One Day Sale Yesterday’s Gone: Season One

One Day Sale Yesterday’s Gone: Season One

We’re doing a one day sale for Yesterday’s Gone: Season One on Sunday April 28, 2013 (though the sale price went live today, so you can get it early, too). Until Sunday night, you can get the full season for just .99 — $5.00 off the regular price!  Get Yesterday’s Gone: Season One at Amazon and Kobo Amazon US Amazon UK Kobo (Note: Unfortunately, we can’t do the sale everywhere because it’s too difficult to change the prices in other stores for a short period of time and get the prices back to normal quickly. So we can only do the promotion in the places where we have more direct and immediate control on pricing, such as Amazon and Kobo.)  I’ll assume most people reading this blog have already read Yesterday’s Gone: Season One, as it is our most popular title and how most people found us, but if you haven’t, or if you’ve got a friend you want to turn onto our series, here’s the product description. YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON ONE (Episodes 1-6) On October 15 at 2:15 a.m., everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone. A scattered few woke in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, in search for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger, as every breath fills her with terror. A bullied teen is thrilled to find everyone gone. Until the knock on his door. A fugitive...

Want Yesterday’s Gone: Season Four Early?

Hey there fellow Goners, Dave here, and I’m back after last week’s newsletter from Sean. First, I’d like to thank everyone who emailed us following the last newsletter. Overwhelmingly, every email we got was from readers saying they didn’t care if we stopped doing free episodes, and saying they were more than happy to pay to help support us. That means the world to us! So thank you. If you missed the last newsletter, I wrote a blog post which will catch you up. This week, I’m here to tell you about the next season of Yesterday’s Gone, and how we may be releasing it early. But first, here’s this week’s release, WhiteSpace: Episode 8. You can buy it here: Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQUY24 Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CHQUY24 Or get the full second season here: Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CDGV3S2/ Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CDGV3S2/ NOW… WOULD YOU LIKE US TO RELEASE YESTERDAY’S GONE EARLY?  Originally, we were going to follow WhiteSpace: Season Two with ForNevermore: Season Two. But then Sean and I got to thinking… We get email every day asking “WHEN IS YESTERDAY’S GONE COMING BACK?” So why not answer the fans and give you exactly what you’re asking for? Why make you wait until summer, when we can just as easily write the season right now? Hell, we’re actually eager to write Season Four!  Though ForNevermore has built a small following, the first season only has 39 reviews. While we’re looking forward to getting back to ForNevermore, and think it will be awesome, we’re pretty sure we’re going to lose money writing it now. Though it has almost as many reviews as...
It’s Not Working (or why we’re not doing free)

It’s Not Working (or why we’re not doing free)

Note: This is our Goners Newsletter from April 16, 2013 which we’re also posting on the website. Hey there fellow Goner! Sean here. Dave usually does a kick ass job writing to you each week, but I asked him if I could take the reigns today since there was something I wanted to talk about. He said fine — that worked well for his schedule since he was planning to spend an extra hour thinking up new ways to write children in jeopardy. This week we return to the creepy, paranoid Hamilton Island and the world of WhiteSpace. Dave and I both feel this is currently our best series (we also agree that Breaking Bad kicks the shit out of our entire lineup). While Yesterday’s Gone is our most popular, and does have Boricio, WhiteSpace has a depth of complexity and character we absolutely love as storytellers. This second season has been thrilling to write, and we’re eager for you to read it. But first, we wanted to let you know about a few changes. We’ve had time to really think about what we’re trying to do at the Inkwell, both in regard to the worlds we wish to create, and the longterm business we’re trying to build. We want to do what’s best for us, while always keeping our readers (ESPECIALLY OUR GONERS LIKE YOU) happy and well tended to. We love so much of what we’re doing, and feel like we are getting many things right. We are living the dream — building worlds and telling stories for a living. However, we’re still writing full-time before we can afford to. Most of what we’re doing right with indie...
Announcement: A New Direction for Collective Inkwell

