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18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 3 days ago
How to Remember it is!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 3 days ago
I’ll put my vote toward How To Remember :)
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 4 days ago
2 votes for How To Remember and a nomination for Arkham Academy. Any other votes? Please let me know today!
 yfl2k2q Kate Merenda Hohl · Author · added 4 days ago
I’d also like to see Cari Dubiel get the nod. I’m all for supporting a fellow mystery writer!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 4 days ago
I’m a sucker for Lovecraftian horror, and Arkham Academy: The Horror Beneath brings something refreshing and new to this genre.  R.K. Loresmith only has just started funding, but maybe a boost from us could get them motivated.  I’m on the fence because I also don’t want our selection money wasted.  Check it out:
https://www.inkshares.com/books/arkham-akademy-the-horror-beneath

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 days ago
@dean fearce  very cool! The premise is really fun and who doesn’t love a good mystery? Anyone else into this one, or have other nominations?
Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · edited 5 days ago
Cari Dubiel’s How to Remember has potential
https://www.inkshares.com/books/how-to-remember
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 6 days ago
I really like Striver! But it’s in draft mode, not taking pre-orders.
Smiley Lorenzo Petruzziello · Author · added 6 days ago
I’m thinking "Striver" by Gabriel Munoz -- Seems like a book I would want to read. -- https://www.inkshares.com/books/striver-539885
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 7 days ago
Hi all, apologies for the radio silence here--what a busy holiday season it’s been for books! Any new ideas for this month’s pick? Just a reminder, we really want to focus on books from authors that don’t have any previous deals with Inkshares/Quill. Thanks!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 month ago
I concur- Devil You Don’t gets my vote. 
 yfl2k2q Kate Merenda Hohl · Author · added about 1 month ago
Great choice Dean. 

Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · added about 1 month ago
How do you all feel about Susan Hamilton’s The Devil You Don’t?
https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 month ago
Hey all, any favorites this month?
Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · edited about 2 months ago

Thank you Staff Syndicate members for this honor. I love being part of a Syndicate, makes me feel like a made man. Inkshares has been good to me since I joined and I’m happy to be a part of this supportive community. You all have really made my day today. Earlier, I received a complimentary DM from a reader and it made me teary eyed. Then this message came over and my head got so fat the barber had to use a rotary mower to give me a flat top. Thanks again and don’t hesitate to reach out for any support I might offer in your endeavors. 

Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 2 months ago
Yes, count me in for Murder Happens.
Thanks Avalon
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 2 months ago
Murder Happens looks great! Seems timely with the rise of shows like Mindhunter, which is amazing by the way. We all in for MH?
Smiley Lorenzo Petruzziello · Author · added 2 months ago
I like Michael’s suggestion. "Murder Happens" does look good. :)

20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 2 months ago
Aloha All, I’m really digging Dean Fearce’s "Murder Happens".   Helluva voice, crisp writing, and I’m completely hooked into the story.  Very much worth the syndicate’s consideration!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 2 months ago
Thank you, Kate! Any other stories to nominate/discuss? I’ve been really enjoying The Silent Scream of Melania Trump myself. :) Very timely.
 yfl2k2q Kate Merenda Hohl · Author · edited 2 months ago
Hi everyone, are we thinking about nominations for October? There’s a lot of good books out there, but one that I’m liking right now is Michael James Welch’s The Vampire and the Dragon (PrOOF Vol. 1).  The main character, Stephen Duncan is a vampire who is neither a romantic hero or a villain;  he’s a millennial slacker type who wants to be left alone to score pig’s blood from the butcher and play video games.  It’s a really fun take on the traditional vampire story and I’m interested to see how the character of Stephen develops after he is recruited by a secret government agency to slay the dragon. It’s currently entered in the 2017 Horror Contest.
Smiley Lorenzo Petruzziello · Author · added 3 months ago
Nice! Congrats @Kate Merenda Hohl - You’ve got an interesting story. Keep at it. You’re getting there!
 yfl2k2q Kate Merenda Hohl · Author · added 3 months ago
Hi everyone,
Thank you all for choosing Flight of Angels for the September Staff Syndicate selection! It is such an incredible thrill to be included in this group of talented authors.  A special thank you to Lorenzo and Michael for the nomination and to Brian and Avalon for their kind support. Inkshares is a really special community and I’m so grateful to be a part of such a generous group of writers and readers. Thank you all again!
Kate
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 3 months ago
Awesome let’s do it!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 3 months ago
Sounds great. I vote for Flight of Angels. 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 3 months ago
Hi all--Flight of Angels looks great! Is everyone in for that project or do we have any other considerations?
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 3 months ago
Aloha, all!  I agree with Lorenzo.  I randomly happened to check out Flight of Angels a couple of days ago, and was immediately drawn to the project.  Great cover, great title, great premise, and great writing.  Ms. Hohl is also in the Top 50 for the Launch Pad contest.  I fully support Flight of Angels as our next pick! 
Smiley Lorenzo Petruzziello · Author · edited 3 months ago
Hi everyone! First time commenting and first time nominating! I’d like to nominate Flight of Angels by Kate Merenda Hohl. I just pre-ordered my copy - looks like a good read. :)

Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 4 months ago
Happy September, everyone. I would like to nominate Far Flung by TCC Edwards as this month’s selection. 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 4 months ago
Congratulations, Patrick Tebbe!! 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 4 months ago
Excellent--think that’s a great choice. Will make it happen!
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 4 months ago
I’m in for Crow’s Gambit as well
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added 4 months ago
One more ___________ straight line for the Crow’s Gambit.
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 4 months ago
+1 for Crow’s Gambit!
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 4 months ago
Crow’s Gambit is a great pick! 
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 4 months ago
Yes, add my +1 for Crow’s Gambit! :-)
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 4 months ago
+1 for Crow’s Gambit
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 4 months ago
Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the funding novels awhile now, and there are some great choices.  But so many of them have few pre-orders and only a few days left.  Our backing won’t help these.
However, I came across CROW’S GAMBIT by Patrick Tebbe.  It’s got 160 pre-orders, 95 days left, and it was backed by another Syndicate.  It’s got a bit of momentum and it’s a cool idea for a story.  I think this book could really benefit from our support.  Thanks
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 4 months ago
Hey all! Any particular projects catching your eye this month?
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 4 months ago
Congrats @Reagan Morrison !
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
Excellent; let’s go for it! If you all want to start discussing August picks early, let me know. :)
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 5 months ago
+ 1 for A Word in a Glass Mind

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
I love this project! I’m all in. Any other thoughts?
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 5 months ago
Hey everyone.  I have a new idea for July’s selection.  How about A Word In A Glass Mind, by Reagan Morrison.  It’s funding now and could use a shot of adrenaline.  I like the concept and the writing is solid.  Best of luck to The Experiment Himself. 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
Hi everyone! Thanks for your patience here! What a whirlwind of a week it’s been with The Punch Escrow and Not afraid of the Fall. It all means good things for Inkshares in general. :) Unfortunately we won’t be able to select The Experiment Himself as the author is looking to pursue options outside of Inkshares and will be pulling his book soon.  Wold people like to take the weekend to consider other projects and we can decide on Monday and pull the trigger on July’s pick? Thankful to you all for being such amazing pillars of the Inkshares community.
Y6rjsywr Adam Mock · Author · added 5 months ago
I just entered my book Crawls in the latest Inkshares contest. I would love your support and reviews. Thanks to all. 
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 5 months ago
I’m late to the party . . . but just checked out  The Experiment Himself and it is a great pick by the group! 

Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 5 months ago
+ 1 for The Experiment Himself
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 5 months ago
I’ll definitely support The Experiment Himself.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
This project is way cool! I’m all for it! Everyone in?
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added 5 months ago
I share the opinion of Ferd and Brian. The Experiment Himself is a title I’ve been watching for a while.  Tne interconnectedness of our brains is explored through the imaginative premise of an extruded brain and its experiences.  Takim’s writing is taut and expressive and I look forward to the rest of the story.  I believe the support of this syndicate would be well placed behind this project.  Thank you.  
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 5 months ago
I second The Experiment Himself.  Takim’s story caught my eye a few months ago, but I’d gotten distracted.  So glad Ferd refreshed my memory on this really cool premise.
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 5 months ago
In that case, I would like to suggest The Experiment Himself by @Takim Williams . I became aware of this project early in the recent Nerdist contest and was blown away by the premise: a brain connected to the internet of things, with the added elements of human loss, as well as addressing the dilemmas of right and wrong. Our support would give this worthy project a good push and raise awareness.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
Hi all,  I’d love if we could instill somewhat of a rule that we don’t choose books by authors who already have a book funded on Inkshares. It doesn’t feel right to our team otherwise. There are some amazing projects out there. I’ll come back tomorrow with some suggestions and hopefully we can lock this down by the end of the month! If you have more suggestions please keep them coming!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 5 months ago
I agree in general that we should be looking for promising new projects, from new, undiscovered authors. I think the key word is "promising." Personally, I think excellence outweighs new/undiscovered.
 
With that in mind, if we don’t find a clear new gem, supporting an excellent writer like @Evan Graham and his new project Proteus would be just fine with me. It would not be the first time this syndicate has supported an author who has another project previously funded on Inkshares. Our support would get him to Quill.

@Avalon Marissa Radys, it is your call, of course. But the title you mentioned has sold 19 copies with only 14 days left in funding. Maybe this project is not the one.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 5 months ago
Hey all! Happy July. I want to reiterate that I’d really love for us to support new projects by authors that haven’t previously funded with Inkshares. It would be great to use our collective power to fund the true "underdogs," or projects that are virtually undiscovered. One project that’s been catching my eye is I Think You Dropped This: https://www.inkshares.com/books/i-think-you-dropped-this. Any others?

Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · edited 5 months ago
Zachary (The Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives)  just got in touch with me, and he is not going to be publishing with Inkshares. Sounds like he may have another deal in the works. Proteus or Crow’s Gambit are my suggestions this month.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 5 months ago
Hey everyone, July is upon us already! Looks like Gods & Housewives has reached Quill. Do we still want to back it this month? 
If we’re looking at alternatives, I’ll offer up Evan Graham’s PROTEUS.  It did well in the Nerdist contest, but hasn’t hit Quill yet. 
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 6 months ago
A huge congrats to Jane-Holly for this month’s pick, and to Zachary for next!  Both  super talented writers  and very deserving!  
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 6 months ago
A huge congrats to Jane-Holly for this month’s pick, and to Zachary for next!  Both  super talented writers  and very deserving!  
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 6 months ago
Sounds great! Congratulations @Jane-Holly Meissner !!!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 6 months ago
Great! Love it.  Thanks Avalon!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 6 months ago
Sounds great, all! Let’s go for Mutants this month and Gods & Housewives the following. 
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added 6 months ago
I can see by the posts that two titles seem to be in the running for this month and next’s selection.  I would like to suggest another book that meets the criterion of the syndicate, is holding strong in the Nerdist Contest and is a great story that will grow in popularity, reaching a wider audience as a published book.  For the syndicate’s consideration, I nominate Mission 51, by Ferd Crotte as the supported title for June.  
Thank you.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 6 months ago
I agree that our goal is to lift up authors and support underdogs.  At the same time, will we make decisions based on the author (and how many books have reached Quill), or choose on a book-by-book basis. 
I’m open to whatever direction the Syndicate wants to go.
I do think we can get the best of both worlds by giving June to Mutants and July to Gods & Housewives (I love that title so much!)
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · edited 6 months ago
I agree. I am happy to support either/both, but if it comes down to votes, I am still for God’s and Housewives. The selection would also put him over Quill as of his count now. 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 6 months ago
That certainly makes sense. My feeling is that since Jane’s Fae Child has already hit Quill and will be published, it would be lovely to continue to broaden the community of published and soon-to-be-published authors on Inkshares (especially since the expressed goal of this Syndicate is to help the underdogs that catch our attention).  Thoughts on that?
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 6 months ago
It looks like The Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives has 42 days left of campaigning, and I know that the contest wraps up soon for Jane-Holly’s Mutants. Perhaps we could go with Mutants this month and consider Gods and Housewives for July. 
20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 6 months ago
Aloha All!  There are so many great books to choose from, and everyone is incredibly talented. All could be picked, but my vote is for Jane-Holly’s Mutants: Uprising. 
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 6 months ago
Despite the fact that @Jane-Holly Meissner and several others including myself are in the same contest... covfefe! She is a fabulous, creative writer, has an interesting story, and is presenting it in a brave 2nd person narrative. - Not to hurt anyone else’s feelings who are in the contests, but +1 for Mutants: Uprising!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 6 months ago
Hi all! I’m super interested in  The Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives, as well. Any other votes to cast? Sound like it’s between that one and Mutants: Uprising, though the former has more votes. Thoughts?

Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 7 months ago
+1 to @Chris Picone  and Mutants: Uprising! Best of luck all! 
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 7 months ago
For this month, my vote’s for Jane-Holly Meissner’s Mutants:  Uprising.  It’s a solid contender to keep in the Nerdist top 3. 
Me Helen McKeon · Author · added 7 months ago
Yep, I vote Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives too.
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 7 months ago
I agree with @Jacqui Castle; I think The Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives would be a great selection for this round.
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 7 months ago
I would like to nominate The Rise and Fall of Gods and Housewives by Zachary Sergi.  He has had a strong start to his campaign, and our support could get him closer to Quill and possibly give him the momentum needed to strive for full funding, and his book seems a bit Neil Gaiman-esque.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 7 months ago
Hi everyone, I’m going to start early for June’s proposals: please take a look at Jane-Holly Meissner’s "Mutants: Uprising"
Here’s the logline...  "X-Men meets Call of Cthulhu-It’s hard to be the ’good guy’ when you lead the local cell of the League, a terrorist organization. Gang warfare turns out to be the least of your worries when shadowy organizations start targeting your friends"
Have a great Memorial Day!
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 7 months ago
Congratulations, Helen!  Rule Britannia looks great.  Love the concept.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 7 months ago
Congratulations, Helen!
Me Helen McKeon · Author · added 7 months ago
Thank you all so much for supporting Rule Britannia!  I’m very excited to have the Staff Syndicate badge on my page. :)

Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 7 months ago
G’day gang! Just wanted to come and introduce myself.  Us Aussies are naturally inclined to back the underdogs so it’s only natural that I’d find myself here.
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 7 months ago
Yes to Rule Brittania
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 7 months ago
Definitely!!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 7 months ago
All, so sorry for the delay here! Yes, I’m all for Rule Brittania for this month’s pick. Haven’t heard from many folks--is everyone on board with that?
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 8 months ago
So, @Avalon Marissa Radys , Rule Brittania? :-)
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 8 months ago
I’m in for Rule Brittania.
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 8 months ago
Ack! Sorry for delay. +1 for Rule Brittania.
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 8 months ago
+1 for Rule Brittania

Me Helen McKeon · Author · added 8 months ago
Me too :) lol.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 8 months ago
Funny, Rule Britannia was my first thought too!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 8 months ago
I’m not sure anyone is close to reaching the Quill level of funding for our contribution to make that final push. That being said, my favorite project currently in funding is Rule Britannia by Helen McKeon. It is well-written, clever, and a great mix of SciFi, historical fiction and steampunk! Our support would certainly give her a boost not only in preorder numbers but also in exposure.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 8 months ago
Hey all! It’s almost time for our April pick--what’s piquing interest for folks?
Img 2319 Sergey Grechishkin · Author · added 9 months ago
Thank you very much, Avalon. Thank you very much all, who voted for my work - Helen, Jacqui, Donna, Alistair, Brian, Fred! I hope to get over the line within the next 2-3 weeks ! Looking forward to getting the most valuable syndicate badge! Thank you all !!! 

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 9 months ago
Of course! Apologies for the delay, all. Looks like Everything is Normal is the far and away pick!
Me Helen McKeon · Author · added 9 months ago
The suspense is killing me, do we have a pick yet? :)

Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 9 months ago
+1 for Everything is Normal. Thanks! 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 9 months ago
Excellent! Thank to those who have cast their votes! If we can get those interested in chiming in to make their vote here by end of day today we’ll be set. 
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 9 months ago
My vote is also for Everything is Normal.
Me Helen McKeon · Author · added 9 months ago
I’d like to put my vote in for Everything is Normal - fantastic and engaging read.

Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 9 months ago
Everything Is Normal can really benefit from our help.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 9 months ago
Hi everyone. I’m in total agreement that Everything is Normal would be a fantastic pick. It’s unlike anything on Inkshares I’ve seen to date and it has a real shot of hitting full publishing by the end of the campaign. I know Wake Up Call is also of interest.  Please do chime in with your votes (hopefully between those two so we can best narrow down) if you’d like to!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 9 months ago
Everything is Normal sounds truly extraordinary. Sergey seems to be on his way to full funding anyway, but I would love to see our syndicate be part of that. His project certainly deserves some syndicate bling on the project page!
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · edited 9 months ago
Hi Everyone. I like Wake Up Call. I would also like to nominate Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid by Sergey Grechishkin It has a real shot at full Inkshares, though with his momentum he will likely reach it without us.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 10 months ago
Hey everyone,
March is upon us and the selections are kind of strange- so many great stories funding, but have so few orders that our help would barely make a dent in getting them to Quill.
However, I am really liking @J.T.R. Russell’s Wake Up Call.
What novels do you want to promote?

Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 10 months ago
I am grinning ear to ear right now and trying not to scream(just put the kids to bed)! All of you are amazing and I can’t thank you enough. I just checked my email to see that not only have I been picked by this wonderful syndicate, but that your support put me past the Quill line. Wow! Thank you!!!! I am going to keep going full steam ahead and try for full Inkshares, but just knowing that either way the book will be in your hands down the line is a dream come true. Thank you!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 10 months ago
Congratulations, Jacqui!!

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 10 months ago
Wonderful! It sounds like we’re all in agreement. It’s o!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 10 months ago
Yes! The Walls are Closing In!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 10 months ago
I’m totally in for  The Walls are Closing In also!
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added 10 months ago
The Walls are Closing In!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 10 months ago
Liking Walls, but also open to other suggestions.  Anyone have other thoughts for a selection?
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 10 months ago
+1 for The Walls are Closing In! 
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 11 months ago
Starting up the discussion for this month, I’d like to nominate The Walls are Closing In. 
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 11 months ago
Thumbs up from me.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added 11 months ago
It sounds like everyone is set on Phantom Forest! Shall we go with that? 
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added 12 months ago
My vote is for Phantom Forest as well. Happy New Year everyone!
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added 12 months ago
+1 for The Phantom Forest. 
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added 12 months ago
Another vote for The Phantom Forest
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added 12 months ago
I completely agree with Kyle and Brian for Liz Kerin’s Phantom Forest as this month’s pick.
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added 12 months ago
Sorcery For Beginners has hit Quill, no longer needs our help.  And I’m with Kyle on Phantom Forest.  Been following for a little bit and I like the story idea, Liz’s presentation/promo, and the trailer took effort.
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added 12 months ago
A book that caught my eye this month is Phantom Forest by @Liz Kerin . Have you guys checked this one out? She’s close to Quill, but could use the boost. 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
It sounds like Fae Child is the go to for this month! Perhaps Sorcery for next month?
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · added about 1 year ago
My vote is for Sorcery For Beginners
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added about 1 year ago
My vote is for Fae Child. Thanks!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
+1 for Fae Child, thanks
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added about 1 year ago
@Avalon Marissa Radys +1 for Fae Child! 
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added about 1 year ago
Sorcery for Beginners! 
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added about 1 year ago
Fae Child! :-)
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
Hi all, it looks like our top choices are between Fae Child and Sorcery for Beginners! Two fantastic choices. Please chime in with your vote ASAP as today is the day!
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added about 1 year ago
I support Fae Child as my first choice, but like Ferd would equally be happy with either Catching Stars or Sorcery for Beginners.
Me Donna Litt (Fung) · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’d like to recommend Fae Child by @Jane-Holly Meissner as well. It’s a lovely story, and I look forward to sharing it with my nieces and nephew! 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
That’s the dilemma with being in the syndicate- too many great choices!
All the suggestions are definitely worthy.  For December and to close out 2016, I cast my vote for Sorcery For Beginners!
Happy holidays, everyone!!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added about 1 year ago
Last month we had talked about Cayla Keenan’s Catching Stars for this month. I still love it. I also love Sorcery for Beginners. I have pre-ordered both. They don’t need our help reaching Quill as they have both made it, but reaching the 750 full-tilt boogie seems like a long shot for both. Nevertheless, I would be happy to see either get the nod. They are certainly worthy!

