Best Update Ever (part one)
As I said before, the "Best Update Ever" will be the announcement that the books are being shipped, but I have to make this a two-parter because the hardcover omnibuses are not even printed yet, let alone on their way to you. My expectation will be that the omnibuses should be in the mail in January, maybe early February, depending on holiday delays.
Ebooks are being shipped to you right now.
If you backed at the $12 level, you should have already received your email with download instructions. Check your inbox, then check your spam folder. It should have come from the address firstname.lastname@example.org . If it's not in either of those two places, log into Kickstarter and check that you're looking at the email address associated with your account. If you still can't find the appropriate email, message me through Kickstarter and we'll work it out.
If you backed above the $12 level, you may have received your email with download instructions, or it might still be scheduled.
Let me explain:
There are a lot of people who are due an ebook... over 1100. I can't sent them all at once, because your ISPs would mark it as spam and blacklist me. (Guess how I learned that lesson?) If that happened, you wouldn't even be able to find your ebook email in your junk folder, because ISPs would reject everything I send outright.
I also can't send the books as attachments, for similar reasons.
So, working out a sensible system to send over a thousand emails, and checking with my excellent email and web hosting provider, sff.net, that this system will not cause them or me any problems, the emails are being send out in a rolling, automated way, 50/hour. As I write this, there's still 18 hours left in the process.
I know waiting sucks, but it's only a little while longer.
Also, as I mentioned above, these emails are coming from email@example.com, but you have not been signed up for my newsletter unless you asked to be. I'm just using a newsletter plugin (MailPoet, in this case) for this job.
So Download Links Are Coming?
They are, and of course one of them is broken! For people getting the full trilogy, there's a link for the epub format, a link for the (Kindle-friendly) mobi format, and a link for both formats combined. Unfortunately, that "both formats" link is borked. It points to the file at the $12 level, which doesn't include books two and three.
If I tried to fix it, I'd have to stop delivery of the emails and restart them again, making some people wait even longer and others receive the same message multiple times. Instead, I'm just going to ask people who want both file formats to click two links instead of one.
It was a sloppy mistake, though. Sorry, you guys.
All the trade paperbacks that I owe to backers are in the mail. This endless update is already endless, but I wrote about packing them up and posted it to my blog, with pictures. Click and share, if you like.
It's possible (but unlikely) that the paperbacks will arrive before Christmas, but the ebooks definitely will.
Thank You And Happy Holidays!
I'm still writing the Fate supplements and will get those out to you in a few months. The next update I plan to post will be part two of this one, to announce that the hardbacks are in the mail (unless there's a massive screwup I need to address).
I hope you are all having a joyful holiday season.