Today is the last day for orders on Inkshares and although we did not meet the preorder goal, I do have some very exciting news.
First and foremost though, I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your incredible support. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by people who have rallied around HIGHWINGS. One of my absolute favourite things about this whole experience has been connecting with you all. I feel so blessed.
Secondly, a few house keeping items:
- Once this funding period expires you should receive your refund promptly from Inkshares. If you have any issues please contact Inkshares at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ben Ger was the winner of the $50 Amazon gift card draw! Ben, please send me an email (email@example.com) or a Facebook message.
- The video of the donation to One Tree Planted (we raised $98) will be posted on my YouTube channel in the next couple weeks (subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/c/keylinrivers)
Lastly, I promised you all a book, so you will get a book! HIGHWINGS will be hitting the shelves this summer. Stay tuned for the pre-order campaign.
Week 2 Prizes Drawing Tonight @ 6pm, Pacific. 10 Prizes. Each Book Ordered Is An Entry. Up To 10 Entries Per Teammate! Ordering More Is Easy, As Your Credit Card Is Already Stored By Inkshares. Just $10 Per eBook. I Will Track Orders Up To 6pm and Then The Prizes Will Be Drawn By Someone Who Is Not Me. Please Order Another Book Or Two. Thanks so much, Steve
Happy one year anniversary to the release of Mechcraft!
To celebrate this milestone I’m giving away the ebook on Amazon for FREE!
Spread the word to your friends, family, everyone from 2/20 through 2/24 the ebook costs nothing. It’s the perfect time to dive into the first book of the franchise before the sequels come out later this year!
We’ve been a little quiet since the start of the year, largely because the ball was in our publisher’s court. We’d delivered the manuscript, and we’d delivered the preorders that Inkshares requires to move forward – in record time, thanks again to all of you – and we were waiting to hear from them.
We’re happy to report that we had our first telephone conference with Inkshares officials Friday, Feb. 15, who told us that our book will be one of the top five projects they’ll be working on in the next few months. The CEO told us he’d read 50 pages so far and planned to read the rest in the coming weeks. Inkshares’ editing team should be responding to us with an editorial letter by early March, laying out their reactions and next steps. The CEO told us that he’s very excited about this project and wants to shape it so that we can maximize our audience. (Which we are obviously in favor of).
This is a new world for both of us, as it’s the first book project either of us have ever worked on. Neither of us had any idea of what goes into publishing a book or how long that process takes. We learned a lot during Friday’s conversation. The company is already thinking about cover art and who will design it. We had done our own mock cover, just to get ideas started, but the company has professional designers it uses. We’re excited to see what they come up with.
We also discussed the importance of media coverage, particularly radio interviews, to promote the project. Company officials believe the editing process can be completed during the spring. But the earliest possible publication date would probably be in the fall. Inkshares will be doing market research to see if similar books are coming out and when, to determine a strategic release date. But we’re probably looking at fall at the earliest, maybe into the winter.
Clearly, we’re going to be learning a lot. Neither of us ever thought much about market research in terms of timing a release. But that’s why they’re publishers and they’ve got expertise that we don’t.
We do hear from many of you wondering when the book will be published. We plan to keep you updated throughout the year. A few people have asked when the book will be mailed to them. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been published yet, but it will be.
Doyle first approached Lou with a draft of the book in Oct. 2015. We’ve been working together ever since. And now we’re getting closer to reaching our dreams – this book, published by a real publisher, with our names on the cover – than ever before.
We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of all of you. Thanks again for your support, your faith in us, and your continued patience. If we could deliver a finished product to you tomorrow, we would. But this has been a multi-year effort for us, and we’re committed to making this the best product we can and offering the best experience possible to our readers. It may take a few more months, but we are going to get there.
Doyle and Lou
The winners of the Inkshares Mystery Contest have been announced, and I’m happy to say that "Cat’s Paw" is on the list! This means we will be going forward with all the editing and rewriting and nosegrinding that goes into the publication process, and, probably a year from today, the book will make it into your hands.