Announcement: A New Direction for Collective Inkwell

Many of you know us for our dark fiction. Our horror, sci-fi, and fantasy has often been criticized for its bleak, adult subject matter and coarse language. Heck, we opened up WhiteSpace:Season One with one of the darkest scenes we’ve ever written. Our heroes sometimes die. And our main characters go through more misery and heartache than a decade’s worth of soap operas. And god forbid you’re a child in one of our stories, because you’re in danger! While many of you love the sort of stories we’ve been telling since 2011, we’ve also heard from several reviewers who don’t take kindly to our brand of dark and dreary realism. People who think Boricio is a sick monster created by sick minds. People who think we’re foul-mouthed heathens with the mouths, and intellects, of middle school boys. We hear you. And frankly, we’re a bit tired of all the gloom and doom, too. We’d love to write something different. Something better. Something more resembling the kind of literature we can be proud of, and you can be proud to put on your bookshelf. That’s why we’re proud to announce a new partnership with Focus on the Happy, a positive, “family values” publishing company, who is partnering with us in a new line of serials coming this year. Don’t worry, longtime Goners. We’re not leaving you behind! We’ll still have the same character-driven stories and crazy serialized cliffhangers you’ve come to know and love! In fact, we’re taking some of our most popular characters and series and spinning them off into family friendly, values-oriented series that anyone of any age...
MONSTROUS: NUMBER ONE HORROR AND FANTASY NOVEL

MONSTROUS: NUMBER ONE HORROR AND FANTASY NOVEL

Our 47North Serial, Monstrous had a great weekend, thanks to a Kindle Daily Deal promotion, which made the book Number One in both the paid horror and fantasy/urban genres! What’s really cool, is that first we beat Stephen King back in January with Yesterday’s Gone: Season One, and this time around, we beat out his son, Joe Hill, with Monstrous: Season One! The writing duo of Platt and Wright toppled the King writing duo! OK, not really toppled. King and Hill, both writers we admire (hell, King is what got us started on serials!), are on the lists ALL THE TIME! They practically live atop Number One Mountain, and deservedly so. We made it there, for a day or so, thanks to an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal sale both times, so we’re not really blowing the trumpet here. But, hell, Number One is Number One, and until we make it to the top of the New York Times bestselling list someday (we can dream, can’t we?), we’ll take these minor victories, as fleeting as they may be. So, thanks, Amazon, for the brief moment of glory. Now back to the business of writing WhiteSpace: Season Two, which is due in April. If you haven’t yet read Monstrous, you can get it in print or for your Kindle device/app at Amazon: US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XJBHHO...
Number One!

Number One!

WOW! What a way to start 2013! Amazon offered Yesterday’s Gone: Season One as a Kindle Daily Deal on January 1, and the book rocketed up the charts! But could we beat Stephen King’s 11/22/63? Around noon, I figured we had no shot since King’s latest opus was selling for only $3.99! A bargain because mainstream books typically sell for significantly more. By early evening though, Yesterday’s Gone: Season One hit the top spot for horror and sci-fi on Amazon! Wow! This was a great way to kick off 2013, and a tremendous way to close out our year of weekly releases which began last January. LOOKING BACK ON 2012 Sean and I started 2012 with one goal — to become “Kings of the Serial.” We knew the only way to make it to the point where we could write fiction full-time was to do what our favorite TV channels do — deliver strong, character-driven serialized fiction every week! We wanted to be the HBO, AMC, or Showtime of the Kindle Generation. HBO, AMC, and Showtime made Sundays the night for superply scripted TV drama. We went with Tuesdays, writing almost non-stop to deliver our killer cliffhangers to you, every week without fail. Thanks to an awesome core group of readers who get what we’re doing (with similar tastes in serialized fiction), we’ve been fortunate enough to keep doing what we love most — writing. 2012 saw Seasons Two and Three of Yesterday’s Gone, and first seasons of WhiteSpace and ForNevermore. In early fall, Amazon’s 47North invited us to be part of Amazon Publishing’s new Kindle Serials program by signing...