John robin   author bio photo 1   scarf John Robin · Author · added over 6 years ago
Congratulations, Janna! Be sure to drop into the Quill club folder on our Goodreads group and introduce yourself as the newest member. Some great marketing collaboration going on there!
Dsc 4986 1 C. Brennecke · Author · added over 6 years ago
Congrats, Janna!!!

I'm so excited to announce that The Talkers are Talking has met its Quill goal and will become a part of the collection!!  I just want to say thank you to all of you lovely, wonderful, generous and supportive readers.  I couldn't have done it without you, and now as I start the long road to publication, I promise to do whatever it takes to make Talkers the best it can be. More updates to follow (also in regards to Breaking the Bechdel Syndicate- hell yea people, we are really making a formidable group against manic pixie dream girls and other depth-less female character tropes), but for now, thank you, thank you.

Hello everyone!! Just wanted to let you know that for 10 bucks a month (or two lattes) you can help indie authors get their book published (and you get a copy of each book too!) With encouragement from some of the wonderful people at Inkshares and the backbone of the entire community, John Robin, I've decided to launch a syndicate that will search out and support stories with a strong female leads. If you can't contribute, please spread the word! I'm thinking of it as a great way to read more every month in a unique Book Club sort of way. 

Much love xx

Break the Bechdel with Strong Female Characters Syndicate


"The stars look very different today." R.I.P. Starman

"Oh I do believe in you, yes I do...Live without your heartbeat. Love without your sunlight. I, I can't live within you."

Grieving for the man who stole my world. Much love to all readers who are feeling the same! Here's a pic of my fiance and I from this past Halloween, as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (as close as we could make it as we were traveling we stole some influences from Halloween Jack). An update on Talkers will follow soon. R.I.P Starman. 

Happy Holidays guys!!

I've got a bunch of credits about to expire; reach out if you want me to support out your project or swap orders! Email me at or Twitter @lamplitug 

As always, a huge thanks to everyone supporting The Talkers are Talking! Funding ends mid January so I don't think we'll make the full funding option, but Talkers will be published with Quill and that is entirely due to all of you. Thank you thank you!



Hello readers!  First if all, I have to thank the wonderful A.C. Weston for her amazing efforts; I don't know about you, but I was blown away by the inaugural Review-a-thon! And I would not be upset if this became a frequent event ☺

Next, thank you to the reviewers who were sent to my page (and those amazing few who weren't)for taking the time to read my story and share your reactions. It means the world to me and really revives the passion to get back to it! I am eagerly reviewing back and have been amazed by the stories that I hadn't stumbled upon yet. For starters, you have to check out Munro's Bones of the Past, link below:

I  was so taken with Munro's characters that I read every bit he had posted before writing me review. Then I read it again! Nial and Zuly are quickly becoming my favorite character to follow.

Next, for magic, sacrifice and an urgent sense of the epic, check out Berg's Prophecy of the Stars, link below;

The sweet sadness and coming danger is alive in every word and I promise you won't be able to put this one down. There is poetry, there is magic, and I think there is a budding female protagonist who will carry us through an unmatched tale of vengeance.

In other words...I am so grateful for the two I was assigned, but I definitely didn't stop there! There are too many amazing projects to mention, but I just want to send a shout out to Cory Wyszynski's U-Turn at the Next Synapse. Link below:

His story is told with a grit and no-excuse brutality that will hold you breathless as you are thrown between two completely different worlds. Check it out; you won't turn back  😉

Next round of business: Syndicates! I have been exploring the idea and am sold. Watch for a new one very soon (just trying to get through grading a million papers and final exams before the semester officially ends on the 22nd). I am excited about starting one and hope I can pull a few of you in to help me support incredible authors every month in a pooled effort!

Lastly, I have a ton of credits about to expire, so please, if I haven't backed your project yet, pitch it or reach out at or on twitter @lamplitug. I try to support all the ones I can and am sure I have missed a few! (Also, as always, would love to swap preorders too!)

Much love and I hope you all have a splendid holiday season!!


Hello everyone! 

First, I am so excited to have won the first mug in the Dax Harrison Giveaway!! If you haven't checked out this amazing project yet, you are seriously missing out. Here's a link to the video of the drawing (Tony will be doing a giveaway for every 10 orders he receives, so you have a great chance of winning!):

And here is a link to Dax's story:

Secondly, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the issue with declining populations in post-apocalyptic worlds (like the one in Talkers), and was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the endless possibilities....when I stumbled upon an amazing article about how quickly vampires would take over the world and run out of their food supply, even accounting for different vampire models. Awesome to say the least. People have actually done studies on this. If you're interested, here's a link:

Next, I realize how important social media is, and admit I have been really lax about it. I honestly didn't think Talkers had a chance, and now that it can definitely be published with the Quill option, I'm gonna start picking it up.  If you want to follow me on Twitter, I am posting updates and articles on writing under my literary magazine handle @LamplitUG and will be making pages etc soon.

Lastly, thank you, as always, for your incredible support. I have been writing away, but will possibly post another chapter soon. Don't want to give too much away =) 

Much love, 

Hello Lovely Readers!! First, I just wanted to let you know that I updated my description page. I used some wonderful advice from John Robin in a thread on Goodread and hope that it is simplified and more useful. All critiques are welcome!! 

Secondly, the preorders have definitely hit a lull, so I am thinking about just going for the Quill "light" option in order to move forward with production- what do you guys think? I'm a bit below halfway to the full option, and would love to make it, but am wondering what to do. If anyone wants to discuss/offer advice or criticisms, you can reach me at I really appreciate all you have done so far and want to close by telling you that...I am so excited to participate in the inaugural Inkshares Review-a-Thon! 

If you haven't heard about it yet, I am pasting the information about it from A.C. Weston below. Please share, spread the word and join in! 

On December 19th, all authors and readers are invited to leave reviews on currently funding Inkshares books using the Inkshares "leave a review" option.

Throughout the day we'll be hanging out on Twitter in the#InksharesReviews tag as we share our favorite book projects, answer author Q&As, debate the merits of astronauts with swords versus cavemen with lasers, and more!

Then, from 6 - 8pm ET, JF Dubeau and Paul Inman of theWriteBrain Podcast will be hosting a video livestream filled with author interviews, review readings, and live announcements of prize winners!


Everyone who leaves a review on December 19th by 6pm ET will be eligible to win one of our fantastic general prizes:

  • Sword & Laser Contest Winners Package - print copies of the six winning books from the Sword & Laser Inkshares contest!
  • Nerdist Contest Winners Package - print copies of the five winning books from the Nerdist Inkshares contest!
  • An immediate pre-order of the book of their choice for five winners!
  • $30 in Inkshares credits!

Readers: Peruse the "currently funding" books on Inkshares and leave as many reviews as you want on Dec 19th. You could even start up a "must-have" list of books to order in case you win a free pre-order or the $30 in credits!

Authors: Join our review exchange to leave three reviews in exchange for two guaranteed reviews on your Inkshares project and a chance at author-exclusive prizes! Email me at to learn more and get on the list.

(And authors, if you're in, please copy the message above and include it in your next update!)

It's gonna be fun.

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