Dear lovely Kickstarter Backers,
The Wall of Fame has been completed and is at http://violantewrites.wordpress.com/kickstarter/. Please have a looksie, and if you find that you are not on it, and should be, please let me know! I would hate to overlook somebody.
Everybody should have long received their books and/or posters by now. If you didn't, or yours was damaged, please let me know.
Bookmarks are all currently in the truck and waiting to be mailed. I'm sorry they're so late, I just wanted to mail them from inside the U.S. and all of the runs we've have lately have brought us into Canada. I'll have to look into sending them via Canada post.
The Audiobook files have all been recorded and are currently in their "production" phases. It shouldn't be long now! I had a chance to listen to and approve all of the original "unedited" files and to be honest, I think they sound great! We listened to them all of the way from Montreal to Detroit. I can't wait to get these out to you guys!
Everybody that asked to be added to my mailing list was, and should be receiving their first monthly-only newsletter sometime today or tomorrow (regarding new releases by myself). If you don't receive it, and you want to, please email/message me and I will add you.
I am working on book three, and don't worry -- you'll know when it comes out!
All book copies have been autographed and mailed. Some of you may already have yours, since I did them in shifts.
Audiobook actor has begun recording!
Bookmarks are here. I received them after I mailed the last paperback copy.
Finally, I'm currently working on the character "sketches" for book three!
Here is an update on the status of various rewards:
The mailers arrived last week and the posters arrived yesterday, so I spent a large part of today signing them and rolling them into their lovely tubes. Said tubes are quite sturdy - as proved by an impromptu swordfight with a few extras, to which they held up remarkably well. Important: If you reside in the US, UK, or Australia, your poster will be shipped tomorrow. If you reside in Finland or Sweden, I have sent you an email to confirm your address, as the postal service could not verify it automatically and I wanted to make sure it went to the right place! Please, please, please verify your shipping address!
Tracking information says they will be delivered to my residence tomorrow! I have a lot of hand-written letters to write, though, so they will take a few more days to go out, but I will try to do that as quickly as possible!
I have put the deposit down for the audiobook and selected the voice actor; I am currently queued for our studio time.
I am working on all of the other stuff and will update you with major changes as they happen!
pledged of $525 goal
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Mar 26, 2012 - Apr 25, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
For $1 you will receive an e-book copy of HUNTING THE FIVE, book one of the De la Roca Chronicles. Note: For the duration of this Kickstarter, HUNTING THE FIVE will be FREE on Smashwords.com and Goodreads.com. This means that if you're the critical/skeptical type, you can read the book yourself, for free, and decide if it's worth a dollar. (Hint: It is.) Or, take the respectable series of 4-star and 5-star reviews on Amazon to mean you can go ahead, prepay the dollar, and then I'll email it to you!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Told you it was worth a dollar. For five dollars, you will receive an e-book copy of the newly released book two in the De la Roca Chronicles, HONOR IN HELL, in the format of your choosing (no wise guys here, we're talking ACCEPTED e-book formats), and a personalized email of thanks (may include some crying.) Note: List price of 1.99 for book one plus list price of 2.99 for book two = 4.98. For roughly the same amount, you get the same books, plus the pleasure of knowing you helped launch the audiobook and the exquisite delicacy of watching me cry. I will even tape it.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
As I mentioned before, the audiobook is going to be distributed via podiobooks.com in a serialized format, free of charge. Backers that pledge $10 will get the above prizes, plus an all-at-once-no-waiting download of the audiobook the second it is finished being produced!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $15 or more
I'm going to be launching a WALL OF THANKS on my website, mariaviolante.com. For $15, you will receive all of the above, plus a mention on the Wall of Thanks. Wall of Thanks mentions will be thanked (get it?) for their contribution to the De la Roca Chronicles and their name will be linked to a blog or website of their choosing, a move that might earn you or someone you like some publicity. (Note, nothing overly adult, please. I don't want the De la Roca Chronicles associated with porn. I think you can understand.) Wall of Thanks-ers will also be mentioned in the acknowledgements of book three - which is currently being written.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
For $25, you will receive all of the above prizes, plus a personalized, autographed print copy of HUNTING IN HELL, a two-book volume that includes HUNTING THE FIVE and HONOR IN HELL. But wait, you say - I don't see this book listed anywhere! That's because the print edition is currently in proof stage. As a backer, you will receive one of the first paper copies of this book to exist, ever. (Neat, huh?) I will even delay the introduction of the book to the free market (assuming Amazon would allow me to do that), for 30 days to give you some bragging rights and that "special feeling." In addition, $25 backers will receive a personalized letter of thanks from me (on real paper! With real ink!) Hey! It's two rewards in one! (Note: International backers, add $5 for international delivery costs of print edition. I have no idea if that's going to be enough, but unless the cost is something astronomical, I'll eat the difference.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
3 backers Limited (7 of 10 left)
For $50, you get all of the above, plus I will use a De-la-Roca-fied version of your name (or a name of your choosing) for a cameo character in the upcoming book three. Here's your chance to be a household name! (Note: I'm not promising it's gonna be a HUMAN character. If you've read the books, you know that there aren't any humans mentioned yet. This will change with book three, but I'm not sure how much.) As a bonus, you will be able to decide if you want me to mention (in the acknowledgements, again) that the character, in fact, refers to real person that supported the series.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $100 or more
4 backers All gone!
For $100, you, big Kahuna, will get all of the above (yes, you can pick a name for a cameo), and a De-la-Roca-fied version of your name (or a name of your choosing) for a semi-important (at least three appearances) character in the upcoming book three. I will even take your physical description and try to incorporate some of its elements. Talk about immortality! And while I can't guarantee, again, that you'll be human, at the very least, you'll be a being that is fairly well known for its sentience.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013