Happy Monday, Sailors!
Guess what? We’ve officially hit over 250 copies ordered!! How exciting! There are 230 of you who have purchased Storm Song, who want to see this book become a real, tangible thing out in the world. I can’t thank you guys enough for order and promoting. More than that, I want to thank everyone for taking a chance on me. I promise you won’t regret it.
The one shot D&D session was a lot of fun! Putting the characters and the elements of Elysia back into a d20 system was a wild, nostalgic trip for me. I hope to have the opportunity to do more of those!
Also! Storm Song was featured in this Geek & Sundry article which is a sentence I never imagined myself typing. Check it out! There are four other amazing stories also featured!
So far, we’re holding onto 3rd place, which means we’re still in the top 3- but I don’t know about you, but I would feel way more comfortable in 2nd place. Or heck- let’s shoot for 1st. It’s possible! But if I’m going to manage it, I need help from you guys .There are about 100 of you who are following that haven’t ordered. That would be huge! And if you’ve already ordered, try to convince someone in your life to throw $10 at the project as well!
I think we can pull out some amazing things in October if we all work together, gang. I’m ready to get to work. What about you?
Good evening, Sailors!
Wow, September is wrapping up this week, which means the final leg of this contest is about to begin! October is going to be just as exciting for the Storm Song campaign- possibly more so! And how are we kicking off October?
That’s right! A one-shot Dungeons & Dragons session within the Storm Song world. On October 2nd, I’ll be hanging out at Game Paradise in Fountain Square, running a session of Thoster and company hunting down the Luck Diamond. What this means is that I’ve been going back to my roots and transposing my characters back into D&D character sheets. And I thought you guys might like to see a little of that!
Thoster’s stats, for example:
Check out that sweet, sweet charisma score.
But what about Vashile’s spell list?
I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to get on her bad side.
And for those of you who might be curious how Linn’s Silvertongue ability works?
So that’s a little of what I’ve been working on lately. I’m really excited to get to the one shot session and share my world with more gamers in my local community! Speaking of gaming, though- there’s something else I wanted to announce!
The dice giveaway deadline is going to be extended until October 15th
I wanted to make sure to give everyone a chance to get their order in or refer their friends who might want to receive the dice prizes. So far we’ve got around 75+ entries with referrals and orders. I am convinced we can break 100 entries for the giveaway in the next couple of weeks! If we do, I just may have a few surprises in mind for you guys...
As always, I appreciate all of you who are standing behind my project and helping to make this dream of mine a reality. I adore you all. If you haven’t ordered, please consider doing so today. If you have already, please find a friend and convince them. It means the world to me.
WE ARE LIVE!
Head on over to the STORM SONG facebook page to tune in for the live reading of Chapter Six!
There are giveaways happening! You don’t want to miss out, folks!
Good evening, Sailors! And a happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day to you all!
A lot has happened since I last updated you all on the progress of Storm Song. Our dice giveaway is well underway. One week in and we have 61 entries currently for the chance to win the three sets of goodies! Those referral entries are really paying off for some of you... I’m telling you, guys. Find some friends that you can convince to buy this book and you can set yourself up for a nerdy bundle of goodness. The contest ends Sept 30th so get a move on!
On the news front, there’s been some fun things happening. A lot of you may have already read the latest Inkshares blog with a question answered by those of us in the top 10, but if you haven’t... Check it out here
Also, you can see an interview that I gave to Three If By Space over here and one given to Alastair Luft over here ! Both interviews were amazingly fun to give, and I’m so thankful that I was given the opportunity to talk about the book and my background with both of them.
The biggest news? WE BROKE 200 READERS! 206 as of the moment I am writing this, which puts us just a breath away from 2nd place. I’m constantly amazed at how wonderful you all are, how you always come through for me, how you go out of your way to find new and creative avenues to help me succeed. Thank you thank you thank you.
Upcoming news! This Thursday at 10pm EST, I am going to be giving a LIVE reading of Chapter 6 on my facebook page STORM SONG . Please like the page to follow more updates, but also come swing by on Thursday night. This will be the only place to find Chapter 6 until the book comes out, so don’t miss your chance to find out what happens next to your favorite fledgling pirate!
Thank you all! I adore each and every one of you!
Good morning, Sailors!
I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent mine out and about, getting the word out about Storm Song! I journeyed up north to Muncie, IN to visit Ball State University, where I studied Creative Writing- and where the world of Elysia all began. It was a really fun trip! That same day, I also hit up some local game shops in Indianapolis to advertise my entry to their customers. I’m pleased to announce that on October 2nd, Game Paradise in Fountain Square is allowing me to run a one shot D&D session within the world of Storm Song! You can find out more about the event here
Speaking of D&D… I’m so excited to announce that today marks the launch of our official Storm Song...
Yes, that’s right! Since this whole book started with a D&D campaign, it felt only right to spread the nerd love. On October 1st, I’ll be giving away 3 sets of dice, each one themed around a character from Storm Song:
Thoster - teal and grey
Vashile - red and black
Linn - purple and gold
Each dice set will come with the pictured treasure chest to keep them safe, as well as a dice bag made by my extremely talented friend, Heather. These are still in the works, so they aren’t pictured yet, but trust me, guys... They’re going to blow your mind.
So how does this work, exactly? There are two ways to enter
Referral entries are UNLIMITED so grab everyone you know and convince them to pre order so you can stack the odds in your favor like a true pirate would.
