Pull up a chair, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover…
Kickstarter-backed VIP story released! It’s called RAIN OF TERROR and it is exactly that. If you have membership in the VIP Club, you can click dat link and enjoy — if not, you can sign up over here for seven lousy dollars. Or wait for this story to come bundled with the eventual book #2. Kickstarter backers get this for free; check your inboxes for details.
New official artwork up for Kelsey Jones! Thanks to our artist in residence, Allison Barraza. Again, this is thanks to the Kickstarter funding. More characters are on the way, so keep an eye on the blog for details. Also… I have high resolution versions of all this character art. It’d be super easy to make t-shirts or coffee mugs or whatever. If there’s something you’re keen on getting your hands on, suggest it in the comments below! I’d love to have some merch up and running alongside the launch of the first book, this fall.
A poll about how and when you read City of Angles. I’ll let it go another week before closing it, I think, but already I’m getting some good data — and I think it’s time to let go of the idea that if I’m not getting feedback on this blog, there’s nobody out there. Clearly the ways people approach the story and how they interact with it are VERY diverse. In fact I may need to reshape how I approach the blog itself. More to come on that in the future, I suspect.
(One thing I didn’t add in the poll, but am curious about. Folks who are using various social media to access this stuff… would you prefer I link from twitter / FB / g+ straight to the story itself, or to the blog post? I’ve been linking to the posts in hopes of encouraging comments, but it IS getting in the way of hitting the story directly. What do you think?)
Project Wonderful ad campaign for anachronauts. $50 from the Kickstarter campaign is earmarked towards getting the word out about that series. It’s an inefficient way to get readers but it does work — the number of visitors a day that City of Angles gets is definitely higher now than it was before I started advertising that on Project Wonderful. In addition, now that anachronauts is “done” (aside from releasing Second Age on paper) it’s a great opportunity to introduce it to your friends. There’s no pressure to keep current on it, since it’s in the bag.
Next week… hopefully the start of Cleanup on Aisle Ten, the next story in volume 002. I’ve got a good plan for the story thanks to some brainstorming, although Act II is still quite fuzzy and unplanned. Then again, the last story had a largely unplanned Act II too, and it worked. So hey, who knows? Stay tuned and find out.