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[It’s important to note that this takes a bit of time to write and all numbers and placements are based on where everyone is when I write this. It may be different now but it should be close.]
You can view last weeks here: The Story So Far Part 9I may reference an article by @Rick Heinz (author of The Seventh Age: Dawn) written for Geek and Sundry about the underdogs in this very competition, you can read that here: Here Are Five Underdogs in the Geek & Sundry Fantasy Contest.
Welcome back to The Story So Far, my name is @Joey Angotti and I’ll be your guide for this evening. The amount of weeks I’ve been doing this has hit double digits, ya’ll! As I mentioned last week, that means that there is literally less than a month left in the Geek and Sundry Fantasy contest. The time has come to find everyone you have left that hasn’t ordered yet and annoy them like there is no tomorrow to get those preorders! It’s time to double back and triple check with your cousin’s friend from college that we think is named Steve, but his Facebook says Derek but we’re pretty sure the picture is Steve… Let’s get to it! Or… Almost get to it. It saddens me to say that @Tara Roquemore ’s Flames in the Dark has fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time in a long time. I’ve been writing about Ms. Roquemore and her unbelievably well crafted and well written novel for almost the entire 10 weeks I’ve been doing this and it is a shame that she’s not getting enough love here! Please do yourself a favor and check out her work, it is amazing and she deserves to hit quill at least!
10. A Beast Requires by @Jay Lockwood (103 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: N/A)
Don’t call it a comeback! … Unless you’re me, because I’m not sure what else to call it. Mr Lockwood is back in the Top 10! As I just mentioned, Flames in the Dark has sadly fallen out of the Top 10, but A Beast Requires has returned to 10th place and Mr. Lockwood’s hilarious and entertaining novel has been turning heads everywhere. After being mentioned in Rick Heinz’s article about Five Underdogs in this contest, A Beast Requires seems to have found new life as it returns to the Top 10 and continues to pump out unique readers on its quest to rise in the ranks. It was also picked as October’s pick for the Write Out Loud Syndicate! A huge honor! Diversity is key and important in all aspects of everyone’s life, but it influenced Mr. Lockwood heavily during his writing of A Beast Requires and as soon as you’re introduced to the city of Aurum you can feel that impact. I strongly suggest, as I always have when discussing Mr. Lockwood and his work, that you go read his book page - especially the comments section - and enjoy the funny, quirky and unique presence that Mr. Lockwood brings into your life through his writing. Go check out this book, at least give the prologue and first chapter a try and I promise you will love it! 9. Chronicles of An Domhan by @Conri (107 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 9th)
Chronicles of An Domhan by Conri remains at 107 readers and in the 9th spot. I still love this work and the effort put into its creation. It is a shame that it has stayed this way for the last two weeks and I still strongly urge everyone to go check out the book page and the videos that Mr. Conri has posted. I feel bad that this is literally the shortest paragraph I’ve written about any book here, but I don’t have a lot to work with here. Sorry! Come back to us, Mr. Conri! We are eagerly awaiting your return!
8. The Delicate Art of Soulripping by @Sara (125 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 8th)The Delicate Art of Soulripping by Sara Polk is another book featured in Rick Heinz underdog article and for good reason! This is one of the most interesting titles in the whole contest and deserves a closer look if you haven’t given it one yet! The offer still stands that if you order and get 5 others to order, Ms. Polk will write you into the book! I’m shocked this hasn’t generated more orders and more interest as that is easily one of the coolest incentives out there! Be sure to visit Ms. Polk’s page for more details and check out the chapters she has posted so far. If my words are not enough to sway you, allow me to quote this review from @RH Webster , the author of Lucky:“This novel combines a conversational writing style with a supernatural theme to make Oz, the protagonist, seem to come to life off the page - despite the fact that he’s been dead for 800 years. As Oz explains the ins and outs of the afterlife, the details of soulripping and the process of moving a soul from one stage of being to another, author Sara Polk draws on her extensive experience in the social work field to discuss the big questions about life. How are bodies and souls combined to form a person? Can dogs really see ghosts? What comes next after the physical form is shed?”Well put! Go check this novel out if you haven’t yet!
