Only Two Days Left!
It's Thursday morning and the Kickstarter campaign will wrap up on Saturday evening. Two days. Once that happens I'll be able to take a semi-break from working on this campaign and really buckle down on the trilogy. There's a lot of revising to do!
But there's one thing I haven't done very much of during this campaign, and that's asking you guys to help spread the word. (Cue hundreds of people closing this email.)
The reason is obvious: We reached the funding goal in under 8 hours then doubled it in less than 33. That's phenomenal and so far beyond what I'd hoped for that I didn't feel right asking for more.
However, I've been reminded that the whole point of moving away from the Twenty Palaces books to a new series was to bring in new readers, so this update is about me giving you the tools to help me do that, if you wouldn't mind sharing in your own social media spaces. (And if not, that's completely cool, too.) Here we go.
For friends who prefer ebooks:
At the $12 pledge level, they'll get THE WAY INTO CHAOS, the first book in the trilogy (including the Chris McGrath cover). The basic description of the series is right on the main Kickstarter page:
The (pre-edited) sample chapters start right here:
They'll also get A KEY, AN EGG, AN UNFORTUNATE REMARK, the urban fantasy novel with a protagonist in her mid-sixties. The book is sort of like The Dresden Files if Harry Dresden was actually a cross between Auntie Mame and Gandalf. A more complete description can be found here:
They'll also get the comic fantasy novelette my son wrote as part of the homeschool project, with cover art by Kathleen Kuchera:
Finally, they'll also get a copy of TWENTY PALACES, the prequel to the books in my Del Rey series. More detail here:
That's three books (plus the novelette my son wrote with the cover art for that) for only $12. For someone who is unfamiliar with my work, that strikes me as a pretty good deal.
At the $25 level, they'll get all of the above and the other two books in the trilogy. That's five novels all together, including all three of the Chris McGrath covers.
If they're gamers, too, then only $5 more will get a game supplement, too, so backers who play FATE Core can run a game in The Great Way setting.
If they prefer paper books
... Well, that's more difficult. Those aren't price points for new readers.
However, I will say this:
The omnibus edition will be available to backers only!
Once the omnibus hardcovers are printed and shipped out to backers who pledged at the King/Queen level (or higher) I won't be printing any more. Sure, it's possible that someday in the far future someone like the Science Fiction Book Club might want to do another one, but that will be a different edition. If you're the sort of person who likes rare or unusual books, this pledge drive is the only place where you can get that omnibus edition.
If you feel comfortable spreading the word, thank you very much. If you don't, also thank you very much. This Kickstarter has been an amazing experience.
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