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 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 reading

Who has time to read anymore?

There’s an interview with Stephen King where he mentions reading a ton of books every year. And he’s married, and he has a kid. And he writes a couple dozen novels every year. WTF?

I must read too slowly. I think I write fairly speedy, but I guess my eyes are too damn slow. If anyone knows how to try to match King’s reading/writing level, then share your secret.

One of these days I’ll find a good balance between writing and reading. Until then, I lean on the writing side. As much as I adore soaking in novels, I need to have something to show for 7 hours of staring at a monitor.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross musing on life. Good night.

On Smiley

I don’t feel good leaving negative reviews. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. People strove to make a good movie, but they failed. I do feel that if I only ever review movies I like, that people will think I just like everything I see.

Smiley is a horror movie with an interesting sounding plot and little else. There’s a very modern, tech heavy, forced to be cool, feel. Apparently some internet users threatened the director’s life because it made certain chat rooms/web sites look bad. Don’t threaten someone’s life over a movie, especially a bad one. No one who saw this flick thinks any of it’s real or gave it a second thought. Come on.

Cons: 85 of the 95 minutes. Acting, plot, twist ending. Maybe it would have worked as a 10 minute short?

Pros: Interesting idea. They cast Roger Bart and Keith David in supporting/minor roles. Those guys are awesome. I’ve loved Roger Bart since his recurring role in the first season of Desperate Housewives (horror fans will recognize him from Hostel 2), and Keith David will always be in my heart for voicing Goliath from Gargoyles. The Smiley faced killer looked okay.

I’m going to go with .5 a star since I enjoyed the two recognizable actors. That’s out of 4.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that sometimes projects just don’t come together.

On writing sequels

I told myself that after the whirlwind of typing done writing Tanglewood Road that I’d take a break from the series after I plotted the trilogy. A week went by and I found myself creating a Word file and jotting down ideas. Fast forward another week, and I just checked the word count: 14141. If you’re into numerology, then that’s pretty cool. If not, 14 thousand words is pretty good.

I’ve been thinking a lot this last week about what makes a good sequel. Scream 2 would tell you it’s a shocking death, higher body count, etc., but I don’t think there’s any formula. I have been walking a tightrope it seems of staying faithful to the original story and crafting a new tone. Should a sequel feel like an extension of the original or have its own distinct atmosphere?

Should I decide on an answer, I’ll let you know. P.S. The Keysmith is set for release from JMS Books on the 17th!

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you a pleasant tomorrow.

On my new recipe

I’ve been waiting for something exciting and new to write about on here, book-related, but nothing yet, so I figured I’d share something I just created.

I used to be a horrible cook, and now, well you may think I still am after this recipe. I had Chinese the other day, and you know how they always throw in those boxes of plain white rice? Two years ago my boyfriend whipped this awesome thing up with those leftovers, so I figured I should use the rice in something tonight.

I had a few sliced mushrooms in the fridge. I threw those in a pot with the liquid they came with. Mix in a can of tuna fish and a little 1 percent milk. I have some pepperoncinis, but any hots will do. Just a couple of those. Mix in some fat free mozzarella cheese and a little garlic. Note: anytime I cook with cheese, I throw a little garlic in.

Heat that on the stove, low, otherwise it’ll burn like crazy. Add in the white rice and presto, instant meal that’s new and unique I think. It’s a little gruel-like, but Oliver Twist would go crazy to have this.

I added a dash of salt and even less pepper. I like to think meals should reserve their unique taste and stand on their own without salt. That, and my boyfriend told me I should cut down on it.

If anyone tries this, or this recipe has a name, let me know 🙂

This is been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that this meal goes very well with a fun mix of cranberry juice, ginger ale, and vodka. Peace.

On book titles

A story? Plot? Characters? Easy. Give me five minutes and I’ll come up with something fun. But a title for said tale? No way, man. Game over.

What is it about the title that’s so difficult? Sometimes I stumble onto something, like my upcoming erotic murder mystery Ask Me No Questions. The protagonist is a survey taker who gets involved in a murder mystery, and there’s lying and what not besides the sex. I think I was in the shower or something and it just popped into my mind when I was nearly done with it.

Usually my first, second, or even third drafts are untitled. As long as I think up something by the time I submit it, then I’m golden. And like naming a child, once I come up with a title, it’s cemented in there.

My dilemma is the short horror story I’m turning into a Young Adult horror novel. My short had a title, but it’s not really appropriate anymore now that the story has grown exponentially. It’s like I suddenly realized my child’s personality no longer fits the perfect name I came up with.

So what makes a good title? My thought process is that is shouldn’t be too long or cliche and should attract the (potential) reader’s interest. Guess I should take a shower and see if something great comes to mind. How do you all come up with titles?

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you a merry Christmas Eve Eve.