Why Support Support Far Flung?

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As you likely know, I’ve been working away at previews of other authors’ works and other promotions for Far Flung.

There are more previews in the pipeline, but not many! The rest will go up soon, but first, a personal note about my desire for Far Flung. It’s the reason for all these previews, after all – a perk for supporting the book to come. I’ll write a preview for your book, music, artwork, blog, or whatever else it is you do in return for a $10 pre-order.

Why do all this?

It’s a fair question, one that certainly keeps coming up!

With a place in the Top 50 in Launch Pad, and the supportive community at Inkshares, I saw a chance. Normally, it takes 750 pre-orders of a book at Inkshares to get a fully-featured publishing deal, but I could get the same level of quality and service if I land in the Top 3 of the current Launch Pad Contest by October 9. An e-book, paperback copies, hardcover, signed copies, distribution in major bookstores – the whole deal.

I could do this without Inkshares, it will just take a lot longer.

Story development editing is expensive. So is promotion, cover design, distribution, and I would (somehow) have to pay for all of it if I end up self-publishing. As someone already in a nasty bit of debt, a means of subsidizing production, like crowdfunding, has a certain appeal!

What happens if I don’t get the Top 3 by October 9?

Just so you don’t think I’m pinning all my hopes on this one chance, I figure I’ll let you know the alternatives I can see. First, I will not cancel the campaign for Far Flung. There’s a level of publishing at 250 pre-orders that I can take, and I’ll try for that. It doesn’t offer as much editing, but it will get physical copies of the book in bookstores in the US and Canada – something quite difficult for me to do on my own.

After that, there’s self-publishing. No idea how I’ll afford everything, so I’ll be pitching it to traditional literary agents as I work through the steps. But somehow, I will finish it. I’m also starting the sequel (yes, there will be one!) as soon as I can – it’ll be my submission for next year’s Launch Pad (yes, I will do it again, but probably without the crowdfunding part).

tl;dr – It will get done.

So why should you throw in $10 for an e-book, or $20 for a physical copy? Because it will get done. I have a plan, and I’m following it now, but if I can get a 50-80 additional pre-orders within the next two weeks, you know what happens? My plans get accelerated drastically and you get Far Flung and all the books that follow a lot sooner (hey, remember Bound in Shadows? Don’t worry, I do).

I hope you will pre-order!

Here’s the page where you order. Oh, note that if you get an e-book, it’ll come in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats.

Order now, get a nice little promo for your work, and get a great sci-fi novel!

#Inkshares Preview #43 – The Wolf in the Woods by Benjamin Gray (@ImBenvincible)

The Wolf in the Woods is an anthology of terror by Benjamin Gray that is in the running for the horror contest.

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This book promises to be a creepy anthology of flash fiction and short stories with creepy themes. Wishes with terrible prices, journeys that never end, a computer game that acts against its creator’s wishes – the stories vary in genre, but each promises to have a dark twist.

Anthologies can be a tough sell, but when they promise unusual premises and creeping terror, it’s hard not to be drawn in. The three preview stories available already show a good, crisp narrative with good characters and storytelling. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #42 – The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel

In The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel, an artist who lost everything in the Great Depression searches for the brother he thought was lost in the Great War.

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This book is a bit different from the other Inkshares books I’m previewing – The Sulphur Cure was written and published before going on Inkshares for the Launch Pad competition, but this contest should get a bigger audience for the author.

The story follows Vincent Rhodes, an artist who lost his family fortune in the Great Depression, as he receives letters from his brother Theo. Theo went missing in the Great War, so Vincent leaves Brooklyn, following clues in the letters to solve the mystery and find his brother. His search takes him to New England, but the eclectic residents of a decaying resort known as The Sulphur Cure have dark secrets of their own.

Rhodes is an intriguing character from the start, and I really appreciate the simple, compelling narrative of the chapters I’ve read so far. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares and Amazon!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #41 – The Valentine Saga: Innocence by Brendon Udy (@BrendonUdy )

In The Valentine Saga: Innocence by Brendon Udy, a young woman emerges from a fallout bunker after spending 24 years with only a humanoid robot for company.

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Nina Valentine lives in a fallout shelter with only one friend, her robot Bob. After 24 years, Nina is ready to break out to the surface, but when she does, she finds the remains of a global war with aliens. As she and Bob search for answers, they discover that the war never truly ended.

Nina is a likable character from the start – smart, brave, and witty. The narrative moves quickly, and promises an enjoyable adventure to come. Check it out on  Inkshares now!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #40 – Battle Flag by Shawn Furniss (@Col_Shaggy)

In Battle Flag by Shawn Furniss, a new squadron commander must lead his pilots into battle as the greatest war of the galaxy begins.

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The story focuses on Lt. Cmdr Michael “Ironhand” Jovanne and his friend and squadron mate Miguel “Roach” Ortiz as they fly missions for the Consortium Star Force. They are fun-loving pilots who annoy their admiral but are praised for their skill in battle. Their prowess is put to the test when their government’s closest ally begins a massive war.

The preview chapters move quickly, promising an enjoyable camaraderie between the main characters and action that blends Top Gun with space sci-fi. Check it out on  Inkshares now!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #39 – The Battle Within by Alastair Luft (@AlastairLuft)

A soldier deals with life away from combat and the complex issues of PTSD in The Battle Within by Alastair Luft

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The Battle Within Follows Major Hugh Dégaré, a Canadian soldier who takes a new position in a military headquarters far from the front line.  Without the adrenaline of combat, Dégaré begins to suffer nightmares and intense memories from his service. He turns to a psychologist, estranged friend and ex-soldier Daryl. Even with the extra help, Dégaré’s rage continues to grow and his life falls apart. He turns to a questionable military medical system, desperate to save his career, his marriage, and his life.

With Luft’s own military experience in the  narrative, the issues facing those in the service and the vets who return are brought to life in stark detail. Reviewers praise the story for its up-close and personal look at PTSD and related issues. Check it out on Amazon and Inkshares now!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

Preview #38 – The Traveller Chronicles by Zak Standridge

Zak Standridge has a series of fanfiction based in the Doctor Who universe, featuring an “accidental Time Lord” called the Traveller.

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To escape war, a temporal engineer from the Doctor’s homeworld of Gallifrey, is forced to land on Earth. Once there, he is forced to kidnap a young woman to save her life, but she has a secret of her own.

The Traveller series now has several books, and features some familiar characters from Doctor Who lore as well as all-new characters. Find out more on Inkshares and the Facebook page here!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

Cover with Title - small

Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think