Dear friends and followers,
Things continue apace, and I think we’re on track for publication before summer. It’s a lot more work than I bargained for! The big news, though, is that we’re changing the title of the book. The story will now be published as "A Gentleman’s Murder". Well, if a gentlemen’s club, then of course a gentleman’s murder, right? And one has to admit it rolls off the tongue more easily.
It does mean I’m going to need a new header for these news bulletins....
The other big news is that we’ve also got a new cover!
It’s not quite final yet, I’m told, but I gather that this is a pretty good taste of what’s in store.
And now, I had better get back to those edits. Before somebody murders me....
Dear Inkshares Community,
In November of 2015, we launched the Inkshares imprint called Quill, which provided an intermediary level of editorial services, printing, and distribution to backers for books that sold 250 pre-orders. Quill’s services include line editing, proofreading, and interior design, but not developmental editorial or full cover design. We started Quill because we saw promising titles raising significant funding on the platform and an opportunity to provide services and distribution into brick-and-mortar stores not available in self-publishing. The hope was that Quill would graduate stories and authors into Inkshares.
In many ways, Quill has been a success. Excellent titles have been published and sold into stores. There are authors on the Inkshares platform with sophomore works made stronger by virtue of their Quill experience. And many books have been pulled up from Quill to our comprehensive Inkshares platform and published to both popular and critical praise.
However, after two years, we are winding down Quill as we continue to evolve Inkshares. One of the strongest assets of Inkshares is its community of authors and readers—many of whom provided us with valuable feedback on the strengths and limitations of Quill throughout these two years. This feedback, along with our own insights gleaned from the process, helped inform our decision to wind down Quill.
The main function intended by Quill is now more effectively being performed by Story Machine. We created Quill because we saw meritorious books not reaching the 750 pre-order goal, whether because the author had little social following or because the author was less inclined to vigorously campaign. Quill attempted to solve this by providing fewer resources at a lower pre-order goal. By contrast, Story Machine selects books on a broader array of reader-interest indicators beyond just pre-orders, with those books receiving full editorial and development. Books that don’t reach the threshold of 750 pre-orders, but garner significant interest on the platform, have the opportunity to be granted a full Inkshares publishing deal through Story Machine.
To be clear, all books which have funded under Quill to date will be published. Authors currently selling pre-orders to reach Quill will have until midnight (PT), February 28th, to reach their goal for publication through Quill.
We founded Inkshares with the aim of developing the most important literary voices of tomorrow. Quill served this purpose by providing authors with significantly more resources and distribution than self-publishing. It has given talented writers a chance, both to see their story succeed, and to graduate into full Inkshares. And with many books still to be published under Quill, it will continue to achieve these goals.
We would be remiss if we did not note that we, as a company, have learned a tremendous amount from operating Quill and working with Quill authors. We will bring this experience and wisdom into 2018 as we continue to bring existing Quill authors to market and work on the next iteration of Inkshares.
Happy New Year my friends!
Well, 2017 won’t be accused of being uneventful. I think it’s safe to say that it will go down as a year with many bitter memories for some. I lucked out however and, because of you, 2017 turned out to be an awesome year. I say ’you’ because you are responsible for A God in the Shed becoming a reality. You helped us get to over 5300 books sold. We’re staring down the barrel of the sequel going into production and all of it is because you took a chance on this book.
My gratitude knows no bounds.
But, I will be asking you to trust me again.
I have another book currently funding on Inkshares. It’s a science fiction novel called Arch-Android. It’s the story of our robot descendants and how they’ve lived without human interference for centuries, but now, as signs of humanity making a comeback start to appear, they have to decide how best to prepare sharing the galaxy with us once again. Check out the sample chapter and please, consider pre-ordering a copy (or more!). It’s not horror but I swear you won’t regret it.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support. Great things are coming in 2018 and I’m looking forward to sharing that journey with you.
Hello dear readers!
I come to you with a humble request. My horror novel, A God in the Shed, has the honour of being a semi-finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017. This is a big deal. What would make it an even bigger deal is making it to the next round as a finalist. A huge deal. Gargantuan really.
All I as of you, is a few clicks.
First, click here to get to the voting page. Then, while logged into Goodreads, click on the red VOTE button under A God in the Shed.
There you go. With that simple gesture, you participate in what can be a huge step in my writing career and that makes you awesome. Hurry! You only have up to November 12, 2017 to vote!
Thanks for the support!
You’re the best.
All things literary have been a whirlwind. I’ve recently gotten notified that The Punch Escrow has been selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ 100 Best Books of the 2017. That is great news! But on the same day I learned that Goodreads didn’t see The Punch Escrow fit to be listed among their selections for the Goodreads Choice Science Fiction awards. What adds insult to a bit of injury is that some of the books that they did nominate aren’t even published yet!
However, there is still some hope. YOU can alter reality! If you read and liked my book and have a Goodreads account, it takes about 4.8 seconds (I timed it) to write-in The Punch Escrow in the Best Science Fiction category. It would mean the world to me. The write-in field is at the bottom of the link above. It looks like this:
All you need to do is type in The Punch Escrow (it will auto-fill) and that’s it—you’ve altered reality!
Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and this book. I’ll be writing a more comprehensive update on what’s going on with the film adaptation next year, there’s just a lot going on and I’m legally not allowed to discuss any of it. But it’s all *good* stuff!
My friends, today is a very special day for a very special book.
But not one of mine this time.
Today is the official publication day for The Last Faoii. Some of you may recall I’ve been championing this book from the very beginning, and today, at long last, it is out and available for purchase.
I’d like to ask you all to consider supporting this new book, for a couple of reasons. For one, I helped design that kick-butt cover, so I have to brag about that at least a little. It’s also a really fine fantasy novel, so it deserves to be read for its own merits.
But beyond any of that, I’d like you to support the author. Tahani Nelson has been as big of a supporter for both Tantalus Depths and Proteus as I’ve been for her book, also from the very beginning. She’s been through some of the worst struggles imaginable during the process of campaigning her book and getting it through the production process, and the absolute tenacity with which she has tackled those obstacles deserves every reward. She’s inspired me tremendously on a personal level and has helped keep my spirits up during the various obstacles I’ve faced during my own campaigns and production processes. Heck, she inspired me enough to name a planet after her, so that should tell you all you need to know about how much I respect her.
It’d also just be nice for me to plug a book you can actually hold in your hands shortly after buying it, for a change. Tantalus Depths is coming, but still not any time especially soon. The Last Faoii is out right now (I have a copy on the desk in front of me). So yay for semi-instant gratification!
Anyway, I’d just like to make this the best Publication Day possible for The Last Faoii. The book is great, the author is even better, and they both deserve as much support as we can send their way.