I hope your holiday season was wonderful and that 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for you!
I wanted to give you a quick update on where things stand with the production of Eudaimonia. At the beginning of January, I got an email from the folks at Inkshares. They have read the Eudaimonia manuscript and will be reaching out in the next week or so with some information/notes on editing. This is very exciting! Things are happening.
The email also asked a bunch of questions about the "theme" and "archetype" and "Where does your story belong in the 40,000-year-old tradition of human storytelling?" I’m not going to lie, that last one tripped me up a bit. My initial reaction was, "You know, near the end." Like I was telling a mover where to put a box. Not to be flippant, but it is much easier to tell a mover where to put a box than to consider where your place should be in the whole of human storytelling. (I mean, geez, what do you say to that?) So, I said what felt natural: "I don’t know."
I am very much looking forward to the next steps. I can’t wait to fill you in on everything as it develops!
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me, I think we are going to have a lot of fun along the way.
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
Ladies and gentlemen...we are published!!
After four years of development, the first book of the Storm of Fury trilogy has been released! You can order it here on Inkshares or find it on Amazon! If you pre-ordered, you should already have your ebooks, and your physical copies have shipped out to you.
I want to thank everyone who supported me from the beginning of my campaign and endured the long road to publication. I can’t believe it’s finally here! I’ll have another update for you in a few weeks, detailing my next steps and how you can help bring Storm of Fury to new readers. In the meantime, thank you so much for everything, and enjoy the novel!
Thank you so much supporting my novel Maxine Starr: Last Vanguard of the Zodiac. I appreciate everyone that liked, shared, and especially those that preordered a copy - some even bought the expensive paperbacks. Really - it meant the world to me that you followed and read my work. Although we didn’t reach our goal of 250/750 preorders, and the campaign is now over, I’m actually very happy with the response. You’ve inspired me.
I believe life is all about taking hits, learning and getting back up. So this isn’t the end of the book but rather a minor detour. I still believe in Maxine Starr’s adventures, and your support means that I’ll work on the book even harder to make it even better.
And don’t worry - for anyone that knows me, I’m not easily discouraged :) I’m actually excited to get moving again on the novel, and more books in the Maxine Starr series (yes, I have 3 more planned)
Right now, I’m considering other traditional, e-book, and self-published formats. I also have some other plans in the works. Just wanted to let you know that once it’s done, I’ll be offering buyers a reduced price for your early support. THANK YOU! The book will be released - that’s my promise. For now, your money will be returned to you in a few days.
I’ll be keeping this site up for a while longer. Feel free to give me feedback, ask questions or even contribute ideas.
Do you have an idea for a book?
Would you like the read the whole of Maxine Starr and give feedback?
Want an insight into the process of the writing, story and character designs?
Is there any way I can help you achieve your dream too?
I’m all for creating communities, and although this one is small, I appreciate all of your input. So thank you! This is not the end of Maxine Starr, the Zodiac Universe, or even her dog, Woof. I believe our dreams, like the cosmos itself, has no visible boundaries. And more importantly, you can’t let a single failure distract you from a coming triumph. Because, as Maxine discovers in the book, the impossible is often just one move away.
Thank you for believing in Maxine Starr.
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.
Thank you all so much for your support! We’re at 11% of the goal in just a couple days. Please keep sharing with friends-- it’s word of mouth that will make this happen and a heartfelt recommendation means so much.
Storm of Fury eBook pre-orders are finally here!
While we’re still a week away from the official publication of SoF, and access to physical copies of the book, you can now download Storm of Fury from the email you received if you pre-ordered during the funding campaign two years ago. (Wow, two years? My, the time has flown by.)
It’s staggering to be here, only a week away, and see these emails go out. Thank you for supporting me and my book; it’s been an incredible journey and it’s only just beginning. In the next few months, as I focus on marketing SoF, I’ll be working on the finishing touches for SoF’s second novel. (Technically, this trilogy was supposed to be one book, so the next two will come out pretty quickly.)
I’ll send out another message next week to celebrate the official publication! If you did not receive an email with the eBook, email me or dm me through Inkshares and I’ll see if we can fix the issue.
Thank you so much!