Hi book buddies: Thanks for your helping hand. Great week. Moved the needle significantly. We now have 330 of 750 pre-orders. 24 days to go. We got this!
Have a great weekend outside.
It’s been awhile since the last update and a lot has happened. So let’s dive in!
Mechcraft launched officially on February 20, and we threw an incredible event. I had a lot of local support so I invited them all. We expected 60-70, but ended up with a total headcount of 126! I am so humbled and grateful for such a turn out. We had a delicious taco bar and a live band (featured in chapter 1). Even though many people brought in books to sign, I ended up selling 54 more books! And to top it off, our friend Crystal surprised me with a massive cake with the Mechcraft cover on the icing! It was magnificent! I didn’t want to cut it. This was one of the greatest nights of my life.
Then on March 7, I had my first ever book signing. The iconic Book Soup in Hollywood hosted the event. It was a Wednesday, so I wasn’t expecting a crowd, but we did end up with 6. Fellow Inkshares author, Daniel Lee, came out to support. Also had an appearance by rockstars Franke Nardiello from My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and Karl Learmont from electro industrial band, Angelspit. And unbeknownst to me, the book reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Lewis, stopped by as well- he tweeted "Great talk" to me the next day.
After the signing and photos, my wife and I and Karl took our discussion to a coffee house, and we talked for hours! We didn’t get home until 2am, and it was totally worth it!
To date, Mechcraft is on the shelves of Book Soup, and DIESEL bookstore in Brentwood. I’ve applied to Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, and several local stores. Fingers crossed on these endeavors!
Now for some numbers!
Books Sold, Inkshares: 342 (includes my purchases for local events)
Amazon Reviews: 26
Twitter Followers (@TheWritingFitz): 3101
Facebook Page (facebook.com/Mechcraftbook) Likes: 385
The goal now is Amazon reviews. Authors depend on these reviews for exposure and promotion from Amazon. If you’ve read the book already, please drop a review on Amazon. It would mean the world! Thanks
One last note- thank you for all the support over this journey. Without your help, none of this would have happened, and I am eternally grateful!
Thank you all for following my story! I’ve uploaded the intro chapter because I’m over 10 followers, I’ll upload the next one once I hit 30! I hope that you enjoy reading my story, let me know what you think of the chapters, and please ask questions if you have them!
And now I feel compelled to post an update to all you wonderful supporters who I cajoled, bribed, threatened, blackmailed, extorted and wooed into supporting my book with a pre-order.
Because the next finish line is very close and soon I will let go of the manuscript that is haunting my life.
I am not a fast writer but I have attended to the story every day and sometimes it makes me laugh and I am amazed at the words I read and often times I worry that it is a big heaping pile of crap.
The usual stuff.
A couple more passes through the draft and then I will review the Inkshares submission documents and send it off after my fellow Black Hats Writers Group editor reviews it and picks out the darlings I must kill.
Once submitted, I will take a break from writing although I do have another project posted on Inkshares. Better to use the time to create a marketing plan and begin executing it.
Because executing is fun.
Hey, My Place Among Men has its first official appearance scheduled! The book is part of my film premiere event in Idaho Falls, Idaho, April 10, 7p, Colonial Theater. Hosted by Teton Regional Land Trust. Come see outside inside on the big screen. -Kris
Today I’m really excited to share two things with you: the new title of "The Devil You Don’t" and the cover art, done by the wonderful and talented Charlene Maguire!
The new title is "The Devil Inside." Not a tremendous change, but it more accurately hits on a recurring theme throughout the book. And the cover is...
Charlene was kind enough to give me an image designed to look like a real, honest-to-goodness book and I got all giddy over it.
We’ve still got a ways to go in the queue for the editor, but as new developments or milestones come up, I’ll let you know.