Fifty people contributed about $2500 to have this book produced properly. That is fucking amazing.
Some of you have called it the first crowdfunded novel; it isn't, but it's one of the few, and it may be the first to come out of the webserial community. I'm not sure.
Either way, I am grateful to those fifty people more than anyone can ever imagine. I only started taking this project seriously--as in, gee, maybe I can write and maybe people really do like it for more than the juicy bits--when we raised the first $1,000 for Nettah the Edditah. That's what made me sit up and take notice: people really cared about the story, enough to put dollars on the line for me with no return other than the story.
I only personally know one of the fifty. This isn't friends and family indulging me. It's not an investment or loan--they're not getting the money back. I now have a deep responsibility to give them, and the rest of you by extension, the best story I can. I really, really hope you'll think so when you read it.
The beta group is more or less done; things have evolved into discussions of chocolate. Apparently just the mention of white chocolate is enough to bring out the partisans. So I think they're done. I'm going to compile and load into my Kindle now. When you've been staring at something as long as I have in one format, it's time to move to a second because at this point you stop seeing things. It may also be time to send the compilation on to Netta and Karen.
This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I am so grateful, and I hope I can justify your support.