Just another suggestion, I love the YA project Fae Child by Jane-Holly Meissner because of its sheer beauty.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added about 1 year ago
I would love to nominate Sorcery For Beginners by @Matt Harry  this month. It’s one that’s caught my eye, and think we should support. 
Y6rjsywr Adam Mock · Author · added about 1 year ago
Hey Gang. Are we allowed to give out Twitter and Facebook names to promote on the site? 
When I do, the username disappears. 
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · edited about 1 year ago
Sounds like a great plan to me! Witherfist this month, Catching Stars next. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 1 year ago
Both look great, so I say Witherfist this month and Catching Stars next. 
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added about 1 year ago
Two awesome books!
How about Witherfist this month, as Jenny has fewer funding days left, and Catching Stars next month?
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added about 1 year ago
Catching Stars
Luft 30  linkedin square Alastair Luft · Author · added about 1 year ago
Catching Stars
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added about 1 year ago
Witherfist. as well
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
I vote Witherfist. 
Thanks Avalon 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
Hey everyone! It sounds like we’re torn between Blue Water, Witherfist, and Catching Stars. Please share your vote if you haven’t! Today is the day. :)
10688210 10100849019215815 7816283912676310835 o Kevin Muhleisen · Author · added about 1 year ago
My vote goes to Witherfist
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added about 1 year ago
It looks like our support could push Jenny into Quill for Witherfist... I’d vote for that. :)
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’m torn between Witherfist and Catching Stars.  Both worthy titles.  Happy to go with the majority on this one.
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added about 1 year ago
Another good one everyone should take a look at is Catching Stars by @Cayla Keenan . 
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added about 1 year ago
This is a message from Joe:

He doesn’t belong to this syndicate so he can’t post here:

Hey everyone in the Staff Syndicate. I wanted to thank you guys for your support in nominating BLUE WATER for the last few rounds. I kind of figured once I hit Quill without getting the pick the support would naturally move somewhere else. And while I was really hoping to still get the nod for November everyone seemed willing to give because the pick from both Staff and/or Bechdel would mean the world and be very validating, as well as put the book on a short list of very respected books, I do understand the drive to use the syndicate power to push books below the lines closer to a goal. So if your pick this month goes to Witherfist to push it closer to Quill, I understand and respect your choice. I’m not getting an extension, my campaign ends in two weeks at which point I’m out of the running for either Staff or Bechdel but thrilled that I’ve gotten all the support I have during this rollercoaster ride. I’m not a staff syndicate member so I can’t post this there. If one of you could, I’d really appreciate it.
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added about 1 year ago
Blue Water is a fantastic book. I nominated it last month because I was lucky enough to read it and it is truly great. With that said. Blue Water already hit Quill, it has only 13 days left in its campaign and, unless Joe is planning to ask for an extension, it is unlikely that he will hit 750. I feel like our support can make a big difference with Witherfist, more than on Blue Water at this point.
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added about 1 year ago
I love Witherfist as well but agree with @Brian Fitzpatrick and think @Joseph Parcell and Blue Water should be the November pick as mentioned earlier this month. 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’m liking Witherfist, but I also want to stick with the idea hatched last month to give November to Blue Water by Joseph Parcell. 

098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · edited about 1 year ago
Thinking ahead for November, I would like to suggest Witherfist, by Jenny Graham-Jones. It is beautifully written, with Anne Rice-ish world-building detail, and excellent action/pace. A boost from our syndicate would get her close to Quill.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
Alright, all! Tantalus Depths it is! Congrats, Evan!
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’m on board!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added about 1 year ago
Absolutely, Tantalus Depths! What a great use of our resources! This will be a huge help in getting Evan to full funding!
10688210 10100849019215815 7816283912676310835 o Kevin Muhleisen · Author · added about 1 year ago
Tantalus Depths 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 1 year ago
@Avalon Marissa Radys I’m with @Evan Graham ’s Tantalus Depths all the way! So say we all!
15697620 10210061625369849 7467890489586317724 n Gabriel Munoz · Author · added about 1 year ago
Tantalus Depths.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added about 1 year ago
Hi all! I’m happy with Tantalus Depths this month if everyone has reached a consensus. 
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added about 1 year ago
Hey there @Avalon Marissa Radys  - Any idea when we will hear about this month’s selection?  @Evan Graham ’s campaign only has four days left. :)
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added about 1 year ago
I think Tantalus Depths for October and Blue Water for November is a brilliant plan! 
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added about 1 year ago
Agreed, Tantalus Depths by @Evan Graham this month and perhaps Blue Water by @Joseph Parcell for November.
10688210 10100849019215815 7816283912676310835 o Kevin Muhleisen · Author · added about 1 year ago
I agree with @Brian Fitzpatrick and @Jamison Stone.  I also think everyone’s goal is to make it to the 750 pre-orders. With just over 2 weeks remaining, Tantalus Depths by @Evan Graham  is running short on time. I say Tantalus Depths for  October and Blue Water by @Joseph Parcell in November. From what I’ve read, both books seem to be very good. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’d cast my vote for  Tantalus Depths by @Evan Graham THIS month and Blue Water by @Joseph Parcell NEXT month. This is due to time frames--Tantalus Depths had 17 days left and Blue Water 46. 

To learn more about Tantalus Depths check out an awesome guest post Evan did on my blog HERE:  http://apotheosisstudios.com/blog/2016/6/23/tantalus-depths-guest-post-by-evan-graham-inkshares-author

It’s got some really great info about his story. Evan has been amazing with his updates, and I’m really excited to read his hard sci-fi thriller! 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added about 1 year ago
I like both titles.  What I would like to do is give October to Tantalus Depths, then November to Blue Water. 
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added about 1 year ago
I’d like to ask that we consider Tantalus Depths for our nomination. Evan has faced insane setbacks with the credit issue and is still working toward full funding. Honestly, I would have settled for Quill given what he’s been up against especially since there hasn’t been any confirmation that the credit issue is over for any of us. 

Personally, I can wholeheartedly say I never would have made it to Quill without Evan’s support and belief in my book. I "quit" more than one time in the almost 120 days I’ve run my campaign and it was consistently Evan who helped pull me out of my own funk by reminding me there was more to publishing a book than simply having my name on the title page. He was my introduction to the Inkshares community, the first message I received, and is consistently a positive member of the community.  Our support would help push him toward that finish line and full funding for a very worthy book. (He sent me the whole book. I know exactly how good it is!) 
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added about 1 year ago
Hi, as we get closer to the end of the month I want to make my first book recommendation ever :-) I want to recommend Blue Water from Joseph Parcell. I just finished reading the book and it is fantastic. As of now it is really close to hit Quill and, who knows, with our help and endorsement could maybe even go full funding. Thanks!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congratulations, Kyle!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@Kyle T. Cowan You’re welcome! We’re so excited for your book! And welcome to the Staff Syndicate; we’re stoked to have you. :)
Kyle fall 1 copy Kyle T. Cowan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Whoot! Thank you all so much for the kind words about my book! Really means a lot to me that I have your support!!! And thank you to @Jamison Stone for nominating me! On to 750!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
Awesome @Avalon Marissa Radys ! Is congratulations in order for @Kyle T. Cowan then? I’m super stoked about this group backing such an exciting project! 
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@david michael olsen I think Wings of a Pirate will be able to hit Quill on its own. As it stands, Sunshine has more of a gap to reach and less time, so I’d rather push that lever now. Maybe it’s the added boost Kyle’s campaign needs to secure the end goal. We can always reconsider Wings for next month’s pick if it hasn’t reached Quill by then!
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@Eric H. Heisner thanks so much for the kind words. It’s an honor to be able to lead a syndicate of such talented, supportive authors! 

I might be a tad biased by Sunshine since I LOVED Season 1 of Preacher. ;) But in all sincerity, I agree with @Jamison Stone that it’s an important story to be told, especially to a YA audience. I love how @Kyle T. Cowan has made the camp setting the villain in the story — a pretty unique move, especially for the genre. I also love the flare of mystery and dark comedy the story brings. So excited to bring this book closer to publication! 

Thanks so much, everyone.
15697620 10210061625369849 7467890489586317724 n Gabriel Munoz · Author · edited over 1 year ago
@Avalon Marissa Radys - It seems like there are two great books that could use a boost in the next 60 days that this forum is bringing up. Wings of a Pirate, and Sunshine is Forever. If my math is correct this Syndicate alone would get WoaP to 246 pre-orders - almost to its Quill goal and all but insuring that it gets funded prior to its deadline.

Conversely, it would bring SiF (Sunshine is Forever)to 608. WofP has 68 days left SiF 56. Both would still be in funding next month. My vote would be for WofP this round, and SiF next round? Or Vise-Versa.

Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
Well said @Avalon Marissa Radys !  Every author on this site is working their hardest to go beyond their network for preorders and if the Syndicate can give that extra push to help them achieve publication, we’re all here to support that.  We’ve seen the projects that get so close and fail to get those last few dozen orders.  Let’s be the champion who really makes the difference.  I think the staff at Inkshares is the best qualified to determine who is working hard toward that goal and an unbiased judge of great writing.   Any title you decide we will all support!!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
I totally agree and that’s exactly why I think Sunshine Is Forever is the perfect choice for this month! Lets help push @Kyle T. Cowan over the 750 edge! 
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree, with our current membership we can be more useful giving that final push to authors who are close to the finish line.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@Eric H. Heisner I love this idea too — do you have any in mind? I personally think the syndicates’ strongest ability right now is to push projects that are on the brink of hitting a goal over the threshold (whether it’s Quill or Inkshares), enabling them to get published.   Once the syndicate grows larger (say upwards of 200 members), I think we could make a great difference with projects that have much lower pre-order numbers. 

