Get The Ravenous Flock for FREE during Last Days of my Kickstarter!

The Soul Smith Kickstarter campaign has been featured on BackerClub!!!! This is incredibly exciting news, especially as we near the end of the Kickstarter campaign! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adriandiglio/the-soul-smith-epic-fantasy-novel/

Get The Ravenous Flock for FREE on Kindle from Feb 8-12th, 2015 right here: http://amzn.to/13HlBfO

The Ravenous Flock is a short story that preludes the events of my novel, The Soul Smith. It was edited by Derek Bowen (the same editor I have for The Soul Smith for my Kickstarter campaign) and published on Myths Inscribed online fantasy magazine.

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7 Days till Launch! Join me in Kickstarting The Soul Smith

Click here to go to The Soul Smith fantasy novel Kickstarter page

1 week. That’s all that remains. 1 week to raise the rest of the funds to meet the goal. It’s going to be extremely stressful. It’s going to be a lot of work. And it’s going to be a lot of fun.

To celebrate the last 5 days of the Kickstarter campaign, I’m giving away my short story, The Ravenous Flock, for free on Kindle! Go here on Amazon anytime between February 8th – February 12th, 2015 to get your free ebook.

The Ravenous Flock is a quick read and a great example of what to expect with The Soul Smith since it preludes the events of my novel, and was also edited by Derek Bowen – the same editor that is signed on to do The Soul Smith!

So back The Soul Smith project today and then help spread the word while there’s still time!

Editing Has Begun as the Kickstarter Surges On!

Help Kickstart The Soul Smith!

The Soul Smith has officially entered the editing stage! This is unreal! My editor, Derek Bowen, sent me a list of 20 questions after he finished reading my manuscript. At first I was nervous, but then I was surprised at how “easy” his questions were to answer. Despite them being “easy” it took me many hours to finally answer them all.

And to top it off, more backers keep coming in! We are now well past the 50% funded mark and it’s all down hill from here. But there is still a long way to go. At this current point in time, with $1635 needed to complete the funding, and expecting $32 per backer, I need 51 more backers to reach my minimum. So please continue spreading the word! Every bit helps!

Thank you to all those that believed in this project with me! Let’s turn it into a reality!

A Path Forward – Kickstarting My Dream

The path of publishing is a long, arduous, grueling road to walk. My journey has taken me down a new road, a road where I am in control of my own destiny. I’m now planning to self-publish and I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to make it into a reality!

Check out my Kickstarter for The Soul Smith here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adriandiglio/the-soul-smith-epic-fantasy-novel

I’m looking to raise a minimum of $3,500. The core of the funds will be used to pay my independent editor: Derek Bowen. He’s the same guy that I worked with previously on my short story The Ravenous Flock (which is free on Amazon until 1/18/2015). Having worked with him before gives me confidence in his quality of work, as well as our compatibility working together.

I’m working with IngramSpark as my Print On Demand service in order to provide my backers (for specific tiers of donations) with a printed copy of The Soul Smith. This is such an incredible experience and I’m so excited that it will finally become a reality. I hope you join me on this journey and follow along in the backer forum boards!

See you there!

The End of the Hunt for An Independent Editor

After a short hiatus with writing in order to complete my Masters degree, I began a search for an independent editor. This search occurred after 3 years of pursuing writing and publishing, where I arrived at a fork in the road. I traveled this long, arduous road, receiving rejection after rejection, with only a few glimmers of hope along the way. Once faced with the split pathways, I knew I had to choose the path where I was in control of my own fate. I immediately decided that I would self-publish my novel, but I knew that the sales and reviews are directly correlated to the quality of the product – I recognized the need for an independent editor.

My first knee jerk reaction was to email Derek Bowen, the editor of my published short story The Ravenous Flock. My previous experience working with him was very positive, and he was already familiar with my work. Additionally, having him as my editor would allow my short story and my novel to have the same voice. When I sent him an email, I waited and waited and my beacon of hope began to dim. I gave a shout out to Twitter and got 3 interested parties, as well as began googling for independent editors. But then on January 2nd, out of the blue, Derek Bowen responded. His enthusiasm for this project echoed my own and we immediately joined forces to bring THE SOUL SMITH to life!

So the hunt was over, and now I’m one step closer to achieving my goal. But now, one last hurdle lay before me: Funding. Please stay tuned as I plan to share my experience with Kickstarter as I attempt to raise the funds needed to bring my novel to fruition.

An Intro to the World of Thornwall

As an avid reader of fantasy and a burgeoning author into the genre, I understand how important the world building is to the reader. Readers engage with the fantasy genre because of the wondrous worlds, characters, myth, creatures, and magic that these stories allow us to experience. So if you are looking for a new book to get lost in, I’d be honored to introduce you to the world of Thornwall in my upcoming epic fantasy novel, The Soul Smith, the first installment of The Blacksmiths series.

The Soul Smith Front CoverIt begins during the Time of the True Gods when civilized man became their crowning achievement. The Gods watched as man built roads, castles, walls, swords and shields and the Gods grew ever curious as to what man could build if given their power. So the Gods summoned forth the 8 best blacksmiths in the land and gave them each a forging hammer imbued with their power (and granting its wielder unnatural long life). But to their dismay, man did not use the power as the Gods had expected, so the Gods abandoned them. In their absence, the blacksmiths took reign as the new pantheon of demi-gods, demonstrating their godly power and imposing their will.

Now, over thousands of years, the world of Thornwall has been reshaped to their design. The rain drops are enlarged by the Flood Smith to be the size of apples; the Radiant Smith alters the color of the sun; the Soul Smith forges new creatures from the skeletons of old; the Gaia Smith crafts new scavenger plant life that eat the recently deceased; the Onyx Smith molds mountains and is the lord over shadow; the Sky Smith controls the weather and fuses new storms; the Scorch Smith sparks the desert sands with flame and makes rivers flow red with lava; and the Chromium Smith creates metallic gollums.

The life that populates Thornwall is part original creation of the True Gods, and part creatures forged by the Soul Smith. Entirely new races of creatures have taken hold across the unforgiving realm, developing entirely new societies, culture, and weapons. Some of the races that you’ll encounter such as elkin (men with antlers) as you can see depicted on The Soul Smith cover art, avians (hawks the size of men), torgers (short, bulky men with rhinoceros heads), keratin (sickly men with fingernails as scales covering their body), and much more.

Much of the magic that permeates throughout the world comes from the forgotten language of the True Gods. Speaking the words aloud conjures forth the will of the word’s essence. Very few people in the world can even remember this ancient language, and no more than just a handful of words.

Without giving away all the details, I’d like to invite you to explore my world. You can read my Sample Chapter for free or enjoy my short story The Ravenous Flock that preludes my novel. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Myths Inscribed Grand Re-Opening

Myths Inscribes, fantasy ezine, The Ravenous Flock, short storyMyths Inscribed is the fantasy ezine that is run by the great people at MythicScribes.com. It is also the place that published The Ravenous Flock (my first publication!). Putting my favoritism aside, this is still a great source of highly entertaining fantasy short stories. The quality and strength of the content that they publish shows the height of their standards and the talent of their authors, especially for being a relatively young ezine. But what’s more impressive is the renovation that Myths Inscribed just went through.

In addition to a sleek new user interface, Myths Inscribed is offering features that are virtually unheard of across the industry. Things such as downloadable files of their ezine, fantasy artwork, and a new section where authors/artists can share their fantasy world. Myths Inscribed is really setting the bar for fantasy magazines and is still able to provide its content to you for free. Amazing.

I’m proud to have been an author published by Myths Inscribed.