I just wanted to make a quick post to update you on the state of play... and it's a very exciting day for me as I have just finished editing my manuscript and am about to send it to Fantastic Books for final proof reading and submission to Frontier for final sign off.
The last push was quite stressful as I had to insert the planet & star system names (thanks Michael for your brilliantness in this respect!) and add all the 200 pledge names that were in the attention seekers section.... now, I have to say it was amusing and a little scary going through that list. Some of you didn't quite get the deal from the notes you included in your response forms... I had people spelling out extended names with initials and noting that it’s ‘fine to leave out the middle initial if it fits better’… There were people wanting to be called ‘Dr’ and ‘Detective’, full salutations and nicknames in brackets… I even had a couple of people giving me character descriptions, both physical & personality wise and full ship names and all sorts... I hope you won’t be disappointed.
You are all in there, but there are 200 of you… 200!!! I could not hope to give you all fully named characters with personalities, beards, glasses, middle initials and nicknames!! I will remind you of the pledge tier wording:
Attention seeker: you'll get a subtle mention at some point during the story. It might be a space-station or ship with your name woven into it, or some incidental and fleeting character not central to the plot. You might also be a disease or a deadly weapons upgrade... it's a lucky dip but you'll be in there somewhere.
And so the next step for me if to record the audio book. I am booked in to my London studio as planned starting 24th February… As you know I have now signed in with the Fantastic crowd but their audio book Kickstarter did not include audio recording costs for me as it started before I was on board and we had raised the money needed anyway. So I am recording in London, which is easier for me and takes the pressure off the Fantastic crew J There is still quite a lot to organise to get all the bits and bobs like credits & wotnot organised… but it is finished! I am pretty happy with it and I can’t wait to see what you all think!
Write On Commanders!