Monday, January 11, 2016

Beyond the Skies Kickstarter News

Since my previous post on this topic. . .

So You've Missed the Kickstarter:  Some of you were interested in catching up with this book's crowdfunding event, which ended January 7th.  If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact me privately at Bruce Heard [at] Stranger Skies [dot] com.  Let me know what you want or if you would like to include add-ons listed on the Kickstarter page.  I'll let you know what the next few steps are when you get back in touch with me.  Some of you may remember this process (it is the same one I used after CAL1 "In Stranger Skies" in 2014).

Uncollected Pledges:  Some of our backers' pledges are still pending.  Kickstarter staff will keep addressing wayward/delayed transactions for the next couple of weeks.  After this, these pledges will be cancelled.  There are enough of these so far to cause the fourth stretch goal to be cancelled, if they remain unresolved.  It would be unfortunate for everyone.  So please, if you have been notified that your pledge could not be collected, do work with Kickstarter to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Surveys Are Out:  I just e-mailed the Kickstarter surveys to all backers.  Please fill those out when you have a minute so we can figure out who gets what add-ons, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and so on.  As soon as the surveys have been returned and Kickstarter's collection process has been completed, I can generate art orders and contracts for the book's cover and internal illustrations.  The sooner the better.

Free Character Sketches from Joe Garcia:  Backers at Admiral pledge level, you do qualify for a free character sketch by illustrator Joe Garcia.  Questionnaires have been sent out via Kickstarter to help you describe your characters.  Please check your Kickstarter accounts for messages as soon as possible.  These sketches will be drafted on a first come-first served basis.  Some of you have already delivered your descriptions -- thank you!  Ideally, Joe should be working on these sketches BEFORE he receives his work order for the book's illustrations.  Commissioned work will take precedence over complimentary sketches.     

Thank you all for your cooperation and your patience.