May the 4th be with you!
Yes, it’s that day. So why in the world is Solo being released later this month? Brilliant Disney. I’m sure you have your reasons.
In other news, lots going on! The Richter scale of life has gone super seismic. In the last several months: I’ve started a new job, had another baby, moved. You know, your average year. That said, Kingdom of Dreams is back in our court! My editor at Reedsy has released her final edits and it’s my turn to put the final polish on the manuscript.
So what next? Well, two roads diverged into the woods...
There is news, but I can’t say until it’s official. How about that? Teased enough? I can say this book will be coming out this year, realistically with a Fall release. Again, I can’t say enough what it means to have your support.
Next update will bring big news one way or another. Until then...
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?
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!
Long overdue update, but here goes:
First and foremost, thanks for helping my initial dream of crowdfunding this book exactly one year ago!
For those of you that started following me quite recently, welcome!
What is happening with Kingdom of Dreams now?
I’ll keep you posted, but a lot of the heavy lifting is soon to be out of the way. Looking forward to a productive 2018.
Stay safe and Happy New Year!