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Update #59 - For backers only

The Art of Firetop Mountain

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Update #58

Another important message for the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers

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After posting the list of backers that will be appearing in the back of YOU ARE THE HERO at the end of February I had only eight people get in touch with amendments/omissions that needed to be sorted out. Today I am posting an updated list, and giving you another chance to check that everything's in order. If it isn't, please let me know via email at info@jonathangreenauthor.com by this Friday 14 March 2014
Heading your way in 2014.
Heading your way in 2014.
 
In other news, those legends Mr Steve Jackson and Mr Ian Livingstone (who started all this in the first place) have both re-read the manuscript and given their feedback, and the proof-reader is two-thirds of the way through.  

Update #57

An important message for the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers

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It's almost the end of another month and it's time for another YOU ARE THE HERO update.  

First and foremost, if you were one of the wonderful people who backed the YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter (even if you were a little late to the party) please check the attached image carefully. (You will also find it uploaded to the YOU ARE THE HERO Facebook page.)  

The image is the list of people who backed the project at the CYCLOPS level or above, thereby earning the right to have their names appear in the back of the book as a thank you for their support. I would appreciate it if you could check that the dedication you requested appears on the list and, secondly, that everything is spelt correctly*. (Remember, if you pledged at the TROLL level or below, your name will not be on this list.)  

If everything is fine, you do not need to do anything. If you think you have found an error, please let me know a.s.a.p. by emailing me at info@jonathangreenauthor.com. Do not reply to this post or post on the Facebook page; I will need a direct email, or your notification may get missed.  

You have until 6.00pm GMT on Friday 7 March 2014 to inform me of any corrections that need to be made. After that, the text will be passed on to the publisher and it will be too late to make any changes.  

Thank you for your assistance with this.  

In other news, what I'm hoping will prove to be the final draft of the manuscript is being sent off to proof-readers today, as well as Messrs Jackson and Livingstone. Images are being collated for the book and I hope that the laying out of this magnum opus will begin very soon.  

It's getting there, slowly, but it's getting there, and I thank you once again for your patience.  

* I spotted one mistake this morning, caused by someone mistyping their name in the Rewards survey, so please do check extra carefully as this could have happened to you too.

List of YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers
List of YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter backers

Update #56

YOU ARE THE HERO - One Year On

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Exactly one year ago today, at 3.00pm GMT, YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks funded via Kickstarter.
     At the time, I thought that the book would be finished, printed and in the faithful backers' hands by now. Unfortunately no plan survives contact with the enemy intact, as they say, and YOU ARE THE HERO was no different. What was planned as a 30,000 word book had swelled (at the last count) to 92,311 words, and it looks like it's going to get a little longer still before it finally sees print. However, I can assure you that its getting there, at long last. 
     In not entirely unrelated news, yesterday I met up with Ian Livingstone to go through his and Steve Jackson's comments on the manuscript. And very encouraging and helpful they were too, you'll be pleased to hear... 

Update #55

Edit 20 done and dusted

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Now the title of this update might not mean very much to anybody else, other than me, until I explain that what it actually means is that I've sent the manuscript of YOU ARE THE HERO to Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone for them to look through over Christmas.

In other words, I think it's just about there. There may well be a few changes that need to be made here and there, so I won't claim it's finished just yet, but it's well on the way. 

Of course, even when the ms is passed as final, I've still got to complete the acknowledgements, the copyright page, add a dedication, add in all the artwork cues, have the last rewards made, send the book off to be typeset, etc... But YOU ARE THE HERO is suddenly feeling a lot more like a proper book today. And it's over 90,000 words long!

Just to finish on something pretty for you to look at, here's a Wordle of 'Edit 20'.


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    ORC - Thank you for your support in getting this project off the ground. YOU really are a Hero!

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    SPIDER - Receive a copy of GAMEBOOK ADVENTURES 7: TEMPLE OF SPIDER GOD digital gamebook app written by Jonathan Green and created by Tin Man Games. The app will be available in two versions that will work on PC or Mac. Tin Man Games will also throw in GA1: An Assassin in Orlandes and GA2: The Siege of the Necromancer! (Add this reward to any other simply by adding £10 to your existing pledge level.)

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    WEREWOLF - As Cyclops, but you will also receive an Adventurer’s Gaming Set (2 custom-made YOU ARE THE HERO dice, as well as a YOU ARE THE HERO pencil, eraser and badge. You may order additional gaming sets at £8 per set.)

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    QUICKSILVER - Receive a complete set of the Ulysses Quicksilver PAX BRITANNIA steampunk novels signed by the author, Jonathan Green. (Add this reward to any other simply by adding £60 to your existing pledge.)

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    GHOUL - As Vampire, but you will also receive a special Fighting Fantasy art print. Prints available to choose from include Martin McKenna’s cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO, a Deathtrap Dungeon illustration by Iain McCaig, a Bloodbones illustration by Tony Hough, and a newly-commissioned Russ Nicholson illustration. (You may order additional prints of your choice at £10 per print.)

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    DRAGON - As Minotaur, but prior to publication of the book you will be interviewed by Jonathan Green, by email, about your experiences of being a Fighting Fantasy fan. The answers you give will appear, along with your name, within the text of the book. (For editorial reasons, some of your answers may need to be edited or omitted. However some of your comments and your name will definitely appear in the book.)

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