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Kickstarter Update #5: Signed paperbacks and tee shirts now en route!

February 2, 2012

Just posted our latest Kickstarter update!

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Nice things people say

February 2, 2012

As a companion post to my Free promo weekend redux post, I wanted to note how incredibly kind and encouraging the reddit community is. Here are some of the nice things people said to me on my Realms Unreel free promotion posts in /r/kindle, /r/writing, and /r/books: I just finished it. WAS AWESOME. Far exceeded expecations. I felt like I was back in [...]

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Free promo weekend redux

February 2, 2012

I spent most of my time online this past weekend interacting with redditors realtime as I watched the download numbers for Realms Unreel soar on its first free promotion day (which I decided, about twelve hours in, to extend to two days to shoot for the highest sales rank possible). People asked some good questions in [...]

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How I found a great freelance editor

February 1, 2012

I’ve been asked by several writers whether and how I obtained editorial help for my manuscript. Here’s the story. Beta readers rocked my world My first line of defense against writing a horrible book was the help of friends, family, and strangers who, when they heard I was writing a book, enthusiastically offered to read [...]

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Free promo boost

February 1, 2012

Looks like the free promo boost happened, after all! Some time today, Realms Unreel broke into the Top 100 bestselling leaderboard in paid Sci Fi ebooks on the Kindle store. It’s currently at #93, just behind George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings and ahead of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow. [...]

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Derpazon

January 30, 2012

A redditor who grabbed a free copy of Realms Unreel during the promo this weekend made this for me

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Using my first KDP Select Free Promo day today. Amazing!

January 28, 2012

2:25 PM: I’m currently live-tweeting and live-redditing as I watch the effects of my first free promo day on the Kindle version of Realms Unreel. In the roughly fourteen hours since the promo started, my book has shot up to #8 in free Sci Fi, #10 in free Fantasy, and #341 overall. kindlelover says: I’ve [...]

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Realms Unreel tee shirt design

January 24, 2012

My $60+ Kickstarter supporters will soon be receiving their Realms Unreel tee shirts. Here’s the design we’re printing. I was tickled when one fellow East Bay-er called the design “Aud-landish”. (For those of you who aren’t familiar, there’s a popular Oakland gear brand called Oaklandish with an awesome tree symbol, as well.)  

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IAmA Recently-Kickstarted author of a cyberpunk fantasy novel

January 24, 2012

On the recommendation of one of my Kickstarter supporters, I posted to the IAmA subreddit yesterday to answer questions about my Kickstarter experience. Lots of good questions were asked, and I tried to provide good answers. Here’s the post.

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And we’re off!

January 16, 2012

Last night, I stayed up to watch as Kickstarter counted down the last few minutes of our funding campaign. At midnight Pacific Standard Time, our page status switched from “Funding” to “Funded”! Ian and I are blown away by the generosity of our supporters. 146 backers together helped us raise the magnificently devilish sum of [...]

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