Thanks to Pintado’s new covers and a number of shout-outs on various book blogs back in late December, sales have noticeably increased compared to last year. Oh, I’m not breaking any bestseller charts, but as always, I’m happy for whatever I can get.
I wouldn’t brag about my sales even if I had them, but right now something else very exciting has happened. So here it is:
Two days ago, I received an email from one Lester Smith, an experienced multi-genre artist (fiction writer, poet, game designer, etc.) who works as an editor and runs a small publishing house called Popcorn Press. It was an invitation to join a “cross-promotional project” as he put it that would cost me nothing and would add exposure to my series.
Needless to say, I was instantly on guard. Unfortunately, indie writers are often the target of “opportunities” that are just too good to be true (or free).
But carefully reading Lester’s email three times over, checking out his online profile and company page, I came to the happy conclusion that this man was the real deal. (It also helped a lot that Lester had not only recently left a review for Wild-born, but that his email and review convinced me that he had actually read the book, something that a scam artist would never have done.)
So what is this Lester Smith’s cross-promotional project?
Lester is currently preparing to launch a kickstarter campaign to create his own “d6•d6 CORE Role-Playing Game Rules” book, to be released in paperback and eBook. Assuming that funding is successful, he plans to add a variety of “world settings” to this book through stretch goals, and if the stretch goal for the Psionic Pentalogy is reached, then my world will join many others for D6 gamers to adventure in.
This is a small dream come true for me. Or it will be if Lester’s kickstarter campaign is successful.
In my youth, I enjoyed the Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone dice game books very much. (My personal favorite was Scorpion Swamp, which is the only one I know in which you can choose to serve an evil master.) But I have never actually played a D6 game with a group of people including a live game master/host. I really would like to sometime, but unfortunately I’ve yet to come across that kind of crowd living in Japan. I imagine there is a fun-factor to this style of face-to-face gaming that can’t be experienced in a solo-game or even with live players in an online RPG.
Thus while I am already very grateful for the immediate exposure of having my pentalogy listed on Lester’s project site, I am hoping with all my heart that Lester’s kickstarter funding ends in success, with enough stretch goals reached to include the Psionic Pentalogy. It would be an absolute thrill to be featured as a D6 game world setting.