Well, backers, it’s out in the world.
I’ve just started receiving notifications that the first copies of Blue Water are being received. I’m not quite sure the timeline on eBooks yet. I’ll contact Inkshares and have an answer for you shortly.
I am so excited/terrified right now in the best possible way. I know this book is the culmination of not only my work but of everyone along the way who ordered one and told a friend. I hope you enjoy it.
And if you do, please tell your friends again. We don’t get the full brunt of a massive advertising campaign to get this book noticed. It’s just us and the word of mouth. I know some people were nervous during the crowdfunding stage to purchase a book by an unknown author from an unknown website without the promise that it would ever get published you’d get your money back. So now, thanks to the people who believed in this book enough to still throw in some cash, we can take care of all those issues. Except for the unknown author part. Blue Water is a finished novel, people are reading it currently, and it’s available for pre-order from Amazon, a more well-known retailer (no offense to Inkshares, who I still encourage you to purchase the book through.) So share that info with anyone who was on the fence, especially if you really like it.
Thank you all again for paving this road. I wouldn’t be here without literally every one of you.
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?
Work continues on The Vampire and the Dragon, PrOOF Vol. 1. In order to solidify the trilogy, I’ve skipped ahead to some key points in books 2 and 3. This will ensure that no ’ret-conning’ becomes necessary if books 2 and 3 should be published as well, which is my hope.
Here’s a taste of what’s going on in PrOOF Vol 3 - The Vampire and the Djinn:
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!
Dear Readers and Supporters of "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir:
And now I feel compelled to post an update to all you wonderful supporters who I cajoled, bribed, threatened, blackmailed, extorted and wooed into supporting my book with a pre-order.
Because the next finish line is very close and soon I will let go of the manuscript that is haunting my life.
I am not a fast writer but I have attended to the story every day and sometimes it makes me laugh and I am amazed at the words I read and often times I worry that it is a big heaping pile of crap.
The usual stuff.
A couple more passes through the draft and then I will review the Inkshares submission documents and send it off after my fellow Black Hats Writers Group editor reviews it and picks out the darlings I must kill.
Once submitted, I will take a break from writing although I do have another project posted on Inkshares. Better to use the time to create a marketing plan and begin executing it.
Because executing is fun.
Today I’m really excited to share two things with you: the new title of "The Devil You Don’t" and the cover art, done by the wonderful and talented Charlene Maguire!
The new title is "The Devil Inside." Not a tremendous change, but it more accurately hits on a recurring theme throughout the book. And the cover is...
Charlene was kind enough to give me an image designed to look like a real, honest-to-goodness book and I got all giddy over it.
We’ve still got a ways to go in the queue for the editor, but as new developments or milestones come up, I’ll let you know.