The Soul Smith is funded! Thank you to everyone!

I can’t give enough thanks to everyone that believed in the project enough to have backed it with a pledge. And to everyone else that showed their support by spreading the word of my Kickstarter, thank you as well. To all of you, I am eternally grateful. This project is going to become a reality because of all of your help and support. Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible.

I’ll post up the Kickstarter process and my lessons learned later. As of right now, I am hard at work editing The Soul Smith, writing a new short story, handling all of the Kickstarter aftermath, and I’m swamped. But, I also couldn’t be happier!

THANK YOU!

6 thoughts on “The Soul Smith is funded! Thank you to everyone!

  1. Just wanted to say, I read The Ravenous Flock and thought it was very good. More importantly, the ‘sneak peak’ of The Soul Smith was excellent. I’m normally not a big fan of these previews, as they usually don’t entice me; this was, by far, the best preview I’ve read of a book.

    I definitely want to buy The Soul Smith when it comes out. I only regret that by the time I’d heard of your Kickstarter, the funding was complete. I would have loved to contribute.

    Two questions:

    1. When is the book expected to come out? In particular, the ebook?

    2. Can something be done about the cover art? I don’t mean to offend, but the cover art as depicted on your website is… not good (that’s as polite as I can state it). Your book looks like it’s gonna be good, but I fear the cover might hold out back. Please don’t be offended, I mean it as constructive criticism.

    Good luck, and hope the book sells a bunch.

    • Thank you very much! Even though he doesn’t have a large presence in The Soul Smith, Grindor was one of my favorite characters. That’s what inspired me to write The Ravenous Flock.

      Also, thank you for subscribing to my blog. Other than Twitter/FB, my blog is the best way to hear news regarding the release of The Soul Smith, which is expected to come out both in ebook and paperback by end of this month (April). It’s a tough deadline, but I think I can do it (I’ve been working non-stop with my editor as of late, which is why I haven’t updated my blog recently). And don’t fret about missing the Kickstarter, there may be other Kickstarter opportunities in the future – plus you’ll still be able to get the book at the same time as the backers. 🙂

      For the cover art, I didn’t take offense, though I am curious to know more. I’m with you in that I don’t want my cover art to hold me back. Is there a particular thing about it that rubs you the wrong way? Is it the pixelated background? I’m pretty sure I can get that changed. Also, I plan to ensure that the cover art has high resolution so there won’t be that slight fuzziness that you might see on my website.

      • (Apologies in advance for the long-winded response.)

        It’s not the fuzziness, it’s the imagery itself. I find it too… cartoon-like.

        I’ve been reading Fantasy for a few years now, and I find that the biggest “stigma” attached to the genre is to do with the kind of covers a lot of the novels have. People see covers like the mass market editions of Wheel of Time, for instance, or even Malazan, and it affirms their impression that Fantasy is a weird, kiddy genre. One step above comic books.

        Yes, live action adaptations like the LotR trilogy or Game of Thrones have helped, but people still consider them the exception rather than the rule. People just don’t understand the maturity, quality, and exceptional prose that the best of the genre has to offer.

        I find that the good impressions created by covers like, say, Abercrombie’s novels are negated by the aforementioned WoT. And, with all due respect, the cover of The Soul Smith falls closer to the latter than the former.

        Again, this isn’t meant to offend. I understand you might be too far along in the process to change the cover now. But that is my honest opinion. I know they advise not to judge a book by the cover, but the reality is a lot of people do just that.

        Looking forward to reading the finished novel.

      • (Apologies in advance for the long-winded response.)

        It’s not the fuzziness, it’s the imagery itself. I find it too… cartoon-like.

        I’ve been reading Fantasy for a few years now, and I find that the biggest “stigma” attached to the genre is to do with the kind of covers a lot of the novels have. People see covers like the mass market editions of Wheel of Time, for instance, or even Malazan, and it affirms their impression that Fantasy is a weird, kiddy genre. One step above comic books.

        Yes, live action adaptations like the LotR trilogy or Game of Thrones have helped, but people still consider them the exception rather than the rule. People just don’t understand the maturity, quality, and exceptional prose that the best of the genre has to offer.

        I find that the good impressions created by covers like, say, Abercrombie’s novels are negated by the aforementioned WoT. And, with all due respect, the cover of The Soul Smith falls closer to the latter than the former (in my opinion).

      • Again, this isn’t meant to offend. I understand you might be too far along in the process to change the cover now. But that is my honest opinion. I know they advise not to judge a book by the cover, but the reality is a lot of people do just that.

        Looking forward to reading the finished novel.

      • Hey! I just finished wrapping up all of the Kickstarter activities. Thank you for speaking your mind; I want you to know that it was appreciated. As you’ve probably figured out, it was far too late for me to do anything drastic with my cover, but I did end up having the background “remastered,” as I mentioned before. And I’m happy to add that The Soul Smith is now available for preorder at iBooks, B&N, and Amazon and is set to release on 5/19/2015! While the printed copy isn’t available for preorder, it will be for sale on the release date. And if you like it, be sure to leave me a review. 🙂

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