Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Daily Dose of Free!

For the first time ever, we're releasing our backlist titles online for free:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/GNSaga.php

They're on our revamped 'Graphic Novel Saga' website page.  Hop in, browse around, and have fun!

This also makes a great way to attract new readers- if you know anyone who's been on the fence regarding the saga, point them this way!

Volume 1 and 2 are online for free- but Volume 3 is currently pay-only.  We'll *probably* release Volume 3 for free online after Volume 4 is released.

Other website tweaks include revamped Store pages for the graphic novel volumes, a new FAQ, the new Forum of course http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/forum/, and a page to sign up for our e-mail newsletter:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Newsletter.htm   Which I just learned to make pretty.  8 D

Thursday, February 14, 2013

V3 E-books, New forum, and more!

Happy V-day everyone!  I’ve got a pile of stuff to announce, so let’s get right to it.

* Volume 3 digital sales
* Custom new Dreamkeepers Forum
* New Darkspeeds motion comics
* Youtube interview with Dave & Liz
* DA Group Valentine contest

The wait is over- Volume 3 digital sales are now live!  

Web- http://graphicly.com/vivid-publishing/dreamkeepers/v3
Facebook-  https://apps.facebook.com/graphicly/issues/16112
iBookstore- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dreamkeepers-vol.-3-intentions/id602392118?mt=11
Nook- still processing
Kindle- still processing, it’ll take longer because I need to set up panel-to-panel viewing.
Kobo- still processing.

Three important notes about e-books before you buy.

1)- I’m not the seller- the different e-book platforms are acting as retailers, and you’re actually buying your e-book from them.  This means if you’re having technical problems or need service with your purchase, I won’t be able to help or issue refunds- you’ll have to talk to the customer service folks at the store you buy from.

2)- The stores are separate from one another.  If you buy Volume 3 for your Nook, you do not automatically have it on your ipad or your Kindle.  You would have to buy one for your Nook, and another one for your Kindle if you intended to have it on both devices.

3)- I’m considering making Volume 3 free online in a year or two.  I’m redesigning the Graphic Novel page on the Dreamkeepers site to actually show all of Volume 1 for free.  I haven’t decided yet, but I’m considering releasing all backlist editions for free.  That means since Volume 3 is available, I would put V2 up for free on our site.  And once V4 is finished (hopefully in a year or two) I would release V3 for free on our site.   I haven’t decided one way or another on this, but I don’t want anyone to buy an e-book now and feel cheated later.  

In addition to e-books, normal Volume 3 book sales are live in our site store.

On to the next announcement- if you want a place to meet ’n greet some other DK readers, we’ve just launched our brand new custom-created Dreamkeepers Forum:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/forum/
Hop on over and take a look!  In addition to the improved visuals, the user interface is designed to be intuitive and fun, with customizable profiles- for example:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/forum/profile.php?id=1

Another feature is the built-in dice roller in the RP forum.

Hop over and check it out!  Since it’s so new, if you come across any bugs please report them on the ‘BUGS!’ thread in the ‘Lookit This!’ area.

In other news, Darkspeeds is already giving voice to Volume 3!   Check out some of his brand-new motion comic projects on you tube:
A word of caution on the Randy scene:  It has Randy in it.  You’ve been warned.  DON’T COME CRYING TO ME WHEN YOUR WORLD IS ALL FULL OF RANDY.

Thank you to Darkspeeds for taking the time to put together such a fun project!

And while we’re dispensing thank-yous, thank you to Isiah Jacobs for taking the time to interview us!   Liz & I chat with him during a V3 interview on his youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGnhu410f18

Before I finish this announce-a-thon, don’t forget the ongoing DK Valentine’s Day contest happening in the DA Group:  http://dreamkeepers-fans.deviantart.com/  There’s already some darling art in the gallery, and there are still days left before the entry deadline.

…Phew!  After all of that, I feel compelled to give a brief update on what I’ve been working on lately.  
Well, mostly mailing V3 Pre-Orders.  More packages than I‘ve even seen in my life. It was both exciting and exhausting, if that makes any sense.  But at last they’re all arrived or on the way.

Next objective is, of course, Volume 4.  But before jumping into production on the script, we’ve been doing a complete reassessment of the overall graphic novel saga storyline.  I’ve learned a lot since we thought it up years ago, and it’s exciting to fix problems I couldn’t see before.  Consuming books on writing-craft and soliciting critique is helping tremendously.  With better footing, we’ll start scripting V4 soon.  However, none of this ‘writing’ business provides much in the way of enticing visual sneak peeks.  Hang in there though- we’re working hard, and the art will be here before too long!