Greetings my wonderful followers,
A little bit ago, I was invited to be a guest on a writers Youtube show, Spilling Ink and it is now live for everyone to watch. We talked about keeping your work relevant over time, marketing, and Doctor Who. Check it out.
Also, It’s been a little over a month since Beyond the Code has been officially released and reviews are slowing trickling in. But even though there are only a few so far, they are all very positive. See what others had to say about my debut novel,
Remember to give Beyond the Code a review once you’ve read it. Reviews are an authors best friend and I am eager to hear what you thought.
Thank you all for your support,
Kelsey Rae Barthel
March 6, 2018
Ruth Liz Savage!
Coming for you and those illustrated panels.
That’s why it’s called a deadline.
I don’t just have good news about my book, This Red Fire. I have the BEST news!
Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures is optioning This Red Fire for a film project. You can learn more by clicking the link, below. I am so grateful to Launch Pad, Inkshares, and Mr. Silverman for this incredible opportunity!
Thank YOU for believing in my book.
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. :)
THIS IS IT. This is Launch Day for Mechcraft! 4+ years ago I never dreamed my idea would become a published book. With hard work, perseverance, massive support from friends, family, and strangers, and truck loads of hope, Mechcraft is finally released. I cannot thank you all for believing in and supporting this project. Without you, none of this is possible.
If you haven’t already, please join us on the Mechcraft Facebook community.
With deepest gratitude,
Funder paperback pre-orders of The Love Fool have all been shipped out – final deliveries should be complete by next week. And downloads for the ebook have been sent Wed, Feb 14 – please check your inboxes.
Many of you have already received your copy and begun diving into Alex’s adventures in Rome; and I’m happy to hear the fascinating reactions to my story!
I encourage readers to please leave a review on Goodreads or any of your favorite book websites.
Thank you all again for supporting The Love Fool!
Big news! This will be my last update as a non-published author. Notices came out today from Inkshares that Mechcraft is now on its way! If you’ve pre-ordered a paperback, you’ll have it in your hands in a matter of days! I’m so excited for you all to finally read my book. You’ve hung in there for almost 2 years waiting for this and I’m eternally grateful you came along for the ride and believed in this project.
Mechcraft is also on Amazon already. So if you haven’t yet ordered, it’s easier than ever. Just search "Mechcraft" on Amazon and it comes right up. And you’ll still be able to order straight from the Inkshares site as well.
So now comes the part where I ask for a couple of favors. Once you’ve read the book, if you could please leave a review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be long. Reviews are the lifeblood for authors on Amazon. At 50 reviews, they promote your book on a higher level. At 100 reviews, they elevate your book to rockstar status and put it all over the site. It’s the Holy Grail for books! I really appreciate your help on this.
The second favor is if you are up for it, please post a pic of the novel- or better yet, a selfie with you holding the book- and post it on your social media with #Mechcraft. This is designed to help build the community.
My goal is to create an active community of readers to discuss the book, the characters, the story, the world, etc. It’s going to be great.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for you, and I appreciate your support more than I can ever express!
Next time we communicate, Mechcraft will be out in the wild!
Thank you so much,
THE MANUSCRIPT IS IN!!!
After two months of rewriting and revising, with the help of my friends Peter Ryan and Cari Dubiel, and. of course, my wife, I’ve turned in a fine tuned 76,900-word manuscript after the first round of developmental editing. That’s nearly 10,000 darlings killed. It was probably closer to 15,000 of the original words that suffered their terrible fate, but I changed a couple of scenes and added about 5,000 words back in. It was all for the better, and I’m proud of what this book has become.
I know I promised mid-January for turning in this manuscript, but I’m going to play the sympathy card, because I was hospitalized in January for acute abdominal pain and had my gallbladder removed and subsequently stolen. They wouldn’t bronze it and let me keep it, the jerks, they just took it God only knows where. But, I’m glad it’s out. The good news is that I got my author bio picture in the process:
That’ll sell a lot of books on its own. Might even make it the cover of the book. Not sure my publisher would go for that, though.
Speaking about the cover, design will start happening in a few months, but I already know one thing will be remarkably different when it’s done: the title.
Yup, I am almost sure I’m changing the title. The book is in two parts now, and I’ve named part one "The Madness of Mr. Butler," while part two is "The Courage of Mr. Butler." As much as I love the title as it has been, it doesn’t really sound like a science fiction book, which it mostly is. I’m changing the title of the book to "The Man Who Stole the World," which, for those of you who are in need of improving your musical tastes, is a play on the title of a David Bowie song. (And David Bowie might have a cameo in the story, but I’m not at liberty to say at this point).
So, what’s next?
Right now, we wait. Matt Harry, my editor, already got back to me that he’s currently working on a few manuscripts and plans on starting on mine in a few weeks. So, it’s probably going to be a while before I can report on further progress. But, this means that this year will begin the next levels of edits on a manuscript that is actively in production. I feel great about it all. I’ve had a wonderful experience with Inkshares.
Thank you all for your support. Your investment in me is something I think about and appreciate daily. I’m working my tail off to get you the best version of the book. Thank you for the opportunity. This is all because of you. I hug you.
Hang in there, it’s all coming together!
Greetings wonderful followers,
I have some news. I have contracted Mickey Mikkelson with Creative Edge as my publicist. He will help me build a strong writer platform and get the word out about Beyond the Code. He’s already booked me to be a guest on the awesome writers video podcast, Spilling Ink, on Feb 17/18. Look out for it.
With any luck, we’ll have plenty more events to announce in the future. I’ll keep you informed the best I can.
Also, I’m being told that the email address confirmations have been going out to my wonderful readers. So if you have moved in the recent future, make sure to input your correct address. And don’t forget that once you have read Beyond the Code, make sure to give it a review. Reader reviews are a first time authors best friend.
Thank you all for following me this far. It’s been a long road but pub day is fast approaching.
Kelsey Rae Barthel