Moving stuff around

Just a quick housekeeping note: We’ll be moving Collective Inkwell to a new host over the course of the next few days, so things may be down for a bit, or the website may look weird until we get everything sorted out, and our new design is up and ready.

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Thank you,

Dave & Sean

The Best Dystopian Deal You’ll Probably Ever See!

You know those .99 romance book bundles you see at the top of the charts ALL THE TIME? 

Nothing against romance box sets, as I’m friends with quite a few romance authors, but I’d LOVE to see a dystopian box set at the top of the charts!

Well, some authors on the Kindle Boards decided to make that set.

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And … Yesterday’s Gone: Season One is one of 11 books included in this GIANT dystopian box set released today called A Taste of Tomorrow.

And when I say GIANT, I mean this thing is MASSIVE — like 3,000 pages!

Now, I know what you’re saying — I already read Yesterday’s Gone: Season One. Why are you telling me to get this?

Glad you asked!

Well, first off, we wrote a brand new author’s foreword for this edition, talking about Yesterday’s Gone’s place in both our careers, and in dystopian fiction.

But wait, that’s not all!

You’re also getting 11 books from some of the best writers in dystopian fiction!

Are you ready to buy?

A Taste of Tomorrow — The Dystopian Box Set

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HPM3PDA/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HPM3PDA/

What? Not convinced yet? How about a list of authors and stories included?

OK.

Here ya’ go:

Sand: Part 1 – The Belt of the Buried Gods by Hugh Howey (40 Pages)

Yesterday’s Gone: Season One by Sean Platt and David Wright (503 pages)

Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody (314 pages)

Contamination Zero by T.W. Piperbrook (95 pages)

Artificial Evil by Colin F. Barnes (272 pages)

The Tube Riders by Chris Ward (449 pages)

Halfskin by Tony Bertauski (260 pages)

After the Cure by Deirdre Gould (415 pages)

Black Hull by Joseph Turkot (317 pages)

The Man Who Ended the World by Jason Gurley (270 pages)

Gameland: Book 1 – Deep Into the Game by Saul Tanpepper (130 pages)

 

Holy shit, that’s a lot of dystopia!

Now, I know what you’re thinking.

Dave, this box set must cost a thousand dollars.

Nope.

$500?

Nope.

Oh, I got it: $97!

Nope. Not even a tenth of that!

What? You guys are practically giving this thing away! What is it, .99?

Well, close. The authors WANTED to sell it for .99.

Unfortunately, Amazon wouldn’t let us price the book at .99 because it was JUST TOO DAMNED BIG AND AWESOME!

OK, Amazon didn’t say it was too damned awesome, but the file size is too big to sell for .99.

So we all got together (in a last minute WHAT THE HELL DO WE DO NOW email thread) and decided to sell it for $2.99.

Which means we’ll need YOUR help in promoting this set. That means leaving reviews, and linking on Facebook, Twitter, etc … and letting people know this box set is out there.

If you like dystopian fiction, and I’m guessing you do if you’re a Goner, you’re going to LOVE this collection.

Again, here are the links:

A Taste of Tomorrow — The Dystopian Box Set

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HPM3PDA/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HPM3PDA/

The books will also be available at all the usual places in the coming days. Check our website for updates.

A TASTE OF TOMORROW EVENT THIS SATURDAY

The authors of A Taste of Tomorrow are hanging out on Facebook on Saturday Jan. 11 between 1PM and 3PM PST, where we’ll be chatting with readers, answering questions, and giving away some stuff.

Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/244052475761607/

How Austin Kleon Pulled Me From the Darkness

If you’ve looked inside our book Z 2135, out in paperback today by the way, you may have noticed we’ve dedicated the title to another writer.

“To Austin Kleon for his book, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, and the countless storytellers before us.”

Austin, in case you’re not familiar with him, found popularity with his Newspaper Blackout collection where he took pages from The New York Times and blacked out all but a few words to create poetry with oftentimes poignant effect. But it was his book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative that inspired me when I (Dave) needed it most.

As I wrote before, we got slammed by some reviewers on Z 2134, who called us everything from plagiarists to Satan’s spawn.

People were pissed because we were stupid enough to mash up The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and 1984.

You’d think we made a Fifty Shades of Jesus book or something.

(Note to self: million dollar idea!)

As a creator (first a cartoonist, and then a writer), I’ve always prided myself on my creativity. Being called a “plagiarist” made my stomach turn.

