THE AUDIOBOOK IS OUT!
TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!
Good evening. I hope this finds you well as the holidays hurtle toward us.
First, the good news. At this moment, Bane of All Things (BoAT), is the top most recommended work by readers on the Inkshares site. And that is not just against other works that are in funding mode as I am, but published novels, too.
If you haven’t lately, check out the REVIEWS section of my Inkshares page to read the wonderful things other Inkshares authors have kindly written about BoAT. You can leave your own review, too, and help BoAT keep that top spot.
Second, the great news. In my last update, I raised the alarm about how pre-sales were not moving fast enough, but I did also raise the possibility of extensions to my campaign. Well, Inkshares has added 30 days. This puts the new deadline at Feb. 11. (Incidentally, my son’s birthday – here’s hoping we have added reason to celebrate!)
Does this extension warrant a sigh of relief?
Does it give me reason to take my foot off the gas?
Definitely not – we still have a lot of ground to make up.
Third, the bonus good news. Startup Canada will be running a concerted social media campaign for BoAT this week. As some of you know, some years ago I served on the board of directors of this non-profit that supports entrepreneurship across Canada and beyond. CEO Victoria Lennox has graciously offered Startup Canada’s social media clout to help spread the word. This is, after all, kind of my startup venture. I’ve always said the author’s journey, and the entrepreneur’s, are more alike than different.
In the meantime, you remain an essential player on this team. Please continue to spread the word and recruit any friends and family whom you think might also dig this story.
As always, your support is deeply appreciated.
That’s all for now. Happy reading.
All, thank you for the support. Things have been progressing well...
The truth is, in the past 25 days, I have reached 3% of my goal. It makes me want to believe there is no way I will reach 250 pre copies by Dec. 14th- it’s also been easy for others to say. When people ask me about my book and how many copies I’ve sold, with a huge grin playing on my lips, I give them the numbers, and they laugh at me. Of course, it brings me down-just a tiny bit, yet it pushes me up a great deal more, and motivates me to prove to them, that I can do it.
I remember when I was still in the process of writing, "In Warm Blood," people would tell me there’s no way I would ever consider it for publication or that I would even finish writing it. However, I did anyways. The book I had been writing since last November, I have finally wrote 37 chapters for.
For my first ever book I am trying to publish, I think I have accomplished something great. I am extremely grateful for all the readers I have gained, everyone who has pre ordered and followed my book. Because without you all, I would be nowhere. Many of you have surprised me with all that you have done for me, and it makes me proud every time I list you guys as my readers. So, what if I didn’t sell a greater number of copies? As of right now, I have gotten somewhere, and that brings me a few steps closer to accomplishing my dream.
I am so excited to have you guys read till the end, and tell me what you thought at each step. And yes, you might be thinking you’ve done your part by pre ordering my book, and now the rest depends on me to promote to others. However, that’s not the case. How far can I go on my own? To grow, we all have to use our connections to spread the word and promote, "In Warm Blood." I am asking you to use what you have, as you stay where you are to do whatever you can in order to pursue my dream.
There, I have said it. This is not your dream. It is mine, which means you won’t express the same passion for it. But, that’s what people fail to understand. No dream can ever be accomplished without the help of others. All the published writers out there didn’t get where they are today because they decided to write a book one day. Okay, maybe, that might be one of the reasons. But, it’s also because of all the readers who supported those writes and bought their book. It’s because of the publishers, editors and anyone you can imagine who offered their help and made the dreams of those authors come true.
Today, I am asking you to do the same for me. Will you join me on this journey and help me make my dream more than just a dream?
It’s the first Monday of the month, meaning that this is #MushAnch Monday. I know it has still been only two weeks since you heard from me last... perhaps a minor oversight on my part, but hey, at least I’m being consistent!
Because it has, in fact, only been two weeks, I don’t have any updates or info--at this rate, I’m quite sure it’ll be 2019 before I have any news for you. I’ve been proven wrong before, though!
To let you in on some life updates, I’ve been doing a little freelance editing and proofreading of late. If you’re in need of an editor or just someone to bounce ideas and concepts off, please get ahold of me! I really love editing and will give you honest, constructive feedback to help you progress. Give me a shout for my rates and I’ll happily chat with you.
I’m getting ready to launch my next large-scale project, with details on that to come very, very soon. I’m so excited about this project and it’s coming together much faster than I thought it would. So you can be aware of when this is going to happen, I recommend following my Facebook page or signing up for the newsletter on my website. I’ll give you a teeny hint: it has something to do with the Practical Escapist!
As this is likely to be the last update before 2019, I want to take a moment to thank you all for your support in 2018. It’s been a quiet year for Mushroom and Anchovy, but hopefully the sleepiness is building up to a great 2019. I can’t wait to share all the exciting new things 2019 will have in store, and I’m thinking it’s going to be a really creative year.
What are your wishes for 2019? What are your highlights from 2018? I’d love to hear them. Shoot me a comment on my Facebook page or Patreon, or send me a DM through Inkshares.
Talk to you on January 7th for the next #MushAnch Monday. Have a fantastic holiday, whatever you celebrate, and all the best to you in 2019!
My your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
PS: Here is a doodle I did this weekend. I’ve been slowly getting back into art after a lengthy hiatus. Enjoy!
I’m still working on the prologue. I’ve now tried approaching it from three different character’s points of view and added period-appropriate dialogue and description. I’m dialing back the flowery language from the version I have posted to make the poetic bits more emotionally impactful. We’re getting there, I think.
In the meantime, I have exciting news! The Writing Bloc short story anthology,
ESCAPE!, is available for pre-order NOW! I have a sneak peek of my story, "Aspirant," about a young aspiring nun at a Zen monastary, up on my blog! The whole anthology is only $2.99 until January 1, when it will increase to $5.99. You’ll get the book delivered to your device of choice automatically on January 1 and will have something to hold you over until Rock of Ages is ready! I’m really proud of my story and of all the hard work the cooperative has put into making this collection happen.
I’ll keep chugging along with this rewrite and I’ll keep updating you! Please keep sending the encouraging words! :)
Thank you so much for your support, as always!