Faoii! It’s CONTEST TIME!!
I promised that if we got up to 100 pre-orders I would run a contest, AND WE’VE DONE THAT. Well done, my warriors. I am so proud of you.
(I made a video about the contest, but Inkshares doesn’t support videos in these updates, so click HERE to see it.)
*~*NAME A CHARACTER IN FAOII BETRAYER~*
There are 15 new characters throughout FAOII BETRAYER. I want YOU to be one of the people to name them. There are 3 ways to enter:
1) PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY For every copy of FAOII BETRAYER you pre-order, you get 10 entries into the contest (if you’ve already pre-ordered, you are already entered to win).
2) HELP OTHERS TO PRE-ORDER For every new recruit you bring to the fight, you get 10 entries AND they get 10 entries. We need 750 pre-orders to make it real. Don’t forget that if you pre-order and we don’t hit funding, you get your money back, so there is NOTHING to lose.
3)SHARE For every FAOII BETRAYER post you share on social media (any platform), you get an additional 5 entries into the contest. It doesn’t cost anything at all to spread the news, but that is the ONLY way we’re going to make this book become real.
Click HERE to make sure you’re getting updates and that your pre-orders are in!
We’re up to 100 Pre-Orders, Faoii! Well done!
Of course, we still have a long way to go (we need 750 if we want to see this book be real) but this is a good start. As promised, I have sent everyone who has already followed the story the second chapter of Faoii Betrayer. Find out how Alana’s little brother first stepped into the forbidden world of magic, and how Alana responded by clicking here.
I’ll send another update again soon-- assuming more soldiers pick up their blades. Faoii Betrayer only costs $10 for an e-book. I know that if it was your dream and your war that would seem like nothing at all. But, I assure you right now-- $10 can change absolutely everything for me.
Let’s make it happen. Keep those shields up.
Originally, I gave this campaign a year to fund. I figured our veterans from the first campaign would lead the charge and new soldiers would answer the call as word spread. I thought a second war would be easier, even if we did need three times as many blades to win.
However, my warriors, we’re about halfway through the campaign, and only 13% of the way to our goal of making Faoii Betrayer real. It would be easy to say that it’s not going to happen. That the world or the writing or the army isn’t strong enough to pull this into being. That we’re going to fail.
But we still have 136 days.
136 days to find enough people to force this book into reality. You made it happen with The Last Faoii. And you kept battling after the initial war was won. You’ve read that book. You’ve reviewed it. You’ve rated it. You’ve asked your local library to get it in if you can’t afford your own copy. You’ve listened to the audiobook if you don’t have enough time to read. You’ve shared it on your social media pages pages. You’ve spread the word. You’ve shown the world that the first book was worthy and that the second book is worth it, too.
Because when I dubbed you Faoii, I did not give the title lightly. You’re a warrior now. You’re part of our army. And no one gets to rest until all the blades have been lifted.
There are many types of warriors. If you’re strong enough to pick up 10 swords (which is the maximum allowed by Inkshares) then do that. I’ve never had a champion of that magnitude before, but I know there are people out there who are capable of it, if we can only reach them. If you’re only able to lift one blade, then raise it high. If you’re only able to share the news on your social media pages, then shout your battle cry at the top of your lungs. I’m not asking you to mow down a thousand enemies on your own, my warrior. But I am telling you to fight for this.
This dream might be mine, Faoii. But it depends on you. It will take an army to win this war. To make our cry heard over the millions of other authors out their scrabbling with toothpicks and cautious nips in a world that requires swords and shields. That require Faoii. And we’re the only army in the world that can boast that claim. This hill should be ours. It will be ours.
Keep those shields up.
Well friends, we’re overdue for an update. I was holding off on sending one out until Tantalus Depths had officially been put into the copy editing phase, since I really wanted that to be the next news I could deliver, but unfortunately we’re still not there yet. I do have good news, though, so stick with me to the end of this update for that.
At the moment, Tantalus Depths is in a sort of limbo between the end of the development editing process and the beginning of the copy editing process. This is because Adam Gomolin, the CEO of Inkshares, has personally given me a new set of notes for further recommended revisions. Adam knows his stuff, and has helped other authors achieve enormous success with their debut novels, including getting TV and film deals. As much as I want to finish this process, get the book into stores and the hands of my longsuffering supporters, I have to take Adam’s feedback seriously. He wants this book to succeed as much as I do, and I owe it to all of you to make this book as strong as possible before wrapping up the editing process. He and I have been going back and forth over how to make improvements to the book for the past couple of weeks, and I should be able to deal with this final edit over the next couple weeks, aiming for an absolute final development draft by the end of the year.
So that’s where the book itself is sitting right now. I know it feels like it’s not going anywhere (believe me, I am painfully, intimately aware of that feeling), but progress is happening. That leads me to my first piece of really exciting news:
Tantalus Depths is going to have an audiobook!
We’ve signed a deal with Audible to produce Tantalus Depths as an Audible-exclusive audiobook. Audible will produce this audiobook in-house, with a professional narrator and crew. We don’t know any details about the juicy stuff like who the narrator will be yet, and production can’t really begin until we’ve fully finished the final draft of the manuscript, but this is really exciting news nonetheless. I’m a huge fan of audiobooks and have listened to them religiously on Audible for years, so I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ll keep you all updated on this as it unfolds!
Finally, I have one more piece of exciting news. I’ve been keeping this one under my hat as a special surprise to you all, but the time has come to finally let the cat out of the bag!
I, along with 19 other published and soon-to-be-published authors, participated in a short story anthology, which will be released on New Years Day and is now available for pre-order. My brand new original short story, Breach, is a standalone story set in the same universe as Tantalus Depths and Proteus.
Breach is a tense, thrilling tale of desperation and peril as two starship crewmen struggle for survival in open space, trapped in a piece of debris when their ship is destroyed by pirates. Death surrounds them on all sides; can they hold it together long enough to survive the deadly debris field, their own diminishing air supply, and bloodthirsty space pirates intent on leaving no survivors? You’ll have to check out Escape: A Writing Bloc Anthology to find out.
After all these delays with Tantalus Depths, I am so glad I can finally present you a tiny peek into this universe of mine with this new short story. Beyond that, though, I am beyond thrilled that my work gets to appear alongside so many other incredibly talented authors in this anthology. I’ve read most of the other stories, and let me tell you, you’re in for a treat here.
Well, I’ve dumped way more than enough info on you all for now. I’ll give news on the final draft of Tantalus Depths, the audiobook, and the Escape anthology as soon as I’m able. Stay tuned!