March '14 Update
I realized I promised monthly updates but there was none in February. With luck, some of the good folks who backed my campaign also backed the Veronica Mars movie, which means you've already gotten more Kickstarter Updates than any human being can stand.
Still! Things have been progressing. Let's sum it up and show you some awesome art.
To start: After the success of the Kickstarter, a number of publishers, some small, some smaller, have approached me and my agent about publishing the book.
Having looked at the offers they made, I've passed on all of them. There are a lot of benefits to putting out this trilogy through a small press; I would get opportunities for professional reviews in places like Publishers Weekly and Locus, and I could pass off some of the planning work I've been doing. More free time to write!
However, in the end it came down to this: I told you guys I was going to self-publish, and I set stretch goals accordingly. I didn't want to go back on that at this late date.
See how the spears for soldiers 2 and 3 are almost touching the "Content Edit" line? The trilogy has been passed to an editor who is reading it now. The spears will touch the line when I get it back.
In the meantime:
The 3,000 word Twenty Palaces short story, called "The Home Made Mask," is complete in a rough draft at 10,000+ words. I guess that makes it a novella. I'll do another revision this week and look at it one more time before I add it to the short story collection.
After that, I have to work some more on the Fate supplements. Er... it turns out that The Great Way is going to be somewhat more involved than I planned. Ahem. This game-writing thing is work!
Interior art for The Great Way:
Here's something cool I've been dying to share with you: Everyone who's read the sample chapter of The Way Into Chaos knows that this trilogy has two point of view characters, an old soldier and a young spellcaster. Well, in most books, the start of each chapter would have the character's name at the start of the text so you know who'll be speaking. But in this trilogy, I decided it would be cool to have a little piece of art in that place instead.
Here's the art for Tejohn:
And here's the header for Cazia:
I love those. (Obviously, they'll be smaller in the book.)
And that's all
Don't forget that there's a paper edition of Twenty Palaces now, for those of you who don't read ebooks.
Talk to you again in a month or two.