I’m pretty excited about the 15th anniversary omnibus hard cover editions of Dragonfire that will be available at Kickstarter starting later this month, so I thought I’d give you a weekly update each Friday until we launch. The first update was last week and you can read it right here.
Why Kickstarter? Kickstarter offers an opportunity for authors to connect with readers, to offer special items that aren’t available anywhere else, and to showcase new content. I’ve always been lucky to have a strong connection with my Dragonfire fans, so that series is a natural place to start.
My first Kickstarter campaign is for hardcover omnibus editions of the Dragonfire Novels. There are four volumes in all, and each is a huge big book. The first one, Dragonfire Quest, is 1050 pages with a 2.5″ spine. It weighs 3.8 lbs and maxes out the possible page count at the printer. That’s just a computer mock-up of it at left – in reality, it’ll be a lot thicker. It’s a hardcover with a printed slipcover. I’ve ordered a copy to show you in advance of the campaign and it has shipped. I should be able to show it to you next week.
There will be four omnibus editions in all. Dragonfire Quest contains Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate and is the biggest. Dragonfire Elixir includes Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss and Darkfire Kiss. Dragonfire Reunion includes Flashfire, Ember’s Kiss, Harmonia’s Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness, and Kiss of Destiny. Dragonfire Triumph includes Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever.
Offering these editions this way gives us some extra opportunities. For example, if you buy copies of these books during this campaign, your name will be added to the acknowledgements as a supporter of the project. That’s a one-time opportunity! Also, you can order these books through the Kickstarter campaign and receive them signed from me with additional swag. You can also order personalized ones that will ship directly from the printer. (The postage cost will be lower on those, since they only ship to you. The signed books have to be shipped to me first and then to you.) I’ll show you what the personalization looks like when that sample copy arrives.
The campaign is also of comparatively short duration. We launch December 27 and the campaign will end on January 14. That gives you a little over two weeks to buy the books. These editions might be offered in another later Kickstarter campaign, but the acknowledgements will be set up in this one. (No new names will be added after January 14.)
These editions won’t be available at retailers ever.
Right now, I’ve figured out the postage costs for the US and Canada. Gillain noted last week that she’s interested and she’s in the UK, so I’m figuring out that postage too. If you live anywhere else and are interested in these books, let me know in the comments please. Should I add AU/NZ postage? Probably.
And there’s swag that will be available only on this campaign. I’ll show you more of that before we launch, but here’s one item: a Dragonfire tote bag.
This is a big zippered canvas tote that will hold all of the books. I added a Dragonfire logo to it (yay, me!) and also a dragon charm on the zipper pull. I have only four of these, so they’re early bird bonus gifts for the first four orders for signed copies of all four omnibus hardcovers.
The omnibus editions aren’t the only things on offer. You’ll also be able to order personalized copies of all eleven trade paperback editions (the complete series in individual volumes) or personalized hard cover copies of the eleven individual books. And if all goes well, there will be a bonus for campaign backers that I think you’ll like a lot. 🙂
I’m hoping this creates a better way to launch my dragon shifter romances in future and have my fingers crossed that this campaign is a success.
Right now, you can sign up for Kickstarter and ask to be notified when the campaign launches.