If others have a difference of opinion, let’s definitely consider other projects. Let’s aim to have a final decision by end of day today. Thanks, all!
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
Do we want to look deeper for good projects that haven’t reached Quill level yet?  It seems that those would be the "underdogs" that need the most help to get published and syndicate support.
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
Fantastic! I know I had mentioned several other possibilities previously, but you can definitely count me in for Sunshine is Forever as well. It is unique, meaningful, and completely worthy of our support. This will give Kyle a great boost towards the full publishing goal.
18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
Sunshine is Forever would be an excellent choice. I’d be happy to back that project as well — it’s so close! Any others recommendations folks would like to discuss or are we all pretty set on that one? I know I’ve seen recs for The Knightmares and Tantalus Depths. I do think backing Sunshine at this stage would be very meaningful to the project.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
Sunshine Is Forever is getting a lot of love here, @Avalon Marissa Radys what are your thoughts? I’d love to help @Kyle T. Cowan hit the very challenging Inkshares goal of 750!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Sounds good to me.  I throw in with Sunshine as well!
Kevin profile inkshares Kevin O’Coffey · Author · added over 1 year ago
There are some good nominees here that I look forward to supporting, but Sunshine is Forever is getting oh so close to the promised land. It’s an important book, and way different from just about anything else on Inkshares. I think we could really help this project along. 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’ll jump in and be a third on Sunshine Is Forever. Kyle has written a powerful book on an important topic. It’d be great to give him the syndicate’s support.
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added over 1 year ago
I want to second @Jamison Stone ’s nomination. As many of you may know the subject of depression and mental illness is one close to my heart. Also Kyle is a great writer. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
Fellow Syndicate members and @Avalon Marissa Radys I’d like to nominate @Kyle T. Cowan ’s novel Sunshine Is Forever.  He wrote a very good guest post on my blog HERE which give a great overview of his book and of him. 

http://apotheosisstudios.com/blog/2016/8/24/sunshine-is-forever-guest-post-by-kyle-t-cowan

Although you can read about it on the blog posting, in addition to being a writer he is also an actor and director, too.  He is on several TV shows (read the blog post!) and wrote, directed, starred, produced, and edited the movie Camouflage in 2014. Its all pretty cool, but I’ll let you read the post for yourselves!
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’d like to make sure we don’t forget Tantalus Depths which got lots of support last month. Evan is working so hard on his campaign against a lot of difficult circumstances and is a truly amazing member of our community. :)
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
I feel the same way. I’d love to support Eric and Wings of the pirate!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Yes, Wings is an excellent choice! I already have my copy ordered and would be happy to throw our support Eric’s way!
15697620 10210061625369849 7467890489586317724 n Gabriel Munoz · Author · added over 1 year ago
Wings of the Pirate is at 200 pre-orders. Eric is a member of this group, and a multi-published author. Maybe give his project a look.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/wings-of-the-pirate
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
I want to suggest Overture by Issa Puppi.  She has a powerful writing voice and the story is constructed in an interesting way.  She only has 4 pre-orders and 56 days left- so I don’t know what her marketing efforts have been thus far, and I’m not sure a boost from us will be wasted or really help her.  Thoughts?
https://www.inkshares.com/books/overture

098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
I love Knightmares! Truly great stuff! But it has already reached Quill. Not that we can’t give it a push toward full funding, but perhaps we should consider others.

A few that have caught my eye include:
Spectrum, by Antimony Noon
Cross, Massachusetts, by Nicholas Efstathiou
Witherfist, by Jenny Graham-Jones
Fae Child, by Jane-Holly Meissner
The City Will Fall, by Kim Whale
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Oh yes, I followed Knightmares some time ago and really liked the premise.  So crazy it just might work! 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Knightmares does look like fun. I also like This Poem Doesn’t Mean Anything - quirky stuff. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
I think no current contest contestants is the rule. 

I’m wondering what folks are thinking, Knightmares would be fun.
15697620 10210061625369849 7467890489586317724 n Gabriel Munoz · Author · added over 1 year ago
Can I recommend "Sparked" for a pick somewhere over the course of its campaign? It is a project by two of the instructors at Stanford’s Novel Writing Program. It launched today in the Geek and Sundry competition, it has over 100 pre-orders already.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/sparked?recommended=true
15697620 10210061625369849 7467890489586317724 n Gabriel Munoz · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Hello Staff Syndicate,

New Syndicate Member here. I have been purchasing, supporting, and reading some of the books on Inkshares for sometime now. I love the platform and am pretty enamored with the site and its mission.

One thing that I have noticed through my interaction here, is the overwhelming number of Sci-fi and Fantasy genre books (due to the competitions largely I understand). I think syndicates like this might help level the playing field.

As a writer in the literary field (with a nod to the commercial) I have sort of wondered if this platform will work as well for lit fic as successfully as it has for the genres. I am a student at Stanford’s two-year Novel Writing program, and have spent about as long writing the current novel I have up—Striver. It has been through multiple developmental edits one-on-one with former instructors and it is pretty close to ready to see the light of day.

I would like to get this groups opinion on it, and also see whether the group would consider it for inclusion as a pick in the future. As my campaign hasn’t started, I have plenty of time.

I look forward to seeing what the group comes up with next.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/striver-539885?recommended=true

p.s. Knightmares and Wings of the Pirate both caught my eye and I have preordered them.

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@Jamison Stone  The Knightmares looks amazing! Thanks for bringing this up — I hadn’t discovered it yet. I love the blend of humor and realistic horror. Let’s definitely add this to the awesome possibilities pile.

@Bryn Hagan Indeed! The writing is pretty spectacular and it’s such an original plot. Excited about it. :)
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Not that I would ever blow my own trumpet, but I review Wrestletown a while back, and stated this was well written and could do real well.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Avalon Marissa Radys  Thanks for the info the update! Very helpful. I most certainly am very disappointed to hear about abuse surrounding Tantalus Depths and would love any additional info once it becomes available.

As far as other books are concerned, I am pretty excited about The Knightmares by @G. A. Finocchiaro. He did an awesome write up on my blog about his book which folks can read here:
The Knightmares has 45 days left, so it would be a perfect time to take a look at them for syndication.

What are other people’s thoughts?

18556222 10209961108327141 2328507054331889997 n Avalon Marissa Radys · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
@Jamison Stone Thanks for your thoughts! With all of the restructuring this month it’s been a little hectic in terms of managing the staff syndicate and we’re excited to get back to being able to have it be more of a community discussion! 

We’re still in the midst of investigating a ton of credits abuse surrounding Tantalus Depths, and once we emerge from that, I think it would be awesome to support the book. But digging through many referral rings around the book currently makes it really difficult to justify that right now.  We extended TD’s campaign by 60 days so the author can get back to campaigning and find momentum.

We’d love to hear more projects you guys are interested in for next month and the months to come. Anything else on your radar?
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
So, I guess we have a new book? Ummmm congrats to @Christopher Irvin ?

WRESTLETOWN looks cool, and I guess I’m excited to read it--actually I’m not yet because I know nothing about it or why it was chosen, or what is happening with this syndicates or syndicates in general...

I liked having discussion around the books which were chosen--like we have been doing in the past for every other book chosen--and felt that Tantalus Depths had some pretty strong support and discussion surrounding it.

If the "staff" don’t want to support TD when all other people seem OK with it, I think there should be discussion and a reason as to why another book was chosen. But regardless of TD, I feel that there should be talk about the books staff are thinking about choosing here--I don’t want to get a random email stating that I have bought a new book I know nothing about. 

If that’s how it’s going to be in the future, then I am happy to leave I guess. (It’s why I left Garry’s Syndicate--no community interaction from leaders = no community.) 
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added over 1 year ago
I am totally on board with Tantalus Depths! Evan is an amazing author and a truly supportive member of the community. He’s run a great campaign and I’m delighted to help support him getting to full funding. 
Kevin profile inkshares Kevin O’Coffey · Author · added over 1 year ago
Tantalus Depths has my vote as well. There’s world building, then there’s @Evan Graham levels of world building! As others have observed, his story brings to mind the best Ridley Scott works, and of course, Arthur C. Clarke. A well deserving project to get the full publishing treatment!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Yes! Count me in for Tantalus Depths! Would love to see this book get the boost. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
Strong second on that @Peter Ryan I’ve been trying to promote Tantalus Depths and @Evan Graham for a while. He would be a GREAT pick!

For more info (written by the author) on TD go here:

http://apotheosisstudios.com/blog/2016/6/23/tantalus-depths-guest-post-by-evan-graham-inkshares-author
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi folks. I thought I’d jump in this month with an author that has been hugely supportive of many of us over a long period. Evan Graham’s Tantalus Depths is not only an excellent read, but the book is nearing the end of its funding period. It’d be awesome if we could kick Tantalus Depths over the line and give Evan the success he deserves!
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Thanks Fred, and I have to agree with you about building friends and helping others is paramount. I’ve come to the stage where I try to be as big a help to people as I reasonably can, which means doing serious reviews when asked and giving quality feedback.  Of course I’d love my work to do well and to make the cut, but I’m happy when others do as well.
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Bryn Hagan  I can only give you MY reason for being in this syndicate. Sure, at first I thought about how cool it would be to  be the syndicate’s monthly selection, I think we all do. But indeed there are many, many deserving projects out there. The chances that I will be picked, I realize, are very small.

But I chose to participate in this syndicate, and others, for what I believe is the true nature of the thing. Syndicates are vehicles for promoting camaraderie, mutual support, a great community of authors and readers. When I got myself and my desires out of the equation, it felt really good. Spiritually, I believe generosity and gratitude are way better than a lustful wanting. I know my $10 a month are going to a really good cause. And in the end, I think we all profit. It’s the way of the universe: what goes ’round comes ’round!

I did NOT want that to come out preachy. It’s just how I feel.
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Sincere advice needed. Ok guys, so I’m wondering if I’m in the right syndicate. I chose this one because the CEO is in this one and says that he looks out for the unusual and under dog types of works, as well as start ups. Can anyone explain what ’startups’ are? Plus I wonder if memoir can still do okay in this forum. I’m also looking at the Idiosyncraticate syndicate as an option.

