This is embarrassing.
The exercises will return shortly!
In the meantime, help me get the pre-order numbers up for Far Flung. Your help will help me create the best sci-fi experience I can!
In 2169, Ulysess Spaceflight begins a private mission to colonize the Tau Ceti system. William Flynn, a rising star among the reporters for The Galactic Observer, is aboard with a unique opportunity to record the life of the colonists aboard the Tereshkova colony vessel. Instead of arriving at the fourth planet of Tau Ceti, however, the ship jumps to a new and unknown galaxy billions of lightyears from Earth.
Flynn and the crew are forced to survive in a war-torn region with no help from other humans. As they flee from hostile aliens, the crew is forced to trust the strange beings who offer aid and shelter. With no hope of returning to Earth, they must seek a new home among the stars.
Did you ever watch Star Trek: Voyager and wish there were more danger and consequences for the crew’s actions? Did you ever watch the Battlestar Galactica revival and wonder what what happen if the crew met other beings and civilizations aside from the Cylons?
The story of Far Flung draws from episodic sci-fi and blends in a multiple point-of-view structure. See the story unfold through the eyes of five different characters on the colony ship Tereshkova – a rookie reporter, an upstart navigator, a brilliant engineer, an ex-military security chief, and an alien scientist. Their stories tie together the trials and dangers of a search for a new home.
I need a metaphorical kick in the butt to get this done. Maybe a real one too. Various issues have led to this book taking a long time, but this contest does not require a finished novel. If I win this, or get a minimum of 250 pre-orders, Far Flung will get finished. It will get the best possible attention that I can give it, along with the editorial talents of Inkshares and the publisher they hook me up with.
You aren’t just getting an ebook – you are contributing to a pool of money that will be used to secure editing, publication, and promotional deals. That’s the big difference between this an a Kickstarter – if I did a Kickstarter I would have to find an editor and a publisher, and handle all of my promotion by myself. At least this way, I can get help from industry professionals who know what it takes to get a book out there.
You get the satisfaction of helping an indie author make his dream come true. If that’s not worth $10, I don’t know what is!
If I do not win the contest and I fail to get enough pre-orders, you get your money back. 100%, no questions asked, easy as that. I will find other ways to get this book done.
If I don’t win but I do get the minimum required pre-orders, I will have help from Inkshares with editing, publication, and promotion.
The second draft is complete from beginning to end, and the book stands at about 60,000 words in length. You can see samples from the third draft when you visit Far Flung on Inkshares and read the sample chapters.
If I win the contest or get enough pre-orders, I will be able to finish this book much faster than I would otherwise. I’ll have money for the services I need and help from industry professionals.
I’ll call it Reading Radar, and it’s a look at a few of the cool new reads I’ve discovered. I’ll be heavily favoring web serials and crowdfunded books on sites like Inkshares, as most of my reading has turned toward the indie scene.
Here’s my best finds this week:
Dracula vs. Hitler, by Patrick Sheane Duncan
As if the title alone weren’t enough! C’mon, you know you want it. This is a great example of a successful book at Inkshares – it garnered enough interest to get well over 750 preorders and got a full editing and promotion treatment by Inkshares. The samples freely available show why it’s popular – it’s written in the same style of diary entries and correspondence as the original Bram Stoker novel. The story has Van Helsing decide to unleash the worst monster he knows to fight the worst monster the world has known. It looks awesome, and is definitely worth a good read.
Sorcery for Beginners, by Matt Harry
Formatted like a “for Dummies” book, complete with helpful diagrams, this novel looks like a really fun read. It’s currently funding on Inkshares, and I’m sure the author would love your help getting it made. It follows a boy who finds an easy-to-read guide to magic – and it works! Unfortunately it also really, really messes up his life. Have a look, and throw some love in if you can.
A Practical Guide to Evil, by ErraticErrata
This is a web serial that I found through Web Fiction Guide. Everyone knows the old Evil Overlord list, right? This is that same list, but fleshed out into a full story with deep characters. It’s a very engaging read, and I highly recommend checking it out.
While I’m doing my best to read, my main work is getting Far Flung: Castaways ready for publication. I need a book out there!
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