Good afternoon, Sailors!
I know, I know... I haven’t said much since the contest ended. It honestly took me a solid week for the good news to settle in, and after that, November just sort of got away from me. But I’m here and I wanted to send out a quick update before the holiday weekend!
I don’t have much in the way of a timeline for you all, but! I can tell you that I’ve been working on my manuscript, getting everything where I want it so I can put my best foot forward when I send it off to the editors. Once I know more, I’ll definitely pass along any news.
I’m going to be making trips to the mail to get out the giveaway prizes soon. I’m hoping to have that sorted in the next week or so. Prints will be going out to a good chunk of you, and of course my lovely dice giveaway winners! I didn’t intend for it to become more of an early Christmas gift, but hey... maybe I’ll put a bow on the treasure chests for good measure. Just to get into the spirit.
Mostly, I just wanted to reach out to you guys and let you know that I’m still here and I’m still working. I’m going to be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family tomorrow, and I hope you all know that what I’m most thankful for this year is all of you. You helped make my biggest dream come true. You all mean the world to me.
Well... we did it! It feels surreal right now, but it’s official! Storm Song is listed as the #2 finish of the Geek & Sundry fantasy contest.y The last 3 ’months have been incredibly intense and stressful, but so so so worth it.
I’ll be keeping you guys updated on what’s what as this progresses.
Thank you again. I’ll update again when I can be more coherent and not just a bundle of overwhelming emotions
Happy Halloween, Sailors!
In mere hours, the Geek & Sundry fantasy contest will be over. By tomorrow afternoon, the winners will be officially announced, and we’ll find out if Storm Song will have what it takes to remain in the top 3.
So I’m coming to you one last time while this contest is live to say thank you to the 324 individuals who have already pledged their support to my dream. No matter what happens over the next few hours, I am still blown away by the fact that literally hundreds of people have looked at my book and said "Yes, that should exist."
There are about 70 or so of you that are following the project, but haven’t ordered. Now, I know for a fact that sometimes you order and see a confirmation on the website, but the order doesn’t go through. So if you guys want to do me a solid, check your inbox to make sure that you got a confirmation email for your order. If you didn’t, email firstname.lastname@example.org right now to see if they can help you get it straightened out.
Even if that’s only one or two of you, that’s one or two people that wanted to order, but might not have just yet.
For those who are following, but haven’t ordered yet... The time is now!! I want you aboard this ship, taking off on fantastic adventures with me!
I’ll be updating tomorrow once the results are official. I’ll be sure to let everyone know what has shaken out of this whole thing. Thank you again for all of your encouragement. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.
Happy Friday, Sailors!
This week has been a wild one for me, and the weekend doesn’t look to be slowing down one bit. Anyone else got a Halloween party to go to this weekend? I’m super jazzed to be going as my favorite (and the unquestionably best) ninja turtle, Donatello.
I’ll also be continuing to try to get the word out about this contest and my project! Nothing says party time like chatting about your hopes and dreams over a spooky punch bowl, right?
In all seriousness, the final days of the contest are definitely upon us, and that means digging deep for a final push of orders. Holding third place will be enough to earn Storm Song a win, but second place is within reach and I don’t know about you guys, but I always like to strive for that one extra achievement. I think it’s the gamer in me.
We’re also at 296 backers! So just four more and we’ll hit 300 total people standing behind this book. Which is just...
Guys, I don’t know how to thank you all enough for helping me with this project. When I entered back in August, I did it on a whim, figuring that it could at least help motivate me to keep working on this story. I didn’t expect this sort of support to come pouring out from so many different avenues.
My family has been unbelievably supportive and encouraging. My friends have helped me plug at every opportunity. I’ve made new friends (shout out to the Ohana crew) that are so important to me that it’s really difficult to imagine a life without them in it now. My boyfriend jumped into this with both feet and has kept my chin up when I’ve had a hard time doing it myself.
I love you all. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for all that you’ve done to help me with this campaign.
It’s not over. We’re not done. Nothing is a sure thing. I’m going to keep pushing and finding new people to convince to buy my book, and I hope you’ll all do the same.
Land is in sight, sailors. We’re almost home.
Good evening, Sailors!
I’ve returned home! And I’m getting right back to work. I drew the three winners for the dice giveaway, so I won’t waste too much time before getting right to it.
Our three dice winners are... Sara McMillan, Katie Chaos, and Sarah Work! I’ll be in contact with you all separately to work out how to get your prizes sent to you!
If you missed out on buying a copy to enter into the dice giveaway, don’t feel like you’re out of luck for any Storm Song goodies. I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that. What we’re going to do from this moment until the end of the contest is a print giveaway! I have been lucky enough to have met a talented young woman named Emily Zurl who created an original piece for Storm Song that I think is just the coolest thing since sliced bread. But you can decide for yourselves.
SO COOL, RIGHT?! Every person who orders a copy of Storm Song between now and the end of the contest will receive an 8.5x11 print of this gorgeous piece of art. And if you also refer a friend who purchases, I’ll write a custom note on the back and sign it. Art stays pristine and intact, but you get some customization on the piece! For those of you who have already purchased, if you refer two friends, I’ll send you a customized print as well!
October is half over, guys. That’s just insane. What’s even crazier is that it means there’s only a couple weeks left of the Geek & Sundry contest. Every moment of this has been an emotional roller coaster I wasn’t expecting. I’ve learned a lot about myself and about my amazing support system. I’ve also made some of the most wonderful new friends a gal could ask for. Thank you thank you thank you- a thousand times.
Until the next update!
Happy Friday, Sailors!
I’m frantically packing to head out of town for a wedding! One of my very best friends is getting hitched tomorrow, and I’m her maid of honor (or best lady, as I prefer to call it). Before I left, I wanted to swing by and check in with all of you- mainly to drop one final reminder:
The dice giveaway ends tomorrow! October 15th!
Be sure to get your pre order in today or tomorrow. Once I’m back home, I’ll be puling three random winners and sending out and update to congratulate on their prize! Right now we have over 100 entries! But there’s still time to stack the odds in your favor by referring your friends to enter and notifying me of what names to look out for.
Currently, we’re sitting in 3rd place at 277 readers. I’ve got my eyes set on hitting 300 before the end of the month. I think it’s absolutely achievable. I’m hoping you guys can help me get there! Order today or send your friends over to get a copy for themselves. New milestones are being hit every day in this campaign.
As always, let me just tell you all how amazing you are, and how grateful I am for your support in this process. I wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for you guys.
Have a great weekend, gang!