• Matthew Staggs

It's Getting Close

I do own a typewriter, but this isn't me.

I'm pretty happy to say that I've taken a new approach to tackling Eradication, and currently sit at about 87% of my targeted word goal for the book (equaling about 9,000 or so words to go to finish). While I haven't been writing every single day, I have put fingers to keys on eight of the last ten days, averaging better than 2,600 words per day when I do.

What this means is likely only about 3 to 4 hours of left until the manuscript is finished. If I stay consistent, that's about 3 or so days away. Then it's a few rounds of editing, which may take a couple of weeks, but then...

The big day arrives, and Eradication will be live.

As I've mentioned in prior posts, I am planning on transitioning my books out of the Kindle Unlimited program. I have a variety of reasons for doing so, but if you know anyone that is a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, let them know to borrower Containment before July 4th, when it comes out of the enrollment period.

After that date, it will obviously still be available for download just as it has before from Amazon, but (depending on how long the listing takes), starting on July 5th or shortly thereafter, it will also be available on iBooks, Nook (Barnes and Noble), and Kobo.

While the print version isn't affected by Kindle Unlimited's rules, it will still remain available for purchase on Amazon, but I will also be looking into expanded distribution for the print version as well. This will allow it to show up for purchase through other retailers and bookstores.

While I have other stories planned (at least two for the remainder of 2018), I will also at some point be putting out the box set of the Containment Series digitally. This will include all three books in their entirety. However, I want to include something extra that makes the set worth getting, aside from the bulk price. Meaning, I am planning to add a short story set within the world of Containment as bonus content.

Now, I know that if you're reading this, you've probably already downloaded a copy of Containment, Quarantine, and soon to come Eradication, and for that I am eternally grateful, so I will also be offering that short story to anyone who is either on my mailing list, which you can subscribe to here, or to anyone who is a follower of my author page on Facebook.

What I want to know from YOU is: what kind of story would you like to hear more about? Generally, the story snob in me turns up his nose in the exploitation of going back and illustrating a backstory that in the original work added a layer of mystery and depth to a character (i.e. Solo: A Star Wars Story). So I'm not going to go into any of the main character's pasts that have really been mentioned in an off-hand way during the books.

That being said, I am considering things like Wojeski's rise to power as CDC Director, some past adventure of Alexei, the smuggler, Fest and Blite, or something even farther back like the original virus outbreak decades before the event of the story, some obscure war referenced within the text, or something along those lines.

The fact is, I want to know what YOU want to hear about! So let me hear from you. You can comment on this post, send me an email on my Contact page, send me a message on Facebook, comment on the Facebook post that very likely brought you here, or send message by raven (we just started watching Game of Thrones).

I look forward to hearing from you.

As always, if you haven't left a review of Containment or Quarantine, you can still go and do that on Amazon, and it will be a huge help to my career as an author.

Until next time...

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