Well, it’s October 22...
And thus ends the crowdfunding time for More Fun and Games. We did alright- ended with 84 preorders, though this was clearly not enough to reach either hurdle - 250 for the light publishing option, or the 750 needed to give it the same treatment that It’s All Fun and Games received. On the one hand, I clearly wasn’t knocking on doors the way I did with IAF&G. On the other hand, there’s only so much pushing and cajoling I was willing to do with the $20 price tag.
First, and most importantly, the little button I click to send a thank you to supporters doesn’t appear to have been working this whole time, which means other than a receipt you haven’t gotten anything from me. I’m embarrassed by this.
To all of you who have supported More Fun and Games so far, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. It really does mean the world to me that you put your money where your faith is.
Happy Midsummer everyone!
It’s the middle of July and warm weather has finally come to Maine. Birds are chirping, the black flies are (mostly) dead, and most fun of all is seeing the pictures showing up in my Facebook feed of people showing off their copies of It’s All Fun and Games. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since it was released, but time has the tendency to keep moving forward, doesn’t it?
I keep running into people who want to know when the sequel will be coming out, so I wanted to give you an update on how More Fun and Games is progressing. My summer teaching has been taking a bit more time than I’d hoped, which means editing has slowed down a bit. I’m still chipping away at it, however - I’m maybe a third of the way through so far. I’ve added Chapters 1 and 2 to the preview read on the project page, so you can read about the start of this new adventure.
Now my part is only half of the work. YOUR part is the other half. Inkshares only publishes books that a) cover much of the up-front cost; and b) show an established interest. The 2400 or so copies of It’s All Fun and Games that have already been sold shows the interest. Now we just need to cover those editing and design costs. Please, if you’ve got the interest and means to do so, head on over and preorder your copy now.
I also have one additional (less costly) favor to ask of you. DragonCon, one of the largest fan conventions in the country, gives out the Dragon Awards annually. I would deeply appreciate it if you could swing on by the nomination page and nominate It’s All Fun and Games in the "Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel" category. Sure, it’s a long shot, but so was publishing in the first place, so why not give it a try?
As always, you can find me on twitter @llabak and on Facebook
Thank you all for your continued support, and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Hey everyone! Happy Summer!
At least they tell us it’s summuh up here in glorious Maine. Hard to tell with highs in the upper 60s and nights in the 40s. At least it’s keeping the black flies down. A little.
May 31 in Maine, Ladies and Gentlemen
So have I got some news for you!
The crowdfunding sequel to It’s All Fun and Games is now up and running!
As I mentioned in a past update, More Fun and Games has been written (for several years) and now needs the spit and polish (and in some cases massive reworking) to get it up and ready for publication. In the meanwhile, I need your help.
Many of you rallied to It’s All Fun and Games because I harassed you, begged you, and after all, it was only five bucks. Unfortunately (for us…financially appropriate for Inkshares), the price to support has increased - $10 for an ebook and $20 for the paperback. This is a bigger commitment, for sure, so I don’t feel comfortable doing the same level of begging. Having said that, I would really appreciate your tossing a few bucks my way.
Also unfortunately, this isn’t part of a contest, which means no getting the big win on a near miss (that is, the target of 750 copies is much more firm than it was last time). So even if you don’t feel like you can preorder a copy, if you know anyone who liked the first book and would be willing to pitch in on the sequel, please spread the word. Do you know someone who runs an indie bookstore? Rope ‘em on in. Are you a Reality TV family with 19 children (and counting)? All the rug rats need a copy, maybe two.
I will continue to post updates from both projects, so for those of you following both, I apologize for the spam. I’m hopeful that over the summer we’ll be able to get enough momentum to get the process up and running and the sequel out in a timely fashion.
As always, I am humbled by both the kind words and the financial support of my first novel.