The Living God by Kaytalin Platt has fallen to the 7th place spot after sudden surges from The Last Faoii and A Light in the Void, but if there is anyone who can bounce back from that small stumble, it is definitely Ms. Platt. She has shown resiliency throughout this entire contest and has been one of the key staples in the Top 10 for the last 10 weeks. That being said, if you’ve visited her comments section or received her updates recently - you will know that she remains in high spirits and has the *perfect* attitude for the way that Inkshares works. She may be a bit far from the Top 3 right now, but she’s more focused on the quill goal and she only needs 56 more preorders to reach it! That means that even without a Top 3 finish, we can all help Ms. Platt on her journey to get published by Inkshares! If the book itself doesn’t entice you, Ms. Platt has been helping people all over Inkshares(and outside as well!) and deserves our help and support! She’s good peoples, man! Check out her page if you haven’t and you will see what I mean! She’s helping raise money for a fundraiser that she helps out with every year and it sounds like a really awesome and good cause! If all of that isn’t enough for you, she was Geekadelphia’s Geek of the Week! I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THIS WAS A THING! Please, if you haven’t yet - make your way over to her book page and give The Living God an honest look and I have a good feeling you will want to back this project.
6. The Last Faoii by @Tahani Nelson (158 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 6th)Though still at 6th place on the site, The Last Faoii by Tahani Nelson is actually tied with A Light in the Void for 5th place! A strong, ferocious campaign has helped Ms. Nelson make her way into the Top 5 and she’s not planning on stopping any time soon. The Epic Fantasy Syndicate has backed The Last Faoii and that support has brought Ms. Nelson under 50 preorders away from reaching quill! She’s also raffling off a chance to name one of the many characters in her book as well as early beta reading privileges, so now is definitely the time to join the fight! As I’ve said before, this is probably one of, if not *the* funnest campaign going on in the entire contest and it’s definitely worth the time to be a part of it. Go check out Ms. Nelson’s page as well as the book page for The Last Faoii for more information! 5. A Light in the Void by @J. S. Chlapowski (158 Readers / Last Week’s Rank 7th)A Light in the Void by J.S. Chlapowski is now tied for 5th with The Last Faoii! This continues to be one of the fastest and most impressive campaigns in the entire contest. Mr. Chlapowski is releasing parts of his story through scenes every time he reaches a milestone of preorders and he’s released a lot of Chapter 1 already for our viewing pleasure. At the rate he’s rising in this contest, we’ll be seeing more of his work soon! Go check out his book page and read what he has posted so far and see if this is the type of book you want to back! I have a feeling it will be, as the writing thus far has been unique and gripping!
4. The Fairy Stepmother, Inc. by @Maggie Hoyt (208 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 4th)As of this writing, The Fairy Stepmother, Inc. by Maggie Hoyt is literally 14 preorders away from hitting quill! That is a HUGE milestone and Ms. Hoyt is so ridiculously close that we can all help her achieve the first stage of her dream! I say first stage, because the Top 3 is still within her grasps with the final weeks still ahead of us! If all of those facts aren’t enough to send you over to her page to click that preorder button then how about a brand-spanking new video? Yeah, you heard me right! There is a new video on The Fairy Stepmother, Inc.’s page which includes Ms. Hoyt herself reading an excerpt from later on in the book. I highly recommend checking that out as it’s really well done and provides a lot more insight on Ms. Hoyt’s writing and how she came up with the idea for the book! (I do miss the costume though, it was super adorbs - not the manliest thing ever said, but something that needed to be said!) Go check out here page and the video! 3. Storm Song by @Allison Griner (261 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 3rd)
Storm Song by Allison Griner was only one preorder away from quill on the last The Story So Far so it’s safe to say she got that and then some! I’d love to take some time to congratulate Ms. Griner on her milestone and also mention that she is really deserving of it! She’s been a pleasure to speak to outside of the contest, very supportive in my own goals and even more supportive when it comes to helping write this thing every week. I’m really proud of what she has accomplished and I wish her more and more success in the future! That all being said, there is still a little under a month left in this contest and Ms. Griner will need to continue to push to hold on to the 3rd place spot or move up into 2nd or 1st! Be sure to head on over to her book page and experience some of Thoster Chatwyn’s story! You won’t be disappointed!
