The greater detail

The Contest.

If you're reading this and this is the only post on this page, I've probably sent you here to get information about The Nerdist / Inkshares contest.

If I already convinced you in person and you just need the link:

There you go. Thanks for your support. Tell your friends and family.

If you need a bit more information about what is going on, I'll break it down in reverse order.

What is Inkshares? What's this contest thingy?

The contest is a collaboration between Nerdist (all things geek-centric on the Internet) and Inkshares (crowd-funding specifically for books). Any science fiction or fantasy project on the Inkshares website uploaded between August 15th, 2015 and September 30th, 2015 is eligible. Note that I said project, not novel.

Inkshares under normal circumstances functions like this as far as I can tell:

  1. You post an idea with an outline or a writing sample.
  2. You tell your friends about it.
  3. Your friends preorder your book.
  4. You get to 750 preorders, Inkshares publishes your book.

If you don't get to 750, nothing happens, no money changes hands, your project molders. If you get to 750 and don't have a completed book, you have to finish it and fill those orders.

The contest for The Nerdist Collection is different in that there isn't a 750 preorder milestone.

The five entrants with the ***most unique preorders*** will be published regardless of how many copies are ordered. By most unique preorders, excuse me, ***most unique preorders*** I mean the amount of separate individuals that login to Inkshares with a unique account counts as one vote / one reader. For example:

Tom logs into Inkshares with his Facebook account and preorders a copy for every person in his zip code because Tom is very supportive. Even if Tom preorders 50 copies, it will count for one vote in the contest.

However, Amy logs in with her Facebook account and preorders one (1) copy, then tells her husband Donald to login with his Facebook account and he preorders one (1) copy. Amy and Donald count as two votes (since they logged in with different Facebook accounts) even though they preordered less copies than Tom. (They could have also logged in with two different email addresses or with their respective Twitter accounts, but I don't think Amy and Donald are on Twitter.)

Inkshares doesn't want Tom to brute force me into the winner's circle. This is their nod towards fairness. And, Inkshares has started cracking down on bogus preorders from specious accounts created by deceitful entrants that are trying to win through fallacious means.

If there is a tie on ***most unique preorders***, the entrant with the highest number of total preorders will win. This is the only way Tom's 50 preorders will come into play.

You keep saying preorder and I don't think it means what you think it means.

Notice that I keep saying “preorder” and not “buy?” This is a crowd-funding situation. If you preorder a book, you will be asked for payment information. However, you WILL NOT BE CHARGED until September 30th and only if I am in the top five. There is basically no upfront cost or obligation. You have until the end of September to get $9.99 deposited into your account.

Why is this contest a big deal?

I have a finished novel. It's called “L.I.F.E. in the 23rd Century.” (I will give you more details in a later post.) I was planning on crowd-funding the book anyway as an experiment. To get it published I would need to raise enough money to pay for professional editing and layout and to pay Tom as a legitimate artist. (Is that why Tom is so supportive? Did he design the cover? Yes. You've found me out.) Then I get the book published as well as fulfill all the rewards for crowd-funding something on other crowd-funding sites. I had no idea what those rewards would be, so I was stuck.

Assuming that I would figure the rewards out eventually, I would have had to promote the book in some way. I could get it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but it wouldn't be in any bookstore other than a copy or two lying around in Mother Focault's in Portland. No promotion, no advertising, unless I did it out of my own pocket or on Facebook. My last book sold a few hundred copies.

With this contest, I skip all the rewards and Inkshares takes care of editing and layout, instead of me finding people capable of doing it. Top five books get professional editing, layout, and publishing and Inkshares takes care of all of it. Then, Inkshares puts it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and gets it into independent bookstores nationwide.

The project with the most unique preorders gets branded with the Nerdist logo and gets promoted by the Nerdist Empire. Capital 'E,' Empire. There's a dozen podcasts. The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, is the host of @Midnight on Comedy Central. He's the host of 'Talking Dead' and 'Talking Bad,' the after-shows for 'Walking Dead' and 'Breaking Bad' respectively. There's the Nerdist News web-series. He hosts a bunch of panels every year at San Diego Comic Con. If you write science fiction or fantasy, and this guy and the machine that is The Nerdist are in your corner, that's bigger, in my mind, than being on the New York Times bestseller list.

To put it another way, you have a garage band that has one twelve song CD that you are selling out of the trunk of your car for $5 after shows. Kurt Cobain gets his hands on a copy and tells you that you're going to open for Nirvana every night on their world tour.

It's kind of a big deal that I might be getting my novel published. It is an enormous deal that there is a sliver of an eighth of a portion of a chance that my novel may have a the Nerdist logo on the cover.

That's why I keep talking about this. Thank you for reading all the way to the next line.


Just seeing if you were paying attention. Cheers.