Hello everyone. Happy holidays. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful year.
2018 will go down as one of the most incredible years of my life, and I thank you all for helping to make it all happen. Here’s a recap of the awesomeness:
Mechcraft released on February 20 with a huge launch party- taco bar, giant Mechcraft cake, and an acoustic set from The Potential Lunatics (the band from chapter 1).
Had a couple of fun book signings.
I was interviewed a few times, including The Event Horizon sci-fi show on Krypton Radio.
Published the audio book with an amazing narrator, Meghan Kelly.
Spoke at an author evening in a local museum.
Started the sequel, Mechcraft: Harbinger.
Made a valuable connection that has started introducing me around L.A. at different social gatherings. The networking is fantastic, and will hopefully lead to something.
I was invited to add a short horror story to a charity anthology with the theme of abandonment. The book comes out early 2019. It felt great to step back into my horror roots for a time.
Found out about a cinematic novel contest from Screencraft, so I threw Mechcraft into the ring to see what happens.
And lastly, I gave a two hour workshop yesterday on writing, publishing, and marketing a novel. Received positive feedback and the store has invited me to return and do it again.
Looking ahead into 2019, my goal is to get Mechcraft: Harbinger into your hands as soon as possible. Also, I will continue to pursue a film deal for Mechcraft.
It’s been a crazy, amazing year, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.
As always, I am eternally grateful for your support, and I will continue to deliver for you.
Best regards and wishing you all a happy New Year.
Is everyone having a lovely Friday!?
Unlike most of my recent updates, this one is just going out to the backers and followers of The Seclusion on Inkshares. I just wanted to send a brief check-in message to all of you, my original support team!
The book has now been out for two months, and a one pretty major thing happened recently that I wanted to share with everyone. The Seclusion received an official ’Starred Review’ from Kirkus Reviews! This is in addition to being named as one of the Best Sci-Fi releases back in September. These are both wonderful benchmarks for a new book from a first-time author. It wouldn’t have happened without all of you, and we hope to have more exciting news in the coming weeks and months.
Reviews continue to climb on Amazon and Goodreads. We are at a 4.26 star average with 111 reviews on Goodreads, and a 4.9 average with 39 reviews on Amazon! If you have had a chance to read the book, and have not left a review yet, it would mean the world to me if you could take a moment to leave a review. It is absolutely vital to the continued success of the book now that the ’new release’ energy is wavering. Especially on Amazon. Once we pass 50 on Amazon (only 11 more reviews!) the book will receive a bit more recommendation love from the sites algorithms.
I hope those of you that have had a chance to read the book, have enjoyed it! I appreciate all of you, and if you ever want to reach out with any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you - JacquiCastle@gmail.com
Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!
Well, nearly a year ago ALL of you helped me get to here:
This "in production" thing still makes me feel like I’ve been crowned Prom Queen.
“So, Meghan, are you still writing?”
One of the teachers I hated the most in the 5th grade was my art teacher. He was a sanctimonious man who did not know how to speak to children. (I mean, we have all had jobs that weren’t ideal fits) Every time I brought him my work he would hold it out in front of him, nod his head and say, “I mean, it is a good start.”
This was infuriating to a 10-year-old unconcerned with “perspective in a city scene” and who wanted desperately to be excused to free-time coloring.
But, to a woman of a certain age, writing a novel, “a good start” is encouraging feedback! The very thoughtful folks at Inkshares have given me a lot to consider in order to make Eudaimonia better. They have also been A LOT more helpful than my 5th-grade art teacher. I like better and I am certain you will too. Currently, I’m about a third of the way through the second round of edits. My goal is to get them wrapped up before the end of the year. Either way, I’ll let you know :)
This experience is really a lot of fun for me. But your continued interest and support is like sprinkles on top of frosting! Awww, thanks, guys!
Until I have more to report,