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.

Phase Two of PNR to KU

Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

As previously mentioned, my paranormal romances are moving into KDP Select this spring, which means they’ll be exclusive to Amazon and you’ll be able to read them free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. I’m making the move in phases, by series, since there are so many books.

The Prometheus Project and the Dragon Diaries are now enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. I’ve added a suite of review quotes to the pages for Fallen, Guardian and Rebel—Carol Malcolm’s reviews at Bitten by Books are detailed and give a good idea what to expect from this series.

Both Fallen and Flying Blind are free through Satuday at Amazon.com

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

The Dragons of Incendium books have been unpublished at the aggregators. It takes a while for those files to come down, so I’ll remove them from the other portals in a week or two, then enroll them in KDP Select. I’ll let you know when they’re there.

The boxed set, Dragons First, also came down from the aggregators, since Wyvern’s Mate is included in that bundle. It won’t go into KU though until all three included books are enrolled there.

In May, all the Dragonfire Novels will be moving to KU, too.

Lots of books in transition!

PNR on the Move

Dragonfire: the Complete Series, a digital bundle including all fourteen paranormal romances in the Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke

I’m moving my paranormal romances into KDP Select this spring, which means you’ll be able to read them free in Kindle Unlimited. The move will be made in stages because there are so many books.

First will be the Prometheus Project and the Dragon Diaries. I’ve unpublished both of these series at KOBO and the aggregators. By the end of March, I’ll unpublish them everywhere else and move them into KU.

In April, I’ll move the Dragonfire Novels and the Dragons of Incendium.

In May, I’ll move the DragonFate Novels. By June 1, the transition will be done.

As with my historical romances, all new releases will be available in wide distribution for a week before being made exclusive to Amazon.

If you’re missing a title and you shop at a portal other than Amazon, now’s the time to fill the gaps!

The Dragons Have Landed

I’m making progress on my website amalgamation. The landing pages for all my paranormal romance books are now replicated on this website. They’re all under the Paranormal Romance tab.

I still have bonus content to move and some other bits and ends, but since the books are here, all PNR blog posts will be here from this point forward.

Oh, here’s my next PNR release. 🙂

Dragon's Wolf, book five of the DragonFate Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

If you were following the blog at DragonfireNovels.com, you might want to follow this one now to get your PNR news.

Onward!

The Dragon Diaries Update

Flying Blind, book one of the Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke
1. Flying Blind

I’m very happy to share the news that all of the rights to the Dragon Diaries have reverted to me. Phew! That took a while. Three years ago, most of the rights to this YA trilogy reverted to me, but English Commonwealth rights for the first two books had been licensed to another publisher and that deal was still in place. Those rights have now reverted, so all the rights are mine again. (Yay!)

You might remember that I licensed the original cover art from the artist, so that my editions would look similar to the original editions – and people wouldn’t think they were new books. Here’s a blog post on the Dragonfire site about that.

Winging It, book two of the Dragon Diaries YA paranormal trilogy by Deborah Cooke
2. Winging It

What does this mean? Well, first of all, I’ve made my ebook editions of Flying Blind and Winging It available in all geographic regions (geos) at Apple, Amazon and KOBO.

Secondly, I’ve made those books available via all my usual portals and distributors—some of them allow less control over geographic territories, so I couldn’t publish my editions there in case they infringed on the subrights deal. There are more links on the landing pages now.

Thirdly, I asked Amazon to link my ebook editions with the print editions from the other publishers. They retain the right to sell their existing print stock, which is standard and customary, so the books might as well be linked. There are also reviews on the print editions from their ebook editions, so my Amazon product pages look a little better with more reviews.

Blazing the Trail, book three of the Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke
3. Blazing the Trail

There seems to be a lot of print stock available so I’m not going to rush in to make print editions of these books myself. I’m thinking that next year, I may do a series bundle and make that available in trade paperback. If you have feelings either way about this, please let me know.

Finally, it means I can think about revisiting those characters and adding to their stories. I never add to works to which I don’t hold all of the rights – I learned my lesson about that – so having these books back means I can think about Jared and Zoë again. This gives me joy.

And please join me in a happy dance today!