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.
Hello, everyone! I know, I know... it’s been almost two years since we funded HOW TO REMEMBER. It’s all good! The book is still on its way. I turned in my third draft and am looking forward to my next round of feedback. I’m convinced it will be ten times better than the last.
In the meantime, lots of stuff has happened! I completed another novel and entered it in Pitch Wars, which is a mentorship competition (find more info at PitchWars.org). While the odds of being matched with a mentor are slim, getting the book together and submitting it has been a great experience. I also edited a full-length novel and a short story anthology through the indie co-op Writing Bloc. The Deception anthology is out today on Kindle - you can find it here.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? My participation will depend on whether I’m picked for Pitch Wars. If I’m able, I’ll be working on yet another manuscript, hoping to add another 50,000 words to the draft. I’ve never completed NaNo in November, but I’ve written a book in a month... a few times ;-)
Bouchercon, the annual celebration of crime fiction, is happening now, and I have major FOMO. But I’m planning to attend the Public Library Association conference in Nashville in 2020, so there will be some shenanigans there! For those who are attending BCon - I miss you, and have fun!!
Thanks, readers!! Happy Halloween!
Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All --
ONE WEEK until CRYPTOZOOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS is released! Since you all pre-ordered the book, you will be getting a signed bookplate along with your physical copies. I am told your books will be shipping this week. If your shipping address has changed since you purchased, please contact Inkshares at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
Once you get your books, we would love to see pictures and reviews on social media! We’re an indie outfit so every little bit of publicity helps. Be sure to tag your posts with #cryptozoologyforbeginners and leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. We appreciate all your support, and hope you enjoy the book!
Matt & Juliane