Yep! I just checked. Fury From Hell is in the #5 position on the leaderboard in the LaunchPad portion of the Inkshares/LaunchPad contest!
Check it out here: https://www.inkshares.com/contests/launch-pad-contest
I have no idea if this means anything at all since this portion of the contest in being juried by readers selected by LaunchPad. Once the juried readers finish their deliberations, they will post the Top 75 (or, Top 100 — so not sure which one) on Saturday, July 29th, 2017. These authors, and their books, will then go through a whittling down round to the Top 25 which will be selected in late August 2017 — the Top 25.
It is these 25 authors, and their books, that will enter into the Inkshares portion of the contest. The Top 3 will get full publishing deals. So, with all of that said, have no clue if being number 5 is helpful at this point in the contest — but it sure puts a smile on my face today!
Huh? You don’t know what Inkshares is all about? Quick Answer: It is a crowdfunding platform specifically for writers. On this site, unknown writers can pitch their story idea(s) to the Inkshares community (in draft form). This means that the writer uploads chapters of their novel for other to read and comment on. This way, the writers have a synergistic relationship with their readers. And, this in turn forms a readership for their work. Once the writer feels they have a good support base, they can have their novel switched to funding mode where their readers can pre-order a copy of their book (whether it is completed, or not!). If the writer gets 250 pre-orders, Inkshares will lightly edit it, create a cover and publish it. If the writer gets 750 pre-orders, Inkshares will fully edit the book (2 – 3 rounds of editing for development as well as readability) and publish as if your book was traditionally published which includes marketing assistance!
Inkshares has seen some superstars in its inaugural first four years. Some of the fully pubbed books have gone on to find themselves on brick-and-mortar bookstore shelves. Here are a few of them:
The Life Engineered – JF Dubeau
The Seventh Age: Dawn – Rick Heinz
Just Add Water (a How-To book) – Michael Baldwin
HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis – Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf
Abomination – Gary Whitta
Pilot X – Tom Merritt
An Unattractive Vampire – Jim McDoniel
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note in the comments below. In the interim, have a great Friday!
Psst! – Don’t forget to keep your fingers crossed for me that Fury From Hell will end up in the Top 3!!