Your thoughts appreciated.
Bryn
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Ok, just took a look at Devil’s Call, and I hate to say it, but I really like it. The reason I ’hate’ to say it, is because I like so many of the authors on here, and am regularly impressed by the quality of writing as well as the novel ideas, that I feel my opinion can’t really mean that much when I seriously like so much of the work on here.
Good call with Devil’s Call. 
0925161337 J. Danielle Dorn · Author · added over 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, I wasn’t prepared for this. It’s humbling to have so much recognition within the community, and I am beyond grateful for the boost this gave my preorder count. Thank you so much for the help.
Kevin profile inkshares Kevin O’Coffey · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great call on nominating Devil’s Call! Terrific start to this project. It’s so hard to pull off a great western, let alone a genre-blending one. Congrats, J. Danielle Dorn.  
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Nice! Devil’s Call looks like a gem. Congratulations J Danielle Dorn. 
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
Can’t go wrong with a well written Western!!  I’m even happy to be on the list for several copies that I can share with my Cowboy pals! 
Userphoto2 original Penny S · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congratulations to J. Danielle Dorn! I am absolutely THRILLED that different syndicates are picking up Devil’s Call!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congratulations to J. Danielle Dorn on being this month’s CEO Syndicate selection!  Devil’s Call looks great and I really want it to reach Quill!
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Yes, cool! Devil’s Call it is!
Congratulations @J. Danielle Dorn !   :-)

Also sending congrats to @Stephen Carignan for reaching Quill and marching bravely toward full funding! :-)
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Yep, cool.  This will be just the boost Devil’s Call needs!
Cheers, Jeremy!
Smiles in sf Regina McMenomy, Ph.D. · Author · added over 1 year ago
Greetings writers! I’ve been thinking a bit about the next selection and keep coming back to Tantalus Depths. I am so excited to read Evan’s book and would love to see him get full funding. 
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
    Time is running out for Jason Chestnut’s "To Live and Die in Avalon".  It looks to be a fun filled classic space adventure!  If you got ’em throw some credits his way.
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
And I can’t thank everyone enough for the support!
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Excellent point, Peter! And Joni has been really working hard.  "And The Wolf Shall Dwell" would also make a great choice!
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Probably tending towards @Stephen Carignan’s Sleeping Man as well. Though @Joni Dee’s And the Wolf Shall Dwell is still 40odd places away from the 750 mark with 18 days to go. He could probably do with the support after the Brexit and everything ...
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
I voted to push The Sleeping Man over the Quill line and make Stephen Carignan a very happy man.
  It’s actually not so easy to choose- so many great stories deserving to reach Quill!
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I have to agree with Penny about The Last Faoii by Tahani Nelson. It’s worth 3 minutes to read her sample, even just appreciate some good writing. She has started right in thick of the action (a battle) which is always a true test, as it can grip the reader immediately, but doesn’t just show the good, but the bad and the ugly. There was no bad or ugly here. A smoothly gripping start.  - not sure such words an be used in the same sentence, so just take a look a see what I mean. 
Userphoto2 original Penny S · Author · added over 1 year ago
Can I suggest a book, too? You might all decide that it’s not right for the syndicate because it’s too far from either goal to get pushed over the line immediately, but Tahani Nelson just put up a new excerpt for The Last Faoii and it’s awesome! 

Also, for what it’s worth, I really REALLY like Sleeping Man. 
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m partial to the Sleeping Man. I think the concept of a story within a dream is captivating and well written.  It takes imagination to have a world inside the narrator’s head as the setting for the story.  I would like to see this book make Quill and I think Stephen’s talent will be the font of more great stories to come. 
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m not torn, I’ve already pre-ordered Tantalus Depths, but I haven’t pre-ordered my own book, so....

Just kidding, mostly, I’m just thrilled to be recommended for the syndicate pick and thrilled to have the support of the Inkshares authors. We will both still be funding around the time of the next Syndicate pick, so it’s really up in the air, but just to be considered means so much to me. Thanks!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Hello fellow CEO Syndicators! 

Two books submitted for consideration below, both of whom have posted on my blog (if you have not read these guy’s blog postings I HIGHLY suggest you do, each  offers a really wonderful glimpse into their worlds, writing styles, and inspirations! And they are just great reads!)

Tantalus Depths by @Evan Graham 
http://apotheosisstudios.com/blog/2016/6/23/tantalus-depths-guest-post-by-evan-graham-inkshares-author

Tantalus Depths is at 349 orders and could use a boost to get him closer to 750, and Sleeping Man is at 230, so we could push him over the edge to quill.   Sleeping Man has 81 days, and Tantalus Depths has 54, days. 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hey gang.  So I’m liking Carignan’s The Sleeping Man, but I also keep coming back to Devil’s Call.  I’m torn because our support will definitely push Sleeping Man over the Quill mark, and that’s awesome!  But at the same time, a boost of our size will give Devil’s Call a much needed shot of adrenaline.  I’m sure I’ll add more later.  And thanks again for all the support for Mechcraft! I’m thrilled to have made Quill!
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Welcome, Bryn! This is a great syndicate to be a part of.
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · edited over 1 year ago
hey guys, just joined my first syndicate, so hello everyone. 
I realise my book The Bully Book, does not really fit this genre, but it’s the closest fit I can find. But more importantly, I want to get to know people better at Inkshares. I get so many requests from people and recommendations, that I feel a bit guilty for not being able to answer them all and truly keep up. So, hoping to create some friends here, oh, and if my book does well, that’s a bonus.
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’ll likely add another for consideration later, but I don’t disagree with @Stephen Carignan’s book being the next pick.  He’s a great author and a great member of the community

098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
It might be a tad soon to be considering next month’s selection, but here goes.

Even though @Stephen Carignan will smash past the Quill bar with his book, "The Sleeping Man," I wish to support a fine man and a fine book with a goal of full funding. I especially want to support a person who himself has shown support for SO many others on Inkshares.

There are many worthy projects out there. Selections are becoming more and more difficult, but Stephen has my vote.
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Excellent stuff Brian! Well done!
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Woohoo! Congratulations!
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congratulations Brian!!

Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Author · added over 1 year ago
Wow! I am beyond honored and humbled! I cannot thank you all enough for this huge boost. You have literally made my dream a reality. The Inkshares crew and community have always been incredibly supportive of the writers and I have to say joining was one of the best career moves I’ve made. 
Thank you so much for selecting Mechcraft for the June CEO Syndicate! I’m really looking forward to the next phase once I lock down these last 17 preorders. 

I am so grateful for your help! 
Brian
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
A fine choice! I can’t wait for that book!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
congrats @Brian Fitzpatrick!
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited over 1 year ago
My nomination this month is Mechcraft by http://www.inkshares.com/brian-fitzpatrick. 

@Brian Fitzpatrick

Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
Woot!  Go @Brian Fitzpatrick !  almost there
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’d back Brian G up on this one. 1. Mechcraft 2.The Test  and 3. Devil’s Call. All excellent looking books and well worth pre-ordering.
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
I continue to cast my vote for Mechcraft first.  After that I would recommend The Test by Tabi Card and then Devil’s Call.  In that order.
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
Jeez, I’m in too many syndicates. That comment was for another syndicate lol :D
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m all for supporting the Western!  Sounds like a good premise and needs the support.
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Terminus was last time, right?
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
My vote’s for Terminus, especially since another syndicate I’m in has already backed Mechcraft as our June selection. #spreadthewealth
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
I am also in support of @Brian Fitzpatrick ’s Mechcraft. It is an interesting concept, very well written, and our Syndicate’s support would go a long way towards helping Brian and his work achieve Quill status.

I like it when we can make this sort of difference in support of excellent writers! :-)
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@J. Danielle Dorn ’s Devil’s Call look very interesting and I’d love to read more, had not heard about it until you mentioned @Jeremy Thomas -- a fantasy western sounds awesome! 

Mechcraft
by @Brian Fitzpatrick looks great, too, and I have already pre-ordered, but it seems to already be on everyone’s radar already. 

Devil’s Call
  does not yet seem to have any real exposure and I’d love to see more people looking at it. 
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
I also support Mechcraft for the choice this month.
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Greeting all! Both are great books, but I’m still a fan of Brian Fitzpatrick’s Mechcraft at this stage. Particularly as his funding  period ending is marching ever closer.  There’s a little more wriggle room in terms of time with the other two.
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree with Elena. The premise is great, the chapters are well written and the author’s story is quite moving. I already bought it, but I give my vote to support it further.

20800051 10154904360058634 481838643385855497 n Elena Stofle · Inksharesian · added over 1 year ago
I like Seven Days Dead for June, it’s fantastic and a total underdog.  The writing is really compelling and it’s such an exciting story line. The first 6 chapters are up if you are interested. 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Both Terminus and Devil’s Call look like fine books, but I also think about the authors behind the books. I’ve pre-ordered both of these as well as Brian Fitzpatrick’s Mechcraft. It was Brian that got back to me to say thanks for pre-ordering. As a result I’ve got to know him and realize how hard he’s working to be successful. The person, as well as the book, factor into my still supporting Mechcraft :-)
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
Both look good, but I’m leaning more toward Terminus. I do love a good western though and Devil’s Call is an interesting dark twist on the genre. 

In other words, @Jeremy Thomas it’s your call, I’ll be happy with either choice!
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
On the positive side, either one of these will be a selection that I hadn’t already pre-ordered, something I had done for all of the other selections and most of those who approach Quill or need help getting over 750.

Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Jeremy Thomas follow your heart! I think both look good!
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added over 1 year ago
my vote is for Terminus. But if it is not chosen I will pre-order it either way. I am very intrigued by the premise so either option sounds good to me.

Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
If the field is still open, I’d like to re-throw Brian Fitzpatrick’s Mechcraft  into the ring. It’s a top read and is in that middling ground between the initial surge of orders and kicking over to Quill. Brian’s put in the hard yards to get some initial traction and it would be great to see him get a deserved boost.
10492145 10152537787574467 5636434093663626414 n Ricardo Henriquez · Author · added over 1 year ago
I may be a little late to this discussion but my vote is for Terminus

Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree with @Richard Saunders 
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
BTC received the surge of support it deserved and reached Quill without needing our assistance! 

In keeping with my philosophy, I happily withdraw the nomination with prejudice for this month.
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
I have supported Beyond the Code already as well, but if that’s what everyone decides, I’m all for it. It is definitely worth it. 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I Like Brian Fitzpatrick’s Mechcraft for similar momentum reasons. He’s got 58 days left and is around the 170 mark. A boost right now would move him in the right direction.
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
I have already supported Beyond the Code but it has my vote.  More punch for our backing it.
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I like the idea of the carrot at 500, and while I don’t know if this is feasible, could 500 be paperback with the light editing and 750 be hardcover with the full editing?
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Until we show evidence that the Syndicate is "an influencer" that can generate the significant level of buzz needed to actually help an underdog take off, that strategy is premature, imnsho. I love the Idea, but we’re not there yet. 

As evidence, notice that the books we’ve backed so far have not seen that much of a boost following their selection by The CEO Syndicate. Every one of them is still under 300 pre-orders.

It’s just idle speculation, but Quill appears to have created a stagnation point, due to the daunting and imposing gap between 250 and 750. I suspect that many authors resign themselves to being satisfied with Quill and take their feet off the gas after reaching Quill. Potential backers see this and it seems to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.