**In order for me to know that the referred pre order came from you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name of your friend who has also ordered. Once I have confirmed the order, I will count your referral entry.**
So get out there and convince your friends and family to buy my book, so I can send you some awesome goodies!
As always, I do want to thank each and every one of you guys for everything you’ve done to help me with this project. It means more than I can say, though I’ll keep trying.
Happy Friday, Sailors!
I hope that the week has treated you well. Since our last update, a lot has happened in the Storm Song campaign. But it’s all really exciting stuff!
First and foremost, I wanted to let you know that you can get updates about Storm Song out in the world of social media! I’ll provide links at the bottom of this update for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can share news about the book’s campaign and help me get the word out by liking/commenting/sharing to your heart’s content!
Speaking of getting the word out, you should check this out: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/09/prweb13660958.htm
A press release came out this week to discuss the buzz surrounding Storm Song! Feel free to pass it around and share with any of your friends who may need a little more oomph behind your very convincing words.
Outside of the news circuit, I wanted to let everyone know that you can check out the main project page for some new information on Thoster, the land of Elysia, and the different types of magic that are explored in Storm Song. I’ve shifted some things around to give you guys more background information instead of teasing at it. I hope you enjoy it!
And last (but certainly not least!) in the news of Storm Song this week, we have a brilliant new cover design up! I’m so excited about it, and just blown away at how lucky I am to have cultivated a unique networking group by entering this contest.
The cover was designed by another Inkshares author in the top 10 of the contest! Kaytalin Platt is an amazing writer and designer with the world’s biggest heart. Like me, she’s never had her own work published, but she has helped several other authors get their own works out into the world. If there was anyone in this thing that I would love to see in the top 3 with me at the end, it would be Kaytalin. The Living God is one of my favorite pieces in this whole thing. Platt’s world is impressively developed, and the concept of her story is so intriguing. Telling the story of a character who is born with magic and has it stripped away as punishment (and all of the consequences that brings her) had me drawn in from the very beginning. I highly encourage you guys to go check out the sample chapters and video up on the project’s page and consider pre ordering.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
As always, I appreciate everything that you guys have done to help me make this dream a reality. We’re still hanging out in the top 3! I’d love to see us more solidly in 2nd place or even to catch up to take 1st again! This update is a little longer than the usual, but there was just so much to talk about! Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting me. Thanks for sharing this and grabbing the attention of other people in your life that may want to jump in and help me out. You’re all amazing.
Good afternoon, Sailors!
The race for the Geek & Sundry contest is heating up, folks! I need your help now more than ever. If you’ve pre ordered (first of all, thank you!), I need you to find someone else in your social circle to convince to pre order as well. If you haven’t pre ordered, I am asking that you take another look at my project and pre order today! I’m really excited to share Thoster’s story with the world, but the only way I can do that is by building on this fantastic campaign.
Right now, we’re tied for 2nd place. We need to stay in the top 3 to win. There’s still a lot of time left in this contest, but every day and every pre order is extremely important.
August was a whirlwind of a month for Storm Song. I’m hoping to make September just as exciting- or even more so! I really need your help to make that a reality, guys. Get the word out. Text your friends. Call your mom. Convince your coworker. There are 137 of you standing behind me right now. If you can each find one person today to convince to spend $10 on this project, we can turn this whole thing around.
Thank you again, everyone. From the bottom of my heart. Everything you’ve done to help me with this project so far is just above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
We’re 1/3 of the way through the Geek & Sundry contest, but I hope we’re just getting started! Today marks 3 weeks since I made my way to the 1st place spot. The race is extremely tight, though, so I know we need to keep up our momentum and keep pushing for that next goal.
Speaking of goals - a delightfully Southern friend of mine has thrown down the gauntlet and declared that if we reach 200 unique readers by Sunday, he’ll record himself reading Chapter One. I know I want to hear it. Do you? If so, find a friend, a parent, a sibling, a coworker -- convince them to pre-order and we can hear Thoster’s dialogue with some Memphis drawl.
I wanted to take some time to say thank you to each of you that have pre-ordered. 116 individuals have thrown support behind me and my book. I can’t express enough gratitude for everything you’ve done by ordering and promoting for me. You guys are just the best.
There’s also another 60 or 70 of you that are following along with my project. Hi! I hope you’ve taken some time to look around. There are 5 chapters up for you guys to read and decide if you think Storm Song is a project worth putting your support behind. I hope that you find that it is!
As some of you may have read in the Inkshares blog that I answered a few questions for, the inspiration for Storm Song came from the very first Dungeons & Dragons campaign I ran in college. Thoster was only a half formed thought then, a character that developed as that story did. By the end of the campaign, I knew that I needed to explore his life before he ever met that particular group of adventurers. Storm Song is Thoster’s origin, and it’s a piece of me that has shifted and evolved over the last decade or so. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share it with all of you!
As always, I’m here if you have any questions for me about the project. You can contact me at email@example.com.
Happy Thursday, sailors!
Today has some exciting news! The Inkshares blog features some questions answered by the top 10 in the contest. Which means I was asked to chime in with some get-to-know-you style questions!
Check it out!
We’ve still been holding strong at #1. Yesterday marked 2 weeks since Storm Song climbed to that position! I’m still so, so grateful to all of you who have thrown your support behind me.
For those of you following the project who haven’t ordered yet, please take a look at my sample chapters and let me know what you think! Any questions or concerns can be DM’d to me here or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m always happy to hear from you all!