Thursday, October 26, 2017

Final Hours - Kickstarter ends at 7:30 EDT today!

Well, all good things come to an end, and it's been an exciting run doing our third, and most-successful Kickstarter to date.  You still have a few hours to join the fun, just click here, or on the graphic below:

We'll see where things finish out yet, as well as discover who guessed the closest and will be winning the limited edition copies. I think we'll probably fall short of the #1 most-backed project (still need 153 backers and we tend to get around 30 - 70 a day, but who knows, last days can be pretty exciting as people both join in (and leave) the project in the final few hours. Still #2 worldwide of all time isn't so shabby. As of this writing we have 2,025+ backer - which is really quite amazing.

I think we'll end up making the $80,000 stretch goal, which will put us in 4th place as far as highest-funded worldwide projects of all time. Again, as of this writing we had just $246 to jump into 4th place and $1,135 to hit the stretch goal.

Don't forget, there will be a live-streamed AMA (Ask me Anything) starting at 7:30 EDT.

Even if you can't be there - use the link to ask a question, and you can watch the video on your own schedule. I think they stay up 24 or 48 hours or something like that.

Oh, and a few other things about the book.

  • Yesterday we did a remote "sit in" on the last recording session. Alex (the engineer) and Tim (the narrator) were in New Jersey and we spent 7 hours on a conference call as the last 4 chapters were recorded. (We had listened in on the other 5 sessions while up in New York last week).  So much fun - you guys are going to LOVE the audiobook - Both of those gentlemen did an exceptional job and we were able to step in from time to time to smooth something or make our own final adjustments. If the book wins and Audie, I want directorial credit!!
  • Also yesterday, Robin poured over the printer's proofs.  They were in mostly good shape - the "big things" you worry about is color and that all turned out fine. They weren't perfect though, as she needed to nudge a bit here or there, and we did change a few words during the last recording. But al those are easy to fix and the proofs will be over-nighted and presses should roll next week. Our hope is to get the books out to people before Christmas. It'll probably be tight, but we'll do our best.
Okay, that's it. Fun times, but also exhausting, too. Can't wait to have this book in the can and get aback to writing/editing some of the other projects. Age of War is with the copyeditors and due back to us in just a few days. And Robin is compiling changes for book #4 -- currently it's titled Age of Legends but we are thinking of changing it Age of Despair.  We'll need to make a decision on that really really soon! Marc Simonetti is already working on the cover design for it.

That's all for now, hope to "see" some of you tonight - at least virtually for the AMA.


  1. I was listening to the AMA after the fact and to me your weird, intermittent noises sounded similar to the interference speakers sometimes get when their cell phones are too close to the microphone and its regular synch-ups with the network makes buzzing sounds. Just a thought. May be completely unrelated.

    1. They eventually figure out the issue with their mic and switch to a new one. They have to switch twice before its actually fixed.

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