Second Best Update Ever
[The UPDATE has been updated. Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom.]
Back when I started this campaign, I promised to send updates no more often than once a month (unless there was a really good reason, like: I wanted to). Some of you have noticed that there was no update for November; honestly, there was nothing to talk about except what I keep saying over and over, which is Progress Is Being Made.
Where are things now?
Before Thanksgiving, the files for the trade paperback editions were all uploaded to Lightning Source and the files for the hardback omnibus were sent to the traditional printer.
Here's what still needs to happen:
- Physical proofs have to be checked and (hopefully) approved [See Update at bottom of page]
- The books have to be printed and shipped
- I need to sign the ones that need signing.
- Books go into envelopes with addresses on them
- Books go to the post office and make their way to YOU!
Can all this be done before Giftmas?
Christ, you guys, I hope so. In fact, I may spend a bit of money to make sure it happens. I made a commitment that I would not sell to non-backers until after the backer copies were in the mail. You guys deserve the book first.
However, I don't think it needs to be said that I'm likely to sell more copies if I release it before the holiday rather than after it. There's a serious time crunch here, which is unavoidable when making books that look this good. I'm not bragging here: they don't look fantastic because of anything I've done. I just wrote the words. It's the professionals that your support allowed me to hire that have done such an amazing job.
What this means to you is that I'm trying to get this book to you before Giftmas, only six months late. (Sorry)
Glad you asked. I want to take a moment to credit the hardworking folks who have helped bring these books and link to their websites so you can hire them yourself, if you're ever in a position to do so.
The Great Way
- Cover art is by Chris McGrath: http://christianmcgrath.com/
- Cover design is by Brad Foltz of Foltz Design: http://foltzdesign.com/
- Book design by The Barbarienne’s Den: @TheBarbarienne (Twitter handle, obvs)
- Map art by Priscilla Spencer: http://priscellie.deviantart.com/
- Interior art by Claudia Cangini: http://www.claudiacangini.com/
- Copy edsit by Richard Shealy: http://sffcopyediting.com/
Good folks, all of them, and they have done a fantastic job. (And I wonder if Richard's hair will stand on end when he sees the tyop right by his name.)
A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark
- Cover art and design by Duncan Eagleson: http://eaglesondesign.com/
- Copyedits by Rose Fox: http://www.copymancer.com/
I haven't forgotten about this stretch goal urban fantasy! I promise I haven't. It's just that things have been very busy getting the trilogy out, and while Kickstarter backers will definitely get this promised ebook stretch goal with the trilogy, it won't go on sale to the general public until after the trilogy has been released.
Miscellany to wrap this up
[Added later] The ebooks for The Great Way need only some minor formatting.
I had someone who offered to turn the cover art into desktop wallpaper, but they haven't responded to my emails. I guess I'll just post the artwork at a nice resolution and not worry.
The Fate game supplements keep growing and growing. I thought both together would be about 6K words. Now they look like they'll be over 30K. I hope I can trim that back, because holy cow.
I've been invited to write a Great Way story for an anthology edited by Shawn Speakman. Assuming he likes the story, that would be a very good thing.
Finally, in keeping with this project's origins as a homeschooling unit, my son is making a teeny little eight-bit video game for The Great Way, using Scratch, the free program from MIT. I keep trying to convince him to expand it and make more levels (or just another level) and to put his own music to it, but he's self-conscious, at age 12, that it's not professional enough. (I sympathize so much.) Once it's finished, he may ask me not to post it online, a request I would honor, so we'll see if you guys will get a chance to play.
Why is this only the second best update?
Because the best one will be to announce that your books are in the mail to you. You have logged into Kickstarter and confirmed that you responded to my survey with your current address, right?
[Update of Updateliness]
I held off on sending this because I was hoping I'd get to say this: The trade paperback proofs arrived late last night, they look fantastic, and I approved them. Then I placed the order. So, the paperbacks with the Chris McGrath cover art are being printed. Yay!
All I have to do is wait for the proof of the cover flats for the omnibus, and the hardbacks will be on their way, too.
Seriously, you guys: if you haven't put your updated address into the Kickstarter survey I sent, go to the site, log in, and do that. You have until the books actually show up at my place, but you don't want to wait.