So, I was talking with the well-known author Nick Cole yesterday. Nick is about as easygoing as a person can be, and he can quote Shakespeare off the top of his head, and his pretty wife is a professional opera singer. So I said, “Nick, you all need to up your game on this Apocalypse Weird Indiegogo campaign.”

“What do you mean?” he asked. He was having about 19 other Facebook messenger conversations at the same time. Nick is very popular.

“What you’re offering is fairly standard,” I said, “and these perks are good, but I think you should throw in some more unusual ones that could grab some more people.”

“What did you have in mind?”

“I once contributed to a Kickstarter for a small, indie comic book. I had never even heard of it before, but I contributed because of the perks. They had Gail Simone, Fabian Nicieza and other top comic authors offering to read your comic script for $150. I bought one of these perks and Fabian Nicieza shredded my script. It was awesome.”

Nick was silent for a little which. He was either thinking about what I said or listening to his wife sing Les Pêcheurs De Perles.

“So I’m thinking you and Michael could offer something similar,” I said. “The both of you have sold a lot of books and there are a tons of authors out there that would cut off their arm to get your feedback on their manuscript. You could help some aspiring authors and help Apocalypse Weird at the same time.”

“That’s brilliant,” Nick said. “You should be the President of the World.”


“Sorry,” he said, “I was talking to my wife. Did you know that she’s a professional opera singer?”

“I heard something like that.”

“Awesome!” Nick said. “I love this idea! Should I ask Michael?”

“I’ve pitched it to him a couple of times hoping he would ask you,” I said. “You know how Michael is. I think he’s willing to do it and follow your lead.”

“Let’s do it,” Nick said. “Do you have anything to offer as a perk?”

“Well,” I said, “I was thinking about offering my massively marked up 1st draft of THE BLEAK DECEMBER with an alternate ending. How much do you think I could ask for this one of a kind treasure?”

“I would gladly play you 10k,” said the bestselling author Nick Cole.

“Come on,” I said, “let’s be realistic here.”

“Let’s say $125 signed?” Nick said.

So, there you have it, a behind the scenes conversation with Nick Cole, author of SODA POP SOLDIER. Hopefully there are a few of you out there that want to take advantage of this offer from these two amazing authors. I was struggling with my writing a few years back and I hired a big time editor to read a novel I had written. I’m talking about a guy that works for TOR, so you know he knows how to dissect a manuscript. This editor gave me my money’s worth and after applying his advice, I found my voice and finally started selling some books. So I strongly encourage you to consider this if you want to improve your craft. And if there is a hardcore fan out there that wants my manuscript marked up with red sharpie, well, that would be cool too.