We've Crossed the Frontier!
It's nearly 1.30am as I type this and I've just logged on to find out how things have been going, fully expecting to have reached around £4400. Not even close. We've flown passed that estimate and the £5000 goal in just a few hours, and it's all thanks to you.
I can't put into words how amazed I am by everyone's generosity and support. The closest I come is a heartfelt, "Thank you," but somehow that doesn't seem quite enough, even though it's the best I've got - I'm still pretty stunned to be honest. So, thank you: over the course of the project I'll do my level best to write you the story you deserve, which leads me on to stretch goals.
Onwards and Upwards: Stretch Goals
We still have until Saturday 23rd, 23.59. We could sit back and twiddle our thumbs or layout some stretch goals. The most obvious are:
* Professional developmental and copy editing. In order to really nail the quality of the manuscript and give you, the reader, the best experience possible. It'll cost around £500 to £1500 depending on where I go and the length of the book. After costs, as I write this, we haven't raised enough to achieve that. It would be great if we could.
* Professional Artwork. Frontier has allowed me the use of some their excellent concept art for the purposes of this project, but the cover design I use is already used by at least one other author and I don't know whether Frontier will allow me to use that image, whether I would have to purchase the right to use it, or whether I will have to design another cover altogether.
Every book released needs a good cover to establish its unique identity in the marketplace, excite potential readers (spreading the word about the Elite: Dangerous game in the process) and give you, the reader, something you feel proud to own. I'd like to do a professional job and give you the best product I can, but commissioned illustrations can run to several hundred pounds depending on the image and the artist. With enough pledges I can offer you that. If Frontier allow me the exclusive use of the cover image, then I propose to commission internal artwork for the book.
That's my vision for the project, but what's yours? I'm open to suggestions of further stretch goals, so what would you like to see? Just contact me through Kickstarter mail if you have some ideas.
Thank you again for your support. You've got me over the Frontier, and now my work really begins...
(Note: I will try to catch up with individual thank yous in my project comments thread, but with Christmas around the corner time is tight and I don't know if I can get around to everyone before the close of the project. I'll try as time and family permit.)
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***Name one minor character in the book*** You get to name a minor character in the book, as long as the name fits with the character, the plot, and the game universe of "Elite: Dangerous". This reward does NOT include naming rights in the game. I reserve the right to refuse any inappropriate submissions. In the event of a disagreement, we will can work out an alternative, but if compromise cannot be achieved in a reasonable timescale (i.e. it hinders the writing of the book), I reserve the right to make a final decision. This reward has been issued by special request, and bonus points have been awarded for creativity.Estimated delivery:
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