Even though I’d only read the first half or so of The Hunger Games, and we only outright lifted the opening part where everyone scrambles like crazy to get the good shit, I still felt sick in my gut, and defensive, as if I were guilty. That all ideas should be New and Completely Original.

Forget that The Hunger Games was slammed for “ripping off” Battle Royale.

Forget that our other series, Yesterday’s Gone and WhiteSpace, both do things that I’ve not seen any other book or TV series do.

Forget that lots of people love our stuff.

I still felt like a BIG FAT PHONY.

In fact, there was a time I didn’t even want to write! I was in a dark place — hating everything I attempted to write.

AND THEN A GIFT…

3d-Steal-Like-an-Artist-NYTSean sent me Austin’s little black book, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.

Suddenly, I felt better.

Less like a BIG FAT PHONY.

Austin’s book talks about how so many artists (writers, musicians, painters, everyone) steal from those who came before them.

Of course steal is a provocative word, and I certainly never considered myself a thief of ideas!

But while reading the book, Austin made the case that we’re all inspired by the things we love.

For me, it’s comic books in my childhood, serialized TV shows I love like The Wire, Carnivale, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, and of course, Stephen King’s The Green Mile, the first serialized book that grabbed me hard and never let go.

All artists build on that which came before them.

The thing that separates art and theft is whether you bring your own ideas to the process. Whether you surpass the originals you’re inspired by (or at least come close, I suppose).

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Austin’s thoughts on creative theft lifted me out of my funk, but so did his thoughts on creativity, the love he pours into his art, and the fact that he’s also a writer who draws.

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I felt like I was connected with a kindred soul, someone who wasn’t just publishing his art, he was also discussing the process, and sharing it on his website.

This lit a fire in me, a fire which will drive my personal site’s direction throughout this year.

I like to think that we answered haters and critics with Z 2135.

Who knows how the series will be remembered, as just another rip-off or something more, but I do believe that without Austin’s influence, I might not have had the stamina to march forward, and co-write Z 2135 with Sean.

Thank you, Austin, not just for lifting me out of a deep, dark depression, but for reminding me what it means to be a writer, and an artist.

And thank you to Sean, my writing partner, and creative compass.

Get Austin Kleon’s remarkable book here (it’s a short and easy read that will stay with you for a lifetime):

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074QGGK6/

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0074QGGK6/

Yesterday’s Gone: Now on Audible

Yesterday's Gone on AudibleWe’re thrilled to announce that Yesterday’s Gone: Season One is now available on Audible!

One of the questions we’re most often asked is when will we do more audio books? We flirted briefly with reading Yesterday’s Gone via a podcast, but it was a ton of work (hundreds of hours of reading, recording, and then creating the files, and the monthly cost of hosting them) and in the end, after some iTunes issues, it was just a giant pain in the ass.

If we’re going to spend hundreds of hours and dollars on something, we’d rather be bringing you another book.

Plus, Sean and I hate our reading voices.

Still, we know there are tons of audio fans who either a) don’t know us or b) are waiting for our books to be available in audio format.

Then Podium Publishing approached us, asking if we’d be interested in audio books for WhiteSpace.

Yes, they were fans of WhiteSpace before Yesterday’s Gone, which was thrilling to us!

We didn’t want to sign our audio rights away to just anyone, though.

We had lots of questions, and liked everything they had to say. It also helped that they’d recently done an audio version of the first book in our buddy Ed Robertson’s Breakers series.

Podium decided to hit the harder of the two books first, Yesterday’s Gone: Season One.

And we LOVE how it turned out!

They’ve got several voice actors playing the various roles of our characters. Great voice actors, too!

Hearing the guy who does Boricio Wolfe is worth the price of admission alone!

Seriously, I wonder if the voice actor realizes what he’s in for come Season Two? Does he REALIZE how bad Boricio gets? Shit, if Sean and I knew a professional actor would someday be reading these lines, we might have made them a bit more serious!

Nah, who are we kidding? Boricio is Boricio Fucking Wolfe!

Anyway, since Podium invested a metric shit ton of money into this production (and it shows!), and have exclusive audio rights, we’re taking down the podcast reading for Season One that Sean did.

We’ll leave the final episode up until Jan. 5 for those who didn’t get it, due to my failing to upload it when I should have. See, aren’t you glad professionals are now in charge of the audio?

