Friday, June 5, 2015

How Amazing Are Riyria Readers?



Pretty freaking amazing. Talk about exceeding expectations!  We're not even 24 hours into the launch of the Kickstarter for the next Riyria book, and we're already at 84% funded. You wonderful people have pledged almost $22,000 toward the $26,000 goal.

So, I must admit that when we launched the Kickstarter, we thought it would have a "big first day" but truly we didn't know it would reach this height. In the first 12 hours, we had almost hit $20,000.

Of course getting to full funding is the big goal for today. As soon as our goal is reached, I can start setting up ISBN's for the hardcover editions, get the contest running for the included short story, and start the distribution logistics for bookstore placement.

While there is no doubt that I'm doing this Kickstarter for my particular project, I'm also doing it as an experiment that can help other authors. In today's  turbulent publishing environment, writers need a wide range of tools at their disposal to make a living from writing. I hope the success of this Kickstarter will encourage others to try them out as well. If we do end up getting bookstore placement of The Death of Dulgath, then we may develop a model that other authors can use. Hybrid authorship truly represents the best of both worlds for authors, and my goal is always to do what I can to help others learn from my experimentation.

Robin has started writing a "Kickstarter Primer" book that we'll be giving away for free for anyone who wants it. If you would like to be notified when it is available, you can sign up to receive a copy from here.

Thanks again, everyone for all the amazing support. I'm hoping we'll get fully funded today and then we can move on to some cool stretch goals!

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