On Inkshares Horror Novel

Have you guys heard about this? I recently heard about a crowdfunding site called Inkshares. It’s basically Kickstarter or Indiegogo crossbred with Createspace or Lulu. It looks like a site where you can crowdfund a novel that will have an ebook and physical presence in bookstores. Unlike Kikstarter or Indiegogo where you give them thousands of dollars and then the writer keeps a percentage and has to then hire editors and distributors, Inkshares does all of that. So if a project is successfully funded at Inshares, it includes a professional manuscript editor and distributor.

I had no idea how any of this works, so I figured I’d dive in and take a look see with my current manuscript. I’m working on a 90 thousand word novel about three strangers entering the witness protection program when they accidentally thwart a serial killer. They’re relocated to a new state, but their new home brings them into contact with horrors beyond imagination.

You can find the Inkshares page, along with fun FAQs and whatnot, and back this project here are: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/horror-novel

Thanks so much for your support!

This is Elliot Arthur Cross eternally grateful for your support. For any questions about the project, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. Thank you and happy reading.

On joining Facebook

I did it. I crumbled and joined the masses. I now have a Facebook page, which is bare bones and empty now, but I plan on filling it out in the next few days or so.

Check it out here, like it, and enjoy it when I put stuff up.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross shameless promoting himself. Good night, all.

On opening to interviews

Hey gang, I’ve decided that since I have lots of followers (soon to reach triple digits), I’ve decided to network even more. If anyone wants to interview an lgbt author/Game of Thrones enthusiast/Survivor junkie/politics enthusiast/holder of a BA in Film Studies, then let me know. I’m mildly entertaining and I’d love to meet more people and share ideas. We could also possibly do some free book giveaways to your readers, as that’s a marketing approach I need to tap into more. Current ebooks are in YA, murder mystery, erotica, and horror genres.

And it feels weird to just email someone out of the blue. There are some great bloggers who interview people, but I feel odd contacting strangers to see if they care about me. So any interested parties, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. I will respond quickly and pleasantly.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to hearing from you.

On Sony eReader availability

Just realized I haven’t mentioned an entire market my books are available at on my endless quest of making it really easy for anyone to find.

Sony’s Reader store has both Ask Me No Questions and The Keysmith, as well as a function to notify you when other books by the same author are released (and there’ll be a lot more coming your way).

For new readers, Ask Me No Questions is a M/M erotic murder mystery and The Keysmith is an M/M adult ghost story.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Survivor Winners Ranking part 1

As mentioned once or twice, I’m a huge Survivor fan, so I thought it would be fun to give you my (arbitrary) rankings of winners in a series of posts leading up to next month’s finale and then we’ll see where the latest winner fits.

I tend to rate the contestants by several categories—social skills, game play, dumb luck, and whatever mood I’m in at the time. This used to be a whole lot simpler when the discussion was only between five people or so. Those were the days.

24: Amber Brkich (Survivor: All-Stars, season 8)
After competing in season two in a rather forgettable fashion (she reached sixth place by flying under the radar), Amber was invited back for the first season to feature returning players, where she used the same strategy of attaching herself to a flamboyant player and riding to the end.

This is an easy one for me. First of all, Amber shouldn’t have even been on the season. This was All-Stars, and they only invited her on after Colleen Haskell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (was Filarski) turned them down. They needed a hot twenty something girl so they went with choice number three. If you name a show All-Stars, how about you don’t dip past your second choice?

I may be a little fuzzy here on the details, but I don’t remember Amber doing anything remotely strategic. When she was switched over to the other tribe and nearly voted out, it was Rob who saved her. From what I remember, she sat back and let Rob make and break alliances with everyone else, which made them hate or respect him, while she kept her hands clean.

With that much hate for Boston Rob, the jury vote was still close at 4 to 3. Her only votes came from Shii Ann (who had publicly predicted her as the winner and couldn’t risk looking dumb. That may sound like a dis but I love the Shii Devil) and people who hated Boston Rob. Bringing a goat along to the end with you is a fine strategy to get a vote or two, but that was all of her votes, and it wasn’t even strategy; she fell for the guy. And, the supposed goat nearly won after bringing her to the end.

This season was such a hot mess that I usually pretend it didn’t exist. So with that, coming in at 24th place, Amber Brkich (now Mariano).

This is Elliot Arthur Cross hoping you come back to see who makes spot 23.

On Ask Me No Questions’ availability

My 40,000 word gay erotic murder mystery, Ask Me No Questions, is now being sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. And for those of you on Goodreads, you can add Ask Me No Questions to your bookshelves now.

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Blurb: Dylan Lakewood never imagined anyone would hit on him at his job working at the local shopping mall taking surveys for random products. But then he meets Trenton, a tall skater boy who puts the moves on him. Trenton introduces him to his shy friend, Bennett, who just happens to be on the run from the police, who think he murdered a college jock.

When Dylan agrees to hide Bennett, he unwittingly pits himself against a killer desperate to keep a hundred thousand dollar secret.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On The Keysmith at the iStore

There’s plenty of people out there just like I used to be. You only read books on your iPad. Sure, there are apps that let you read Kobo and Nook books, but you’re used to going to the iStore and downloading a book.

Good news horror fans! My short story, The Keysmith, is available in the iStore. Open up your iPad, type in the story or my name, and enjoy a fun ghost story.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross asking you to leave a comment, rate, and tell your friends. Happy reading.