Well folks, I am way overdue for an update, and I can’t really put off making one any longer. I was hoping the next update I’d send would be an announcement that Tantalus Depths has finally finished its edits and is moving on in its production, but unfortunately we’ve seen some delays to that end. Originally, this was supposed to be the year it was going to be released, but it shouldn’t really come as much surprise that covid-19 did a number on that idea. Releasing a major novel during a pandemic is a surefire way to make it a financial flop, considering the state of the economy, the fact that many bookstores were closed entirely for several months, and the fact that my publisher’s ability to physically print and distribute the books was crippled as well for much of this year. On top of that, I work in a hospital, so not only did quarantines, stay-at-home orders and social distancing not give me any extra time at home to work on side projects, but my stress levels have been through the roof on a constant basis since March, which is far from conducive to creative writing and editing efforts. Due to all of the above factors, development on Tantalus Depths really slowed to a crawl this year, but it is picking up again. I am on my absolute final set of development edits now (for real this time. I’ve told my publisher I have exactly one round of edits left in me, and that’s it). I’ve been getting back into a consistent writing regimen, and I’m currently on track to be 100% finished by the end of the year.
We have other things to look forward to soon for Tantalus Depths as well. I’ve been told that after we wrap up these development edits, I’ll finally be able to start working with my cover designer on Tantalus Depths’ official cover art. I’ve seen some of this artist’s work already, and it is extremely impressive professional work. In addition to that, between the end of my development edit and the beginning of my copy edit, we are planning to have a special round of edits with a professional physicist to check the scientific accuracy of Tantalus Depths, which I could not be more excited for.
I have many other things in the works right now, but most of them are still too up-in-the-air to talk about at this stage. I know the long delays between updates makes it seem like I’ve forgotten about my writing, but that’s far from the case. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes, there just haven’t been many new exciting benchmarks in my progress worth making announcements about. I don’t like making promises I can’t keep, so I’ve been trying to avoid predicting what will happen when during this process. The world of professional publishing is still mostly unexplored for me, and everything I’m doing is a first. I certainly never thought it would take this long to publish my first book, and I’d like to think it won’t always be that way, but I am learning as I go. Thank you all for your patience during this process. I know most of you are as eager as I am to see what the end of this process looks like, and I’m really looking forward to celebrating with you all on the other side.
Because there’s still no definite release date planned for Tantalus Depths, and because I need to keep my writing skills sharp while developing my editing ones, I do have one special side project I’ve been working on since the summer that you will be able to read very soon. I’ll give a bigger update specifically for that later with more details, but for now here’s just a quick rundown of what to expect.
My new short story, "Reliquary," will be appearing in the upcoming "Passageways" anthology. This is my third published short story after "Breach" and "Countermeasures," and like them it is set in the same universe as Tantalus Depths (that universe has a name now, by the way, so look forward to a series title drop soon as well). Passageways is a special anthology that features nine short stories from different authors who each have their own literary universe of stories. Think of this anthology as a dimensional crossroads: a place where vast worlds filled with fascinating characters, complex storytelling, and carefully crafted settings can be easily accessed from one another. If you read this anthology and find a story you really like, good news! There are more stories where that came from, and you’ll like them too.
I couldn’t be more excited for people to read Reliquary, and I’m deeply honored to have it collected with the works of so many other brilliant authors who I respect so much. Check it out! It’s available for pre-order now, and will be released on December 11.
Welp, I haven’t updated you in seven months. Sorry about that. In my defense, the last seven months.
I’m still working hard on this every single day. The difference now is that I’m working closely with the Inkshares CEO, Adam Gomolin, to make sure each chapter is as good as it can be. We’ve tossed around the idea of a summer release, but we’ll see. The world is still pretty wild! Just talking about a release is pretty exciting though!
I know some of you have mentioned a concern that all the changes have made this different from my original story and I hear you! I was talking to my husband about how much the book has changed and improved. The structure is much more readable and intentional, the historical aspects are more immersive, the characters are more interesting. So much has changed. In fact, I think you’ll be pretty surprised when you meet this newest iteration of the main character. But it’s still the same story. I told Jared I didn’t know how to explain what still made it the same story and he said something wise. He suggested this book is the same story as the original in the same way every Fitzgerald book is the same story, every Kerouac book is the same story. He nailed it. This is still the same story I always tell-- a story about women and what home (specifically West Virginia) means, about the specifics of time and place and how they affect who women can be. In a way, it’s the same story I’m telling with my nonfiction WVU book too (which is coming along nicely, by the way!). It’s a good story. And I know this can be a good book. Thank you a million times for sticking with me while I learn how to get it right.
Inkshares is running a manuscript contest and I’ve entered my second novel. No need for pre-orders this time. I wouldn’t do that to you, haha. But if you could check it out and follow it, I’d be so grateful. Again, it’s a story about women and West Virginia, but this one has magic and opioids.
I’m thinking of all of you and hoping you’re well. Stay safe and stay healthy. Love and thanks. So much love and thanks.
Hello Fae Child supporters!
Howdy! I hope this finds you well.
