Very excited to announce my interview about Mechcraft, episode 198 of The Event Horizon, will air this Saturday May 26 at 4pm PST & 7pm EST, and again on Sunday May 27 at 4pm/7pm. It was an awesome hour with hosts Gene & Susan, and we covered everything about the book, the marketing, the publishing, and everything in between. We had a great time. Ever wanted to hear what this guy sounds like? Check it out: http://krptonradio.com/the-event-horizon
May the 4th be with you!
Yes, it’s that day. So why in the world is Solo being released later this month? Brilliant Disney. I’m sure you have your reasons.
In other news, lots going on! The Richter scale of life has gone super seismic. In the last several months: I’ve started a new job, had another baby, moved. You know, your average year. That said, Kingdom of Dreams is back in our court! My editor at Reedsy has released her final edits and it’s my turn to put the final polish on the manuscript.
So what next? Well, two roads diverged into the woods...
There is news, but I can’t say until it’s official. How about that? Teased enough? I can say this book will be coming out this year, realistically with a Fall release. Again, I can’t say enough what it means to have your support.
Next update will bring big news one way or another. Until then...
I am happy to provide a timely update on the status of Indispensable! While it was a long wait for my book to get to the top of the publication queue, we started the publication process full-steam-ahead mid-March. In fact, just today, I got the manuscript back from the second round of copyediting. From this point, there are only a few steps left: accepting the copy edits, proofreading the manuscript, finalizing the cover design, ’pouring’ the book into the format, creating the ebook, and starting to print copies. The target publication date is sometime mid-June, with all of you likely receiving your copies before June ends.
Strangely, after the ball having been in my court for so long, the manuscript is now largely out of my hands. Instead, I am turning my attentions to marketing. My goal is to give Indispensable its best possible launch into the world. I’ll follow up with more details around how you can help if you’re so inclined, but, in the short term, it’s graduation season and Indispensable is shaping up to be a great graduation present. If you know new graduates who could use advice - or those who work with new graduates (in university settings, in professional environments that take in lots of new hires) - please connect me.
I’m grateful for all your support - and can hardly believe this is finally happening!
Greetings, Faoii. There’s something we need to talk about before it blows up larger than it already has.
Two days ago I wrote an uplifting or at least solidarity-type post about depression on my Facebook page. Many people (including more than a few Inkshares authors) saw and commented on the post. Almost everyone was incredibly supportive, grateful, or kind. One person, however, said some very infuriating and hurtful things, and I took a stand to show support for people that have had to listen and endure such harmful rhetoric on a regular basis. Dozens of you chose to stand with me. Friends, loved ones, and so many of you wonderful Faoii drove him off of multiple posts using facts, logic, and a fair amount of sarcasm.
Then, within 24 hours, I received this terrible piece of hate mail through a burner e-mail on Inkshares. (I’m sorry for the language. I blurred the worst of it out).
Now, this is the important part. Even though certain parties seem suspicious given the timing and nature of the mail, there is currently no evidence about who this came from, and as such, I am asking that you do NOT confront anyone on the matter. We are better than that. Even if there was evidence we could direct our anger towards, they can’t do anything more than start a smear campaign or throw one-star reviews on Faoii’s Amazon page, anyway. And we are stronger than that, too.
So, be on the lookout, my warriors. We may have to be vigilant if we want to keep from being drowned in lies and slander. But also remember that a poorly written, vitriolic death threat from a petty soul on the internet is just one of the signs that we are starting to be known. I choose to see this as a good sign.
I, like many others in this community, joined Inkshares to enter one of the many writing contests in the hopes of becoming published (aside from simply self-publishing - not that there’s anything wrong with that!). And also, like many others, have stayed (I first joined about two years ago) because I found the creativity and support of the other writers on Inkshares to be an incredible resource and motivation. However, I have found that my "participation" in the forums over the last few months has been sparse. I would pop into the site, browse the latest forum posts (if there were any), and usually jump to another author/reader site to see if there were any threads being discussed there.
There is no dearth of posts by fellow authors looking to drum up interest and followers to their projects. Don’t get me wrong, I expect that. This is a crowdfunding site, after all. But I think what I feel is missing is more active up-to-date news on what is currently happening at Inkshares and what is coming next. Some thoughts: what changes can we expect to the website? what books that are in production will soon be coming out? what will be the next contest and when will it start?
Perhaps there could be a weekly or biweekly update to the major "goings-on" behind the scenes? What do you think? Is that possible?
Welcome to the final frontier, Space Crew. We’ve reached the edge of the galaxy, and there’s no turning back.
News #1: Content is Complete
I’ve been through a couple rounds of edits with the Inkshares team since the last update, and this week I sent off the final doc for one last look-over before it hits the printers. The deal is sealed; I can no longer touch this book (which I have very good and very anxious feelings about).
News #2: We Have a Cover
I’ve admittedly been holding onto this for awhile, but I wanted to do a BIG UPDATE with all the BIG THINGS. This was created by the good folks at Cover Kitchen, and they knocked it out of the park in my biased opinion:
News #4: Backer Goodies are Being Prepped As We Speak
The Companion Guide is getting its finishing touches before I send it off to print. Pendants have been shipped by the amazing Esanany, and they’re looking fantastic. Take a look:
No doodle today, because these images are worth more of your data.
And in case you missed it, you’ll have your books by May 1! Don’t forget to make sure your address is up to date on Inkshares.
Your somewhat sedulous Space Captain,
Great news everyone. Thanks to tremendous support Crow’s Gambit has hit 251 Pre-Orders. That means it will get published under the Quill imprint!
There are still about 34 hours left in the campaign. That means there is still time to lock in some of those Pre-Order perks if you haven’t ordered yet (or you have a friend how hasn’t).
Thank you everyone for helping make this happen. I will continue to keep you updated as we shift into full editing and production mode.
More will come...
Happy weekend Supporters of Crow’s Gambit.
The good news is you should have just received a short narrative titled Prologue Version #2. Taking advice from some of the writers over at the Listeners of the Dead Robot Society I’m reworking my original info dump of a Prologue. This draft also gives a little bit of the background for one of the later characters in the story, Tish.
Last night was the Mechcraft Launch Party, and it could not have gone better! Catered taco bar, live band, and a headcount of 126 people!! We had a blast, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all who came to the event, and all who wanted to, but couldn’t.
Since a lot of you live far away, here’s the Photo Album of the event!
Thank you all once again for supporting me and this project. I could not have done any of it without you!
And please be sure to leave a review on Amazon once you’re finished with the book. :)
Happy President’s Day Readers,
Four score and seven years ago, okay okay, actually more like 18 months ago, the funding period ended for When I’m 64. The path to publication has been an exhilarating journey, but today I received the most exciting news: When I’m 64 is en route to the printer! The final edits have been made, the proofread is complete and the full cover has been accepted by the team at Inkshares. The book that you helped create will be on it’s way to you in no time!
This dream will become a reality in just a few short weeks. Thank you for all of the support and encouragement along the way!