The Tale of Leaving Inkshares

On February ninth, I made the decision to pull a book I had been planning on publishing with Inkshares from the platform altogether. It is the right decision for me, and I feel as though a great weight has been lifted from my writing career. Below is my official letter of explanation for leaving. All correspondence will now be managed through my newsletter, which you can request to sign up for by emailing me at michael.haase@writingbloc.com. If you followed or preordered my book, please make sure to read the letter below in full.

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IMPORTANT LAST UPDATE REGARDING INKSHARES

Hello again everyone,

I wanted to write to you to let you know some important news. First, thank you to all who took the time to fill out the survey. It is still open for a while if you wish to provide any answers, but the decision has been made at this point. I’m officially pulling Mr. Butler/The Man Who Stole the World from Inkshares. Refunds should come to your accounts within 7-10 days. If you need to update your account, please do so as soon as possible. And if you have any difficulties with receiving a refund, then please email Inkshares at hello@inkshares.com.
The survey did not make the decision for me. This decision was all mine. I’m sorry if the survey came across as though I were down on myself–the opposite is true. The important part was to try and gauge how you all, my supporters, felt about this singular work in my writing career. My intention was not to leave a poor impression of Inkshares or anyone working there. But at this time, Inkshares is not the right place for my work, no hard feelings.
With all things considered, this project was a weight on what will be a long and prolific writing career. I have other novels and stories moving forward, including a couple of illustrated children’s books. I even have two completely different manuscripts created from my work here that I will still develop into novels in the near future. But the truth is that I need to move forward with my best work, The Man Who Stole the World is far off from being my best work, and that drives 100% of my decision here. I no longer wanted to tie up any of your money or keep any of you waiting for a project that, if given all of my focus, might not be out for another couple of years. I have better things to offer sooner. I had to trim the fat, so to speak.
Some of you expressed that this seems like quitting, which you are entitled to think, of course. I assure you the opposite is true. I’m on the rise. I’ve developed my own writing community and so much more with Writing Bloc (writingbloc.comWriting Bloc on FacebookWriting Bloc on Twitter), and we have already released an anthology, are about to take submissions for another, and will start releasing novels within the year. Feel free to join us if you’d like.
I will be converting everything over to a newsletter soon, so please look out for that, but in the meantime if you need anything or have any questions, please feel free to email me at michael.haase@writingbloc.com.
I remember the feeling, the overwhelming joy I felt at winning the contest on Inkshares in March of 2016. I won thanks to your overwhelming support. I still carry that gratitude and joy with me as I keep pressing forward in my writing career. I wish to keep your support and I maintain that I am a quality writer to watch. I plan on producing more stories, creating more ways to help Indie Authors succeed, and generally being a source of support to the writing community in general.
Because of Inkshares I have made amazing friendships with authors from all over the world. I have pushed myself as a storyteller and creative, and I have had experiences I would not have had elsewhere. I have no regrets about my time with Inkshares whatsoever. Now is just the time to leave is all.
Please stay in touch. I wish you all the best.
And as always, I love you all.
-Michael

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