I have entered The Crucible Tree, the sequel to Bane of All Things, into a new contest that my publisher, Inkshares, has just launched.
To help me win the contest, all you need to do is visit The Crucible Tree’s page and click Follow at https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-crucible-tree.
That’s it. Just follow. This contest is about community engagement, not pre-orders.
What else can you do to help boost The Crucible Tree in the contest standings?
· Post a Review or Recommend: I have posted sample chapters for your reading pleasure.
· Share: Through Facebook, Twitter or by email to a friend.
If you already have followed The Crucible Tree, thank you very much. You are helping me to realize a dream I have been chasing since high school, to not just publish one novel, but to become a career author.
How does this contest work?
Inkshares will shortlist books for publication based on their level of community engagement. This is all about total number of Follows, Likes, Reviews and Shares.
Inkshares’ editorial board will then make final choices on which books to accept in the spring. (You can learn more about the contest and see the other entries here.)
So, why am I in this contest if Inkshares is already my publisher?
Bane of All Things is already pending publication next summer – it was entirely thanks to you that Inkshares agreed to publish it. (As noted in prior updates, we have the pandemic to thank for the delayed release.)
But … landing one deal for one book is no guarantee that your next book will be picked up, too. Book publishing is a business – publishers need to see a return on their investment. The great thing about Inkshares is that it doesn’t only look at dollars and cents – grass roots support is important, too.
This contest helps build buzz!!!
This contest gives me the opportunity to attract more attention to Bane of All Things ahead of its launch and earn The Crucible Tree some advance interest and attention, too. All of this will help Bane of All Things be a success when it hits store shelves and pave the way for the whole series to continue (it will be four books, BTW).
All you have to do to help make this happen is go and follow The Crucible Tree. And if you could get a couple of friends and family on board, too, that would be awesome.
Thank you again for all your patience and support. I truly hope you will find the same pleasurable escape in reading this story that I have found in writing it.
I have entered THE UNDEAD ROYAL into the 2020 All-Genre Manuscript Contest! Please check me out and support!
I have good news to share with you! Inkshares has begun to ship the paperbacks of Lost in the Fog!
I haven’t received my author copies in the mail yet, but I’ve heard from some friends who have gotten their pre-orders. That makes me incredibly happy! Both you and I will be getting our paperbacks of Lost in Fog very soon!
The post offices around the globe are doing yeoman’s work, so we’ll just need to be patient while they do their jobs. Given all the delays I’ve read about due to a variety of reasons, please give them some time to deliver the packages. If you haven’t received your copies within the next 2 weeks, please let me know.
There’s no way I can properly thank you all for your support! I’m also incredibly grateful for your patience in this Rip Van Winkle-esque process that is publishing a book. This wouldn’t have been possible without you. I sincerely hope you enjoy Lost in the Fog.
I’ll end this update with the first professional review I’ve ever received. It’s from Kirkus, who have been trusted evaluators of books since 1933. I’m so grateful they loved it:
“Ostrowski, a former resident of both Boston and San Francisco, thoroughly knows the territory the intriguing characters roam. The places range from a hidden foodie gem in Boston’s North End to where the steep slope of Powell Street meets Sutter in the San Francisco fog . . . humor weaves throughout the smoothly written story. For example, Camden says his wine has an intense black cherry taste “with a hint of clowns on a bright summer day.”
But the mood can change quickly. The tension rises in this enjoyable tale as unhappy clients attack, often fatally. Thriller enthusiasts will want to add this well-sculpted heist drama to their collections." – Kirkus Reviews
Well, Donald still hasn’t conceded in the 1963 Homecoming King race at his military school, proving the more you know about young Donald, the less old Donald will be able to surprise you!
I think everyone (in the US, at least) should have received the book by now (with e-copies sent out by email from Inkshares on October 6). If you have not yet received a copy you were expecting, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed the Washington Post piece on the book:
Once you have read the book, if you like it, please consider:
(1) mentioning it or the Washington Post piece on Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In or elsewhere (even in actual conversation with live people, if you are into that); and
(2) Posting a review (or just rate the book if reviews are not your thing) on:
(b) GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54772271-young-donald
Thanks again for your support! Would love to hear any reactions to the story!
I hope you are all doing well. I just want to give a quick update on my memoir, When Force Meets Fate. It will be published in January, and you may have noticed that it now has a beautiful new cover. We’ve also added a foreword by my friend, Stephanie Land, who wrote a New York Times bestseller.
In the next six weeks or so, we should have the audiobook available for preorder, which will be released in January along with the print book.
In the meantime, if you’d like to read a sample, you can download it here: https://BookHip.com/RKAQRZ
If you’d like to help build some buzz for the book, you can leave a review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55035267-when-force-meets-fate
These early reviews will be instrumental to the success of book when it is released. And lastly, if you really want to help out, tell your friends and family about the book, or even better, order them a copy on Amazon or any major bookseller: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/195030115X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1600969391&sr=8-3
Thank you so much for supporting my book. It’s almost here. So close. I’ll be in touch with another update as soon as the audiobook is finished.