Perhaps some Interim. attractive Carrot for reaching 500 might alleviate that situation and give authors a reason to keep pushing hard after crossing the Quill line. Getting to 500 then gives motivation to go all out for 750, which at that point seems reachable.

In any event, I’m a loyal soldier and this isn’t a democratic selection process, so I’m good with whatever direction Jeremy wishes to take.

Img 1188 Billy O’Keefe · Author · edited over 1 year ago
I hate to choose one at the expense of others, but I loved Terminus’ premise back in 2015, and I’d hate to see it fall short again. Didn’t even realize it was funding again, so regardless of where the voting goes I’m off to get my copy. 

Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Jeremy Thomas technically we could do both. Terminus has 57 days left so we could make it next month’s selection. I’m really liking @Richard Saunders’ idea of this being the "rainmaker" syndicate.
10010804 10204405977324996 934323765199511974 o André Brun · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Jeremy Thomas Terminus is a good suggestion, but I believe that Beyond the code will benefit from that Syndicate push. Also Kelsey did tremendous effort bringing her campaign this far.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Jeremy Thomas I think supporting promising books which have yet to build any substantial following is a great idea, too. Would love to learn more about  @Jaye Milius ’ Terminus 
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added over 1 year ago
This has been my perspective on things since the beginning.  Our role should be a threshold crossing role, at least at this point.   It’s awesome how the syndicates have grown, but we’re still barely able to move the needle on the 750 book target.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree @Richard Saunders . Down the road, I’d love to see hundreds of people involved in a syndicate,  in which case we can flood a book and bring it from Quill into full Ink, but at the moment, I feel we should look at books on the verge of Quill or on the verge of full Ink publishing to maximize our impact. 
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
William, that’s also a worthy suggestion and I’m sure we’ll discuss several others before Jeremy makes his pick.

It is my opinion that books which have secured Quill, but are hundreds of units away from 750 are not good candidates for Syndicate picks at this point in time. Bringing someone to 280 or 300 doesn’t do much to help them achieve the next threshold goal. 

I believe that will change as Syndicates become larger and there are two reasons for that. The first is that the sheer numbers alone will eventually be able to boost a title by a hundred or more pre-orders. The second is that once a Syndicate crosses some point of critical mass, it will also become more of an influencer, and will attract many more customers on top of the Syndicate purchase. But we are a long way from that right now.

Since we have so many other forums and outlets to promote and tout books we like, regardless of where they are in the funding stage, it would seem more efficient to keep this forum a little more focused on a smaller, more select group where the Syndicate purchase gives us the best bang for the buck.

I recognize that not everyone will agree with my conception of how Syndicates should operate at this small stage. The track record on my opinions being correct is 50/50 at best, so I’m always willing to listen to opposing views and be swayed by sound arguments.

B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m  glad to see Beyond the Code is getting attention from the Syndicate.  Kelsey Rae is a tireless promoter and a great supporter of many authors. I would also like to draw your attention to And the Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee.  Joni’s story is a tale of espionage set in London. His writing builds tension and creates suspense as the stakes mount for a guy in over his head but not out of his wits. I think you’ll find it compelling.  
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree @Richard Saunders with  Beyond the Code so close to quill we could give it an important bump to the 250! And then @Tal Klein we can maybe take a look at  Lucky  down the line seeing that it has more time. 

Buuuuut I also would like to hear what other titles @Jeremy Thomas might have his eye on, too! Any books, Jeremy, that we should be talking about / looking at? I’d love to hear your suggestions because in the past you have brought up some really great books that at least I personally had not yet seen. 
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
Just to clarify: I’m fine supporting either of the two. Your logic is sound, Richard.
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
I like both of these and have already pre-ordered them.

Lucky has two months remaining, so could still be a syndicate selection in June - it is a daunting 430 units away from 750 and the effect of Syndicate backing now is minimized.

Supporting BTC (only 12 days left) is a last chance effort that would guarantee Quill. We would still have the option for Lucky next month if it shows promise of demonstrating enough legs on its own to reach 750 with a little extra help from syndicates etc.

Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’ve been eyeing Beyond the Code by @Kelsey Rae Barthel for a while now, and would certainly be interested in learning more!
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
I like Beyond The Code and have supported it. As for me, I’d like to see R H Webster’s Lucky get to 750. I know she just got an extension on her Inkshares goal, and I think this syndicate’s backing would help get her a bit closer to full Inkshares publishing.
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
Chiming in early with a recommendation.  Beyond The Code by Kelsey Rae Barthel.

Twelve days left and 29 units short of Quill.

http://bit.ly/1NiGwTb
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
This may or may not be appropriate for this forum, but in the spirit of crowdfunding great work, I am encouraging members of this group who may not have pre-ordered to help push Mike Donald’s "Louisiana Blood" over the Quill hump. He’s at 244 pre-orders with 10 days to go. Here is his link:
https://www.inkshares.com/books/louisiana-blood-a-chandler-travis-and-duke-lanoix-mystery?referral_code=13a0d0cd
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
I don’t think that works. Sometimes I will pre-order a book early on and then pre-order it again when it needs help achieving a goal. So we don’t want to block that capability. As it stands right now, I like that the order page says "pre-order again?". That warns me that I have already placed an order - I do lose track sometimes.

Almost all of the books the Syndicate has selected so far resulted in my placing an additional order and I’m OK with that. The additional download or hard copy will be gifted away.

The option to request a refund helps close the gap for those wise people who realize that they can help more authors by using that refund or credit on another project.
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
That’s a good point. Would it be difficult to build logic that prevents a Syndicate member from pre-ordering a book they’ve already pre-ordered? I could see issue compounded if multiple Syndicates back the same book too.
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I had previously pre-ordered this and I didn’t get credits...
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great choice!  Of course as I’ve advocated for this one before, what else could I say?

Also, did anyone else get credits on the site saying they’re from the CEO Syndicate selection?  Is this them refunding my money for this month because I’d already preordered this?
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great choice!  Of course as I’ve advocated for this one before, what else could I say?

Also, did anyone else get credits on the site saying they’re from the CEO Syndicate selection?  Is this them refunding my money for this month because I’d already preordered this?
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great choice @Jeremy Thomas I’m been super stoked to read @Amanda Orneck DEUS HEX MACHINA for a while now, and am really glad to hear so many other people are pumped about it too! 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’ve just been exchanging DMs with Amanda. Since she can’t access this thread, she’s asked me to pass on her deepest gratitude. In her words ’Seriously I can no longer concentrate!’ An excellent choice of book and person.
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
Congratulations to Amanda and DEUS HEX MACHINA.  This book is an excellent choice and a fantastic story which is very deserving of the syndicate’s support.  I look forward to seeing the campaign succeed and to reading the rest of her story. 
Tal bio Tal M. Klein · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great choice guys! DEUS HEX MACHINA earned it just based on the chapter names alone. Also, on a more personal note, this past week has literally made me dizzy. I want to thank many of the members of this syndicate for their support and encouragement.  I’m very proud to be a member of our community.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Peter Ryan  and anyone else interested, I agree with both @Richard Saunders and @Brian Guthrie Author and feel Syndicates are not for self promotion and certainly do not want to receive a Syndicate email pertaining to each self promotion request which comes down the line. However, maybe there can be a standing rule that an author can PM (personal message) the Syndicate leader to throw their hat into the ring or something. This also could be done over in the forums

Honestly, though, I like the idea that the list is curated by us as a group, or at least by @Jeremy Thomas  because I feel like he truly has his finger on the Inkshares pulse. To be honest with you, that’s why I joined this Syndicate in the first place--to see each month some of the books he, personally, was excited about, aka that "caught his eye." I have also independently followed/purchased books based on his Syndicate suggestions even if they did not make the  final "Syndicate" cut, too. 

All in all, I see this group (and other Syndicates) as places where people can discuss potential books  that we, as a group, are interested in backing as a group, not a place where I am pitched potential books by their authors who are obviously totally biased towards their own work. If you doubt that self-serving bias, then please go take a look at the best book ever written entitled RUNE OF THE APPRENTICE by Jamison Stone.  (I don’t obviously believe that, but think it proves my point.)

Also, funding authors please take note, if you want to promote your book I strongly suggest you focus on doing so outside of the Inkshares community first and foremost. If you gain traction out in the "world" people here at inkshares will take notice VERY QUICKLY. I personally check Inkshares each and every day, and as a semi-strict rule only follow/buy books which are able to bring a large number of new independent Inkshares users into our fold. While I do this for a multitude of reasons, I know deeply in my heart that the most vial thing to Inkshares’ long term success is broadening our user base of new book buyers. Likewise, the most vital thing to your personal book’s success is book buyers, and the ones here have already bought books (some of us have bought many, many books, and are pretty tapped out!) So, I highly suggest you branch out and bring some new folks into our awesome Inkshares community, and you will then be very pleasantly surprised when Inkshares takes notices and supports you wholeheartedly!

If you have any questions/comments which are not directly pertinent to this specific Syndicate, please feel free to reach out to me directly via PM or on twitter
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
There is a place (actually many) for self-promotion. I do not believe that fits with the mission of this particular type of group. It is also good imo, to make that clear and remove it as one of the potential motivations for joining Syndicates.

Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
First that was targeted at nonmembers. Second the idea here was for others to nominate your work not a self promotion thing. Write an amazing piece and your work will get nominated by someone on the syndicate
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m still new to this, but why not pitch your work on a syndicate thread if you are a member of the syndicate? One of the driving forces behind Inkshares overall success is a willingness for authors to get out there and self promote. It seems a little strange that a forum such as this would be sensitive to someone trying to succeed. Most of us have sat in front of the keyboard and wondered what to do next. Give a fellow author a shot - it’s easy enough to ignore. And, on a personal note, having the backing of the CEO Syndicate rocks!It’s something worth chasing.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Jeremy Thomas might want to "pin" a self-promo policy to avoid confusion for new folks. 
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Richard Saunders I agree and I believe this was addressed the last time it happened but that was a while ago. 
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
If the consensus is for Deus Hex Machina then I’m all for it. That book looks like the epitome of cool and I know is a fan favorite around here. But, if we are pushing for a book closer to the end of its campaign, then I’d lean more toward Tears of the Assasin. 
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · added over 1 year ago
This may be coming a little late and out of the blue, but CM Molisani’s "Seeking the Elephant" is worthy of consideration.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Richard Saunders a strong 2nd on that. 
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m not sure if there is a hard and fast rule or not, but I think it will get too messy if we turn Syndicates into a forum for pitching our own works to each other. I understand that our projects are eligible for selection, but better to leave it to others to recommend it, or not.

