It’s come to this, the end of the five book arc of the Steam Empire Chronicles. Laurel Emperor is done, and now awaits the tender (or not so tender) mercies of the beta readers.
All that’s left to do is get it to the editor’s this month (as soon as possible!) so that I can get the novel published! Once it gets to the editor, I’m anticipating running a kickstarter to once again add illustrations to the last novel. I wasn’t really happy with how I could only get two illustrations into Steel Praetorian, and I’d love to add some more to Laurel Emperor, considering it is the final novel of the series!
So what’s the estimated timeline? I’m hoping for an April/May Publishing date, right before the summer break, where everyone needs a good book (or five, I’ve got five novels now!) I’m anticipating trying to get the ebook version out first, followed by a print version later.
So what do you think? Would you be more inclined to get an ebook version over a print version if it came out first? Or would you be willing to wait for a print version? Let me know your thoughts!
Kickstarter Preview/Ideas and an Update on Iron Tribune
As I sit here in my office relaxing as my beta readers dismantle Iron Tribune (Hopefully for the best!), I’m also planning Steel Praetorian. So far, I’ve planned out the first four chapters. Chapter one will be included in Iron Tribune, but I won’t even let my beta readers see that 🙂
Here’s my estimated timeline for Iron Tribune to be published.
End of March – Beta Readers return Iron Tribune
April 20th – Iron Tribune goes to the editor(!)
May 1st – Kickstarter campaign for additional illustrations begins. Kickstarter ends by mid-late May
(Sometime in May, based on how long editing takes, formatting should begin)
Sometime in June, send out all rewards, post Iron Tribune to Amazon, Etc
Here’s what I’m thinking for Kickstarter Funding Levels
$1 – Big Thank You + Name in Acknowledgements
$10 – Digital Copy of Iron Tribune and one of my two novellas
$20 – Digital Copy of all novels + novellas
$30 – Signed Print Copy of Iron Tribune (Plus all the above)
$50 – Signed Print Copies of all three novels
$100 – Create a Character (Create a character in Steel Praetorian, including how he/she dies)
I think the funding goal would be $500. What do you all think of this? I suppose I could bump it up a bit to include shipping, or I could have ‘rest of the world’ backers up their shipping as well. Totally would like some feedback please!
If you’re a fan of my books, you know then that every story is a labor of love, and that in the end it’s not all my work, but the work of various other people – my editor, cover artist, illustrators, etc. I’m looking for two or three people to join my team as beta readers. What does that mean? I’m looking for people willing to read my novel, Iron Tribune (and even later novels if you’d like!) and find mistakes, confusing points, problems, or even good things! This is your chance to provide input before anyone, even my editor, gets a crack at it.
Specifically, I’d need you to…
1.) Read the current transcript of Iron Tribune and identify flaws, errors, etc.
2.) Send me these errors by the end of February (for the 1st round) and March (for the 2nd round) so I can fix them!
3.) That’s it!
What do you get? Well, besides a signed copy of the final book plus a digital copy, if you don’t have either Brass Legionnaire or Copper Centurion, I’ll send you a copy of whatever you’re missing for free (Signed if it’s a paperback copy).
So a pretty good deal. Plus, you’ll get credit in the acknowledgements, a long range high five, even a super big thank you.
So how to apply? Send me a message through the contact me option in the menu above or leave me a message below. For a few nights work you get some fun freebies, and I’d be very glad to return the favor if you’re looking for a beta reader yourself!