Whoa. I don’t really know what to say about everything. Just whoa. This world.
I wanted to let you know I got another letter from my editor. She loved the last draft but there’s still some work to do. I’ll be making a lot of my characters’ direct internal dialogue and making it indirect, and further improving the contemporary story’s setting and relationships. The good news is-- I’m working with the previous manuscript! I’m not rewriting from scratch! This will be an actual new draft, not a total reworking, and that feels AMAZING. We are getting SO CLOSE.
I’ve also been working hard on my WV punk book for WVU Press, which has an official signed contract! Yay!
I hope you are all staying home, staying safe, and staying kind. Please reach out to me if you need some human contact.
I love you,
Hello everyone, it’s been a long while since I gave you an update, and there’s good stuff to tell.
Tomorrow is 2-20-2020, and marks the 2nd anniversary of the release of Mechcraft. To celebrate, I’m giving away 2 codes for the audio book for free! Visit and like the Mechcraft Facebook page and look for the two trivia questions (hint: they will be related to the story).
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrianFitzpatrick/
Also, book 2 in the series, MECHCRAFT: DISRUPTION, is ALMOST FINISHED! I can finally announce the first draft is nearing completion. Then a couple of edit drafts, then off to my editor. I cannot wait to get the novel into your hands!
I hope your year is awesome so far, and continues to rock!
Thanks for all your support, everyone!
on all platforms
Feb. 19, 2020
Hello everyone! I know it has been a long time since I’ve updated through Inkshares while The Devil Inside was waiting to enter production -- but I have great news! I received word on Valentine’s Day that The Devil Inside has been assigned an editor and is officially moving into production. I don’t have a specific release date yet but it will be sometime this summer (I’m guessing August).
For all of you who were so awesome during my funding period and pre-ordered a copy, that means the wait is almost over. As we get closer to the release date, I’ll get in touch with each of you to remind you what you ordered (and when) so that you know what to expect when the book releases. (And if you haven’t ordered yet, now’s a great time to get your pre-order in and be one of the first to get a copy!)
I will be sending other updates as production progresses but will likely send them via my e-newsletter because I have a number of contacts outside the Inkshares platform as well and I want to streamline my messages. If you would like to be on that mailing list -- and I promise, I don’t spam! -- please go to my website: www.susankhamilton.com and fill out the form. Once I get that notification, I’ll add you!
Thanks again for your patience. I can’t wait for all of you to have your official copy of Devil to finally read!
It’s been such a long time since I sent out an update I wouldn’t blame you if you’re asking yourself, "Robert who?" right now. Fair enough, I’ve been negligent in my posting to both this blog and sending out newsletters, but I haven’t stopped writing (I promise).
I’m here to thank you for your patience and provide a brief update before diving back in to finish this book. So, firstly (and most importantly), those of you who backed my novel here on Inkshares are no doubt wanting to know how the book is going and when you’ll get your copy? The great news is I haven’t been slacking off and am still diligently working away on the manuscript. I’ve commented on this before, but it turns out writing a book is hard (who knew, right?) and I had a lot to learn if I was to produce a book worthy of your amazing support. Since Inkshares picked up the book, I’ve been incrementally transforming both my first draft and myself into something I can be proud of. I won’t lie, it’s been a long, drawn-out process thanks to day jobs and family responsibilities, but we’re in the home stretch: the world of Blood Capital is more real than it’s ever been, we have a cast of characters who are interesting to explore, and we’ve honed in on a plot that can take us on a more rewarding journey.
Looking ahead, I still need to finish this final draft. To help speed that up, I’m looking at all the ways I might claw back extra time. I took all of December off from my day job, which made a huge difference. Now, I need to power through the last chapters. After that, we’ll polish, copy-edit (fix typos and poor grammar), pull in some beta readers, and then prepare for release. The exact date of release will depend on a bunch of things, many of which are outside of my control, but I’ll endeavour to keep everyone informed.
Beyond Blood Capital, there’s a bigger world to explore, so you can be sure I’ll start work on a sequel. With the experience I’ve had writing Blood Capital and the lessons I’ve learned, I expect (hope?) that will be a faster project 🙂
Thank you again for your support—I’m sorry to have gone for so long without providing an update (I’ll do better moving forward).
I’m not going to lie - I’ve been in a rut with this book over the past several months. I’ve completed several other projects since then, and I haven’t felt the same connection to it that I have in the past. I spoke with my editors at Inkshares, and we’re taking another approach to the new draft. It feels weird to revisit my old words, but I’m looking at them with a fresh eye, which is good.
I’ve updated my Inkshares page with the first four new chapters, if you’d like to take a look here. Please feel free to send me your thoughts! I’d love to get this thing in fully polished shape for you to read in its entirety soon.
Thanks for your support over these past two years.
Happy holidays! I hope you are having a peaceful season full of time with family, friends, self-care, and creative fulfillment. I am still waiting for feedback from my editor on my most recent draft, and I will let you know as soon as I receive it!
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been working on!
On Halloween, Writing Bloc released its second annual short story anthology, Deception. I was the project manager for this anthology and my own story, "Rachel Rose, Semite" appears in it! Check it out and support cooperative indie publishing!
I am also excited to be a part of the latest issue of Inlandia: A Literary Journey. You can read my story, "Neighborhood Alert" here and my editor interview here.
Another project I helped edit, Jason Pomerance’s Celia at 39, was published yesterday! It’s Writing Bloc’s first standalone novel and I’m so happy to be a part of it!
November was National Novel Writing Month and I drafted a brand new novel in 30 days! Its working title is The Book of Great and Tiny Things and it follows two characters-- Avril, a West Virginia woman who in spite of being a happily married mother of two finds herself swept up in opioid usage and must turn to her dead granny witch grandmother to save her from addiction, and Jose, a Mexican drug lord who began his career at the age of 8 and is known for brutally murdering his challengers with the bone of the beloved dog that his mother forced him to kill. There’s lots of magic and some big feelings. I’m looking forward to editing it!
Finally, if you’re a local woman interested in a winter writing retreat, I’ll be a guest speaker at this one. It should be fun!
Thank you for your support!