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.

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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 The Keysmith at Barnes and Nobles

Hot on the trails of Amazon, The Keysmith is now being sold at Barnes and Noble as well. If you like paranormal horror stories with gay characters, give it a read on your Nook.

In other news, I signed a contract for another short horror story, Ghosts of the Riverview, set for release in August. I’ll post more about it closer to August.

As always, this has been Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you a pleasant evening.

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 Tanglewood Road contract

For those of you following my progress on my young adult novel, I’m proud to announce that it was recently accepted by an e-publisher and will be available in a few months electronically and in paperback!

The book, entitled Tanglewood Road, is about a high school student who moves to a new house after surviving a gay bashing. He starts to suspect that something strange is going on in the new street when a week goes by without seeing a single sign of life from any of the neighbors.

I’ll share more like cover art and whatnot when it’s available.

In other writing news, I’ve started revising Ask Me No Questions, my erotic murder mystery, with my editor, so good progress on that front. That one is scheduled around May. And I’m hoping to get the cover for The Keysmith, my horror story, relatively soon to post.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that good things come in threes.

On an single book vs. a series

I came up with an idea for a gay murder mystery series, and I wrote the first book awhile back. It’s contracted and schedule for March of next year. Then I wrote a shorter horror novella that was meant to be a standalone and got it contracted for March of next year, as well.

I didn’t know if I wanted to work on a series or single story when I turned a short story into a Young Adult novel. I came up what would happen and it seemed fairly self-contained.

But yesterday, the story exploded. I had a straight-forward idea for a singular story, and it suddenly blossomed into a four or five book series. I couldn’t help it. Have any of you experienced that phenomenon? You were fully expecting one thing when a story says “screw you” and grows up on its own.

I’m one proud papa. Another three thousand words written today. Word elves, keep on truckin’ on.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that sometimes accidents happen for a reason. Take care.

On growing a story

I wrote a short horror story that I thought was some of my best writing. Very creepy, very atmospheric. Teen moves into a new home with his mom and things happen over the course of a week. Ends with a fire, you know, fun stuff.

Then I was thinking about a potential sequel as I readied to send it to publishers. As I worked on sequel ideas, I thought, why not turn my 7 thousand word short into the first three or four chapters of a longer novel?

So I’m transforming my little horror piece into a full-out dark Young Adult book.

It’s fun that a story I worked on for months and was completely satisfied with, has suddenly grown on its own. I hit 20 thousand words tonight and I’m still plugging away. Also, 13 thousand words in a few weeks is a fairly good pace.

Hopefully the word elves will continue helping me and I can post more about the story when I get a contract for it.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you not to say too much about a work in progress until it’s a done deal, otherwise you’ll jinx yourself. Peace.