An update, an apology, a plea...
Can lightning strike twice?
Well, my warriors. It’s been one full year since The Last Faoii was published. I don’t really know what I expected a year ago. By then we had worked so hard and for so long to build our army. We had fought and bled and screamed our warcries just so we might be known. A year ago we were unstoppable, tireless soldiers determined to to prove The Last Faoii’s worth. And worth it it was. I feel like many of you have forgotten the fight in that year, placated by 365 days of contentment. But the fight is not over, and I want you to see what we’ve accomplished so far. Beyond that, though, I need you pick up your sword again. Help us reach that victory from a year ago a second time.
Here are our accomplishments so far, my warrios. Be proud. Be strong. But do not be complacent.
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3. The Last Faoii has garnered 27 ratings and 18 reviews on Goodreads, with an overall rating of 4.48 stars. (This is partially because of my favorite rating of all time, a 1-star review that simply says:
5. We have a Faoii short story (The Faoii of Ashwood) coming in an anthology before the New Year. Watch The Writing Bloc for updates!
6. And finally, Faoii Betrayer currently has 67 pre-orders on Inkshares. And I need your help again.
Faoii Betrayer needs 750 pre-orders before it will be real. There are excerpts already on the Inkshares Page. Read them, recognize that the writing is even stronger than it was in last-- and that this is worth it. I had hoped that a year between books would be enough. That people would be able to read Last, realize that the story is wortwhile, and use that to recruit new soldiers. I was hoping we would have a larger army by the time Betrayer started funding. I might have been overzealous in my ambitions, but I don’t think so. I’ve seen lesser stories than ours fund. And I am no less of an author, a friend, or a leader than those that who have succeeded where we are struggling. I know it’s possible. Help me prove it.
Take care of yourselves and each other, my Faoii. We are only as strong as our shieldmates. It will take all of us to succeed again. A year from now, I want to be able to give you more than this.
I’m just sending a quick update this time. I just finished a big ol’ heap of revisions to my manuscript and sent them off to my editor for critiques. He is working on a couple of other manuscripts at the moment, so he will be getting back to me in a few weeks. I am really excited about the changes we’ve dreamed up, and I think this book is really shaping up into something that will be worth the wait! As always, I will keep you informed as the process continues.
If you or others you know haven’t pre-ordered a copy of Curio Citizen yet, it is available here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/curio-citizen
I think it would be amazing if we could get the number of pre-orders sold up to at least 500 before publication! The more orders and copies printed at launch, the better chance Curio Citizen has to succeed once it’s out and about in the world.
Thanks again for everything!
And then, on a Tuesday like any other, this happened: "Your novel Release Date is November 13, 2018....!"
It’s finally happening thank you, so much, for your continued love and patience. I will be in touch with more details in coming weeks :)
October 2, 2018
Today’s the big day! Shadow King is now officially loose in the wilderness.
In celebration, I just finished a bowl of Fruit Loops at my office desk. I know, I know, Fruit Loops are a gateway cereal and I’m letting the fact that the book is published just go to my head and acting like a rock star.
In addition to excessive consumption of sugared cereal, I’m going to be busy promoting Shadow King in a bunch of different ways over the upcoming weeks and hopefully getting some media coverage and more reviews. My first book signing/author event is on Sunday (10/7) at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westboro, MA and I’m really excited for that. Event goes from 2 to 4 pm and I hope to see you there.
Please leave a review!
Reviews are SO important to an author and to a book’s success once launched. Once you’ve read Shadow King, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It doesn’t have to be long or involved, just a few sentences to let people know what you thought of the story. My goal is to reach at least 50 reviews on Amazon!
Join me at an event
I have three events scheduled right now:
Aside from promoting Shadow King, I’m starting to investigate having an audio book created via Audible. I’ll keep you all posted on that progress.
My next book with Inkshares -- The Devil Inside -- will hopefully go into production in Spring 2019, but I don’t have any definitive dates yet.
I will have a short story coming out in the ESCAPE anthology later this year (date also TBD). There are going to be some awesome stories from some great authors who I have a lot of respect for in this volume and I’m honored to be part of it.
And last, but certainly not least, my NaNoWriMo project this year will be to get the rough draft of a Shadow King follow up written (as opposed to the jumble of notes that it is at this moment).
One more thank you
I will never be able to say thank you to all of you nearly enough. Shadow King wouldn’t be launching today if you all hadn’t taken a leap of faith back in 2016. I appreciate each and every single one of you.