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Update #48

Fun Important Awesome updates!

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Helloooo friends!

Some of you who are also supporting Skyfire will unfortunately get double news, but that just means you *have* to pay attention, right? Or something...anyway.

First up: Hardbacks of Skyfire will arrive in MARCH. March, that's right. I'm open for pre-orders on my website, if you did not have a chance to back the campaign. http://www.jessowen.com Preorders and backers of the 2013 campaign are my first priority. Also, I will draw random names from the pool of people who have pre-ordered to include a little something extra with your book. A print, a bookmark, a little sketch. You just never know. So it's a good time to get in on the next book!

Also, this is for dedicated pride members only: Some amazing person has landed both books on the 'Recommended Reading' page of the Ursa Major Awards. These awards are centered around "anthropomorphic fiction" and have the potential to help me get the attention of a whole new group of readers.

Nominations for the Ursa Major are open until the end of February.  Skyfire is eligible because it was published in 2013. If you've read it, I would very much appreciate your vote!  Link here again: http://www.ursamajorawards.org/nominations.htm

Thank you, thank you!

As for book 3, as everyone is asking... I'm writing, I'm writing!

Fair winds all,

~Jess

"We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing." ~~Louisa May Alcott


Update #47

The Missing Link

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Hello friends!

I realize that as I keep telling you all about SKYFIRE, I keep forgetting to include the link.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessowen/skyfire-book-ii-of-the-summer-king-chronicles

...that is the current campaign! I think I confused a couple of people with updates on this campaign :D But I'm just contacting you because you were such great support last year and most (if not all!) have expressed interest in book two!

So once again, the NEW campaign for Book II is right here.

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Fair winds all!


Update #46

Announcements for Skyfire Campaign!

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Hello!  I know this will be a repeat for those of you who have hopped on the Skyfire wagon already, but I wanted to re-post here in case any of you are still on the fence! There are lots of exciting things to behold. Here's the latest:

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Sorry to repeat this to some of you, but I want to make sure anyone who's on the fence about pledging gets all the news!

So, from over at SKYFIRE, here's the latest:

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Ta da!

Scroll down that reward bar but check it twice! There are a couple of additions. I have broken things down into a numbered list for your convenience and my sanity (because we're all about numbers when we're on Kickstarter!) So here are the things you may notice:

1. More mini-Shards. That's right--More Mini Shards because Rosie is in the UK sewing. Like. A. BOSS.

2. And...a mini-Catori plush that's going to knock your wolfie-toe socks off.

3. There is a mini Shard+Catori pledge (get it while it's HOT--oooonnly two!)

3.a: If any of you are interested in either cover art prints, or Artwork by me that is not included in the mini-plush Levels, I will ADD an original, digital fantasy piece of artwork to ANY pledge for an additional $150. I will add cover art prints at their cost. I'm totally flexible on all of that. Unfortunately, I cannot add any more mini plushies to the campaign. Rosie and I went back and forth on time, material, and her sanity to come up with these numbers.

4. Also: A handful of my loyal friends from last year are already receiving this year's book, but I know you want swag and you want to support Shard's next adventure! Hugin's Token, Munin's Token, and the Loyal Pride Member Pledge have all been included for you.

Actually you know what: those rewards all include the e-book so if you're a Kindle-Nook-Computer fiend only, feel free to nab up those Tokens and Loyal pledges if you don't necessarily want the hardback but you want to get in on ALL THE THINGS. Who's thinkin'? We are.

5. FOR WRITERS: A lovely and amazing woman who's been a close friend for about a decade has scooped up the last 'Wolfsong Pledge' which includes a critique of any manuscript up to 50,000 words (nano length!) by Yours Truly. However, she's done so to support me and the campaign, and would like to offer that writing critique to someone else.

If you are a writer and a Backer at any level $1+ please send me a note that you would like to be included in a drawing to get this critique, and I'll select a winner from those names at the end of the campaign!

6. I saved the best for last: My friend of mythic proportions, Chris Carter from over at Camp Myth, and I have been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something since last year, because when you're doing something fun and awesome, it's more fun and awesome to do it together.

In short: Camp Myth is a place where young mythic creatures go to learn how to refine their personal powers and skills--and get along with each other. They earn merit badges as they complete tasks. Chris's campaign includes real pins of the merit badges in the story, and he has had his artist create a very special, gorgeous, Kickstarter-exclusive GRYFON TAMER merit pin! (And they even spell it right ;) These pins will be 1.5 inch, cloisonne-style pins, top quality.

These Gryfon Tamer prizes will be included with ANY Pledge $50 and up--IF...you also trot over to Camp myth and support his campaign at any pledge $50+. I chose the $50 level so that my overseas backers would already be included!

By the way--Chris is already funded (like a BOSS), so that just means you're going to get in on some really amazing art, prizes, and awesomeness. Like the Gryfon Tamer merit pin. It's sooooo shiny.

I will now take questions. ;)

Fly high and fair winds my friends!

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Update #45

Pledge Updates for SKYFIRE!

