Dear friends and followers,
It has been a rather intense two months. February and March were both spent going over the book with a fine-toothed comb and rewriting significant parts of it. Streamlining. After spending two months doing absolutely nothing except This Book, it feels more than a little strange to suddenly not be working on it. The pretty-much-final document was sent in to design last week, and now it’s out of my hands.
For now, Inkshares is sending it around to various people and places to get blurbs and reviews--I wouldn’t know where to begin, personally. I’ve heard that some really nice things have been said, and it’s all very exciting.
For you, though, you’re probably wondering when you’re going to finally get your hands on the finished product. Near as I can tell, we’re looking at an official publication date of 31 July 2018. Now that all the vagaries of writing and editing are over, I doubt if there’ll be anything to change the date again.
The question now is, who should I kill next?
Like a brisk shadow crossing a dim alley, David Diegert returns in the thrilling sequel to Tears of the Assassin. Having saved his Mother, Diegert’s victory was short lived, he and his Mom are now propelled into deeper, more complicated trouble than ever before. Face of the Assassin continues the tale of the world’s most skilled, but reluctant assassin as he finds himself drawn into the darkly powerful world of Klaus Panzer and the secret society of Crepusculous.
I am very grateful for your support for my first book. I am now humbly asking that you check out the link to my new campaign page on Inkshares for Face of the Assassin. Like before, I am seeking pre-orders so I can demonstrate reader interest in the continuing adventures of David Diegert and the world of Crepusculous. Remember, Inkshares publishes the book after I reach the required threshold of pre-orders. You can be the first to make this happen by placing your pre-order today, the first day of the campaign!
Please check it out, the first Chapter is available under the READ heading. You’ll get to see what happens immediately after the end of the first book.
Thank you very much.
Your grateful Author,
William "Bill" Schiele
Rock of Ages’ campaign was set to end today but you all helped me do it a month early! Thank you for saving me this month of stress! It’s also my dad’s birthday. I know he would be really proud of what you all helped me do.
I’ve sent Inkshares my manuscript, a marketing brief, and a creative brief, so they have all the info they need to get started editing, marketing, and creating a cover for Rock of Ages. It’s all so exciting! They’re estimating the developmental editor will be able to look at my manuscript this summer. I’ll keep you all updated!
It’s been awhile since the last update and a lot has happened. So let’s dive in!
Mechcraft launched officially on February 20, and we threw an incredible event. I had a lot of local support so I invited them all. We expected 60-70, but ended up with a total headcount of 126! I am so humbled and grateful for such a turn out. We had a delicious taco bar and a live band (featured in chapter 1). Even though many people brought in books to sign, I ended up selling 54 more books! And to top it off, our friend Crystal surprised me with a massive cake with the Mechcraft cover on the icing! It was magnificent! I didn’t want to cut it. This was one of the greatest nights of my life.
Then on March 7, I had my first ever book signing. The iconic Book Soup in Hollywood hosted the event. It was a Wednesday, so I wasn’t expecting a crowd, but we did end up with 6. Fellow Inkshares author, Daniel Lee, came out to support. Also had an appearance by rockstars Franke Nardiello from My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and Karl Learmont from electro industrial band, Angelspit. And unbeknownst to me, the book reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Lewis, stopped by as well- he tweeted "Great talk" to me the next day.
After the signing and photos, my wife and I and Karl took our discussion to a coffee house, and we talked for hours! We didn’t get home until 2am, and it was totally worth it!
To date, Mechcraft is on the shelves of Book Soup, and DIESEL bookstore in Brentwood. I’ve applied to Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, and several local stores. Fingers crossed on these endeavors!
Now for some numbers!
Books Sold, Inkshares: 342 (includes my purchases for local events)
Amazon Reviews: 26
Twitter Followers (@TheWritingFitz): 3101
Facebook Page (facebook.com/Mechcraftbook) Likes: 385
The goal now is Amazon reviews. Authors depend on these reviews for exposure and promotion from Amazon. If you’ve read the book already, please drop a review on Amazon. It would mean the world! Thanks
One last note- thank you for all the support over this journey. Without your help, none of this would have happened, and I am eternally grateful!
Three months from today Sister of the Circuit will launch into the world like a weird, cyberpunk baby looking for cuddles. This means many things, not the least of which is that I am looking to build the book’s launch crew, starting with my core street team.
This handful of people will be the inner circle of the launch crew, the elite of the elite -- the Sisters (or Brothers) of the Circuit if you will. Are you the sort of person that loves sharing books with your friends? Want to make a few dollars building a crew of people jazzed to see the book succeed right out of the gate? Then contact me for details!
If you’re not interested in the street team idea but still want to be part of the launch, stay tuned. I’ll have lots of fun prizes and events for those looking to help the book build a review list and social media following for launch week.
Until next time hexers, may the Code replicate eternal.
Hey folks, first of all a huge thanks for making Pilot X such a success. I am beyond thrilled by how many of you have read it and the fact that most of you liked it!
With that in mind I wanted to tip you off that a sequel to Pilot X is in the works. It’s called Trigor and picks up shortly after Pilot X leaves the Fringe Cascade.
To make the sequel happen though, I need the same thing I got for Pilot X, you’re overwhelming support.
So if you’re into a sequel and want to help make Trigor happen, check out the Trigor page here on Inkshares and pre-order a copy if you can!
Thanks all! I raise my coffee to you in salute!
Greetings my wonderful followers,
Beyond the Code has received a review from Alicia Smock from Roll Out Reviews. It’s reaches right into the heart of what I think makes Beyond the Code special. Give it a read and see what she has to say.
Thank you all for your support and don’t forget to leave Beyond the Code a review. I want to know what you all thought of my work.
Kelsey Rae Barthel