Hello lovely people:
Here's an overview for those who haven't had the time to wade through the discussion threads:
1) I was convinced that Book One was DONE, finished – and of course I was wrong about that. So the incredible Nancy Siscoe at Knopf in New York (a division of Random House) is working with me to get the manuscript gleaming and ready for release – not just on-demand paperbacks and ebooks, but also hardcovers available globally. These means Ada and Mary showing up to readers around the world in their local bookstores. Knopf has signed on to publish the first three books in the series, in multiple languages (Yay!) and they have an amazing legacy of children's publishing to bring to bear for the benefit of the Wollstonecraft girls.
2) Knopf will also be helping with FULFILLMENT which has been a raft of challenges, and there's more news coming on that front (but it's all good news).
3) We have a first draft of Book Two DONE. It still needs a lot of polishing, but it's all there – mistaken identity, secret codes, a mysterious lab, and the introduction of Ada's half-sister Allegra and Mary's stepsister Jane into the Wollstonecraft mix. I'll be spending the next two months polishing that with Nancy as well.
I'm concentrating on getting that into more presentable shape at the moment rather than doing what I really want to do which is to leap into Book Three – a baffling series of mysteries, a nemesis worthy of Ada (!) and a 10 year old Charlotte Bronte (!!) as a Wollstonecraft recruit. But first I shall return of making sure words didn't get lost on their way between brain and keyboard.
4) As this thing grew bigger and became a global undertaking, the schedules of course went out the window – but rest assured that everyone is getting everything; actually MORE than what they signed up for. We're just moving at the speed of the publishing industry. But because of your support we can reach a much, much bigger audience with the message that young women can change the world with the power of education and imagination – just as Ada and Mary did. You've all done something incredible, and we're just getting started.
PS: It does seem not all of you have been getting the updates, and some of you missed out on the preview – so always feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get that sorted. Also, I receive about 4 inquiries a week for Kickstarter tips and signal boosts, and I'm perfectly OK with that too.