My Kickstarter Plan for 2023

The Dragonfire Novels omnibus hardcover editions at Kickstarter through January 7, 2023

I’m thrilled with the results of my first Kickstarter campaign ever. The 15th Anniversary HardCover Omnibus Editions of the Dragonfire Novels funded at 350% which was great. Now, there’s processing at Kickstarter’s end (they have to collect the money pledged) and in two or three weeks, I’ll be able to start fulfillment. In the meantime, I’ll be finishing up the designs of the family tree postcards – I’ll probably order them from the printer – and finalizing the interiors of the hardcover editions. I plan to send the downloadable coloring page and digital wallpaper to all backers next week, even before I’m paid. I’m also working on Orion’s story, Kiss of Enchantment, which is shaping up really well. I’ll order a cover for it when I’m further along with the story.

What happens next? I’ve already had several people ask where they can get the omnibus editions now that the Kickstarter campaign is over. Well, they’re only available via Kickstarter, so the real question is when will they be offered with another campaign there. My plan for 2023 is to work on building my platform at KS, so I’ll be offering other existing series in new editions – with the occasional addition like Kiss of Enchantment.

Based on this campaign’s performance, I’m not going to bother with stretch goals and my new campaigns will be shorter. They’ll be more like flash sales and limited-time opportunities to buy both digital content from me and signed print books. I’ll only be selling print books directly through Kickstarter. In 2024, I plan to offer more new content through Kickstarter and Patreon early, before it’s available at the portals.

Kickstarter campaign for 25th anniversary hard cover omnibus editions of the Bride Quest by Claire Delacroix

Kickstarter requires one campaign to be completely fulfilled before I can create even a landing page for a new one, so my planned campaigns for this year won’t have long previews. My second campaign will be for my alter-ego Claire and will feature hardcover omnibus editions of the Bride Quest trilogies. There will be two omnibus editions, one for each trilogy, and the covers will look a lot like the digital bundles. That will run in the spring, ideally in April, but maybe in May.

The Dragon Diaries illustrated hardcover omnibus edition by Deborah Cooke at Kickstarter

My third campaign will be for a hardcover omnibus edition of The Dragon Diaries with interior illustrations. (I’m excited about this!) This trilogy isn’t currently available in new print editions (there are used copies available of the NAL trade paperbacks) and I’ve always wanted to gather Zoë’s story into a single volume. That campaign will run in the summer. I may offer the Dragonfire hardcover omnibus editions as add-ons in that campaign.

I’d like to run another Delacroix Kickstarter in the fall, but we’ll see how the timing works out. Fulfillment of print editions can be an issue in November and December. Ideally, there will be a Dragonfire Kickstarter campaign for new stories in January 2024 and the hardcover omnibus editions will definitely be offered in that campaign.

If you love special editions for your keeper shelf or early access to new stories, you’ll want to follow me at both Kickstarter and Patreon so you don’t miss out.

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I’m also going to start sharing Kickstarter campaigns with you that I find intriguing, so that you can get an idea of what’s available there. Here’s one from Lainey Davis featuring new covers for her contemporary sports romance series, The Stag Brothers. I think these covers are so pretty, and she’s adding illustrations to the interiors, too.

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.

Is it Hotter in Here?

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Since all the content is now available on this website, the urls and now point here.

If you follow an old link to one of those urls, you’ll end up on this site but with a “content not found error”. It’s here, but the landing page urls have changed. Just hop on up to the Paranormal Romance tab and you’ll find everything on the drop-down menu.

I’ve updated the ebook interiors with new links, but some portals (like Amazon) don’t push out new content to people who already have those books. Not much I can do about that. New customers will get the new file.

When I was updating the Dragonfire Novels book interiors, I noticed that there used to be a page for the kids called The Next Generation. I found the old draft of that page in the trash (it probably went away when I built the family trees) so will update and republish that soon.

It’s always better to have an image on a post, so here’s Ember’s Kiss. I always loved this cover. 🙂