A quick update to keep you all in the loop!
Audio recording of Elite Reclamation has now been completed. Toby Longworth managed to read the entire story in under three days and Chris Jarvis recorded 22 (yes, 22!) hours of audio footage.
His next task is to boil that 22 hours down into the finished audiobook (not counting all the other books to record!). The final version (including Frontier sound effects) should be about 6-7 hours long. A chunky listen for you.
Yesterday evening I was also invited back aboard Lave Radio’s Orange Sidewinder for a second writer’s interview with Chris Forrester. As part of that I am providing them with an additional reading from Elite Reclamation.
Now hang on a minute…
I said early on, mostly based on requests from you good folks, that I’d not give out any spoilers. Well, I am trying to keep that to an absolute minimum, but marketing is now beginning to pick up (you’ll have doubtless seen the ED article in Edge Magazine) and this is now an opportunity to start raising the profile of my book.
You’ll recall I read part of the Prologue during LaveCon 2013. That’s what started this whole audiobook side of things for me. As part of the audiobook production, we have chosen a scene from the end of Chapter Two as a teaser for the ‘full works Toby Longworth’ audiobook at some point in the future. That scene is actually what is behind my original trailer for ER, all about my mysterious Imperial heroine.
So, for the Lave Radio teaser that is upcoming I’ve chosen a section from Chapter One. This introduces a couple more minor characters (of whom I’m rather fond) and one of the major characters who you’ll see throughout the book. In additional you will finally find out the name of my heroine, but you’ll have to wait for Chris’ upcoming audio trailer to know any more about what happens to her.
None of these teasers give away any more of the plot that you’ve been able to determine from my updates and the video trailers I’ve posted in the past, so they are pretty much spoiler free. You may wish to avoid them, but there is really no need to do so. I expect (and hope) they’ll excite you but leave you wanting more.
But when will there be more? I’m not going to say the ‘s’ word.
My kickstarter target was always March 2014. That’s next month. Will the book be ready by then? Technically, yes. In actuality no. Things have rather moved on with the additional of Fantastic Books and the pantheon of Elite titles under their wing. We now have ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks and audiobooks to create. FBP currently plans to launch these in something of a ‘big bang’, thus they all need to be ready together. We’re not there yet, even though many of the stories are past editorial and Frontier approval.
We always planned to tie up our publicity with Frontier too – it’s part of the writer’s pack pledge award. Their original launch date was also March 2014, that no longer seems likely given that we’re about halfway through the Alpha, with Beta and Gamma phases still to go before retail release. The books may need to sync with the game for maximum effect.
From what I can see, the gamma phase of ED is effectively ‘backers get the game’. I would imagine that our books will come out in a similar timespan. I don’t know when that will be, but I would guess that mid-summer was somewhere on the money. This co-incides rather well with the upcoming LaveCon 2014 and FantastiCon events.
Official and Unofficial launch parties are also in the works, but we have no dates at present. Does ‘Launch’ mean Gamma, or retail release? Nobody outside of Frontier knows, if even they know at this point.
I know that’s all a bit vague, and perhaps a little disappointing, but the end product of all of this project work that you’ve generously funding is now considerably bigger, a lot better and wider in scope than we all anticipated even at the end of the original Kickstarters. It’s going to be (literally!) a fantastic collection of material. We’re just going to have to crave your indulgence for a little longer.
The moment I know something, I’ll be posting it up here for you too.