Hello again all, and thank you for your support.
I had entered The Dead Wizard in the LaunchPad competition several months ago and was hopeful that it might draw some attention. Unfortunately today I got the word that I did not make the cut.
As such The Dead Wizard will go dormant for a little longer as I look into a plan B or plan F or whatever letter my plans are on now.
Anyway, the goblins shall return. So please continue to follow. More adventure is on the way.
Thank you all for your support. I greatly appreciate those of you who followed or pre-ordered The Dead Wizard. However, given that I have done a poor job of campaigning and that a new contest has opened up, I am going to be cancelling the current campaign and reverting The Dead Wizard to draft status so I can enter the Launch Pad contest.
I hate the waiting that comes with trying to get a book published but that is the system. Never mind that it has stunted my development a functioning member of society, but thinking you can tell a story is a minor curse compared to some. So I hope you can take the wait in stride, like I try to do.
Look for The Dead Wizard returning as a project seeking funding soon. Plus hopefully a website you can direct your friends to. The more the merrier, right? Thank you again.
Hi all! Great questions, thank you for asking.
@TCC Edwards : Yes, you can enter a current draft into the contest. If anyone has a funding project they want to enter, they have to start the campaign over (no head starts).
We are adjusting the dates to better accomodate you, please standby for those changes.
Let me run through the process:
Step 1. Enter the Launch Pad contest: https://www.tblaunchpad.com/script/contests/9
Step 2. Enter the Inkshares contest as a draft (without selling pre-orders yet).
Step 3. Await results.
Step 4. If chosen in the the top 25 finalists, you will be notified that your project has been selected to enter the Inkshares Publishing Contest, and you will show up on the leaderboard.
Step 5: Start selling pre-orders in the Inkshares competition along with the other 24 finalists. The top 3 will get a full publishing deal.
@Helen McKeon : If your book is funding now, thats fine, but you will have to start over once the Inkshares portion begins (again, dates are changing for the better, so check back about those, I will also post an update here). Also, the two contests are not strictly related; you do not have to start an Inkshares project to enter Launch Pad, but you DO have to enter the Launch Pad Competition to win the Inkshares prize.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions. I am here to help!
So there is a new contest up at Inkshares, The Launch Pad 2017 Contest. It has started already and it goes until late June. The great hing about this contest is that isn’t just decided by pre-orders, it is decided by a quality/appeal too. This is great because I am not very good at marketing. Also the publicity associated with contests help bring in potential readers and orders hopefully.
I would like to enter the contest, but to do so it appears I have to cancel everyone’s orders and start over again as a draft. I don’t want to upset anyone who was looking forward to the book. In all honesty I was considering self publishing The Dead Wizard and opening another Inkshares campaign for the second book, with discounted copies of The Dead Wizard as incentives to pre-order. That way you could read the first book while you waited for the second. I thought it was a good plan. But if I make the cut then hell, it’d have better grammar and a better cover.
So I am asking you all - Would you be willing to wait a few months longer for chance at a better quality book, and potential prize winner? If not then I can enter my story about an alien hunting vending machine in the contest, but I’d rather try it with The Dead Wizard. What say you?
Well time is ticking down on this, the second attempt at getting published through Inkshares. I greatly appreciate all of you following The Dead Wizard, but I need to find a way to push you over into pre-ordering it. So I am asking - What will it take?
I looked into doing some things to try and offer as incentives for larger orders. Stuff like custom painted figures and t-shirts, but mass ordering goblins figurines seem a bit to cost prohibitive and I’m not sure what you like on a t-shirt. I thought about a print of the cover, but I was hoping to get an Inkshares’ deal and a better cover than one I could draw. There is a site in England that does some really cool goblin figurines (https://www.atlantisminiatures.com/collections/goblins) In the future I may see if they’ll do a custom figurine for me, but it is definitely out of price range for now.
Do you have any suggestions? What would like to see to convince you to back this book? Critiques are always welcome too.
I am also going to see if I can extend the period a little longer. I have family things coming up in May and June and I am not sure if I want to have the campaign worrying me during those. We’ll see how sales go I guess.
Thank you again for following. And please spread the word.
literate ogre and goblin friend.