More on My Kickstarter

The Dragonfire Novels omnibus hardcover editions funded at Kickstarter, December 27, 2022

I’m writing a daily update on Kickstarter for my backers there and will continue to share some of that here on the blog and in newsletter updates. I’m quite fascinated with this platform and am liking it more as I become more familiar with the possibilities. Kickstarter leans in to fantasy elements in fiction. Since it’s become a place for fans to connect with creators over beloved franchises, I thought it might be a good fit with the Dragonfire Novels. So, even though this is a complicated campaign (which made it less of a good choice for a first effort), this content is a better fit for backers already using Kickstarter.

All industries change and digital publishing is no different. We’ve seen steady erosion in the ability of authors to connect directly with readers through tools at the various retail platforms: the portals, quite naturally, want their customers to remain within their environment. I think it’s past time for authors to forge new and better connections with their audiences. Kickstarter offers one way to do that.

My plan is to use Kickstarter campaigns to repackage existing content in 2023, so I can get my bearings there. I have a lot of content, after all, and there are plenty of options available to feature it in new ways. I have three more campaigns in the planning and will let you know when they can be followed. After that, I hope to use Kickstarter to launch new content. It’s much harder to have a big launch day than it was years ago, but production costs have only gone up. By giving readers an early peek at Kickstarter, I hope to cover the costs of publishing before that launch day, maybe have more reviews and see my books leave the harbor of my office under full sail.

I’ve started that process already. While this campaign’s focus is the hardcover omnibus editions of The Dragonfire Novels, I’ve also added an early ebook of the next Dragonfire Novel. Kiss of Enchantment is Orion’s story and will be published in November – but those who support that reward tier at Kickstarter will be able to read the book in the spring.

Kickstarter is also fun. Not only are there many many interesting projects (I could buy tarot card sets until the end of time there) but the community itself is very warm and welcoming. I like that creators share each other’s campaigns and back each other’s campaigns, and I like the intimacy of writing an update to my backers every morning. Although the campaign requires my attention while it’s running (and probably will for a while afterward), the focus makes it easier than having an online store – which is open 24/7 forever. I’m going to remove the physical content for sale from my websites today. In future, all signed books will be available through Kickstarter campaigns. I’ll still sell the big digital bundles directly in some cases, with BookFunnel fulfillment.

Gemstone mermaid bracelets made by Deborah Cooke

And I like making the swag. 🙂 With a campaign at Kickstarter, I have the opportunity to create new swag specifically for a group of enthusiastic readers. One of my projects this time is printed Dragonfire Family Trees. It looks as if there will be more than twelve of them, printed on 6×9″ postcards. I want these myself (!!) and we’re just $200 away from adding them to the campaign.

Here are the Mermaid Gemstone Bracelets that are included with the Early Bird BookWorm swag boxes. I finally got a picture of them. They’re more turquoise than they appear to be here – like an azure sea! – and this mermaid reminded me immediately of Quinn’s talisman in Kiss of Fire. She’s not wrought iron and the charm is too small to be a doorknocker, but the shape is evocative to me.

You can back Kiss of Enchantment at Kickstarter, either as a reward on its own or as an add-on, for $10 CA, which is about $8 US. I’d really appreciate it if you do.

Have you checked out my Kickstarter campaign yet?

If not, here it is.

Kickstarter Campaign is Funded!

15th anniversary hardcover omnibus editions of the Dragonfire Novels available at Kickstarter December 27, 2022 to January 7, 2023

The Kickstarter campaign for hard cover omnibus editions of the Dragonfire Novels has reached its funding threshold! 

::throws confetti:: 

What does this mean? 

1. The four hard cover omnibus editions will definitely be published, which is extremely exciting, and

2. We have two stretch goals… 

digital wallpaper of art from Serpent's Kiss offered through the Dragonfire Novels Kickstarter campaign 2022

The first stretch goal is to reach 25 backers in total. (Right now, there are 16.) They can be at the $1 pledge level, but when we reach that threshold, all backers at all levels (even the $1 pledge level) will get the digital wallpaper of the cover image from Serpent’s Kiss, sized for both desktop and phone. That’s it in the image above. 

The Roman Line I Family tree for the Pyr in Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series of paranormal romances

The second stretch goal is to reach $2500 CA of pledges in total. (Right now, the campaign is sitting at just over $1900 CA of funding.) Once we reach that threshold, I’ll have the Dragonfire family trees printed on 6×9″ postcards. There will be a set of 12 postcards altogether, and they’ll be added to the Book Worm swag pack. They’ll also be included with all SIGNED omnibus editions. Above is the working version of the first of the family trees, for The Roman Line I. These family trees will be similar to the ones you can download from my website, but in color, and printed on postcards.

There’s one other change this morning – I’ve added a new reward, which is an early ebook copy of Kiss of Enchantment. This will be the next Dragonfire Novel but won’t be published at the portals until November 2023. How can there be another Dragonfire Novel after the Dragon’s Tail Wars have ended? In the Dragon Legion Novellas, nine Pyr were left in other places and times by the darkfire crystal. Drake and his men assumed those lost warriors were pursuing their firestorms. Now, we’re going to find out. Kiss of Enchantment is Orion’s story – you might remember him leaving the group in Kiss of Darkness. He was following a spark, and we’re going to see where it led him. 🙂 By backing this tier at Kickstarter, you’ll get to read Orion’s book early.

If you’ve already supported the campaign, thank you very much for doing so! If you haven’t, here’s your chance to add these enormous hardcover collectors’ editions to your keeper shelf, to have your name included in the acknowledgements and to support my dragon shifters. Come on over and take a look at the reward tiers to choose the one that suits you best.

Here’s the link.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you – and every good wish to you and yours for 2023. Thanks for following me this year and reading my books – I’m looking forward to LOTS of new stories in the new year. Stay warm and safe and be happy this holiday season. 🙂

New Dragonfire Family Trees at Kickstarter

Time for another weekly update on my upcoming Kickstarter campaign. Tick tock – it won’t be long until we launch! You can see the first of my special hard cover editions in last week’s blog post and learn more about the Kickstarter campaign in this earlier blog post. Here’s last week’s post about swag.

I’ve wanted for a long time to create a set of family trees for the Pyr that are prettier than the black-and-white ones you can download free from my site and print out yourself. This campaign is a great opportunity to do that. These will be printed on 6×9″ postcards and there will be a set of twelve of them. Here’s a peek at the art for one of them, which may still be revised a bit:

The Roman Line I Family tree for the Pyr in Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series of paranormal romances

The layout of this one is similar to the one you can download, but it’s in colour. (I’ve rearranged some of the others.) The Pyr who have turned Slayer are in green, and those whose stories are told in the books are in pinky-mauve (like Marco, here) with the book cover displayed beside the couple. There’s more colour coding on different pages – the members of the original Council of Seven are colour-coded, for example, where they appear. The reverse side of each card will have the Dragonfire logo. I like these a lot and hope you do, too!

Kickstarter also encourages incremental goals to build momentum over the course of the campaign. These family tree postcards will be offered as a stretch goal. That means funding will have to reach a specified amount for me to go ahead and get these printed. If they’re funded, the set of postcards will be added to all of the tiers that include all four omnibus editions signed by me (those tiers get all the swag) and also to the Book Worm swag pack. The Book Worm swag pack includes all the shiny things and is ideal for those of you who already have all the books in the format you want, or who prefer digital books to print ones.

The campaign launches on December 27 and will run for several weeks.

Here’s the link to follow the campaign.