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Hello my friends!  I am re-posting this from the Skyfire page (sorry some of you will get double) in case you haven't been able to pledge yet for Skyfire, but have been thinking about it! There are a couple of special things happening just for you:

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Hello friends and pride members!

I can't even believe we're over $8,000 with weeks to go!! I'm so grateful and excited. You guys are amazing, truly. Tell your friends, tell your enemies (it might help to make you friends! ;) and if you don't have the funds, tell your family so they can get you something nice. Muaha.

So, I've had lots of really good questions from individuals. Thank you, keep asking! Seriously. I was so pumped to get the campaign live that there are a couple of details that I want to iron out for everyone, and I do appreciate when people ask for clarification.

1. The e-book of Skyfire is included in every pledge level above $10. The e-book of Summer King is only included in the pledge where it's listed. If you would like to add it to any pledge level, just add $5 and send me a note that you'd like it added.

2. For backers who pledged last year and will already be receiving a copy of Skyfire this year: A couple of you have expressed interest in both the 11x14 print and the t-shirt. If you are already receiving the book and are interested in getting just a poster or a t-shirt (or both), I am going to create a pledge level just for you! So if you've been waiting, hang tight until Monday evening. (I'm opening up new pledge levels Monday because I have family in town allllll weekend and I want to make sure I have the details correct.)

3. Mini Shard: Unfortunately I can't offer him as an add-on. Because they are hand made (by one person!) unique and so on, I need to include him in a pledge level so my seamstress doesn't get overwhelmed. However the Great News is that she has offered to make a couple more and I will be adding a new 'Wingfriend' pledge on Monday. So if you've been Hoping that more Shards will be available, they will! The pledge level will be $185. The slight bump is because of added time, pressure, materials, etc.

4. The T-shirt: my printer has been going through an unfortunate series of machine breakdowns, but finally got to experiment with color. The shirts will be printed on white, because it looks best! The shirts are American Apparel, 100% combed cotton--in other words, soft, comfy and luscious!

5. Stretch Goal Sketches: At the bottom of the post I've included a sample of what the small stretch goal sketches will look like when we get there. The $100 original drawings will be larger, detailed, and will probably have a little color! (I found some sweeeeet 'Le Pen' markers perfect for sketching bright gryfons!!)

6. Finally: My FAVORITE announcement: Based on the popularity of the Shards and by fan request, our artist is currently designing.... *drumroll* ...a 6" Catori.

You make take this moment to express your glee. ;)

I've included some initial sketches in the bottom of this post. There will be extremely limited (fewer than 5) mini Catoris offered with other goodies at a $200 pledge level. So if you want one, be ready to click. I will not be able to add any more plushies to the campaign after this--just to reiterate, it is one woman sewing!

AND one more thing...actually, well, maybe I'll save that for a surprise.

But trust me that there will be an excellent reason for people to pledge a bit at any level to get in on the chance of something good! Again, this pledge level will be added Monday evening. Keep an eye out!

I'm offering this as an update so people can ruminate over the weekend, ask questions, clarify and so on before I open up the new pledge levels. (Around 7:00pm Mountain Time, USA, if you're worried about things running out--which they might).

Questions, comments, please hit me up. I'm happy to answer, and so grateful to all of you!

~Jess

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Update #44

SKYFIRE LAUNCH!

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Hello my pride!

I have just been hovering over the LAUNCH button for Skyfire, Book II of the Summer King Chronicles!

Here is the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessowen/skyfire-book-ii-of-the-summer-king-chronicles

I know some of you are following via Facebook, but for those who aren't, I hope that you'll return to check out the new cover, rewards, and so on.

As a treat and thanks for you, I offer this wallpaper featuring, of course, work by Jennifer Miller.

I hope to see you over at the campaign! Good hunting and fair winds to all.

~Jess

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    What can we say? You’re either a huge fan of books, gryfons, or the author ;) Either way, you receive all the rewards of the $500 Wingbrother pledge, several ‘behind-the-scenes’ chapters of the original, un-edited manuscript so you can see some of the writing process, and a thank you phone call or Skype meeting with the author to discuss the book, your own art or writing, why the sky is blue, or anything else. If you'd prefer, a private writing workshop for you and as many friends as you want. (Can be internet streamed, or in town). Details based on scheduling availability. For writers, the author offers a friendly critique of any manuscript under 100,000 words. Critiques are completely transferable as a gift if you have a writer in the family. International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    There are no words to express our gratitude to donors at this level, but there is plenty of schwag! You get All the Things of the $1,000 pledge PLUS: A second gryfon feather charm (one for you, one for your wingbrother or sister) color is YOUR choice, and the author will fashion a "speaking role" for you or a loved one in book 2 or 3, or form a short story centering around your character, to be published in a short story collection! Gryfon, wolf, eagle, bird, dragon--your choice. Please understand the world naming system is cultural and so the character cannot be named after you. You get the Skype meeting or phone chat to discuss anything you want about the book, art, writing, etc, and a workshop for you and your friends. Dinner with the author if you're in town or can make it. If your home town is drive-able, author will come to You for dinner and workshop. Manuscript critique of up to 100,000 words and a call to discuss your ideas, the future of your project, publishing, and anything else! All details TBD.

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