orders throughout the production process, and I’ll continue to promote it but it is a great feeling to be able to talk about WHEN it will be published rather than IF it will be published.

Have a very Happy New Year!

All the best,

PS. And yes, since I hit my funding goal I will be doing my raffle for the Amazon card and the copies of Darkstar -- stay tuned to find out who the winners are!


Hello everyone, 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. As promised, here is a quick update... with only a few days left in my funding window, I am a mere 9 orders away from making my funding goal and qualifying for publishing under Inkshares’ Quill imprint. 

Several of you have gone the extra mile and ordered a bonus copy, and I really appreciate it.

Please continue to spread word of The Devil You Don’t far and wide -- many of the orders that have come in during the past week or so have been from referrals! Personal recommendations do make a difference and they do matter!

There are 4 days left. Let’s rock this!!

All the best,


Hello everyone!

Believe it or not, there are only 12 days left in my funding window for "The Devil You Don’t." Quite a few orders have come in since the last update, so a special thank you (and welcome) to the new readers who have joined our little posse.

Right now, Devil is right at 200 pre-orders... and I have verbal commitments for another 25, which should be in just after the holiday. That means I only need 25 more orders before 12/31/17, and I’ll hit the Quill goal.

And don’t forget: if I hit the goal, I’ll be doing another raffle for an Amazon card and some other swag.

Please consider ordering a copy if you have not already, and if you have... a) THANK YOU and b) if you have one or two friends who would be interested, please share my information. A personal recommendation goes a long way.

Thank you all for your support!



Hello Readers! 

I hope those of you in the US had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday. We had a lovely time at our house, but now that the weekend is done, it is time to get back to business.

And for me, that business is getting those final orders in to qualify Devil You Don’t for Quill publishing.

Thanks to the support of several Inkshares syndicates over the course of my campaign, and a few verbal commitments that I’ve received recently, I just need to get 40 pre-orders between now and December 31, 2017.

We’ve come this far -- and I know we can get to the end, but like always (and I know I sound like the proverbial broken record--those of you closer to my age will understand that reference better), I can’t do it alone!

So, I"m asking for your help again...

If you have ordered a copy already, please share my information with someone you know who loves books and ask them to order a copy. Even better? Buy them one for the holidays.

If anyone is ordering a copy to give as a gift, I’m happy to make up a certificate for you to give in lieu of the book until it goes through production!

If you’ve been following my adventures with Devil, please consider grabbing a copy in the next few weeks!

IF I make my funding goal by the end of December, I will be doing another raffle -- I’ll raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card and two signed copies of Darkstar Rising (so that’s three winners).

Thank you all for your continued support!



Hi everyone, just a quick update before we hit the Thanksgiving holiday.

First, I am delighted to announce (and tremendously thankful) that "Devil You Don’t" was selected by Inkshares’ Staff Syndicate as their pick of the month for November! 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the members of that syndicate for their support. I truly appreciate your enthusiasm for this manuscript, and am really looking forward to getting it into your hands as an actual book.

What does this syndicate selection mean? Well, it means that between now and December 31, I still need to get about 60 copies pre-ordered (before the selection that number was much higher!). I’ve had a few verbal commitments that I’m excited about, but I can’t just kick back and put my feet up. After Thanksgiving, I’ll be announcing another giveaway and updating my "about" page on Inkshares to officially kick-off my homestretch efforts.

I’ll send another update when all that’s ready for prime time.

Wishing all of you who celebrate it a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with your friends and families. Please know that you are all on my list of things and people that I am grateful for!


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