2. The Slave Prince by @Jeyna Grace (268 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 2nd) The Slave Prince by Jeyna Grace has also reached quill this week with 276 preorders! I’d like to also take the time to congratulate Ms. Grace on this accomplishment! She has run a wonderful campaign thus far with easily some of the best written and entertaining comments in her comments section and I couldn’t be any more proud of her than I am right now! Highly likely to finish in the Top 3 at this point in the contest, I am excited to feel like I’ve been along for the ride of this journey that has an extremely bright future! Week in and week out I have written about the Top 10 authors and I truly feel excited and proud for them as they reach these amazing milestones. Ms. Grace is well deserving of this accomplishment and I am happy that she received the backing and support to make this possible. With all of that being said, there is still a month left of work to be done by everyone in the Top 10 and if Ms. Grace wishes to finish in the Top 3 - a place she has called home for majority of this contest - she can’t take her foot off the pedal just yet. I look forward to seeing where she lands come November 1st and you should all go to her book page and read about Thom and his journey and consider placing a preorder if you haven’t already!I do quickly want to mention that she’s also giving away 3 Steam Keys for the video game: The Coma as part of her campaign. As a huge gamer, I had to throw this in out of respect for how much I love this idea. Good choice! Check out her comments section for more details!
1. Sparked by @Lena (Helena and Malena) (401 Readers / Last Week’s Rank: 1st)Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous treats milestones like candy and have done so since entering the contest. 400 unique readers! The first to do so and before anyone else even reached 300! Sparked continues to impress and turn heads all over the internet and the world as do the two lovely authors behind the project! I’ve mentioned Ms. Echlin and Ms. Watrous’s absolute unstoppable drive to help other authors find their way in the writing world. This week was no different as Ms. Echlin was a guest writer over on KidLit.com where she shared her experience with crowdfunding and provided *extremely* useful tips for running a successful campaign. If you’re still trying to find your way in this contest or prepping for the next big contest here on Inkshares, this article is a must read. You can find it here. It’s really great advice that is backed by the fact that Ms. Echlin and Ms. Watrous were able to secure 250 preorders on day 1(literally enough for quill in a single day) and have dominated the contest since they entered on September 1st. Lastly, I think it’s important to mention that their current preorder count is at 619. The full publishing goal is 750 and they are almost there already! 401 unique readers have backed this project, so if you haven’t taken a look at it yet, now is definitely the time to do so. They just recently posted Chapter 4 and the story is really starting to heat up. Chapter 5 promises to be the big impact that changes the story to a more formal Fantasy genre. Look forward to that and much more as Ms. Echlin and Ms. Watrous continue to solidify their place on Inkshares as well as in the writing industry! ----I’m doing my best with what I’m being provided by the authors and what’s actually happening in the contest. I feel like the quality has dipped quite a bit but it’s hard at this point in the contest. A lot of resources for the authors have run dry and it’s slowing things down a bit. I’m not sure if we’ll see surges or anything too crazy in the last month, but I’ll continue to provide the weekly recap even if it’s pretty basic like this week. I want to take a moment to once again congratulate those that have hit quill on their projects, that really is a huge milestone and I mean every word when I say I’m really proud of you all, awesome job! I also want to thank Rick Heinz, Allison Griner and Helena Echlin for reaching out to me to continuously help me add to this each week. It’s not easy coming up with some of the material, but their support made it a bit easier the last few weeks. Thanks!
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Shameless Plug: Still at 25 reviews on Amazon. I’m really trying to hit 30 so if anyone could help out with that, I would really appreciate it! Even if you don’t want to leave a review without actually owning or completely reading the book - I would definitely love some feedback on the Chapters posted on my Heroes of Khroma book page or on the preview on Amazon. Thanks to everyone that has written a review or supported, you’re all amazing and fantastic. Even if you didn’t leave a review or support - you’re still cool. Much love!A Soldier’s CrestLastly I want to thank Inkshares for making this site and giving aspiring authors like us a chance to share our stories. I also want to thank all the Inksharians, especially those in the Top 10, for giving me some interesting stories to read and write about.Cheers!
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