Reblog – #INDIESPOTLIGHT #8 featuring T.C.C. Edwards

Check out this post on Christopher Lee’s blog about me and Far Flung!

It’s really great to be featured on his site, and please, pick up Christopher Lee’s book, Nemeton! Oh and Far Flung, too, of course!

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Don’t Let World-Building Get in the Way of Story-Building

A post of mine regarding Far Flung on John Robin’s blog, Epic Fantasy Writer!

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Happy almost-November!

Today I’d like to share more on world-building by means of a guest post from an author I recently connected with—TCC Edwards. You can check out his book, Far Flung, which is has been picked by an Inkshares syndicates and is still funding, at nearly 1/4 of the way to meeting the Quill publication milestone.

TCCHow many lists of world-building tips, hints, questions, and resources have you seen on the internet? They’re a bit intimidating, aren’t they? Especially when they’re as exhaustive as the queen of all world-building lists by author Patricia C. Wrede, with questions about politics, science, religion, and many more aspects of your fictional world.

You could spend a lot of time building your world with a list like this, but without proper attention to the story and characters, readers aren’t likely to appreciate the effort. If you are writing a multi-novel…

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Time is running out to support Far Flung on Inkshares!

With 5 days left in the Launch Pad Inkshares contest, I’m losing my hold over 4th place, let alone a top 3 place that I would need to win.

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So here I am, again, trying to get pre-orders for Far Flung. I’ve got two supporter previews left. I think those previews are why a lot of new blog visitors are here!

To my new visitors and my readers before the campaign – will you support Far Flung?

If you plan to, now is the time!

Check out Far Flung at the Inkshares page here and see the updates and chapters I’ve provided. With complex characters and worldbuilding, I think sci-fi fans will deeply appreciate this journey. Read over the preview chapters, maybe leave a comment or recommendation, and let me know what you think!

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!

Reblog – A Journey Across the Universe

The following is from my recent guest post at the Apotheosis Studios blog, maintained by Jamison Stone.

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A Journey Across The Universe

I know the exact moment that Far Flung was born. I was living alone at the time in a tiny little town called Chalk River, way out in northern Ontario. I was a university student with one of those co-op jobs that sounds great right up until you actually get it. I mean I was working at the facility where CANDU nuclear reactors are designed! Sounds cool, right? Just like Homer Simpson! The work was co-op grunt work, the kind of thing a real researcher shoves onto interns, but still very nifty if you’ve got a mind for science.

Read more at Apotheosis Studios here!


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.

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

Support my Sci-Fi novel, Far Flung

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Far Flung is in the Top 50 at The Launch Pad, but I need your help to get it in the Top 3 on Inkshares!

People I’ve asked to critique and proofread Far Flung have thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

“The author has created a highly inventive world for the reader to immerse themselves into, and an adventurous story that will keep them turning pages!” – Michael Ostrowski

“Far Flung starts off on an interesting premise, where a lot of thought went into building the story and its relatable protagonist. This book is definitely something worth checking out for sci-fi junkies.” – Jeyna Grace

Find out why Far Flung made the Top 50, and help me win a Top 3 place on Inkshares!

This Inkshares contest is independent of the Launch Pad Manuscript competition, but is only open to Launch Pad competitors. Running this campaign now gives me a better chance to see a full publishing deal for Far Flung.

Help kickstart my writing career, and you’ll be helping me and my family immensely!

I’m posting short previews of works by the authors and creators who support me! You can have your project (or your friend’s) promoted too when you help me out!

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Day 1 Update for Far Flung!

I’ve got an incredible update for the race to the Top 3 at Inkshares. Far Flung is in the game, and so far I have 15 supporters!

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Far Flung is in the running over at The Launch Pad, and could go on to be one of the Top 25 in the Manuscript Competition. I won’t know until September 12!

People I’ve asked to critique and proofread Far Flung has thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The author has created a highly inventive world for the reader to immerse themselves into, and an adventurous story that will keep them turning pages!” – Michael Ostrowski

“Far Flung starts off on an interesting premise, where a lot of thought went into building the story and its relatable protagonist. This book is definitely something worth checking out for sci-fi junkies.” – Jeyna Grace

Find out why Far Flung made the Top 75, and help me win a Top 3 place on Inkshares!

This Inkshares contest is independent of the Launch Pad Manuscript competition, but is only open to the Top 75. Running this campaign now gives me a better chance to see a full publishing deal for Far Flung.

Help kickstart my writing career, and you’ll be helping me and my family immensely!

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