Hello, Mission 51 family!
It has been three quick months since you pushed Mission 51 into the top three of the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest on Inkshares, guaranteeing its publication. I have taken this time to continue polishing the story before turning in the manuscript to the Inkshares editing gods. I have now come to realize that I might never be satisfied. I might always want to change this, delete that, embellish and refine, cut and paste, drag and drop, etc., etc., etc.
I had given myself this three-month limit for final polishing, and my time is up. Overall, I am happy with the story, so I am going to hand it in by the end of the week and get in line for the real editorial work. I fully anticipate making further changes as I work with Inkshares’ developmental editing team. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be starting the process.
Along with the manuscript, I am to hand in my responses to an extensive questionnaire that will direct the Inkshares team on how to best approach my story, create a stunning book cover, and develop a successful marketing plan. It will be a long process, and I look forward to the hard work of putting it all together. I will keep you updated with progress reports from time to time.
Again, I want to thank you very much for this tremendous opportunity. It is only through your kind and generous support that Mission 51 will come into existence. I will never forget what you all have done for me!
Before I go, let me recommend four books that are currently in Inkshares contests, written by authors I greatly admire. They would certainly love your crowdfunding support. Please check them out!
In the prestigious Launch Pad Contest:
Susan K. Hamilton’s The Devil You Don’t https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t
TCC Edwards’ Far Flung. https://www.inkshares.com/books/far-flung
In the Inkshares 2017 Horror Contest:
André Brun’s Arcadia. https://www.inkshares.com/books/arcadia
M. Robert Randolph’s The Dark Mountain https://www.inkshares.com/books/wings-of-the-crallow
Thanks again! Peace and love to all!
Today is a great day, thanks to you, and Inkshares.
I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am without the experience I had working with Inkshares on Sunshine is Forever. I have had both negative and positive experiences with the company, but I know their editorial process really improved my writing and taught me a ton. I want to thank Inkshares and all of you for supporting me with this book. You helped elevate me to the next level.
I’ve been querying to get a writing agent for 7 years. Well, I can finally announce that I have officially accepted representation with Jennifer Soloway at Andrea Brown Lit. I am thrilled! Here’s to a long and prosperous writing career!
I appreciate all of you! Don’t forget to review Sunshine is Forever on AMAZON!
Kyle T. Cowan
2017 was a slow-going but exciting year! At least, for this project. Slow-going in the rate I’ve been sharing stories with you, and exciting in that most of the sharing has been of links to where they’ve been published.
Becoming an official contributor of EAP: The Magazine was a huge personal and professional win. I get to see my name in traditional “print” and more folks get to read fairy tales without the lame-isms.
This project will be continuing its slow-and-steady-wins-the-race pace. Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you my more Speedy Delivery project schedule, in case you wanted more fairy tale-based work in your life:
Now a big part of how I plan to get this done is an accountability practice which I am making public so that we can all get things done together (plus some not-public writing practices):
Good journey, my friends,
Faoii! I have updates!
I know I said I wasn’t going to call you back to barracks for another month, but then I got 2 exciting missives and I had to share them with you! Here we go!
First, I just got an e-mail and a 5-Star Review from the incredibly talented Jerry Oltion (Click to see his Wikipedia page). Oltion has won the Nebula Award, the Seiun Award, the Endeavor Award, has been nominated for the Hugo Award twice, and he enjoyed our story, Faoii. Look at this review he gave:
Gah! Doesn’t that just make you want to lift your sword and bash a Croeli over the head with it? Let me hear your battlecry, Faoii!
Second, I’ve been asked by AMAfeed to host a Q&A session on January 26. It will run for 48 hours (starting at 6 p.m.) and I’ll be answering the questions live, but you can post anything you want ahead of time if you’re not sure you’re going to be available on those days. I’d be happy to talk about basically anything you can think of-- after all, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything!
Here’s the link for that. I’ll remind you all again before the date, but definitely share that info with any aspiring authors you have out there. A year ago, I was right where they are. Maybe I can help them like so many of you have helped me.
That’s it for now, Faoii. Keep those shields up. I’ll talk to you again soon.
In mid-2016, Seeking the Elephant failed to meet its funding goal. It became clear to me that a new approach was needed. The book was re-written cover-to-cover, worked over by professional content and copy editors and renamed The Bruja.
Along with these efforts, I also chose to go in a different direction than Inkshares. As of 1/14/2018, The Bruja has been published and is formally available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and IndieBound – in both softcover & e-reader formats. I want to thank everyone who got us here, who helped & contributed so profoundly. Now, I’d love to invite the patrons & backers of my original Inkshares campaign to go out and immediately purchase “The Bruja” in its final form! Here are some helpful links!
Support The Bruja on Goodreads!
Finally – follow my Author Blog as I discuss my adventures into the world of publishing, writing, world-creating and narrative structure.
This will likely be my final Inkshares post. You can always reach me however – firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day & a better week!
Here we go.
Blue Water has now reached the front of the line at Inkshares. I first want to thank you all for your patience with the lack of updates since we reached our funding goal two Novembers ago. I know that it can be frustrating not hearing any new information. Believe me, that won’t be a problem anymore. Inkshares has been in contact quite often now that it’s our turn.
Here’s a quick overview of how it’s going to go from here. Currently, the novel has gone through the preliminary copy edit. The changes have been sent to me, and I’ve gone through them all and am sending the book back with notes on the changes. After that, Blue Water’s final manuscript will be sent back to me in the first week of February. The book’s final cover for the eBooks will be done and sent to you all to check out first in March, the full cover in April.
And the big date, the day the book is available to the public: June 5, 2018.
However, you guys are the backers. If it weren’t for each and every one of you (literally, we sold just barely over the goal to make Quill), none of this would be happening. So again, I have to thank you, not just for your patience, but for believing in a first time writer and a book you’ve never read. So, you guys won’t have to wait until the publish date, your copies will be mailed or available for download a few weeks early. The goal is that you guys all check it out first and tell your friends about it before release day. So I may have to call you you again to help spread the word again. We currently have sold 263 copies, and I’ve backed off selling during the information vacuum of 2017. My third thanks to all of you is to buy the book with no information on when you’d receive it. That is a hard sell, and you guys all came though. Now, I’m going to take the next six months and start the selling again. Luckily for you, you already bought it, so I won’t bug you (although it would make a great birthday gift for everyone you know.)
So three thanks to you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’ll be in touch.