Greetings, Lovely People!

As 2016 winds to a close, it’s easy to look back at the year that was and shudder. From personal losses to the more macro feelings of "seriously, universe, what the hell?", the majority of us seem ready to forge ahead and not look back. But... well... I can’t feel entirely bad about it. To me, 2016 will always be the year that my first novel secured publication. And that’s THANKS TO YOU!

I really can’t say it enough. Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered and everyone who spread the word! Thanks even to those who’ve just followed along! You’ve reassured me that I’m not a complete madwoman for building this mad, scifi world. (Really, I was doubting my sanity there for a bit... even if it was never all that solid. Heh.)

There’s work to be done in the year ahead on so many fronts, but I’m most excited by the work that’s going into Terminus. I can’t wait to share more behind-the-scenes updates with you, all the ways in which I want to build out this world and attack the idea of speaking with the dead from every conceivable angle. And, yeah, I’m looking forward to escaping back into a world where we can still communicate with those we’ve lost. It’s been that kind of a year, after all.

Terminus is still holding 6th place in The List 2016 contest. In order to crack the top 3, we’d need to get 73 more unique readers in the next 3 days. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up your copy, now would be an absolutely lovely time! Short of that holiday miracle, though, there’s still the prospect of being a judges’ pick. Currently crossing all of my various appendages for luck if anyone would like to join me.

No matter what 2016 has wrought, know that YOU helped make someone’s lifelong dream come true this year. I’m just a weird, little nobody with a weird, little book, but you all have done SO MUCH for me on so many levels. May you reap huge piles of good karma in 2017!

Much love to you and your families this holiday season! Happy New Year, everyone!

Jaye

Greetings, Party People!

It’s been a very Terminus day, so I just wanted to share a quick note of nerdy glee with you. The first reactions to the manuscript have been positive and the first note was essentially "let’s explore this world more." So I’ve added back in a subplot that I was very attached to, but cut for fear that it was "too weird." I’m also toying with the idea of moving up some plotlines that I had been working on for the sequel. Sounds like a perfect excuse to do some storyboarding, yeah?


So things are rolling along. It’s so amazing to have the opportunity to work with real professionals and that’s thanks to YOUR support! I know you all are eager to get your hands on the finished product and I appreciate your patience now that we’re in the meat of the editing process. Stay turned for updates! As soon as I have a release date, we’ll do shots!

If you haven’t yet joined the pre-order party, please check out the sample chapters. Terminus is also part of The List 2016 contest, a final shot at full distribution for some of the coolest projects of the year. Congrats to all the nominees!! Terminus is currently in 5th place, with only eight more readers needed to hit 4th. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, now’s the perfect time!

Also, on a semi-related note, I feel the need to give a shoutout to Westworld for reassuring me that dark and philosophical scifi is where it’s at. And I thought the Terminus’s origin story was too weird? Pfft! (Highly recommend. Thumbs up.)

Well, back to it. It’s not a proper Saturday night until you break out the post-its.

Cheers, y’all!
Jaye

Greetings, y’all!

Earlier this year, you helped Terminus reach the 250 preorder goal and secure publication! The manuscript has been turned in, initial feedback is good, and now we settle into editorial limbo and wait for the 2017 release date. Or so I thought…

As we’re all reflecting on the wild and wacky year that we’ve had, Inkshares looked to the feedback of staff, authors, and industry professionals to nominate standout projects for The List 2016. These are all projects that didn’t make it to the full funding goal of 750 preorders and this year-end contest gives us one more chance to get all the bells and whistles that come with full publishing. This includes a developmental edit instead of just a copy edit, marketing support, and availability - not just online - but on Barnes & Noble shelves!

Best of all, Terminus is one of the nominees!!!

So what does this mean? The three projects with the most new readers by December 31st will be bumped from “light publishing” to “full publishing” status. Terminus is currently in 6th place. Rankings are based on unique readers, so if you’ve already preordered your copy, you’re good. If you’ve been putting it off… well, now’s the time for me to bust out the puppy-dog eyes. 

Whatever happens with the contest, Terminus will still be published in 2017. This is just another chance to swing for the fences, go for the gold, and get this weird little book o’ death onto bookstore shelves.

So invite your friends to the party! We’ve got sex, we’ve got drugs, we’ve got rock and roll! And lots and lots of dead people. Sounds fun, right?

Thanks again for the support, y’all! Hope you have a great week!

Jaye

Hey there party people!

Greetings from the editing phase! It’s been a bit quiet on my end lately, but I assure you that it’s because things are happening behind the scenes to get Terminus into your hands. This part of the process does take a while, so I want to thank you again for your support and patience. It’s thanks to you that this story is getting published and we’re determined to make it the best book that it can possibly be!

I’ve started to receive high-level feedback on the manuscript and the positivity and interest in the project is blowing my mind. There are so many approaches to take toward the idea of peeking into the afterlife. I have pages and pages of notes on potential plot lines and characters, one-off stories to tell, explorations of the social, political, and religious ramifications of the Terminus technology. The team at Inkshares has encouraged me to expand on these ideas and explore weaving them in as subplots to the big, reunion concert between the living and the dead.

So it’s time for more weird! More twisted tales of those who linger between life and death! More human resilience when faced with the impossible! All my favorite things, really.

