Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Just 5 hours left!

Well, it's been an amazing 2 weeks, and the Nolyn Kickstarter has surpassed all my other Kickstarters both in the number of backers and the total funds raised.  

Currently, we are at $163,061 in funding from 3,608 bakers with just 5 hours to go.  But if you miss the Kickstarter, there will be a "backdoor" that we can get you through so you can still participate. Because we cleared our last stretch goal, the faux-leather deluxe edition will have hubbed spines (and yes the other two books will as well).
For those who are interested, we'll have a little zoom meeting this evening just before the Kickstarter ends it will only allow 100 people in, so come early!  Here's the information:
  • Topic: Kickstarter Celebration Meeting
  • Time: Feb 23, 2021 06:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  • Meeting ID: 926 619 0491
  • Passcode: 6LTjqq
Our thanks to everyone for all the amazing support. Next step, getting the book on the press!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

What an opening day!

So, our latest Kickstarter launched less than 48 hours ago - and what a wild ride we had!

We had some initial technical difficulties with the "early bird" specials not showing up right away, but Robin got them up and running and extended their deadline to 1 hour (from the original 15 minutes). It appears that most people were able to change their initial pledge to those early birds, but if you were one of the people that missed yours, send us a message from within Kickstarter and we'll refund you the difference once the project funds.

As I write this we are at...

  • $129,413 from 2,972 backers!!

This was by far our best "out of the gate performance."  We were fully funded in just 6 and a half minutes, and we hit $100,000 in just a few hours.  By the end of the first day this had surpassed all but one of our Kickstarters (and I'm sure this will take the #1 spot as we are only $7,000+ away and need just another 610 backers.

To put this into perspective, here are some stats from our other Kickstarter (all of which were hugely successful).

  • The Death of Dulgath fully funded in 2 days
  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter funded in 54 hours
  • Age of Legends took 3.5 hours
  • Age of Death took 25 minutes
  • Age of Empyre took 50 minutes
As for crossing the six-digit threshold, we've had four projects do this:
  • Age of Legends took 20 days
  • Age of Death took 14 days
  • Age of Empyre took 5 days
  • Nolyn sprinted past the finish line at just 3 hours and 45 minutes!
This will be a very short Kickstarter (ending at: Tue, February 23 2021 7:00 PM EST), just 2 weeks in length. But if you do happen to miss it, we have a way to add you after the fact. The full details of that will be posted after the Kickstarter ends.

As always, Robin and I thank you for your support, and we'll start posting some stretch goals soon!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Preview: Kickstarter Video

Tomorrow we launch the Kickstarter for Nolyn.  I'm so excited, and so it seems are some other people.  Currently, 646 people are following the project.  Below is a preview of the video so you can learn more about the project. 

Please keep in mind that the "early bird" specials are ONLY available from noon to 12:15 PM EST, so you have to back early to get them. Here are the specials being offered:

  • D(EARLY BIRD) - $8 rather than $10 for the eBook only 
  • H(EARLY BIRD) - $28 rather than $35 for the eBook + regular hardcover
  • R(EARLY BIRD) - $60 rather than $75 for the eBook + limited edition faux-leather version
While we are still working on the cover designs this is what we have so far. As always, the cover illustration is form the amazing Marc Simonetti who did all of the Legends of the Firs Empire artwork, and a good number of the foreign language versions of the Riyria stories.

As for what the book is about, here's the back-of-the-book marketing copy:

After more than five hundred years of stagnation, the heir to the empire is suspicious about his sudden reassignment to active duty on the Goblin Wars’ front lines. His first assignment to rescue an outpost leads to a dead-end canyon deep inside enemy territory. Suspicion turns to dread and then sinks to despair when it’s discovered no such stronghold exists. But whoever went to the trouble of making his death look like a casualty of war didn’t know anything about the Seventh Sikaria Auxiliary Squadron to which he had been assigned. In the depths of an unforgiving jungle, a legend is about to be born, and the world of Elan will never be the same.  

If you've not read any of my other books, no worries, you can dive right in with this one. Each series is based in Elan, but they are self-contained.  That being said, if you do read all the books you'll get a wider view of the past, and possibly even the future of my world.

My past Kickstarters have been huge successes. I'm looking forward to this one being equally good.  Hope to see you there.