Greetings fellow travelers,
April is nearly gone and it has been a wild ride. So, I didn't have much time for blogs or working on short stories. But it doesn't mean little has happened. Maybe I should make this a bi-weekly bulletin just to track all the developments. If you want these newsletters in you mail box, don't forget to subscribe to the website.
So, where to start? The book is progressing. At 89.000 words compared to the 74.000 of last month. My intention to remain under 90K has failed It would seem. But I did get a lot of editing done on the first chapters at least. I also started talking with a cover artist who has done great work for a friend of mine.
I was at one of the biggest Fantasy fairs in Europe past weekend. Elfia. And managed to sell all of my copies of The Wrench in the Machine. Overall, I think I sold about 30 books in total. So, I'm very proud of that fact.
Didn't sell anything on Amazon this month. A bummer, but we are living in 'interesting times. If you ever bought anything of mine on Amazon, please leave a review. It's important.
Writing contest and spinoffs?
Yes. Other creators are getting AoI fever. We had a writing challenge this month, the first one! And we did get submissions. Intend to do more in the future.
Our friends at Subgenres want to make an Indy TV show. They are looking for original content to draw in subscribers to their new streaming service. So, go check it out and support this ambitious project.
Then, I had a conversation with Nick Tockert, an American game developer, who has the Historical Fencing Guild on Youtube. During our online conversation, he announced he is interested in making a board game based on AoI. So, expect to hear more from that before the end of the year. Nick is currently preoccupied with other projects, but we will make this happen.
Speaking of games!
The prototypes of some of the miniatures and Bookends are done. Soon you can order these through Email for reasonable prices. Help me get more developed by purchasing them. If I sell 20, I get new characters developed based on your favorite characters from the AoI universe! These will be sold unassembled and unpainted. I could paint them, but its gonna cost you. That said, it would help me earn enough for new mini commissions.
Yes, the Prototypes are done! And the art looks incredible! I intend to take this to Kickstarter in a month or so If I can manage it. So keep an eye out on soc. med. and this website. Also, what kind of rewards would you like?
Managed to squeeze out one new vlog this month. 'Was Steampunk a mistake?' Don't worry, it is more optimistic than the name implies. For those who don't know how it works yet, is a vlog version of this blog.
Off course, there are plenty of podcasts, like our conversation with Nick and movie discussions. One special mention. Kirkpattiecake did an audio recording of The Wrench in the Machine.
There's more, like new interviews on the channel, and more stuff to come. But these were the highlights. I noticed I am really stretched thin on what I can do. The plans are there, but not the time. I would like hire people so I can delegate tasks, like video and sound editing. People to research topics on history so I can produce videos on those topics.
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I hope you'll have a productive May. Take care, and make it your way Bonsart