Sharing My Ink

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November 27, 2015 by T. Gregory Argall

Before you get the wrong idea, no, I’m not talking about communal tattoos. Maybe next week. We’ll see.
Right now, I’m talking about InkShares, a crowdfunded book publisher that can be found on your friendly, neighbourhood Internet. The idea is to demonstrate that, yes, there is an audience for a particular book before commiting to a full press run. This is done by pre-orders. If a book reaches a target number of pre-orders (usually 750 copies), then InkShares will publish the book, including editing, cover design (if needed), and distribution.

InkShares

I have a book on InkShares called “Darwin’s Next Dance.” It’s a speculative fiction novel looking at how humanity might embrace or resist the next step in evolution. If you choose to, you could view it as a metaphor for much of the intolerance that has woven itself into the fabric of society over the last several decades. Or you could simply view it as an compelling story with interesting characters against a deep and detailed backdrop. I feel the story works either way.

More details on the plot, as well as several sample chapters, are available on the project page at InkShares. The campaign is already well underway and some copies have been pre-ordered. But more are needed, and in order for that to happen, people need to know that it’s there. That is why I’m asking for your help.

Check out the project page and if it is something you are interested in, please pre-order a copy and take it one step closer to being on that special bookshelf you reserve for signed copies. (Did I mention that the books will be signed? By me?)
It’s possible that this novel may not appeal to you in particular. I get that. Not everyone is into science fiction. (I don’t understand why not, but I acknowledge that it’s a possibility.) But the odds are that you know someone who does enjoy science fiction. So, in order to enrich their lives, please help to get this book on their radar. Let them know that its existence relies on their support. Mention the whole “signed copy” thing. That should work.

Darwin's front cover

For your convenience, I have drafted some sample messages for you to share via email or Facebook or InstaTwit or whatever method of electronic communication you prefer. Feel free to use any of these as needed, or write your own to make it even more personal.

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Dear {family-member / friend / co-worker / acquaintance / random stranger},

Sorry about that awkward kiss at Thanksgiving dinner. I completely misread the signals you were sending. I’ll know better next time.

In order to make it up to you, I’d like to recommend a fascinating novel of social resistance and personal growth. You can pre-order a signed copy of “Darwin’s Next Dance” for your own personal reading pleasure. Just go to this link:  https://www.inkshares.com/projects/darwin-s-next-dance

Sincerely,
{your name here}

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Dear {family-member / friend / co-worker / acquaintance / random stranger},

Gosh, it’s a shame that the judge denied your parole again. We had a cake ready for you and everything.

To help you pass the time in your tiny cell, let me recommend a fascinating novel of social commentary and individual achievement. You can pre-order a signed copy of “Darwin’s Next Dance” for your own personal reading pleasure. Just go to this link:  https://www.inkshares.com/projects/darwin-s-next-dance

Sincerely,
{your name here}

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Dear Bill Gates

I know that you and the lovely Mrs. Gates are always on the look out for new and worthy recipients to your philanthropic generosity.

What could be more worthy of philanthropy than an exciting new novel by a rising, once-young author? You can pre-order 750 signed copies of “Darwin’s Next Dance” for your own personal reading pleasure by going to https://www.inkshares.com/projects/darwin-s-next-dance

Sincerely,
{your name here}

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My very talented friend William Poulin suggested an audio book version of the novel. To demonstrate that it is, indeed, a viable idea, he produced a sample reading of Chapter One. Here it is: 

When the InkShares project reaches its pre-order target and the book goes to print, we will follow up with a separate project to produce and release an audio book of the full novel.

Whether you pre-order the book or simply help spread the word about it, I thank you for your support. As always, try to be nice to each other.

tga

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