HALFWAY THERE! Thanks to all of you, we’re halfway to publishing Trigor, the followup to Pilot X. Man this has been nerve-wracking. But thanks to your support I’m still a believer that enough people liked the first book to want to find out a little more about the adventures of Pilot X and Verity!
So if you feel it’s right, spread the word! The faster we get to 750 orders the faster we can get to work editing, designing the cover, getting the audiobook into production, etc.
As a thanks to y’all here’s a little snippet of the part I’m working on editing today. I promise it’s out of context enough that it won’t spoil anything. Unless you’re very concerned about the fate of pineapple.
EXCERPT: Kayla glared at her then took another bite. “So, you do have a pineapple. You didn’t lie about that.” “He’s not lying about anything,” said Glonda. “I figure he brought you here to show that we trust him and you can too. To be honest we just met him so what do we know? But he’s meant everything he said, and he hasn’t lied.”
On to 750!
I am thrilled to write to you with the knowledge that a little over 400 copies of U-Turn have been sold as of this day, April, 10th, 2018!
As for other matters, there is still a talk-back/reading in the works. I am in the throws of e-mail correspondence when it comes to getting something set up, but I hope to have more info for you guys soon.
And as for all you guys, you have been amazing, my followers, and those who have supported by purchasing a copy, or six, of your own. The next thing, well, it all comes down to reviews. A quick shout out on Amazon is more valuable than gold itself. This may be an exaggeration, but I do not have a team of lawyers at my side to tell me otherwise, so as far as I am concerned? Nope, gold is not nearly as valuable.
Plus, let’s not forget Social Media, because nothing like that is in the news right now (yanks collar). IG and Twitter: @corywysz
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Checkmate and Rummy my dear gladiators,
Almost halfway! THANK YOU!
So we’re progressing along on Trigor. I knew this would move a little slower than Pilot X because sequel, but it’s progressing nicely. I also remember that even with Pilot X we had a bit of a mid-way slowdown. It’s something psychological. People love being in at the end to help push something across the finish line.
So I need your help getting that momentum back and rolling past the midway point. If you could, sometime today just mention Trigor and the Inkshares campaign. If you’re feeling really generous, tweet it or post it on Facebook or sing it on Musical.ly or whatever it is you kids do these days. Any passing of the word is truly appreciated!
AND let me know what else I can do for you in return? Another sample chapter? A recipe for pie? A song? You name it!
Thanks again SO much for believing in good ol’ Pilot X.
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!
We are 40% of the way to funding Trigor with 73 days left! This is funding almost as fast as Pilot X did, so HUGE thanks to everyone who has put faith in this book with a pre-order.
We have two sample chapters up. One is the first chapter and the other does not spoil major plot points from the rest of the book. They are only spoilery in that after having read them you will know what happens in them.
And I’m willing to answer more questions too! Any th9oughts you have on Pilot X or what may be happening in Trigor fly them my way.
And of course big thanks to everyone who has been passing along the link and getting others to order it. I raise my cup of coffee to you and will buy a slice of pie in your honor!
I’m sorry to bother you again, but this is an update in which I’m going to be entirely frank. It’s not completely about MONOMAN, but it involves it heavily.
At the moment I am not working on MONOMAN. It is my dream book, but I have to admit it is not a good first book. it’s too long and I don’t know if I have the experience to pull it off. I’m not even twenty yet.
Don’t worry I’m still writing. I have been working on an urban fantasy novel which I think is far more publishable at the moment. I’ve already finished over a quarter of the first draft in the last two days. That’s with a bit of writer’s block I ran into on the second, but then overcame. I’m going back to college on Monday (hooray!) which might slow my work down, but I hope to finish the first draft before then.
As for MONOMAN, I haven’t actually done much work on it in the past year. I’ve been frustrated with a lot of problems it has, but I know how to fix them. Once I get finished my urban fantasy novel I plan to completely overhaul a bunch of things. For example, my brother pointed out that Allen doesn’t feel old enough. He’s thirty six by the way and I plan to increase his age to forty one in the next draft for timeline reasons. I can do it, but it will mean rewriting many of his POVs. This is just one of many issues I plan on fixing.
Most of you probably didn’t stick around to read this wall of text, I know I wouldn’t. But I thank anyone who did. I promise to put my all into my new novel! I hope you have a wonderful day!
From, Scott Carss
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
Greetings my wonderful followers,
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WE DID IT!!!!
Thank you all so much! I am so thrilled!!
I will keep you updated as we begin the production process. Inkshares will soon connect me with an editor and a cover designer and I will work hard to give you the best book I possibly can!
So much love to all of you!