Every Gear has Teeth
We are finally inside the Amazon machine. I've been busy with their customer service and parsing their Sellers Marketplace Interface.
The short story:We are waiting for amazon to fully... Read more
After another month of ups and downs I'm finally comfortable with my delivery dates. I'm fulfilling two shipments.
The first is replacing missing Kickstarter copies abroad and delivering... Read more
Beware of the Letter M
With about 100 people on my "missing packages list," I took a poll a few weeks ago. I emailed all 40 of my Polish backers to see what they thought... Read more
You Guys Rock
When I'm juggling things (more on this below) it's easy to forget all the good vibes I'm getting from you guys. Yesterday it dawned on my that... Read more
Shipping Problems and Solutions
Hi Gang. If you're already enjoying The WoW Diary, you can ignore this message.
This update is only about delivering the original Kickstarter rewards. PRESALE orders haven't shipped yet. ... Read more
Don't Panic! I've finally marked all orders as shipped. The Backerkit UI doesn't make the distinction between orders shipped and fulfilled (I consider this to be when backers have their... Read more
EU Deliveries are finally Trickling in...
I received a skid of Amazon editions of The WoW Diarythis morning! After huffing and puffing the 2000 lb pallet up the driveway, the delivery driver and I finally... Read more
The Gears Slowly Turn
Just a short update, for anyone who hasn't gotten the word, Be careful using a knife to open packages! A few people have accidentally cut into their book opening the... Read more
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone is enjoying 2019 so far. Some local backers are getting their books early this week, so let's cover the arriving rewards:
#1 Be careful opening... Read more
First of all, thanks for the feedback! Out of hundreds of showcase editions sent throughout the US, only a few had damage, so the bumper is doing its job. Just... Read more
Big Time Delivery
Short Story: We're probably going to miss the Christmas delivery. The only customers that have a chance are US backers...and they might not receive theirs in December.
Long Story:Shipping... Read more
After a long, period of signing books we are, at last, moving toward fulfillment!
I signed many showcase editions surrounded be some of the hardest workers I've ever seen. They... Read more
Great news! There were no major snags with the spot UV varnishing! The WoW Diary has moved from the ink/drying stage of production to the physical manufacturing of each hardcover.... Read more
Hi-resolution PDFs and eBooks Have Been Distributed
Backerkit's staff informs me there was some weirdness going on with their digital distribution last week. We should be beyond these glitches, so I'm sending out our digital rewards.
We... Read more
Printing News:I got back from my first trip to the printer. The facility I visited was enormous. The company is worth a quarter billion dollars and has been around for... Read more
Printer Proofs and Electronic Rewards
How about some good news? The proofs are looking great. No major issues. I've been working around the clock checking out the design's consistency, tweaking and updating files, indicating PMS... Read more
No PDFs today :(
I found the issue with the PDFs but the resolution involves going through the entire book and suppressing the spot-varnish on every "object" that uses it. The fact that InDesign... Read more
PDF issue is getting fixed
I figured out source of the PDF problem.
Everything with the UV spot color is "printing" solid white instead of invisible, effectively blocking out the images. I have NO idea... Read more
eBook/PDFs have been sent
Backerkit has sent electronic rewards to backers, including a PDF and 2 eBook files (one for Kindle, one for non-Kindle readers). I discovered a few bugs associated with the "hidden"... Read more
The mystery behind backers not receiving emails might have something to do with people logging into Kickstarter through Facebook accounts using old emails. I wish Kickstarter wouldn't allow this, because... Read more
All surveys have been sent!
My surveys asked only for addresses and whether you wanted extra copies.
If you haven't received an email asking these things, please tell the Backerkit customer reps. They're very good... Read more
I'm collecting delivery addresses in surveys today
The "smoke test" revealed an issue. Backerkit's automated system was pointing backers toward a placeholder file, but this shouldn't be the case any longer. I deleted it. Fill out your surveys... Read more
Smoke test is Live
If don't get an email of the survey, don't panic, it's another delay in the works.
Since I have a lot of backers, I need to do what is called a... Read more
I'm Emailing Survey's Tomorrow
I apologize if things have been quiet, but I've been busy.
Old news:My EU PayPal backers were finally able to order a copy in Backerkit's Preorder Store. If you... Read more
Surveys next week
Things are pretty much on target for post-campaign production. My printer's best guess is that books will ship in mid-December, but its impossible to know when exactly. I still can't... Read more
PayPal works on my Preorder Page
My preorders page is now accepting PayPal. Sorry for the confusion, it was mistakenly toggled off my account, so now my EU backers can order without credit cards. Do not... Read more
How NOT to order more copies
A change of plan.
