It looks like LOS will release on schedule, with not an illustration for EVERY chapter, but I am none the less satisfied with the amount I have managed to get done. The book should be ready to go by the 14th, and I will make a formal announcement when it goes up.
I'm pretty excited about this, and even more excited about my coming convention down in Texas.
After the release of the book I will start work on prints, and special packages involved with the art from the book. The images in the book will NOT be in color, but they look pretty chill in b/w and I plan on offering a buying option that includes each full color 6x9 image.
I cant thank you all enough, the people here on DA really helped me accomplish this project, which I never really intended to be anything more than a story for fun here on DA.
Also, I used to be horrible at writing the 'middle' parts of books. I can take care of the beginning and ending of a story with ease, but somewhere from chapter 5-12 I would be at a total loss for events. This projects helped me grow as a writer and I have a ton of new ideas for future LOS related books. In fact, many of you suggested that I write the first story of LOS and Nire, but I really had no idea what happened aside from, as usual, the beginning and the end. Now thoughts are flooding my head with new ideas for the adventures that Lucian and Nire had together that shaped their initial relationship. I am super excited about writing the next story, its almost a chore to finish this one now! lol
NOW FOR THE SAD NEWS (sorta)
Yes, after publication I will post the final 3 chapters of LOS - they might be a little confusing or off feeling, they might not be. fact is the whole book has gone under MAJOR review numerous times, so the final few chapters will be for one, better writing with fewer mistakes, and two, reflect changes I made in the book that might or might not be very relevant, lol.
The bad news is that after I post the final chapters for you all to read, I will give between 3-6 months for you all to read those last 3 chapters, before I remove the LOS chapters from my gallery. I want everyone who helped me write this, everyone who gave me the motivation and critique, to have the ability to read the end of the story, purchase or not. If you want to save the story, I wont condemn you for copying and pasting it into a word document for later reading. The hard copy is much, MUCH better than the chapters I have posted here, and I know that many of you (who have not already) want to purchase the hard copy, and will purchase it even after finishing the story.
Once the full story has been posted for 3-6 months (not sure exactly how long yet) I will let out a warning in a journal, reminding everyone to read now, or save the story to their computers. After that point I will be deleting 100% of the story, and in place I will be posting the first 3 (maybe 4), COMPLETED and edited chapters, which will be up forever and also available for free reads at www.thelordofshadows.com
I don't think I really need to explain why, because where money is involved that is pretty obvious, lol. But I do want to ensure that you all have enough time to finish reading the story before I take it down.
Also, you can look forward to the second book, of which I will be posting chapters in the same manner as they come, rough and horribly unedited as they are.
So a big thank you to everyone who was involved with the creation of this project
on a side note, the FAQ has been updated and my thumb is healing nicely.