It's not here yet, but I'm getting more and more excited about the release of I, Crimsonstreak. I turned in my "final" revisions this week, but we all know there's probably still at least a little bit of work ahead. I didn't make any major changes in the revised copy, which is mostly just little tweaks of different parts and scenes of the book. The bulk of the work was trying to make sure my carefully crafted background information all tied together. I'm not completely there, but it's very, very close.
One thing I like about Candlemark & Gleam is the publisher's approach to pre-orders. It's pretty cool...they use everyone's favorite crowdsourcing website, Kickstarter, and offer incentives to people who pre-order the book. There are different tiers for these extras, and some of them are very, very cool. For example--and I can't stress enough that these are EXAMPLES--let's say you kick in ten bucks. That could get you a print copy of the book plus the ebook version and a digital short story. Kick in $50 bucks, you'd get a signed paperback version, the ebook, a poster, membership card to the group of your choice (the evil New World Common Wealth of the benevolent Heroic Legion), a collection of Crimsonstreak short stories, and an archival edition of one of the newspaper articles featured in the book.
The great thing about pre-orders is the more you give, the more you get...while helping the project get off the ground.
The Mastermind (Kate Sullivan of Candlemark & Gleam) asked me today to come up with a few ideas for some pre-order bonuses. I made this rather extensive list of absurd possibilities and sent it to her. I won't share my ideas just yet, but I think we're going to have a lot of fun coming up with this stuff.