I sat down to write this, and noticed that it is December 3rd - six months to the day since my project funding completed successfully. I swear I didn't plan it like that.
I've just finished mailing out the stretch goal short story Til Death Do Us Part, along with the a teaser of the sequel novel I'm currently working on. I hope you all enjoy these - at some point I'll run them through Indigo and put them into a compilation, most likely. Just so you know, the short story is a companion piece, and works best if you've already read Chasing the Lantern, so I heartily recommend starting there!
What else have I been up to? Well, the novel you helped to create is now being sold on the shelves of several bookstores in the Seattle metro area (the Seattle U District Bookstore, Third Place Books, and Otherworlds). Hopefully more of the arrangements I'm trying to line up work out. Down here in Portland it is currently gracing the display shelves in the Purple Room over at Powell's. I've also been visiting several regional conventions that I'm going to try and get into next year in a more professional capacity (I even bought a monocle!).
And I've also been writing, of course. Short stories and the sequel novel, currently titled On Discord Isle. I'm currently up to chapter 17 of 24, so things are progressing right along. I hope to be finished at the end of January, at my current rate.
I can't thank you all enough for helping this happen. This time last year I was querying agents like crazy to find a way into publishing. Now my novel is a published reality, read by people all over the world. Which is both humbling and awesome, all at the same time.
All of the project rewards should be in your hands now, or at least in transit. If you haven't received yours, or wanted a different format for the ebooks, let me know and I'll see what I can do. If you've read through your copy of Chasing the Lantern, please do me another favor and drop a review over at Amazon or Goodreads; every one helps me out (and I refuse to sock-puppet ;-).
Oh! That reminds me. I arranged for updated ebook cover art, to more match the physical print copy. You can see it at the Amazon link above. If you want a copy of that (for free, of course), just mail me or make a note on this update; I'll send one your way.
Well. The hour is late and the night is cold. There's not much left to say except thank you. Thank you for taking a risk on me, and thank you for your support. I'll continue to do semi-regular (cough) updates over at my blog (www.jonathonburgess.com) and on Facebook, and I'll post one more update here to let you all know when my next novel is ready to kick off.
As Miss Stone says at the end; I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything.
- Jonathon Burgess