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Novellablog: The Final 35 Hours of The Kairos Mechanism on Kickstarter

This is it! The campaign ends Saturday, June 9th, at 10am EST. 35 hours left! Let’s make those hours shine.

As of this evening, The Kairos Mechanism’s Kickstarter campaign has topped $7500, meaning the book will be published and illustrated in one of its editions by 14 young artists who, thanks to the amazing backers who’ve pledged so far, will get a bump in their paychecks. Backers will also get a crossroads story that I wrote for my visit to the fifth graders of Deer Hill School in Cohasset. It’s about the Devil and a character you’ll meet in The Broken Lands, a girl with silver eyes. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Everything that’s raised from here on out will go into the bank for Arcana #2. If we get to $9500 by some outrageous miracle, I’ll post a poll with three options and ask backers to vote on what the next volume will be, and I’ll announce that next title in September at the book launch for The Broken Lands and The Kairos Mechanism.

So, 35 hours to go! Go here. Have a look if you haven’t already, spread the word if you don’t mind. But no matter what, I am so grateful for all the support, feedback, comments, questions, everything. Thank you so much.

Novellablog: Seven Days Left for The Kairos Mechanism on Kickstarter!

That’s right, one week remains. Seven days, friends, count ’em. If at any point you were thinking you might want to get involved with the glorious insanity that is The Kairos Mechanism and its equally glorious Kickstarter campaign, now’s the time! Here’s the link. What’s in it for you? My endless thanks, plus goodies. There are so many ridiculously exciting rewards, you just won’t believe your eyes. BUT BELIEVE THEM!!

At the time of my writing this, the campaign is sitting pretty at 110% (that’s $7205). Let me remind you why I still need you:

  • At $7500, the fourteen kid artists behind the illustrated digital edition get their paychecks bumped up, and all backers get a brand-new crossroads story, The Devil and the Scavenger, from me as a PDF. In it, you will meet a new character who also turns up in The Broken Lands. Insights into the secret lives of strange folk, just for you!
  • At $9500 I can commit to a paperback edition of Arcana #2 for May 2013, and all backers will be asked to weigh in on what that novella will be. I’ll post a poll with three simple synopses, and I’ll go with whichever gets the most votes. Want a say in what I write next? Get thee to Kickstarter and ante up.
  • At $13000, I can commit to a reader-illustrated edition of Arcana #2.

And, as always, re-tweets, re-blogs, and spreading the word by any means at your disposal are hugely appreciated. On that note, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to some wonderful folks who’ve hosted me on their sites and programs in the last week.

So, here we go! The last week! What will I be up to?

  • On the Novellablog, I’ll be discussing McNally’s self-pub services and Outbrain’s content referral services, two things that have been immensely helpful during this process. I’ll also have a guest post from Kid Editor Mason.
  • I’ll be guest blogging steampunkily at Steamed on June 7th. I’m thinking I’ll talk about E.T.A. Hoffmann, because he’s how I wound up well-and-truly obsessed with automata.
  • I’ll be at BEA! I’ll be lurking rather than doing anything official, but if you see a girl with a bag of holding or a girl taking pictures of a stuffed animal made out of socks and gloves, you’ve probably found me. (Lish McBride can’t make it to BEA, so I am crafting an avatar to escort around in her stead. The things I get myself into on Twitter…) And if you find me…well, I *might* have advance copies of things in the Bag of Holding. Just maybe. So you should come say hi. I will probably be glad to unload an ARC on you.

Evidently this post is all about bullet points.

Seven days! Here we go! Let’s bring it home, kids. And, as always, thank you, thank you, thank you. I would hug each of you and bake you a cake if I could.

Novellablog: Holy Moly! Two Flipping Weeks Left to Become Part of the GREATEST PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT OF ALL TIME!*

Okay, so maybe I’m a bit biased in my assessment of this project’s relative importance in the world. Either that, or I’ve discovered that the more sensational the title, the more clicks my website gets. (Spoiler: it’s the latter.)

Either way, the objective truth is this: with fourteen days left to go, The Kairos Mechanism‘s Kickstarter campaign is sitting pretty at 102%. This is outrageously cool, and I’m hugely indebted to everyone who’s helped out.

In these last two weeks, I have a lot of web appearances set up in the hopes that with the help of the very generous folks who are hosting me, I can really make the most of what time I have left. Because it isn’t over until it’s over, and I still have really high hopes of being able to commit to a second volume in the Arcana series before the campaign ends. And I really, really, really want to start planning for Arcana #2, because (as I may have mentioned last week) my next two books have been scheduled for spring and fall of 2014. That leaves a year between The Broken Lands and the next traditionally-published title, which seems like a perfect excuse for another novella.

To commit to Arcana #2 now, I need to hit $9500, which will cover most of the paperback costs of that next novella. A much more modest stretch goal for these last two weeks is this: at $7500 I can bump up the paychecks of all of the young artists working on The Kairos Mechanism. I’d kinda really like to do that most of all.

So, to sweeten the deal: at $7500, as a thank you, I’ll post the complete text of The Devil and the Scavenger, a crossroads story I wrote for the students of Deer Hill School in Cohasset, where I spent this past Monday and Tuesday. It’s set in the world of The Boneshaker and it includes a character referenced for the first time in The Broken Lands, but who will return to play several very important parts in the books to come. It’s about 13 pages long, and I’ll send it as a PDF to every backer on the books when we hit $7500. Oh, and (Kate says with as much modesty as she can muster) it earned me the honor of being dubbed “the creepiest writer I’ve ever met,” in the words of one of the fifth graders to whom I told the story during my visit. If six classes of fifth graders thought it was awesome, don’t you think you’d better not miss out?

So, although the goal’s been met, I would still love your help. If you’d like to become a backer but haven’t yet, now’s the time! Follow this link to The Kairos Mechanism‘s Kickstarter page. It’s easy, you can pledge any amount you’re comfortable with, and there are all sorts of fun rewards for you, above and beyond the satisfaction of supporting (er…) literature and (very seriously) the young and eager artists who are going to illustrate it. Friends and family, if you feel comfortable forwarding this on to your friends and family, I will be forever grateful if you would pass the word.

One sad announcement: this weekend’s fundraiser at the Three Sisters Sanctuary has been cancelled due to technical difficulties and one sickly author, but I heartily encourage everyone to go and visit if you can. It is truly an amazing place, and if you’re lucky you can chat with Richard Richards and his daughter, Sara the Stove Princess, and have them tell you the story of the garden. You will not be disappointed.

Also, coming this week on the Novellablog, we’ll talk tools; specifically Outbrain, the service I’ve been using during this process to drive traffic to my previously-undervisited website, and McNally Jackson’s Espresso Book Machine self-publishing services. Should be fun!

Hope all is well where you are, and, as always, thank you.

*Another explosive title for Miss Natty Chan.