Dear Followers and Supporters -
I have been radio silent for quite some time, but I do have news to announce regarding the status of Fae Child.
Since the book funded in March 2017, I finished the first draft in July of that year. After that my family and I had several life changes that stole my energy and attention, including becoming small business owners and having a fourth child. The THIRD draft of the book is now underway with a few small tweaks to accomplish before I send the manuscript in to Inkshares.
At that point I will find out when they anticipate the book being published - there would be a copy edit to do and a few other miscellaneous things.
I have a cover for the book well underway with a talented artist, Aliana Wong ( www.alianawong.com ) and I have updated the cover on the Inkshares site to reflect the in progress work. I am in love with it already.
I also have had a short story accepted into an anthology which should be published later this year. Here is the link to the announcement: https://writingbloc.com/announcement-of-the-stories-and-authors-for-the-upcoming-deception-anthology/
That is all for now! I will send out another update when I am sending it off to Inkshares.
Thank you all for your support and your patience,
Hello readers! All eBooks pre-orders should now be available! You will receive an email, and you can directly load said eBook onto your Kindle or Apple iBook device! If you didn’t get the email and you know you ordered one, let me know or email hello@Inkshares.com.
At this very moment I’m up in the Bay Area after visiting Inkshares HQ to hang out with the lovely Avalon Radys (and her puppy!) to sign all the physical pre-orders! They should be mailed to you soon.
NOW WHAT HAPPENS? While bloggers and Bookstagram have been incredibly supportive of this book, it’s up to READERS to spread the word and leave reviews! Please rate and review the book on Goodreads and Amazon once you’re finished. Both are incredibly important. I will go blue in the face stressing the importance. I wish I could climb to the top of a very high tower and ring a bell to tell you exactly HOW IMPORTANT Amazon/Goodreads reviews are. You might not be able to leave an Amazon review till the 16th, which is the actual release date. But please do use Goodreads in the meantime!
Thanks again for everything, it was truly surreal to sign all these books this morning. I know you’ve all waited a long time and I so appreciate your patience. It’s amazing to see the results and I’m overjoyed that this story is finally finding its audience.
June! I heard back from Inkshares. This time the Director of Marketing and the CEO read my draft and...THEY DON’T HATE IT. Haha, Yay! They like a lot of it and had loads of nice things to say. They don’t want me to change the story or structure, which is huge. They do want me to focus on character now, especially my main character, Cassidy, and continue to hone my prose, so I’m working my way through a reading list of craft books and comparable titles. Be on the lookout for a title change coming soon. A few days ago, I went through my whole outline and added notes about what to add and change, so as soon as I finish this next book annd have a check in call with the publisher, I’ll jump into the writing. We’re getting closer!
Maybe my most exciting news is that for Mother’s Day, my husband gifted me a writing getaway, which I plan to take this summer!
Also exciting, my short story, "Rachel Rose, Semite" was accepted for publication in the new Writing Bloc Anthology.
The gist is this: A misunderstanding in kindergarten led everyone to believe Rachel Rose was Jewish. Now she’s been pretending for twelve years and is up for a college scholarship-- if she can pull off a school-wide Passover Seder. Can she fool her classmates, and the scholarship committee, one more time? Look for it in Fall 2019!
Thank you, as always, for your support!
Hello to my favorite book backers-
This week we hit 800 copies sold!
Sales usually go pretty quiet once pre-order campaign closes, but we’ve garnered a few orders in recent weeks as we ramp up to our official release of ’My Place Among Men’ August 6. All books ordered through July 20 will be signed by me before they ship to you. I may have to tape a pen to my fingers for the signature marathon. Happy to do that.
A few of you are asking about address changes so here’s the how-to for all of you. If you’ve moved since you ordered ’My Place Among Men’ please update your address by July 20.
Login in to your Inkshares account
Click your icon in the top right corner
Click ’Change Address’
We have a few more publishing steps during final design phase then we hit the presses. Thanks for your patience and your support through this whole book ordeal.
Tight Line Media
You may have noticed that Beyond the Red Circle is now The Last Beacon. As I’m nearing the end of my first draft, it became clear to me that the latter was a more fitting title for this novel, and when you read the entire thing I hope you’ll see why. Not only does it evoke the lighthouse that is featured so prominently in the opening chapters, but it holds a deeper meaning for several of the characters.
I also wanted to let you know that I’ve completed 19 out of 22 chapters, and have recently uploaded revised versions of the sample chapters already available on Inkshares. The pre-order campaign should launch sometime this summer, so as always I humbly ask if you have a few moments could you please read what I have so far, leave a review on the site, and click the Share button to send to your Twitter and Facebook followers? Thanks so much in advance, and I can’t wait for you to dive deeper into The Last Beacon!
We are so close to the publication date! Soon the book will be in your hands! FINALLY! This is super exciting and I cannot wait for you to get it. This brings me to an important part of this process...
If you have moved within the last 3 years, please login to Inkshares.com using the email address you used to pre-order the book and update your address. How do you do that?
Login to Inkshares.com. Click the righthand corner photo/icon. Select "Shipping Address" from the dropdown menu. Make sure the one they have on file is correct and if it isn’t, please update it. Save and you are SET!
I cannot thank you all enough for sticking around on this journey with me. It has been a whirlwind, dramatic, emotional, and crazy ride. Thank you for your patience, your encouragement, and your faith in me. I literally could not have done any of this without you all.
Howdy! I just got off the phone an hour ago with Adam Gomolin, CEO of Inkshares.
He didn’t call to talk about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Inkshares will publish Bane of All Things.
I can’t say when yet. There is still much work to do. The Inkshares team and I are in wholehearted agreement that BoAT be the best version of itself that it can be before hitting bookstores. Debut novels face a tough battle to get noticed these days, what with Netflix, HBO and everything else on a 55-inch flat screen competing for people’s attention.
We don’t want to just publish a novel, but a novel with the best chance of success.
So, it will be back to school for me and BoAT for the next several months. I will get the paperwork tomorrow that will begin my “enrolment” in Inkshares’ Incubator Program. Consider it the literary version of the incubator that a tech startup would go into, with the nose-to-the-grindstone revising and editing that I expected would follow a successful campaign.
I will keep you up to date as this moves along. Hopefully before too long, I can give you news about an actual publication date and when you can expect the copies you have pre-ordered.
For now, let me say once again, “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!”
It is not an exaggeration to say that this could not and would not have happened without the patience and support of each and everyone one of you. My deepest and sincerest thanks. I will be reaching out to everyone who ordered two or more copies individually for your mailing addresses to send those signed souvenir posters.
The reality of this might finally be starting to sink in :).
Hello book backers-
We have a date...(drumroll)... ’My Place Among Men’ publishes August 6!
One year ago today, you helped me meet our Inkshares pre-order goal of 750 copies sold. You kept your end of the deal. Now I’m keeping mine. 50,000 words, photos and a new cover will be in your hands in August. We’re also printing plenty more than 750 for everyone else who wants to order copies now.
Check out our new cover here:
Thank you for supporting my misadventures in the wild.