Greetings, and I hope that the holidays have been enjoyable for those of you who celebrate!
Recently, I received a suggestion from a backer: He said that instead of guesstimating completion dates, which ends up annoying you and depressing me when we miss them, I should instead give you a snapshot of where we stand on the entire thing, so you can get an idea of the scope, and how much remains.
With that in mind, here is the current state of FAR WEST -- 100% indicates fully complete, including suggested edits from early manuscript readers, and full editing pass. In areas which are not complete, I give detail on what remains.
Chapter 1: Foreword: 100% Completed
Chapter 2: Introduction: 100% Completed
Chapter 3: Heroes Wrought From Iron, Villains Born of Fire - 100% Completed
Chapter 4: Legendary Deeds and Mighty Exploits - 100% Completed
Chapter 5: Iron Palms and No-Shadow Kicks - 90% (We're adding a few more example styles, some based on reader designs)
Chapter 6: Pilgrims on the Dust Road: 70% (Finishing up edits on Clans, and putting in some Design-Your-Own-Clan rules)
Chapter 7: Swords and Sixguns: 80% (Editing)
Chapter 8: Cog Science - 70% (Putting in some more sample inventions)
Chapter 9: Furious Action - 80% (Editing)
Chapter 10: A Fistful of Bastards - 50% (stats on a bunch of entries)
Chapter 11: The Far West - 100%
Chapter 12: Secret Scrolls of Kung Fu - 100%
Layout: Page template is designed, as is cover. Still need to drop in finished text and place art, as well as design character sheet, and do index once pagination is complete.
Art: Portraits: 86% (66 done, 11 to go). Incidental: ~60% (need to do another 20 or so, as needed, during layout)
So there you go -- as you can see, there's not much more remaining, and now that I'm back in the office, FAR WEST is taking 100% of my time until it's complete and shipped.
I find it inexcusable that we're a year past my original estimated delivery, and your patience and support has been more valuable than I can ever say. This has been a horrible year -- involving the lesson learned that we were completely unprepared for the scale of the success of FAR WEST, which resulted in much more work spread among too few people (and that was before the gut-punch of losing a third of our team), and the stress and depression that resulted. The rest of Adamant's business suffered as a result, which of course made things worse (sales of our other products plummeted, and our financial situation grew worse -- resulting in, you guessed it, more stress).
All I can promise you is that there's light at the end of the tunnel -- we're near to done, as you can see -- and that 2013 will be a better year for us all.