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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*Both* of my entries in the Launch Pad Competition made the Top 75

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Well. This is certainly unexpected!

I got an email today from Launch Pad, a project run by The Tracking Board. I was very excited to see it, as the title suggested that one of the two submissions I put in made it to the next round.

I was wrong.

Both submissions made it to the Top 75

Deep breath. Exhale. Oh boy.

Both the sci-fi work Far Flung and the epic fantasy Bound in Shadows rated well enough with judges to progress into the Top 75.

 

Wow, I am excited! I don’t know how many entries there were overall, but the 2016 contest had over 1000 entries – I’m assuming this year’s had even more.

Now comes the really interesting part – one of my stories might make it further up in the ranks and get into the top 25, or even the top 10. The higher one of my stories gets, the more rewards I get – with a possibility of a full signing or publishing deal.

There’s also the Inkshares part of the contest – the top 3 stories submitted to both Inkshares and Launch Pad will get full publishing deals through Inkshares. But one of my stories can only win this if I start campaigning for crowdfunding AND my campaign reaches the top 3 on Inkshares.

Two entries in the Top 75!

This is great – it means that experts in the publishing industry are reading the preview manuscripts I submitted and eyeing them for their potential as books or even TV or movie projects. I’ll have to see which perks and extras from the contest I will win – it depends on how much further the stories go.

In a contest that must have had many, many entries, two written by me got enough regard to place in the top 75. I can brag about this. (Authors have to brag; it’s how we survive.) I feel great – my writing has potential and I can indeed get a novel published, one way or another.

 

May updates for #IWSG and the #amwriting community.

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Hello visitors from #IWSG! Happy Star Wars day! I have some updates here that might be of interest to the neurotic writing community.

First up, I’ve got my ongoing series of writing exercises.

Every week for the past few months I’ve put up posts on Tuesday and Thursday featuring a writing exercise and my own sample take on the exercise. I’ll be compiling these exercises into a book later on, as I really need a new textbook for teaching fiction writing to ESL students. While I won’t claim to be a writing genius, I think the exercises will work well with writers at all levels of ability. I hope they will inspire you as well.

This month’s exercises focuses on using different points of view in writing. I hope you’ll check them out.


Other happenings:

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I have a story called Far Flung in a contest on Inkshares.

This contest is held by Launch Pad and Inkshares, and requires that you submit the first 50 pages of a novel you are working on. Your 50 pages will be read by successful authors and publishers, and you will have a chance to win a publishing contract or one of several other prizes. Might be worth checking out!

If you’ve never heard of Inkshares, it’s a crowd-funding program for indie authors. They’re a really good bunch of people, and I encourage you to check out the website.


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I’ve been hanging out in writing subforums on Reddit, especially /r/writingprompts

There are some very good prompts, and anyone is allowed to add their own. One prompt was so appealing, it got me to break my long Reddit silence and write a weird little fantasy piece.

Anyway, I suppose my message to IWSG this month is that I #amwriting, and finding excuses to write rather than excuses not to. Maybe that’ll help you find your own excuse!