Good News Everyone!
Both of my stories made it into the Top 75 of the Launch Pad competition!
This means that both Far Flung and Bound in Shadows are in the running for the Top 25 and Top 10 when they are announced in September. One of these two stories could win a deal with the Tracking Board and Launch Pad!
Far Flung is a sci-fi epic with influences from Star Trek, Iain Banks’s Culture series, and my love of all things space and astronomy. Join the crew and colonists of a lost spaceship as they struggle to survive in a galaxy far from home.
Bound in Shadows is an epic fantasy that grew from my absolute fascination with Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, and incorporates a good old revenge plot with a dark antihero. Follow Julien Akendrick, a former noble turned bandit, who battles against the forces of the prince who killed his family and the demonic being that has taken residence in his very soul.
In light of the Nerdist contest campaign for Far Flung and how that turned out, it remains to be seen what will happen here on Inkshares with the two entries. Let’s just say that the timing is not optimal for another campaign ...
Anyway, what you can do now is simply follow both stories and please leave a review. If you have a story project on Inkshares, I will be happy to exchange reviews - just let me know by direct message!
Your support will make all the difference as I work on edits and find out more about what this win means and how I can use it to help get these stories done!
Thank you so much!
I know you’re all eager to get your hands on “Shadow King” (I had two people at my office yesterday ask when they were getting their copies!). "Shadow King" continues to wait in the Inksahres queue for the editor, along with several other books. As soon as I have news about release dates, I’ll let you know right away.
In other news... as you know from previous updates I did go ahead and enter another manuscript into the 2017 Launchpad Manuscript Competition (because I’m crazy like that).
I found out Tuesday that “The Devil You Don’t” has made the first cut and been named to the Top 75 list!
So, what does this mean? It means I still have a long way to go to get from Top 75 to (hopefully) Top 10 and beyond.
I can, however, start to crowdfund for the Inkshares portion of Launchpad 2017 on August 28.
Many of you showed a tremendous amount of generosity and support last year for “Shadow King” and it wouldn’t be waiting for the editor now without each and every one of you.
I am, however, painfully aware that asking for your support for a second book when the first doesn’t even have a release date yet is a BIG ASK. But I’m going to ask anyway, and I hope that you’ll all be as enthusiastic about “Devil You Don’t” as you are about “Shadow King.”
I’ll be sending another update next week with details about when I’ll be opening the new manuscript for funding, key dates, and a list of raffle-type giveaways that I have planned for different pre-order milestones. In the meantime, you can see a synopsis of “Devil” on my Inkshares page (preview chapters coming soon!): www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t
We made it to 5th last year -- and I know getting into the Top Three is totally achievable this year!
Greetings followers of the Space Sloth. As promised here is an update on the manuscript’s status in the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.
Fortunes of the Space Sloth has been selected for the Top 75 of the competition! The full announcement can be found here. The competition is tough. There are several names you may recognize and several books I’ve supported myself on Inkshares. It’s an exciting process and I look forward to what will happen next.
Dear Faithful Followers of the reluctant assassin David Diegert,
Recently Tears of the Assassin was read by the Kirkus Review. You can read the whole review through the link, but here’s a juicy sentence in which they sum up their reaction to the story.
A whirlwind debut, packed with excitement, espionage, and an increasingly dangerous main character who never lets up. - Kirkus Review
Kirkus Review of Tears of the Assassin: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/william-schiele/tears-assassin/
For all my readers who’ve completed Tears of the Assassin, I’m writing the sequel as fast as I can. You will soon see how David’s life takes an unexpected turn requiring him to rely on his skills, while his sense of purpose is torn.
As always, I appreciate your support.
Bill Brewer (William Schiele)
Greetings supporters of Crow’s Gambit!
I know I have been quiet lately. The Fall university semester is getting ready to start and the students (and faculty) are scurrying.
Today I have big news though. Crow’s Gambit has been selected as the Staff Syndicate pick for August. I am honored at this selection and the support it brings for the story. We are creeping closer to our goal.
Stay tuned for more updates and some Crow’s Gambit activities in the near future...
Hello! This update is coming fast on the heels of my last one -- but the announced the Launchpad Top 75 today and I am excited to announce that "Devil You Don’t" is on the list!
The next milestone will be being (hopefully) included on the Top 50 list. I anticipate this will be announced in about two weeks.
Stay tuned for more! And thanks, as always, for following!