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Jaye Milius puts together a book trailer while schnockered way better than I ever could!
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Go Jaye!
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Congratulations girl!!!!!! 

I’m sitting here gaping at my laptop. I have no idea what to say. I wanted it to be eloquent. Gracious and insightful. But... uh... my brain seems to have... melted...




I look forward to sending another update soon with more info on where things will go from here. For now, I plan to spend the upcoming three day weekend locked in a room with the manuscript, giving it the best polish that I possibly can. You’ve all gone out of you way to back me, so I want to make sure that the draft is as shiny as can be. More ghosts! More weirdness! More partying with strung out rock stars! Maybe even a little saving the world(s).

Thanks so much to everyone who has ordered in the past few days. As of my last update on Monday, there were still 31 more orders to go. Three days later and we’re there! Y’all don’t mess around!

A special shout-out to Michelle Morone for picking up the last SIX copies to put Terminus over the edge! Also, gotta give a shoutout to B - my rock, my sounding board, my partner is this weird, old life thing - who has held me in a snuggly vise-grip while I laughed and cried my way through this last push.

I have a TON of other people to thank. This community, man... it’s just amazing. And all the friends and family and co-workers who have come out in support... I love you guys.

See? I’m doing the overcome with emotions thing again. I briefly went live on Facebook (before my weak connection cut me off) if you’d like to see this giddy breakdown in action. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to redirect some of this brain splatter onto the page.

Whooo! You guys are amazing! I can’t thank you enough!


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It’s payday tomorrow so I nabbed #251, congratulations on reaching Quill!
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OMG!!!  Woohoo!!!
Congratulations, J!!!

Good morning/day/night/evening!

Facebook has reminded me that I started my first Inkshares campaign for Terminus one year ago. It was a complete false start, totally my own fault, and it didn’t get more than twenty orders. (To those of you who supported it the first time around, your patience is legendary!) After the campaign ended, I curled up to nurse my wounds, but the personal support that I’d gotten from other writers and the amazing Inkshares staff convinced me to come back and give it a second go. 

And now we’re only 26 orders away from making my publishing dream come true! It’s you that have gotten me this far. Maybe a weird, black-humored book written by a depressed and insecure nerd shouldn’t have gotten anywhere... but thanks to you, it has 224 pre-orders and has been recommended 45 times! The goal is so close. I’m freaking out. But, like, in a good way? 

I haven’t made it yet and am certainly no expert, but I’ve been thinking about why the first campaign failed. I’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of great advice from a lot of wonderful people throughout this process - who I won’t name for fear of forgetting someone, but if we’ve traded messages, know that it has helped me immensely! Hopefully, if I sketch out a few thoughts, it might be able to help someone else along the way. 

- Spend time building a following in draft stage:  My eager self initially opened pre-orders on day one. Not a good plan. Those 90 days will fly by faster than you think, so build an audience before the clock starts ticking. 

- Invest in a good cover:  We all know how important it is to catch the reader’s eye. My first attempt was something that I threw together with my meager Photoshop "skills," so when one of my Tumblr friends approached me and offered to do it properly, it was a huge relief. Definitely worth the small fee to put my fate in the hands of a professional. This is a cover that I’m proud to share and having a strong image really does put your best foot forward. (Check out his work at christainakins.com!) 

+ 2000% swag

- Make it personal:  I feel like I’ve gotten to know a lot of you through your author updates, which really makes me feel invested in your campaigns. I also definitely recommend using the Inkshares reader pipeline and template messages. Every new follower gets a short introduction and mini-pitch. I also do this with Twitter followers. It’s amazing how many people will check out your book if you just ask them directly! 

- Explore other projects:  I’ve had to limit myself to supporting two books per paycheck - haha! - but community support is what makes this hybrid publishing thing work. Even if you can’t afford to order directly, reviewing and recommending projects is free! Also, even when I’m fried at the end of a long workday, I can still scroll through Inkshares and Twitter adding interesting-looking people and following their projects. Many follow back and will check out your project in turn. 

- KEEP GOING:  Crowdfunding a book is exhausting. I was completely unprepared for how much work it would be the first time around. Constantly checking your phone for email alerts will make you feel completely neurotic, but when you go a few days without an order, it’s not the end. I also try to make one Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr post per day, either sharing a recent review, a quote, or a teaser. I like doing a daily image, a quote or plot point over a pretty stock photo (pexels.com has some great ones that are free to use). Of course, you don’t have to make one every day. I tend to make them in batches and send them to my phone, so even if I’m busy, I can find a moment to post one with a link to the project. 