I’ll keep you posted as more happens behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to getting more feedback from the team at Inkshares, to really digging in and making the story shine. I also hope to post new snippets, to introduce you to some of the other characters populating this world. So inspired! Thanks to YOU!

I hope you all are having a great weekend and an especially HAPPY HALLOWEEN! May your costumes be clever and your treat bags full!

Cheers, y’all!

Jaye

13669820 10103131641537106 1609524818110719224 n Katie Hart · Reader · added over 1 year ago
This is truly fantastic, I can’t wait to read more!
Inkstache Dash McCallum · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congrats, Jaye.  Letting a project out of your hands is one of the hardest parts, but how exciting!

Good evening, party people!

Just about one month ago, I got to send the update that I’d been dreaming about. Thanks to all of you, Terminus crossed the 250 preorder mark and was accepted for publication under the Quill imprint! But this update sometimes seemed just as unlikely. After years of tweaking, revisiting, and working up the nerve to submit it, I’ve finally taken my grubby little hands off of the manuscript and SENT IT OFF TO INKSHARES!!!


I’m so excited to work with Avalon and the rest of the team! Their early support played a big part in making this happen, and I’m already grateful for their help. Can’t wait to make this dream a reality!

I know they have a lot on their plate right now, with plenty of exciting projects to schedule. I’ll keep you posted as thing progress and we set some dates. Never fear, though, as we enter the waiting phase I’ll continue to post expanded content, exploring the wider Terminus world. Not to mention the sequel ideas that are already rattling around in my brain!

For now, though, I think a little collapsing in exhaustion and relief is in order. Aaaaaand... faceplant.

Cheers, y’all! May the week ahead bring all good things!
Jaye
Happy Monday, lovelies!

Let’s all take a moment to share a collective groan. And... exhale. Doesn’t that feel better?

It’s been a bit quiet on my end lately, so I just wanted to let you know that Terminus is still rockin’ and rollin’. Work’s been particularly hectic lately, almost as though being on the verge of a dream come true has inspired reality to give me a swift kick in the teeth. (Isn’t that always they way?) The updates to the manuscript have mostly been coming at the expense of sleep and sanity... but those bleary-eyed late hours do lead to some of the best inspiration.

I had said that the book was finished, but as I’ve gone through the funding process and gotten all of your lovely feedback, I’ve added some scenes and tweaked a few things. I’m still fleshing them all out, but I’m quite pleased with the way they’ve turned out so far. Speaking of which, if anyone would like to give the new scenes a peek and confirm that I’m not entirely out of my mind, please let me know. These are untested words and I always feel more confident with a beta reader or two.

Work should be smoothing out soon. I also have an actual vacation planned for next month and am aiming to have the final manuscript to the team at Inkshares before then. (To be immediately followed by a week-long faceplant!) I appreciate your patience and the inspiration to go back in and make this ending really sing.

Welp, time to get back at it!

Hope everyone has a good week! May your stress be minimal and your words be plentiful!

Jaye

Greetings, all!

Just a quick update to let you know that, if things are a little quiet on my end, it’s because I’m grinding through one more edit of the Terminus manuscript before turning it in. Really frenzied stuff. Nothing like the support of 336 readers to get the juices flowing again!

This weekend I’ve finished a brand new Sully chapter, explored the woman that Catherine Verana was when she was still alive, and really shored up the first half of the story. Onward to the climax! Gotta strike while the inspiration is flowing and give y’all the weirdest, funniest, most heartbreaking tale that I can. Here are some sneak peeks from the newest chapter:




Back to the madness! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Cheers!

Jaye

Greetings, lovely people!

I’m excited to announce that Terminus is officially part of the Quill collection and is now IN PRODUCTION!!!!!!!


I should hopefully have timeline details for you soon, but in the meantime check out the shiny, new site! I’m especially fond of the section showing the 218 (!!) readers who made this book possible. You all are absolutely amazing.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, the price has dropped to $7.99 for an ebook and $13.99 for paperback. You might not get the cred of being an OG backer, but you still get all the mysterious spirits, dead rock stars, and twisted little tragedies! Tell your friends!

Also, a warning to anyone reading along, I’m planning on pulling down some of the sample chapters that are currently posted. 13 is a wee bit excessive, so I’m planning to drop it back down to 5 or so within the next few days (enough that readers still get to meet Sully, of course). Hopefully this will make it more enticing for new readers and I can weave in some new content during this big editing push.

Now comes the waiting, but I plan to keep posting expanded content while Terminus is in production. Explorations of the other towers, more character analysis, maybe even bits of the sequel as inspiration comes. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see or know, hit me up. And, since there have been quite a few requests for it, I plan to again summon up my liquid courage and do more videos. ;)

For now, though, a bit of a rest might be in order. (And editing. But also rest. And then more editing.) This has been an exhausting process, but every time I started to flag, you all were there with comments and support. My head tends to get stuck in the dark places (with a whole book o’ death, who woulda guessed?) and you all have done SO MUCH to pull me out of myself and remind me that, sometimes, dreams do come true.

Thanks again, y’all! And good luck to everyone currently campaigning!

Have a great week!
Jaye
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