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Just wanted to let people know about the Blackguards Kickstarter

Hey all, 

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about a Kickstarter that you may be interested in. It's called Blackguards, and it's an anthology of thieves, assassins, mercenaries, and rogues.


I have a Riyria short story in this anthology and the line up is quite impressive:

  •  CAROL BERG, "Seeds" 
  •  RICHARD LEE BYERS, "Troll Trouble" 
  •  DAVID DALGLISH, "Take You Home" 
  •  JAMES ENGE, "Thieves at the Gate" 
  •  JOHN GWYNNE, "Better to Live than to Die" 
  •  LIAN HEARN, "His Kikuta Hands" 
  • SNORRI KRISTJANSSON, "A Kingdom and a Horse" 
  •  JOSEPH LALLO, "Seeking the Shadow" 
  •  MARK LAWRENCE, "The Secret" 
  •  TIM MARQUITZ, "A Taste of Agony" 
  •  PETER ORULLIAN, "A Length of Cherrywood" 
  •  CAT RAMBO, "The Subtler Art" 
  •  LAURA RESNICK, "Friendship" 
  •  MARK SMYLIE, "Manhunt" 
  •  KENNY SOWARD, "Jancy's Justice" 
  •  SHAWN SPEAKMAN, "The White Rose Thief" 
  •  JON SPRUNK, "Sun and Steel" 
  •  ANTON STROUT, "Scream" 
  •  MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN, "Professional Integrity" 
  • DJANGO WEXLER, "First Kill" 
  • ANTHONY RYAN, "The Lord Collector" (novella) 
  • PAUL S. KEMP, "A Better Man" 
  • JEAN RABE, "Rashida"

It's already fully funded and hit a number of stretch goals including:

  • Adding three authors: Anthony Ryan, Paul S. Kemp, & Jean Rabe
  • Illustrations for each story
  • Additional per word rate for the authors
  • Open submissions for new authors to be included
  • A poster of the cover
  • T-shirt availability
  • Blood coin upgrade

It's put out by Ragnarok Publishing which does a really nice job and has experience rolling out a prior successful Kickstarter. So if you are interested in stories of men and women who walk on the wrong side of the law, check it out.

Wrap up and some giveaways

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Robin and I spent the morning going through all the various backers and checking the messages. There are only a few (I think 4) who we are waiting to hear from regarding additional shipping instructions.  Please check your messages on Kickstarter to see if you are one of them.  All books other than those few have been shipped (although some still show that they are In Transit. If you have questions or concerns about your book, let me know and I'll email you the tracking number).

There still are some posters that need to be either shipped or reshipped because of damage or additional money sent for extra posters or overseas shipping. Robin and I have a trip to New York for some business stuff for me, so she'll be going through those on Monday when we return.

A few other things:

  • I had some extra copies of the signed &  numbered limited edition hard covers, and I'm holding two giveaways for people to receive them (a total of 4 will be given away). Even if you are a Hollow World Kickstarter backer, you can participate in these giveaways. The books will be shipped in time for holiday gift giving if you would like to give Hollow World to a friend or family member. Here are the links to enter and you can even enter both if you like: Goodreads Giveaway | My Parallel Giveaway. There are far fewer entrants in my giveaway so your chances of winning are much better ;-).  Also please spread the word about the giveaways to people you know who might like the book.
  • Tachyon Publications and I are working hard on preparing for the official release of the book for the general public. Originally this was supposed to occur in January, but they couldn't make that deadline, so on April 15 the print, ebook, and audio version will be available to everyone.  I'm really hopeful that it will be a big success, especially given the great feedback I've received from people in the Kickstarter. 
  • Speaking of the general release, if you have read the book it would mean a great deal to me if you could post a review Amazon (Here is a link). It doesn't have to be long or involved just a few sentences is fine, it's really about the "number" of reviews more than anything else. The most important thing is that it is honest. Don't inflate your rating or your comments, and feel free to leave a critical review and ranking if that's how you really feel. In many ways, a book with mixed reviews will be looked upon more positively by potential readers because a review with all glowing reviews doesn't look realistic. 
  • If you know people who you think might be interested in the book, please let them know that there is a FREE extended preview that they can get from Amazon, ibookstore, and Kobo.  It has the first four chapters and after reading those they should be able to determine if the book is right for them.  I can't get Barnes and Noble to make the extended preview free for nook, and it may be a small price outside the US, but please don't have them buy it.  Just tell them to send me an email (michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com) and I'll mail them a copy in the format of their choice.
  • I still plan on doing a Kickstarter primer that other people can use when planning their own Kickstarter. I'm going to start working on it in December and I'll post here when it is done. This will be available for free to anyone (those who were in the Kickstarter or others).
  • Also I'm doing a write up on "a guide to professional editing" that will give writers some pointers on where to find good editors, what to do when hiring them, and will go through the professional edits that occurred for Hollow World. My intention is this should help authors in their own editing and also give those that are interested a little "behind the scenes peek" at what went on during the editing of this book. Like the Kickstarter primer it will also be given away for free as an aid to writers both aspiring and published.  I don't have a release date for that yet, but I will let people know.

I think that's it.  It's been a lot longer process than I had anticipated but I learned a lot and if I do one in the future, I'll do a lot of things differently and more efficiently.  Once again I want to thank everyone for the amazing support of this project. You made it possible and I hope that it will be a beacon for other writers.  I've already heard from some who are doing their own Kickstarter based on how this one came out. I hope you feel like your support was well rewarded and if any of you need anything in the future - please drop me a line.

My sincerest and heart-felt thanks

Michael. 

Shipping Status

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Just wanted to let everyone know that there has been a slight delay in some shipments for two reasons:

1. Some hardcovers had quality orders and we needed the printer to re-print. I didn't want to update this until I knew for sure when they would arrive. They came in late today so shipments will begin again tomorrow.

2. Robin (my main shipper bee) has had some physical issues that has limited her ability to ship. Since we were waiting on the hardcovers we didn't want to exasperate that until the hardcovers arrived whereby we'll have my son help with the shipments and get them all out at once.

I'm going to New York on Thursday as part of and Robin is accompanying me so our hope is to have everything out by then.

Also...there are still a few people that have not responded to Robin's emails about signing preference she has been sending follow up emails but we are done to the wire on this, so if you haven't specified personalization options your books will be "signed only"

I think that is about it.  If I do a Kickstarter in the future I'll have a fulfillment company deal with the shipping. We are learning a lot and the process is slower than we would have liked but it we are near the end.

Hardcover books have arrived!

So a ton of big boxes just showed up on our doorstep.  I need to check through them to ensure they are in good shape - but at first glance it would appear so.  Wednesday is my "night out" but while I'm gone Robin will, hopefully have everything set for me to start signing/shipping these out. So that is one more milestone crossed!

Trade paperback editions have arrived!

Hey all, Robin here...we have received 16 very large boxes containing the trade paperback editions.  A few weeks ago there was an update asking how you would like your books dedicated and a good number of people responded to that - thank you!

For those the approximate 170 who haven't, I've sent an email requesting whether you want the books:

  • Signed
  • Unsigned
  • Signed and Dedicated


And also to ask you to verify if your mailing address is the same as when the Kickstarter survey was sent out.  Please look for any emails from michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com with the subject: Hollow World books are in! Additional information requested to ship your book.  And let me know how you want to your books made out. I want to make sure people get them the way they want - one of the advantages of being in the Kickstarter is the opportunity for personalized copies.

Any people I don't hear from will have signed copies sent out to the address we have on file.

I talked to the hard cover printer on Tuesday and they said that the books were being foiled stamped and should ship by the 5th (today).  So it shouldn't be too much longer for those at the $75 and up pledge levels. 

Thanks once more for your help in making the Hollow World Kickstarter such a huge success!  

Robin