I’m going to cut myself off, here. I have to finish getting ready for work and, like I said, I really don’t know much of anything at all, but maybe there’s something in this ramble that someone can use. It’s been a hell of a year, a hell of a ride. Thank you to everyone who has helped take this from a failed first campaign to an almost-maybe-possible-success! 

224 orders, 26 more to go! This dream is so close to coming true. Maybe you want to be one of the knights in shining armor who pushes it over the finish line? [batts lashes] 

I’m also a DM away if anyone wants any more mad advice. There are some great campaigns going on and I want to see as many of us succeed as possible! 

Cheers, y’all! May your words be plentiful and your campaigns finish strong!

Greetings, y’all! Happy Monday! (uuuuggggghhh)

How are things going with Terminus?Couldn’t resist ;)

I do have some big milestones to report. Over the weekend, Terminus hit 300 followers! There are now 305 of you lovely people! That’s a hell of a lot for a weird, little book about death.

There’s also only ONE MONTH LEFT in the campaign. Exactly 31 days to get 31 more orders and guarantee publication! Inkshares was kind enough to grant me an extension previously, but no more. This is it. The final push. Do or... well... die.

31 in 31 seems doable, right? That’s what I keep telling myself to stave off the inevitable freakout that comes with any looming deadline. As it currently stands, 188 of you have ordered 219 copies. That means there are a whopping 117 of you who haven’t ordered your copy yet! How, oh how, can I convince you to help make this dream come true? Should I mention that ebook copies are only $10? Should I urge you to look past the surface subject matter to find the humor within? Should I do a little dance? I totally will, if that’s what it takes!

If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll take a look at the page and the author video where I (very awkwardly and somewhat drunkenly) make my pitch. There are quite a few chapters posted for your perusal as well. To everyone who has already ordered, THANK YOU!!! Publication is just out of reach and, thanks to you, I’m optimistic about our chances of making it to 250. If you could continue to spread the word, I’m sure we can get there!

Hope you all enjoy the week ahead! Cheers!


Good morning! (or evening, or day, depending on your timezone)

I know I just sent an update last night, but I’m too excited not to share. Antony M Copeland has given Terminus a great write-up in his blog! Check it out at the link below!

Book Spotlight – Terminus  

(Also, just a quick housekeeping note: a few people have reported pre-ordering, but the transactions don’t seem to have gone through. If the order was successful, you should have received a confirmation email from Inkshares. Another way to be sure is to log in to Inkshares and select "Bookshelf" from the menu. If you’ve pre-ordered, Terminus should be listed in your titles there.)

Thanks again to everyone for the support! We’ve officially hit 210 orders, so there are only 40 more until Quill publication! Getting from 200 to 210 has felt like the steepest part of this climb yet, but 250 is SO. DAMN. CLOSE. Keep spreading the word! Let’s make this happen!

Cheers, y’all! Hope you enjoy your day!


Greetings, lovely people!

Life has been particularly relentless lately - isn’t it always? - but I’m still rockin’ and rollin’ on the Terminus edits. I’ve dug back into the second half and am happy to report that it’s better than I remembered. Hah! That’s always a concern when returning to a piece of writing after some time away, right? And yet, it could still be... more.

After sketching it all out, it looks like it’s going to be four new chapters, with significant edits to another few. In particular, I’m excited to be diving deeper into the story of the Terminus’ creation, featuring the brilliant and broken OG spirit Catherine Verana. I’m also giving us more time with Legend’s philosopher-frontman Shane Denning, who I think could provide some interesting counterpoint from the other side.

That is when I have the time and energy to write it. But must work. Must eat. Oh, the struggle.

Terminus is currently going strong with 289 followers, 42 recommendations, and 209 pre-orders! Amazing! Publication is so tantalizingly close, but so is the looming deadline. My nerves, they are fraying. But y’all’ve got me feeling uncharacteristically optimistic! (Aw yeah, triple contraction!) If you haven’t ordered yet, I hope you’ll consider helping me along in this dream. And if you have... well, you’re just awesome.

I’m still making daily promo images for social media and have collected them in a gallery here. The last round was quotes from the posted chapters. Next up is quotes from the chapters that haven’t been released. Here’s a taste of things to come:

Hope y’all are loving life! Cheers!

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