Writer Seeks Reader

This is the story of an indie writer cultivating a readership in an era when traditional publishing is giving way to emerging media publishing paradigms.

Kickstarter Update #10: Applying the final touches

April 5, 2013

The hardcover will be off to the printer very soon. Emmie’s just applying a few finishing touches.

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Kickstarter Update #9: What’s in a scene

December 9, 2012

Over the past two months, Ian and I have continued to refine the method we’re using to create the look and feel of our illustrations. Here’s an illustration from Chapter 2 — where Dom encounters Serapen in Musaion — and the story about how it came together. Storyboards laid the foundation In our original storyboards, [...]

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Kickstarter Update #8: Refining our mix of 3D and 2D illustration elements

October 2, 2012

I’ve just posted our latest Kickstarter update showing some detailed images of the ZBrush work Ian has been creating for the illustrated version of Realms Unreel. This first image, which you may recognize as Zeke’s samurai avatar, Prodigytal, demonstrates how we can take 3D-modeled character renders from ZBrush and push them through Photoshop to get [...]

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iTunes Producer doesn’t play nice with Scrivener ePub exports

August 28, 2012

Just thought I’d share some of my recent experiences preparing Realms Unreel for the iBookstore, in hopes that this will help other authors grappling with the taciturn error messages of iTunes Publisher. Using iTunes Producer 2.7.1, I was trying to deliver the ePub format of Realms Unreel to my iTunes Connect publisher account. I encountered the following [...]

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Kickstarter Update #7: Faces and places, look and feel

July 11, 2012

Over the past few months, the look and feel of Realms Unreel has taken shape in the studio of our esteemed illustrator. In parallel with the work of storyboarding scenes and developing characters, Ian has been exploring ways to combine the aesthetic of hand-drawn illustrations with the three-dimensionality of models created in Zbrush. We’re looking [...]

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Kickstarter Update #6: Realms Unreel, from Ava to Zeke

March 19, 2012

Before Ian and I met for our official Kickstarter project kickoff in February, we agreed to a bit of pre-illustration homework. It was slightly ambitious homework, perhaps; we each wanted to identify a sequence of scenes from Realms Unreel that captured the entire story (350+ pages of narrative) in just a handful of images. When [...]

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Facebook ads for self-published book promotion

March 10, 2012

In terms of exposure, no self-promotion effort I’ve tried so far has even come close to the Facebook ad campaign. Here are the numbers. Between February 23rd and March 10th … 2,750,762 unique Facebook users saw one of my Realms Unreel ads ⬇ 23,212 unique Facebook users clicked on one of my Realms Unreel ads ⬇ [...]

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Realms Unreel Kickstarter Case Study

March 10, 2012

[AA's note: Pardon the third-person POV. This is a case study my friend Diana Kimball wrote based on information I gave her about the Realms Unreel Kickstarter project I'm running in collaboration with my friend Ian Steplowski.] Realms Unreel: A Fiction Project by Audrey Auden On December 5, 2011, Audrey Auden stepped away from her [...]

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How I reached my first 5,000 readers

March 10, 2012

Some time in the last week, the five thousandth copy of Realms Unreel found its way into the hands of my five thousandth reader. Here’s a timeline of my readership growth. November 2010 through October 2011 — 9 readers Over the year I spent writing Realms Unreel, six beta readers and three freelance editors read the [...]

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Thrilling to see my Amazon rankings this morning

February 29, 2012

When I was browsing my local bookstore last fall looking for inspiration for the cover design of Realms Unreel, Neal Stephenson’s latest book Reamde called out to me. The stark white on matte black really pops when it’s on a bookstore display. Not to mention that Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite authors. Not [...]

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