I’m ok with it either way, but that’s my preference.
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
Fellow CEO Syndicate members, as the time to select a book to support for April has arrived I ask for your vote for Tears of the Assassin for the following reasons. 

 1. It’s a damn good read.
 2. It’s very close to reaching the Quill goal 
 3. It gives Inkshares an entry into the popular and lucrative Thriller market.
 4. It’s a damn good read, which is the principle reason for anything to be published on Inkshares.

Eight chapters are posted for your review and I encourage you to check them out and make Tears of the Assassin your CEO Syndicate selection for April.  Thank you.


Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
One of the real pleasures of being part of the Inkshares community is getting to know fellow authors better. William Schiele, Tears of the Assassin, was nice enough to share this with me www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=55159&source=enewsletter Check it out and be inspired! This book should be supported.
Uko3jdc4 Andrew Whitehead · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hey I just joined. I’d go with Deus Hex Machina too, it could use the support and I’m looking forward to reading it.
10010804 10204405977324996 934323765199511974 o André Brun · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi Guys I am new member of the syndicate, Deus Hex Machina needs support but still have time before campaign ends.

On the other hand The Traveller’s Cup ends in 20ish days and need support right now, this is an awesome book , already backed by the Nomad syndicate.

thank you for your consideration
098de134cf14fc66a9c66b4f51abf753 Ferd Crôtte · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Very tough choice!

Amanda Orneck’s Deus Hex Machina is simply a feast for the senses, and has more than proven its worth, IMO. She is deserving, and could use the boost.

William Schiele’s Tears of the Assasssin is a solid fan-favorite, and I count myself among them. He is close to Quill already, but also merits the honor.

Unfortunate that Project Penny went live shortly before the Geek and Sundry contest started. Anna Willoughby strikes me as a very talented young author. I expect her to fly.

Looking forward to further discussion before April10!

Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added over 1 year ago
They’re all good (I’ve pre-ordered three of them)but I’d still go for Tears of the Assassin  for the reasons of funding time remaining and realistic potential of reaching the Quill goal. Oh  - and it’s a good read.
Dsc 1071 snfd shoot small340x340 Frank McIntyre · Author · added over 1 year ago
Tough choice. But I vote for Deus Hex Machina.
Viking mike Michael Haase · Author · added over 1 year ago
Honestly, Jason Chestnut’s "To Live And Die In Avalon" could use a good push, in my opinion. I have no idea as to why this book hasn’t gotten more attention!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Amanda Orneck’s Deux Hex Machina has my vote!
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
Deus Hex Machina has my vote.  I like all of them but this one needs to fund!
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
I agree, all the books are good, and thanks @Jeremy Thomas!
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m a fan of all of the titles mentioned so far. In particular, it’s a shame that Project Penny is not getting more attention, I think that story has real potential. 
1929742 524949699820 1875 n Stephen Carignan · Author · added over 1 year ago
Just joined the Syndicate and thrilled to be here. I would love to double down on Hex Machina. Mostly because I’m utterly baffled as to why it hasn’t reached its goal yet.
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added over 1 year ago
Since we’re tossing out suggestions, I’d like to make the case for Amanda Orneck’s Deus Hex Machina.   I read her submission to the first Nerdist contest, and she’s got a good bit of talent.  She’s at 190 sales now, with about 2.5 months to go.  I’d love to see her get the nod for the June selection, if not earlier.  
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added over 1 year ago
My vote is for Tears of the Assassin.  This would put him over 250 for sure.  Plus it’s a great concept and one I haven’t already supported for once!
Img 1188 Billy O’Keefe · Author · added over 1 year ago
My three suggestions (if not for the syndicate pick, then for a closer look by everyone here):

1. Project Penny (https://www.inkshares.com/books/project-penny-5061 ), a hard-science book that I fear is about to get lost amid a sea of hard-science books once the new contest begins. I love everything I’ve read about this and would hate to see it get overlooked simply because it began funding already and isn’t eligible to compete. 
2. Tears of the Assassin (https://www.inkshares.com/books/tears-of-the-assassin), a character-driven thriller that seems cut from a different cloth. I’d also play the video game based on the movie based on the book, but I’ll settle for getting the book made for now.
3. Stranger Miracles (https://www.inkshares.com/books/stranger-miracles). A sweet story in a genre that’s underrepresented in Inkshares’ nascent days. It’s got a big hill to climb at 29 sold with 27 days left, but I’d love for it to find its audience. 

B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
Welcome Jason.  Welcome also to Anna and Tal.  Your presence and participation are much appreciated. 
Eightbit dbd7585d a550 4851 9860 df16f0a12f6a Jason Chestnut · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hey guys! I have decided to join a couple of syndicates to help support my Inkshares brethren toward success. This was the first on my list, happy to be here!
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m very grateful for Peter’s kind words and generous nomination of my book.  I greatly enjoy the time I get to spend on Inkshares. There are so many wonderful books and I wish I had time to read, review and recommend many more. I hope all of you get the chance to check out Tears of the Assassin and see if you find the plot, characters and pace to be intriguing reading.  If you do then I hope you will support me as the syndicate’s choice for April.  Thank you.
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · edited over 1 year ago
First of all, let me thank the CEO Syndicate again for its support. I’m not there yet but without your tremendous help I’d be much further away. I know what you support means so I thought I’d thrown in my two cents’ worth for a book that is worthy of consideration: William Schiele’s Tears of the Assassin.  I’ve read the first part of his book and I love his style. I’ve also got to know him since starting my funding campaign. A good book + a decent human works for me. 
Img 0895 reasonably small Sarah Bryant · Reader · added almost 2 years ago
Um, super...
Img 0895 reasonably small Sarah Bryant · Reader · added almost 2 years ago
It would be puper nice to put my book up for backing by this syndicate. Since I don’t really get syndicates, I hope I don’t offend anyone by posting the info: https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-one-unspoken-4194 Thanks guys!
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Good people of the CEO Syndicate - you folks rock. What an awesome email to wake up to! Thanks so much for your vote of confidence and I’ll work hard to maintain the excellence and drive of your previous selections. Thanks again.   
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I know I’ve already given a plug for Peter Ryan’s Sync City but at the risk of redundancy I just want to support Billy’s enthusiastic endorsement of the clever author who resides in South Korea. Let’s support Sync City.
Img 1188 Billy O’Keefe · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I cannot emphasize enough how much I want to see Sync City get published. I was a huge fan of the book before I met the guy writing it, and I’m now a fan of his as well. I really like the God in the Shed and Blood Dawn mentions for similar reasons (two great books and two great people) but I feel an extra sense of urgency with Sync City. With 48 days to go and 117 copies to 250, I feel a boost from a syndicate could be an immense difference-maker. I’m glad that’s on the short list.

I also want to shine a light on Sarah Bryant’s The One Unspoken (72 days left, 70 ordered) and Jose Trevino’s Orin and the Skyscrapers (6 days, 56). (I realize the latter is an extreme long shot right now to get funding, but I just wanted to talk it up here so that everyone looks at it and sees what I see.)

Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
I know we usually reach for quality books that are "on the cusp" of a contract. However sometimes I think we could boost an author in no man’s land aka between Quill and Inkshares full contract. In that light, I would suggest A God In The Shed (https://www.inkshares.com/books/a-god-in-the-shed).  JF Dubeau has been a stalwart member of this community and an ambassador for Inkshares unofficially for months.  He’s just under 500 books ordered. We could easily push beyond that and maybe give him some momentum to get it across the 750 mark. There are several other authors who have been amazing in this community (John Robin comes to mind) we could also look at. 
Viking mike Michael Haase · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Excellent. Thanks for the info @Jeremy Thomas. Just completely brand new to this syndicate process. My vote is still with Peter Ryan’s "Sync City." Either that or Patrick Edwards’ "Space Tripping," but I don’t know if it is a faux pas to suggest a book in the contest...
Viking mike Michael Haase · Author · added almost 2 years ago
How does selection happen through this syndicate? Is there a compiled list of books we all offer and can vote upon? March 10th is around the corner, and there are A TON of great books out there that could use the boost...
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Thanks for chiming in Jeremy. I was about to explain that. 
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I support Michael’s suggestion.  I find Peter Ryan’s Sync City to possess very well written characters, a unique depiction of the future and a very human set of circumstances that the plot conveys with grit, warmth and humor.  I believe Peter’s work deserves the support of the CEO Syndicate.  Thank you. 
Viking mike Michael Haase · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
How do we go forward? There are only a couple of days left before a vote...am I wrong? Can we start discussing who might deserve a bump? a suggestion from me would be Peter Ryan’s Sync City...https://www.inkshares.com/books/sync-city?recommended=true any other thoughts?
Picture Alexander Barnes · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I’m so glad you started this group @Jeremy Thomas. There are so many great titles that are just not being discovered.

B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Greetings CEO Syndicate members.  I seem to have caused a dust up by flagrantly and inappropriately posting regarding my own project.  I sincerely promise I will not do that again.  I have joined the CEO Syndicate and I now look forward to lively discussion and the review of books under Syndicate consideration for support.   If you are interested in the Thriller genre’ I recommend you join me and the 5 other members of the Thriller Night Syndicate.  Last month we supported Transillience by Kevin Bragg .  Thanks 
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I’m glad someone else said something first.  Any chance posting could be restricted to members?  Otherwise we’re going to get posts from everyone funding a book, and we’ll end up awash in purchase requests.  
B. brewer William Schiele · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I wish to apologize for the promotional post I placed in the discussion.  I did not mean to be offensive.  Please accept my humble apology.
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I concur
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added almost 2 years ago
It is of course up to Jeremy, but I suspect that this discussion forum is intended to have a very limited focus. Allowing extraneous posts and promotions will eventually lead to a proliferation of off topic comments, and is, imo undesirable.