Here’s Episode 17:

Right click and save: Episode 17 The Finale

But if you want to hear a REAL PRODUCTION of Yesterday’s Gone, the way it was meant (until we get a movie or TV deal, anyway), do yourselves a favor and go grab it at Audible today for nearly 16 hours of post-apocalyptic fun!

Amazon link:

Yesterday’s Gone: Season One is now available on Audible!

Audible.com link:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Yesterdays-Gone-Season-One-Audiobook/B00GT2FYW2/

If you’re new to Audible, feel free to sign up for a free 30-day trial, and you can choose Yesterday’s Gone: Season One as your free book!

If you bought the audible version, we’d love to hear what you think! Leave a review.

I’m not sure of the details, but I know Podium is working on WhiteSpace: Season One, and will be following up with all the seasons we’ve written so far for both series, so we’re very excited to be able to offer these to audio fans!

 

Yesterday’s Gone Podcast: Episode 17 The Finale

Hey Goners,

Sorry that I didn’t get this posted before. I thought I’d scheduled this, but God knows what happened.

Anyway, here’s the finale of the Yesterday’s Gone podcast. This wraps up Season One and will be the last Yesterday’s Gone book we’ll be reading.

Right click and save: Episode 17 The Finale

Please download it before Jan. 5 as we’re removing the podcast from our site and iTunes thanks to a deal we signed to bring actual PROFESSIONAL quality audio books to you.

More on that in this post.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded and enjoyed our reading of Yesterday’s Gone, and put up with our tech issues, wrote reviews on iTunes, and helped spread the word. While we can’t possibly continue to read these ourselves, we’ve now got a partner in Podium Publishing who will do these series the way they should be done, and deliver you the top notch quality audio version you deserve!

Thank you,

David Wright

Yesterday’s Gone: All Seasons on Sale!

This week only, we’re doing a huge post-Halloween sale of Yesterday’s Gone. GET ALL FOUR SEASONS AT A HUGE DISCOUNT, starting with Season One for just .99!!

For the record, we tried to book the sale for the week of Halloween, but we couldn’t get an opening at Bookbub who we bought the advertisement with. It’s just as well, as the extra time allowed us to put these spiffy new covers up, and update Seasons One and Two with newly edited versions by our current editor, Jason Whited.

If you’re a new reader, now is a great time to dive in and find out what makes Yesterday’s Gone the bestselling post-apocalyptic serial with more than 800 five star reviews from readers like YOU!

If you’re a longtime Goner, then please let your friends know about the sale. Because let’s face it, if your friends haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know Boricio, then maybe you’ve failed in your duty as a friend! 

** One word of warning: this whole series is full of bad language and REALLY disturbing things, and is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!!

Get Yesterday’s Gone: Season One for just .99!!

Can Humanity Survive What it Never Saw Coming?

Yesterday's Gone Season OneOn October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost.

A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching 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 through every terror-filled breath.. A bullied teen is thrilled to find the world gone missing, until the knock on his door. A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to the killing he’s best at? An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family, only to find something that will change him forever.

These survivors aren’t truly alone … Someone or something is watching them. And waiting …

Strangers unite. Sides are chosen. Can humanity survive what it never saw coming?

The Yesterday’s Gone Series Has More Than 800 5-Star Reviews. Here’s What Readers Like You Are Saying About Season One:

“My only complaint about Yesterday’s Gone is that it pretty much took over my life for the last week. I can’t say I didn’t put it down – I did after all manage to go to work, play with my kid, live my life … but I sure didn’t want to put it down. It’s extremely well written, engaging, witty and terrifying in turn, and has a plot that will keep you guessing. I’ll be downloading season 2 almost immediately so I guess my spare time will continue to be dominated by Messrs. Platt and Wright. I unashamedly tout it as one of the best things I’ve read this year, and unreseverdly recommend it to anyone.”

“If you want all the answers, this is not the book for you. The endings of each episode will leave your jaw on the floor and the ending of the season will leave you slamming your fist on the table because you’ll have to wait for the next one, just like on TV. Yesterday’s Gone is filled with some potentially challenging concepts. So far, the mystery is great and the larger themes are dealt with in a way that keeps you interested and turning pages. It’s a remarkable balance of breezy reading and deep development. Like the show “Lost,” I think it will be a while before we really know if Yesterday’s Gone will live up to its potential. But for now, I’ve not really read anything else like this on Kindle, and for that it’s definitely worth the five stars.”

