AshEdit—News About Books & Writers

June 21, 2018

Elaine’s New Deal

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 10:00 am


The ink is drying on my contract. The official announcement will come after PR polishes the wording, but I’m bursting with the news NOW, so here goes. On May 15th, 2018 the good people at The Author Learning Center hosted a webinar with business icon Don Seitz. Mr. Seitz is the former Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Xlibris Corporation, and a driving force with the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council for Princeton University. He holds an MBA from Harvard. He is also CEO of Inkubate, a premier literary tech company. Mr. Seitz was presenting to the ALC’s internet membership via a live webinar. donseitz headshot B&W

I attended that webinar, and when it concluded, sent Mr. Seitz an email saying how intrigued I was with the tech developments of his company. An immediate response came back. Because the cover of my book Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game was in my email signature, he saw it and wrote, “BTW… maybe you have other eye-opening ideas that are captured in your book!”

Gentle reader, how long do you think it took me to respond to that note? Before you could say, “Immediately!” Mr. Seitz suggested we schedule a phone meeting. After an hour’s chat he asked if I could send him a copy of Bestseller Metrics. Within a few days he’d read it cover to cover and requested another phone meeting. Again, we had a lively  exchange about the needs of novelists and how technology can simplify concepts and speed up tasks. At the end of that call, we decided to work together.

Princeton Entrepreneurship

Behind the scenes, my ideas and input are being presented to the data scientists and engineers. They are enthusiastically responding and asking even more questions back. This is an incredible opportunity, a dream come true! I will soon start speaking in public about Inkubate’s technology, telling writers how it can help sell self-published books and benefit writers at all stages of development. There’s lots more, too.

I am still getting to know Inkubate and its tech, but I had to write down what I’ve been keeping secret for the last few weeks. More soon.

I would like to thank some friends and supporters, in chronological order. These folks knew what I was doing late into the night, writing down mathematical patterns that I’d started noticing in bestselling novels in 2016: Drew Margolis, Albert Tucher, Tom Burney, Dan Kelly, Dana King, Holly West, Dr. Timothy Allison-Aipa, Barbara Howe, Rochelle Staab, Maxine Nunes, Treacy Colbert, Dianne Emley, Brian Drake, Jack Getze, Lisa Ciarfella, Elizabeth A. White, Sarah and Andrew Pierce, Edward Larkins, Les Edgerton, Sam Weibe, Benoit LeLievre, Steve W. Lauden and Craig Faustus Buck. Thanks for being open minded and listening to me as I scratched and scrambled to organize my thoughts into cogent concepts. I needed your patient ears and eyes more than you’ll ever know.




  1. WOW! Congratulations, Elaine!

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    Comment by Marlan Warren — June 21, 2018 @ 10:15 am

  2. Congratulations! Good luck on this new venture. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

    Comment by Sgt. Derek Pacifico — June 21, 2018 @ 10:24 am


    Comment by 3 no 7 — June 21, 2018 @ 10:47 am

  4. Wow! Nice one!

    Comment by PaulDBrazill — June 21, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  5. Amazing news! Congratulations!

    Comment by Jennifer Milne — June 21, 2018 @ 11:31 am

  6. Hi Marlan! Thanks for the kind words.

    Comment by ashedit — June 21, 2018 @ 1:34 pm

  7. Lovely to hear from you, Sgt Pacifico. I hope things are well.

    Comment by ashedit — June 21, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

  8. Way to go, Elaine!
    This is super exciting stuff. Honored and humbled to be mentioned!

    Comment by LIsa Ciarfella — June 22, 2018 @ 9:19 am

  9. That’s really great, Elaine! Congratulations!

    Comment by oscarcasebooksooehaa — June 22, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

  10. Sweet!

    Comment by Charles Gramlich — June 23, 2018 @ 7:41 am

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