Kickstarter backers should not order additional books at the preorder web page.
Backers should wait for email surveys to arrive around October 9th in order... Read more
Three hours left!
The World of Warcraft DiaryKickstarter will be done in just a couple hours. What a wild ride it has been! I've learned so much. Not just about campaigning and... Read more
12 hours left, and what happens next
I've spent the day configuring Backerkit's option for post-campaign preorder page. In it prices, rewards, and delivery are the same except:
- You Will Be Able to Order Multiple Copies ... Read more
The Last Day
With 24 hours left in the campaign, The WoW Diary Kickstarter is drawing to a close.
I'm currently waiting for information from Backerkit to get answers about a post-campaign pre-order... Read more
Today, the book that found only 298 backers in its first Kickstarter campaign took first place in its category.
Last night was a special discussion about making Vanilla WoW with... Read more
Turning it up to 11
$400,000. We did it.
With less than 4 days left in the campaign, the Kickstarter version of The WoW Diarygot much better with the funding of the Spot... Read more
The FAQs are back!
I finally created a FAQ. I apologize for my negligence.
Yesterday was moving day for the campaign. Gads, I've been busy. It's 5 PM, and my only sustenance has been two cups of decaf. For whatever reason, The WoW Diary funding... Read more
Saturday Night Twitch with ClassiCast & Kern
Last Saturday night's Twitch stream with ClassiCast was so successful, I'm going to do it again with one of my old teammates, Mark Kern (@Grummz) next Saturday, 7 PM EST.... Read more
Things You May Not Care About
I've sent a volley of emails to worldwide fulfillment houses to see if I can reduce the shipping cost, or, if possible, pay for EU import taxes. (I can't do... Read more
Two huge strides were made with achievements. The first was catching my mistake with looking at the wrong number on my MailChimp account. My email list had grown to almost... Read more
Golden Edition of Kickstarter Unlocked!
With $300,000 raised we are getting a rarer version of The WoW Diary. I apologize for the late update, but I cannot exaggerate how busy I've been these past... Read more
2 New Stretch Goals, multiple copies
As we near our $300,000 stretch goal, the Golden Kickstarter Edition is becoming a likelihood. Soon every backer of the printed edition will own a much rarer book. After talking... Read more
3rd, Live Chat tomorrow at 7 PM EDT
We are the third most-funded non-fiction book on Kickstarter history! We're also 80% to the #2 position ($337,000 raised), so it's well within our trajectory.
For the audio-curious, permit me to... Read more
4th, Achievements Scored
The WoW Diary has reached a higher rank an the annals of Kickstarter history. We are #4 on the list of all-time most-funded non-fiction books. (Have you ever seen so... Read more
As we inch closer to the coveted status of Kickstarter's fourth most-funded non-fiction book of all time, I am happy to announce I bit the bullet and got the premier... Read more
Live Chat Tomorrow at 6 EST
Before my interview on The Starting Zone podcast, I'll host a little get-together on my new Discord server Friday at 6 PM EST. I'll answer questions, take suggestions and get... Read more
First Achievement Points Almost Scored
Achievements inched forward yesterday, the last two of which are going to be the first to score (a recent interview with Danger Dolan will push YouTube views over the top).... Read more
I've added an achievement system for an Easter egg-ridden bookmark I hope to include inside the hardcover edition of The WoW Diary. The achievements are for a variety of... Read more
5th, The Golden Stretch Goal
Question: What has two thumbs and is Kickstarter’s 5th most successful non-fiction book?
Answer: The WoW Diary and a pair of severed thumbs!
4th place is currently... Read more
6th, Delivery Estimate Revision, Multiple Copies
As The Zen Habits Book lays gasping behind us, we're on the eve of good news. Tomorrow I'm setting a stretch goal! I know I said there'd be no stretch... Read more
I spent today researching data management, which is a fancy way of saying post-Kickstarter order processing. It's boring, but more important, now that The WoW Diaryis all grown-up. For... Read more
Day Two's Belated Update
I’ve had a full 2 ½ hours of sleep last night, so I can address you with a clear and rested head. Since I’m still thanking individuals for... Read more
I found the post update button!
Funded. Ok, enough of the old news. [wink]
First of all, forgive my crazy typos on the AMA on r/wow/ and Facebook, as I am hunched over a dining room... Read more