Sorry to send another update so soon, but this book cover contest has just ramped up and Mechcraft has been knocked down to 6th place! We desperately need all hands on deck to vote for my son’s amazing cover design.
I want him to reach top 3 for this, giving him the acknowledgement his cover deserves.
I thank you all so much for voting in round 1. Round 2 is underway and voting has been reset... you can vote again.
There’s nothing to sign up for or register... simply follow the link and vote for the Mechcraft cover. If even half this awesome email list were to vote, the Mechcraft cover would reach 2nd place!
Please take a moment and vote. I am eternally grateful.
So it’s been a looooong time since the last update so here’s the gist of where Battle Flag currently stands.
I’ve been taking some time to assess my current strategy for getting this published. I don’t have an author website nor much of a social media presence, which is probably a big reason my two funding runs failed as badly as they did. But I am working on some plans to build a website and maybe do a Youtube channel with lore\history\technical videos connected to to series as a whole. Back when I first began building this world, in high school, the internet was in it’s infancy and nobody was using it the way they are now, so this is all kind of new ground for me. So I’m learning stuff here and there to help support that.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, I’m reformatting my manuscript for publication on Kindle Direct. I haven’t fully committed to KDP but the reformat is something I can do to prepare, for other avenues of publication, while also trying to build my online presence. Otherwise, I would have just had Inkshares delete my project off the website by now and thrown all of my trust into KDP.
Lastly, I’ve noticed the project has gained a few more followers, since the last update, and I would like to thank those folks for popping in and supporting me. I really appreciate it.
Projects and commitments at home have slowed my progress a bit but I hope that all of you fine people will follow the book wherever it land at.
Thanks for the support and I’ll see you later.
“Most people are scared of those things that don’t sit still and pose for our official portrait of reality.” -Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Some great news to share that is tempered with a dose of reality and sprinkled with the dust of a hard drinking pixie. After more than six months of working to improve the characters, story, and structure of Lost in the Fog, I finally finished the development edit. Caroline Tolley, my editor, has helped make the book the best it can be.
The manuscript is now in the queue for publication with Inkshares!
The reality is the publisher is small and can only work on one to two books at a time, so I need to wait my turn. Completely understandable (I took longer to finish the development edit so I’m to blame for being pushed back in the queue), but still a bit of a bummer. I feel the book is ready to go (it’s been heavily edited), but the process is the process. They are estimating it to start in September.
The pixie dust is the sheer fact that Lost in the Fog is being published. For something I started in 2004, finished the first draft in 2008, and then mostly abandoned until last year, I’m just happy to be at this point. Making me smile even more, is that I’m not publishing my book on my own, I’m getting it in print because of all of you. I needed at least 250 pre-orders for Inkshares to help me realize my dream, and I accomplished that with your awesome help.
If the publication process starts in September, there’s still a chance Lost in the Fog reaches your hands by the end of the year. Though that might be too optimistic, and it’s never good to over promise and under deliver. You’ve all been so amazingly patient, and we’re almost at the finish line. Once I have more information on the publication date (or even a better estimate), I will share it with you immediately.
But I hope you’ll raise a glass and toast with me that we’re one step closer. Thank you and mahalo!
Friday, October 5th, 7-9 PM at The Book Cellar in Chicago for THE ANIMAL IN MAN LAUNCH EVENT!!!
What better way to celebrate this announcement than with some new character concept art? Fresh from the digital canvas of the super-talented Nic Morales, may I introduce you to Zariel, also called “Old Four Swords,” and I think you can easily see why.
Zariel is a genetically engineered octopus, hailing from Peskora, the tropical archipelagian nation far to the west where vast numbers of aquatic species dwell. Each of the four swords he wields are a technological marvel, capable of cutting any material clean in half, no matter its molecular composition. There is, in fact, a moment or two in The Animal in Man Part Two: Ferocious Heart when the lone octopus literally brings about the collapse of a tower.
Do you like this art? Did you like Nic’s previous concept for Saghan? Would you like a chance to have a signed poster of this thing hanging up in your office? From now until October 5th, all you have to do is make an order of The Animal in Man: Violent Mind or show up for the launch event at The Book Cellar to enter in person for a chance to win these!
Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July!
I have a favor to ask you... Mechcraft’s cover is #12 in the contest I mentioned earlier in the week. The voting ends tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who’s already voted for my son’s amazing cover for Mechcraft. If you haven’t voted yet, it’s not too late. I would love nothing more than to give my son’s cover the win or at least top 3 for this contest. He worked hard on it, and it rocks! Voting takes only seconds and there’s nothing to sign up for. Just click vote and done.
Thank you all very much for the help on this. I appreciate it more than you know. :)
Please go to the site and click "vote" below the Mechcraft image. Thank you all very much: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/
It’s Pub Day!
I’ve been having a blast all day talking up the book, hosting games and giving out prizes, watching the reviews come trickling in. I almost forgot to ping you all and let you know the book is officially out there. Published. For reals. We actually ran OUT of books, if you can believe it. Multiple outlets are out of stock of the paperbacks, that’s how well today has gone. I am told that if you order them Ingram will print them to order, so if you’re looking to get a physical copy, ordering from Amazon or walking into a brick and mortar store will probably be your best bet.
And once you have read the book, please consider leaving a review. That would be super cool. So far readers are loving the book. It’s got five stars on Amazon and Goodreads, but the more the merrier, so please consider taking the time to toss a review up on your platform of choice.
I’m beat. It’s been a long, amazing day. I love you all.
May the Code replicate Eternal.
As most of you know, The Sleeping Man has made it into your hands via physical copy or ebook and I’ve been trying to keep up with the wonderful words that have been pouring in. I’m working on some promotional events near the San Diego area, but one of the best things that could happen would be to increase the number of Amazon reviews. Once you’ve finished reading the book, I would like to ask you to head over there and leave a review.
It’s been a long process to release The Sleeping Man, and while I have been working on transitioning out of the Navy I have not been idle. In point of fact, I’ve worked out the larger points of the next two books, though I’m holding back on the titles at the moment. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. This is a dream come true.