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005REXCKE/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005REXCKE/

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-one-episodes-1-6

BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1115113143?ean=2940148597711

SEASON TWO

Can Humanity Survive What it Never Saw Coming?

Yesterday's Gone: Season TwoOn October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost.

SEASON TWO picks up where SEASON ONE left off.

One man finds himself on a mysterious island that holds secrets, and perhaps even answers, to what happened on October 15. A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost.

Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS …

THE STUNNING SEASON TWO FINALE that will have you on the edge of your seat … then knock you to the floor with the most insane, MOST WTF?! UNFORGETTABLE SEASON FINALE YET!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BEDR4Y/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007BEDR4Y/

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-two-episodes-7-12

BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1115113156?ean=2940148889588

SEASON THREE

Can Humanity Survive What it Never Saw Coming?

Yesterday's Gone: Season ThreeOn October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost.

SEASON TWO picks up where SEASON ONE left off.

Yesterday’s Gone Season 3 will not only tell you what happens next, but will finally answer the question … What happened on October 15, 2011 when most of the world’s population vanished?

The only certainty is that Yesterday’s Gone. Find out why readers can’t get enough of the first serial from Platt & Wright with this character-driven, thrill ride that’s unlike any you’ve experienced on Kindle

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008R0IZH0/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008R0IZH0/

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-three-episodes-13-18

BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1115952017?ean=2940148160359

SEASON FOUR

Yesterday's Gone: Season FourOn October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. Season Four picks up more than a year after Season Three’s conclusion. The survivors of the October 15, 2011 Event are back home, attempting to stitch their lives back together. Though safe at last, they can’t help but feel that nothing will ever be the same. Soon they realize, they didn’t return to Earth alone.

The Darkness has followed. 

Good must again battles Evil for control of the last vials. If The Darkness wins, humanity is doomed. This season compilation includes all six Season Four episodes along with an Authors’ Note (which is also featured in Episode 24).

Find out why readers can’t get enough of the first serial from Platt & Wright with this character-driven, thrill ride that’s unlike any you’ve experienced on Kindle before.

The Yesterday’s Gone Series Has Over 800 5-Star Reviews. Here’s What Readers Like You Are Saying About Season Four:

“So, I’ve followed these guys since the first episode (and read all their other work), and could barely wait until this season. Season 3 was excellent, and had no idea where they were going to take Season 4. My deal was, “How can they make it any better? How can they elaborate any more on the characters and storyline so I’d stay interested?” Well, I’m ashamed to say now that I even had those thoughts (sorry Dave and Sean). Because they managed to not only continue the story in a fascinating way, but gave me even further insight into everyone. I love how they expanded more on Marina, Mike, Ed and others. And Boricio! OMG! I have a hard time hating him, although I know I am supposed to. The plot thickens, that’s all I can say! You have to read this season (buy Seasons 1-3 first if you haven’t) to really get what I mean. OH and SOMEONE really needs to pick this up as a TV series, like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Dexter, because it’s THAT good!”

“This serial in my eyes is the book equivalent of some of the most excellent television out there today. The very thoughtful development of the characters reminds me in many ways of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. The authors are also fearless at putting their characters in harms way. The obvious obsession with character development to deepen the storytelling in an unraveled (and now unravelling) world makes this an absolute must read in my mind. Many thanks to David and Sean for giving me one more obsession!!”

“Time after time the duo delivers. This series might not possess the nonstop action of earlier series … but definitely smolders with story/character development and a true sense “that they now know where we will be taken”. Oh no, I have to go. There is black smoke coming from my kitchen. Has evil arrived or is my morning toast just burning?”

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EIHEYJ4/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EIHEYJ4/

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-four-episodes-19-24

BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1116424542?ean=2940148708438

Happy Halloween

We’re back!

Thank you to everyone who emailed or sent us messages via Facebook asking:

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WEBSITE?

Our domain registrar failed to send us a renewal notice when the domain expired, and we temporarily lost the website, and had to spend several HOURS ON THE PHONE and more than a week of waiting to get it back.

Very frustrating, but we’re back now, and just in time for Halloween. AND we renewed the website for many years to come!

So, Happy Halloween! 

Tomorrow, I’ll post a quick rundown and update of everything that’s going on at the Inkwell.

If you’ve got any questions you’d like to see answered, ask below (or email me) and I’ll address them tomorrow.

Have a great Halloween!