Well, the contest is over, the winners announced. Good for them, but alas, I learned about it too late to make full use of the time available.
But we move right along. I deleted the old previews, replacing them with their full versions, and included chapter 1 in its entirety as well. Everything is now in order, so I hope everyone enjoys slightly under 1/3rd of the entire book now available.
As you may have guessed by now, the formatting is much more like a non-linear collection of short stories than it is a standard, linear novel. However, the ending does indeed tie everything together, if in a strange way. The remaining chapters get progressively smaller, save for one of the bulkiest chapters- the last chapter, right before the epilogue.
Hopefully everyone enjoys the additional content, and please don’t forget to spread the word!
Hello readers. Thanks for your support so far!
Realistically, the odds are against me at this point, and I highly doubt I’ll get the 250 or so more buyers before the contest ends on Monday, but that just means I can focus on the longer campaign instead.
But I’ve uploaded previews of all five of the other POV characters now, and I’ll be sending them out today. I’ve placed several comments on the project page with little blurbs on each one, so you can read those at your leisure as well. as always, if you like what you read, please spread the word on the book as every little bit helps towards the goal of getting it published.
thanks and enjoy!
Well, the strawpoll seems like a bust. I guess it wasn’t placed high enough in the update. oh well.
with only 1 vote each, I made a decision between Yuri and Yan, and in the end, chose to post Yuri first and then Yan later. There’s a lot of in-universe terminology in that chapter, words I had to make up and won’t make sense without context. But since it’s a first person perspective, he’d have been living with those terms all his life and would have no need to explain them to himself. So while it might be a bit confusing, I trust the readers to be able to work things out on their own. I’ve always enjoyed a book where I didn’t have to be spoonfed information, and so I hope you all will too.
just in case you don’t know what those coordinates are, its longitude and latitude. Those only appear in Yuri’s chapters, mainly as a way to convey the shift in cultural norms.
anyways, I’ll send out Yan’s chapter on Monday, and again, please spread the word on this book if you enjoy it. feel free to leave comments as well!
So it’s been a few days and I’ve picked up a few followers, plus the first few pre-orders, so I figured I’d make a strawpoll to see what people would like to read about next. Like I said, there are five other narrators, each of which has a different style and personality to them which are hopefully distinct enough from one another. I’m thinking I’ll post at least a third of their introductory chapters, maybe half depending on where the scenes end. But since the story is written in a non-linear fashion, here are brief summaries of each of the other settings in no particular order.
First up, Yuri, a rough and straightforward thinking leader of a band of hunters, seeking great and horrifying beasts for his kindred to eat. Using living transformable weapons and alchemical plants, his people have an edge over their warped and deadly environment, but they might be victims of their own success as game is running scarce.
Next, Joyce, the young and idealistic Empress of a series of nomadic floating islands, which uses a fusion of magic and technology to achieve incredible results. Though she’s not exactly new to the throne, the life of a nomadic nation has its own unique challenges when they enter hostile territory.
Then we have Steiner, a laid-back realist NCO in a small group of military survivors, living in the ruins of the old world. Forced out of their home and with no idea where they are, difficult choices lie ahead for him and his unit as they come to terms with their situation.
Then we have Yan, the complicated genius administrator of a prosperous industrial city, where militant mechanical animals live alongside its human population. Though she was appointed to the job for her years in the military, her central government doesn’t trust her, and she must constantly deal with their demands while trying to enjoy her retirement from the battlefield.
Finally, there’s Hendrix, a middle management branch manager of a fuel distribution company in a society where your social class determines much about how you’re treated in life. While he appears to fit in, is he doing so because he believes in its ideals, or simply to survive in a ruthlessly paranoid world?
here’s the link to the poll: http://www.strawpoll.me/10135792
you can vote for some or all you’d like to read about, and I’ll post the one with the highest amount of votes on Saturday. and again, please spread the word about this book, since the contest ends on the 16th.