The winners of the Inkshares Mystery Contest have been announced, and I’m happy to say that "Cat’s Paw" is on the list! This means we will be going forward with all the editing and rewriting and nosegrinding that goes into the publication process, and, probably a year from today, the book will make it into your hands.
Hope you’re all enjoying a long weekend. I wanted to touch base with you all an let you know that Wednesday, February 20, marks the one year release anniversary for Mechcraft.
To celebrate the occasion, I’m putting the ebook on sale for FREE! From 2/20 through 2/24, pick up a copy of the ebook at no charge. Spread the word to friends and family. Anyone who’s been on the fence, now is the time to grab this sci-fi epic.
Additionally, Mechcraft received an amazing review from the fantastic book review site, Red Headed Book Lover. With a subscriber base of 55k, this is great exposure for the book. If you haven’t read Mechcraft yet... or even if you have, please check out the review. I’m thrilled with what she wrote!
As always, thank you very much for your support through all this. The sequel, Mechcraft: Harbinger, is nearly half finished. Look for its release later this year.
Dear Inkshares Community,
After three years, I wanted to let each of you know that Elena Stofle will be leaving the company this week.
For the past three years, Elena has managed operations at Inkshares. She single-handedly made sure your books got to backers, to reviewers at places like Publishers Weekly, and to bookstores in time for your events. Elena accomplished all of this with the skill, efficiency, and aplomb she garnered from her time in the United States Air Force.
While it will be difficult to see Elena go, I hope you will each wish her well as she goes on to pursue her MBA full time. And worry not: all books will still get to where they are going!
In the meantime, please address all correspondence to Angela Melamud, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to updating you in the near future on some of the people who will be joining the Inkshares team.
Greetings wonderful followers,
Guess what! As of Jan 30/19, it has been a full year since my first novel, Beyond the Code, was published and sent out into the world. And what a year it has been. Just for fun, let take a look at my author journey so far.
I got Beyond the Code on the shelves of Indigo Books and did several book signing events at Indigo and Chapters all over the city of Edmonton. Actually had a kid want to take a picture with me because I was an author. Really cool.
I was a guest panellist at panels on character development and Urban Fantasy writing at the When Words Collide writers convention in Calgary.
Beyond the Code has been given great reviews from Roll Out Reviews, Literary Titan, The San Francisco Book Review, Readers Favourite, Opal Publishing, and Delusion of Literacy. These are people who know what they’re talking about. Also, from the reviews of my readers, Beyond the Code is running at a 4.23/5 rating on Goodreads and a 4.8/5 rating on Amazon.com.
I was a guest on several podcasts talking about my writing and other geeky stuff. I’ve been on Spilling Ink, Just Joshing, Functional Nerds (this was my favourite one), Stories by Nerds, Alive after Reading, and Go Indie Now. You can check out these episodes through the kelseybarthel,ca website or the Beyond the Code Facebook page.
And, last but not least, Beyond the Code was a featured book with the Scifi and Fantasy Network.
Like i said, it’s been one hell of a year. So far it’s been a pretty good showing for my first novel and I am very happy with it. As for the future of Beyond the Code and me as an author, that’s still very much in the planning stage. Right now, I’m working on Beyond the Code’s sequel Beyond the Masquerade (working title) and like always, i will always endeavour to keep my readers informed.
Thank you all for staying with me on this journey and I hope I can continue to deliver,
Kelsey Rae Barthel
Happy New Year everyone!
I just wanted to send out a quick update on The House that fell from the Sky for everyone following the project. As you all know, House placed 2nd in the 2018 Horror Competition, which means that it will be edited, designed, marketed and published by Inkshares! I don’t think I’ve felt as passionate and excited about a story and characters like this in quite sometime.
I turned in the first draft of the completed manuscript on January 14th of this year, which means now I just have to wait to hear back on any changes they want me to make before I can resume work on it. From there, there could be multiple drafts before the finalized version makes its way to copy-editing. I know this isn’t the most exciting piece of news, but it’s something. I’m eager to hear what Inkshares thinks of the story in its entirety, and am excited to be moving the book one step closer to people’s hands. Thank you for all your continued support! When I have something new to report, I’ll be sure to send out another update. Thanks again!