B. brewer William Schiele · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
Tears of the Assassin has begun its publishing campaign.  Please pop on over and give the chapters a read. Comments are appreciated and a review would be great.  I hope you enjoy the story.  Thanks.
10010804 10204405977324996 934323765199511974 o André Brun · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Allow me to jump in here a little to say a big thank you to all of you. I am really surprise and happy to see that my book was picked for the Feb month!
once again thank you :)
2015 12 02 20.28.58 Janna Grace · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Great idea! Haha @Jeremy Thomas and just watch, we’ll catch you yet!
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I’d also point out that the two we’ve supported so far both just barely cleared the Quill publication option.  So, even getting behind a book we think from looking at the numbers is a surefire publication achieving book isn’t a guarantee of success.

Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added almost 2 years ago
What @Richard Saunders said!  On that note, Storm of Fury has my vote.  I’ve already preordered it, but when you have as many credits as I did post the Nerdist contest, you have to spend them somehow so I went on a huge spending spree seeking out anything and everything I liked to throw support at and still couldn’t find enough to make it through it all.  lol, first world problems.

Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
Most of the time, nominated entries will be worthy. Choice will often rest on which project will benefit the most from being selected.

Help an already successful project approach or cross the Quill or 750 pre-order level? Or highlight and gain increased exposure for a "hidden gem"?

As this syndicate grows in size, our ability to influence others will also grow.

I would think that at our current membership level - pushing projects to a place near or over the finish line carries the most bang. Later, with more members, we will stand a better chance to jump start those hidden gems.

At that point, we leverage not only the money we donate, but could also go on a promotion binge, with each of us recommending the selected title on Inkshares and within our own social-media networks.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
I’d already taken a look at and pre-ordered Storm of Fury and Lies and Deception but not yet heard of Icarus Hadwell, TransilienceTime and Space Enoughand Toasted Fiction. After seeing your post I took a look and realized that I’d honestly be willing to give each a try. It’s hard to choose or even compare them though because they all are so unique. I feel this is a bit of the issue facing new authors and their readers, felt here at Inkshares and beyond. The complexity/paradox of choice is so staggering! I guess the only way is to just pick one and dive in! I do, however, feel badly for the books with a lower reader count. I wonder if the syndicate system can help them get some added vision. However, on the other hand, I feel that we should pick books based on their merits, not that they have low numbers. Again, the difficulty/paradox of choice!
Dsc 1071 snfd shoot small340x340 Frank McIntyre · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
Glad to be here @Jeremy Thomas  :)
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Of the list, Storm of Fury is the only one I see making its goal (which hurts my soul...I really wanted Toasted Fiction).  As per usual, I already ordered a copy, LOL.  That’s my vote for this month.  Doing anything other will just end up getting refunded when their campaign fails.
Picture Rick Heinz · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Hey guys, I’m going to back out the Syndicate temporarily. There are a bunch of new contests on the horizon and I’m going to be backing books I like in those. Which means my discretionary reading budget will be filled up during the slate of these contests. So for now.... I’ll be out. 

::Talks in Arnold S. Voice::

But I’ll be back...
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Sounds good to me
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I agree - Seven Shards - by a large margin.
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added almost 2 years ago
To me, Seven shards is the obvious choice.  18 more orders gets her to 238 and a stone's throw from quill.  I've backed all three already, so it ultimately doesn't matter to me ;)
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · edited almost 2 years ago
As I've backed all of those, I'm a bit indifferent on which I prefer.  I think I would again go for something that's close but not quite there.
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added almost 2 years ago
My thoughts: 

All five of those are pretty far from hitting 250, and they all have at least a month to go, so I'd put all those on the back burner until February to see if they've made any ground.  If we had to pick one of those five, my gut says support Toasted Fiction because I am so in love with that premise, but if our goal is to get someone pushed over the edge, none of those are going to do it.

I know I'm the one who asked, but now that I think on it, maybe we should wait until 1/15, and fund whichever of the S&L contest novels is closest to 250 (Bob Barker adds "without going over").  That will definitely make a difference in one of those author's lives.  

Now that I think on it even more, Jeremy I'm sure you can get special database querries.  Can you pull the data for us each month as we debate to see who is near a 250/750 cutoff without a lot of time left on their campaigns?
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added almost 2 years ago
So what's the word, Boss?  Whom we jumping on this month?
Picture Rick Heinz · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Oh the fine art of debt repayment. What all of us do every Jan after we get our holiday bills in.... ::Runs off to find bottle of wine and drown sorrows::

So who is the book that we are shooting for this month?
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Good for you Joe! Always smart to re-assess priorities and make adjustments this time of year. Best wishes for continued success and Happy New Year!
162980 10150347252315626 6077063 n Joseph Terzieva · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I'm jumping out of this syndicate. In 2016, my wife and I are saving every penny so we can get out of debt and I can focus more time on my writing career. Best of luck to the group.
Picture Rick Heinz · Author · added about 2 years ago
I think everyone in here already has She is the End. I don't need a third. Seven Shards gets my vote for next time if it comes up. I agree with the choice about Papercuts. Nicely done.
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added about 2 years ago
Congratulations to Papercuts!

There were three deserving nominees, with a case to be made for each of them. I'm just a few miles from the store in Jamaica Plain right now.

One of these days, I will stop in and congratulate them on the win - and also ask if they plan on stocking Inkshares titles! (They never answered my email query with that same question several weeks ago) I think they should have an Inkshares section!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
I really like the idea of funding a book that is pre 250 so we can leverage our "power" to help get a book over the edge. Looking forward to learning more about Papercuts!
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added about 2 years ago
I am chock full of good questions.  Also, good call on the "notify everyone" checkbox.  I'm pretty sure people didn't really need to know that Mr. Barrett is my father.  :D
162980 10150347252315626 6077063 n Joseph Terzieva · Author · added about 2 years ago
I work with A.C. in the forums, so bias. I have already the book, but I still vote to support She is the End. 

I am most interested in the setting and story she has put forth. In discussions with her, she leans heavy on the characters, and I believe that will make for an excellent novel.

Though she has already hit her Quill goal, I want to the best representation and quality possible for the book. Our votes get her closer to the 750 required to receive full support, and this will benefit the work.
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added about 2 years ago
Oy. Don't call me Mr. Barrett. That's my father. 
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added about 2 years ago
I will utilize the "secret ballot" option. All three are deserving.

I would probably place Papercuts bookstore in Jamaica Plain in third place - but have to disqualify myself due to an unfair personal bias. I should let them know that their local competition (Harvard Bookstore and Porter Square Bookstore) are stocking my Inkshares title and they are not! lol, that's ok, maybe my genre doesn't fit their business model even though my book's setting is in their backyard.

I'd be happy if any of these three projects garners our support, but agree with Mr. Barrett that pushing a project toward a funding goal should be a top consideration. Helping to move something from Quill to full Inkshares treatment qualifies, imo.

I see this syndicate's endorsement as (hopefully) becoming much more than just an incremental bit of polish, especially if it grows to a substantial size.

In addition to the monetary value, I hope that that the value of the "honor" of being a monthly selection will exceed the dollar support and will result in increased visibility and credibility which might in turn generate more pre-orders than the syndicate purchase.

When selecting a winner, I tend to think that personalities and thanks for being an Inkshares supporter should be decidedly secondary considerations - with the pure merit of the work being, by far, the primary factor.
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added about 2 years ago
I agree that AC has been a huge part of our community here, and I'm all in favor of throwing her a token of appreciation.  

I have a procedural question - if she gets another 15 orders, what does that money go to?   Increased marketing/editing/design budget?  Her pocket?  Inkshare's pocket?  I never read the fine print on Quill, so maybe there's already an answer to this.  

The reason I ask this is that this syndicate has a great opportunity to be the force that pushes someone over a goal line - either quill or full inkshares.  That being the case, I'd typically rather see the weight being thrown in that direction.  My thought is that so long as we're not picking crap books, overall societal utility is increased by one additional book being published over a book already being published getting a tiny incremental bit of polish.  

tl;dr I really like AC, and would love to see her be successful, but if buying these books isn't going to materially affect that, we should go with someone still aiming for a goal.
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added about 2 years ago
As I have pre-ordered all three, that isn't a consideration for me.  Of the three, I think Seven Shards is the most likely I'd read first, followed by She is the End, and then What Happened Here.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
She is the End by A.C. Weston has my vote, however, all three are most certainly worth supporting!

Also, I
 just watched A.C.'s video for the first time and HIGHLY suggest everyone check it out. HERE is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmeKgI090s 
Img 2382 Artie Sievers · Author · added about 2 years ago
I vote Seven Shards, but only because I already pre-ordered A.C.'s book. :)
Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added about 2 years ago
Quick operational question: If the syndicate sponsors a book that you have already backed, do you get 2 copies, or do you get a refund for the first purchase?
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · edited about 2 years ago
Terminal Magicks is another possible nominee for the month's book, since I saw people posting.

Img 2382 Artie Sievers · Author · added about 2 years ago
Very cool idea!!!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
Haha, nice one, Jeremy. I'll take 003, then. I just hope that I don't get murdered by an individual pretending to be a KGB agent who then leaves a tag on my body that reads "Death to Spies" in Russian. Wait, or was that 004...? If so, watch out Dave Barret!
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · added about 2 years ago
I also voted (on Goodreads) in favor of keeping the "Syndicate name."

Did someone mention anonymous numbers and code-names? It just so happens that  . . .

If you are into that sort of thing; I have openings for "Secret Agents" where you get your own double 0 number (while they last) and can choose your own code name.

http://www.secretagentman.org/secretagents.html
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
@Richard Haha, yes! And it should totally be done all SEELE Neon Genesis Evangelion style, too! 
Picture Rick Heinz · Author · added about 2 years ago
I'll be apart of anything called the Syndicate. Can we all do web conferences where we scheme and plot with anonymous numbers for our membership names?
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
@Jeremy Sounds perfect!
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · edited about 2 years ago
What are your thoughts for funding level of Syndicated books, Jeremy? Are you thinking of books currently greater or less than 250?
Ucxjlx5o Brian Guthrie · Author · added about 2 years ago
So do we make suggestions here and is this thread public?
162980 10150347252315626 6077063 n Joseph Terzieva · Author · edited about 2 years ago
This one ends in four days, but I loved the concept. https://www.inkshares.com/projects/teal-book-of-oaztaltia-6227
B w final Kris Calvin · Author · added about 2 years ago
Cool name. Definitely a cool idea.  Looking forward to discovering new Inkshares authors. 
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · added about 2 years ago
Very cool idea! Happy to join and support other Inkshares authors!