A couple of weeks ago, word came down from The Powers That Be that Matt Harry, the suave and debonair head of story development for Inkshares, would at last be turning his attention to the three books that won the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest.
In a month or two I can expect to receive a document from Matt full of suggestions on how to make my story even better than it already is. In the meantime, I’ve swapped manuscripts with the other contest winners — Katherine Forrister, author of CURIO CITIZEN, and Ferd Crôtte, author of MISSION 51 — and over the next several months, these talented writers and I will be working with Matt to make sure our final manuscripts are the best they can possibly be.
Once developmental editing is done, whenever that may be, the book will presumably move on to copy editing, cover design, and production design.
I will, of course, keep you updated along the way.
As always, thank you so, so much for your continued patience and support. I can’t wait for you all to read AFTER DEATH. I promise the wait will be worth it!
Hello to all of my amazing supporters!
I have good news. Inkshares has finished a big round of books they were working on last year, and they are now ready to start working on Curio Citizen! My manuscript is in the editor’s hands, and we’ll soon begin the production process.
There are three phases Curio Citizen will be undergoing. It is now in phase one, in which I have the pleasure of reading the manuscripts of the other two winners of the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest. If you haven’t yet checked out Ferd Crotte’s Mission 51 or Daniel Lee’s After Death, I can tell you they are both really good books from what I’ve read so far!
So, I’ll be working with my fellow contest cohorts and getting all my ducks in a row while the editor reads my manuscript. After that, we’ll move on to phase 2 where we’ll assess what further work needs to be done, and then phase 3 which is the official editing phase. All of this is supposed to last around six months, but I will let you all know as soon as I do what the release date will be.
Thank you all so much! I’ll keep you updated with any important (or just fun!) information as we go along. Curio Citizen is still available for pre-order, so if you know anyone who wants a copy, send them here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/curio-citizen
Final, true, honest, for realsies.
FINAL RELEASE DATE: MARCH 20TH!!!! I’m looking to book a bookstore or cafe for a release party. More updates to follow.
I wish for every last one of you to succeed in chasing your dreams!
There will be a longer post on Saturday, but know I am almost beyond words with excitement!!! Please share with friends and family that Borehole Bazaar will be released on March 20th. Please contact me with any questions, either here on InkShares or via direct email at email@example.com.
Big news! This will be my last update as a non-published author. Notices came out today from Inkshares that Mechcraft is now on its way! If you’ve pre-ordered a paperback, you’ll have it in your hands in a matter of days! I’m so excited for you all to finally read my book. You’ve hung in there for almost 2 years waiting for this and I’m eternally grateful you came along for the ride and believed in this project.
Mechcraft is also on Amazon already. So if you haven’t yet ordered, it’s easier than ever. Just search "Mechcraft" on Amazon and it comes right up. And you’ll still be able to order straight from the Inkshares site as well.
So now comes the part where I ask for a couple of favors. Once you’ve read the book, if you could please leave a review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be long. Reviews are the lifeblood for authors on Amazon. At 50 reviews, they promote your book on a higher level. At 100 reviews, they elevate your book to rockstar status and put it all over the site. It’s the Holy Grail for books! I really appreciate your help on this.
The second favor is if you are up for it, please post a pic of the novel- or better yet, a selfie with you holding the book- and post it on your social media with #Mechcraft. This is designed to help build the community.
My goal is to create an active community of readers to discuss the book, the characters, the story, the world, etc. It’s going to be great.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for you, and I appreciate your support more than I can ever express!
Next time we communicate, Mechcraft will be out in the wild!
Thank you so much,
Hello everyone, welcome to 2018!
Work on Blood Capital has been progressing at pace since NYE and we are now close to completing the developmental edits (at last!). Check the progress chart below and you can see I’ve almost completed the rewrite, and that all of Acts One and Two have had my second pass. Once this is complete, it should just be a matter of getting the final development notes from my editors and incorporating them, then we move into copy editing (grammar and spelling).
Everyone has been wonderfully patient with me over the past year, and that has made this process so much easier. Thank you. I’m aware the journey has been long — I had no idea how long it would be when I entered the competition back in 2016. To provide an idea of the work behind the scenes, I’ve been averaging almost 18 hours a week on the novel, which multiplied out over nine months (roughly how long I’ve been working on edits), adds up to more than six hundred hours so far.
We are now on the home straight, and Blood Capital is set for release at the end of July. A marketing plan is coming together to support the launch, and I’ve now seen an early version of the cover art. As soon as the cover art is finalized, I’ll send out a special update, but for now I can tell you it’s going to stand out on shelves.