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,
Hello, everyone! This has been a fabulous week. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support. I went from 188 copies on Monday to nearly 250 today. I am confident we are going to sell those last two books today!
Don’t forget to join me on Facebook for my Day of Reckoning event - the last day of the campaign, February 9. 7pm EST. https://www.facebook.com/events/1033802110094056/
I’ll be doing random giveaways all night, including copies of the book. I’ll give updates on where we’re going next, too. Finally, I’m giving $1/copy sold from Feb 1 - Feb 9 to Babywearing International of Akron Youngstown, so I’ll announce that total. I just realized it’s right before the opening ceremony for the Olympics, so we’ll probably wrap up a little early so everyone can watch that.
I am so excited to bring you this book!!
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!
Hello everyone, welcome to 2018!
Work on Blood Capital has been progressing at pace since NYE and we are now close to completing the developmental edits (at last!). Check the progress chart below and you can see I’ve almost completed the rewrite, and that all of Acts One and Two have had my second pass. Once this is complete, it should just be a matter of getting the final development notes from my editors and incorporating them, then we move into copy editing (grammar and spelling).
Everyone has been wonderfully patient with me over the past year, and that has made this process so much easier. Thank you. I’m aware the journey has been long — I had no idea how long it would be when I entered the competition back in 2016. To provide an idea of the work behind the scenes, I’ve been averaging almost 18 hours a week on the novel, which multiplied out over nine months (roughly how long I’ve been working on edits), adds up to more than six hundred hours so far.
We are now on the home straight, and Blood Capital is set for release at the end of July. A marketing plan is coming together to support the launch, and I’ve now seen an early version of the cover art. As soon as the cover art is finalized, I’ll send out a special update, but for now I can tell you it’s going to stand out on shelves.