Now that I have a delivery date from the printer, I’m pleased to let you know that the next exclusive chapbook for Patreon supporters is…
“What’s In a Name?” by Bev Vincent, an intriguing essay about the Stephen King titles that might have been. To make this chapbook really special, François Vaillancourt contributed the cover artwork and more than a dozen full-color interiors depicting what these Stephen King books might have looked like if he had used their original titles.
Here’s just one example:
(Can you guess what book this could have been? It’s actually kind of trick question because King tried to use this title twice, according to Bev’s research.)
This chapbook is the result of my fascination with Stephen King’s “working titles” — the title given to a book or story while it is being writing — and how King’s titles have occasionally changed by the time the project is announced… and even one title that changed after the official announcement.
Bev Vincent is one of my “go to” experts for all things King, and he wrote this incredible essay with the behind-the-scenes stories of some titles King had in mind… and why they changed on the road to publication.
Then François Vaillancourt fired up his powerful imagination and conjured his version of what the book cover could have looked like. He even tried to keep some of the details era specific in terms of how book covers were designed at the time the book would have been published.
Bev Vincent and François Vaillancourt have both signed the signature sheets for this chapbook, which is limited to 400 numbered copies.
Also, the stickers for the envelopes have arrived and look awesome:
More news soon! Thanks again for your continuing support and enthusiasm!
When I said back in January that the year was off to a terrific start for my writing and for my Patreon, I had no idea what was yet to come. Since that post, more than 100 people have signed up, pushing us above 350 supporters, a number I never even dreamed possible when I launched my Patreon a few years ago.
So, this seems like a good time to post a reminder about the FAQ for new supporters and those who might be curious about what I’m doing on Patreon.
Also, a small teaser: I think the new Supporters Only chapbook to be published in June will be very popular among readers of Stephen King. It’s not something written by King, but it is something about his work that I’ve never really seen covered before. Check out a publicly posted sneak preview here.
Even though everyone knows what January’s surprise chapbook for my Patreon supporters was by now, I figure we should have an official post for the archive.
It was a ton of fun putting together “You Are Released” by Joe Hill, and everyone I heard from was really pleased with the results. The upgrades like using full-color throughout and adding all of that François Vaillancourt seemed to be very popular. Here are some photos:
Someone asked if there’s anything they can do right now to help promote my work.
As you know, I am deeply uncomfortable asking people to go out and “tell your friends” about my work, but I am fairly comfortable asking if you could click the “FOLLOW” button on my BookBub profile if you have an account there!
When I said 2022 was off to a terrific start for my writing and for my Patreon, I had no idea what I was talking about. Since that post, more than 50 people have signed up, pushing us above 300 supporters, a number I never even dreamed possible.
This seemed like a good time to post a brand new FAQ for new supporters and those who might be curious about what I’m doing on Patreon.
2022 is off to a terrific start for my writing and for my Patreon, including the publication of a “secret” chapbook for supporters! Most have received it by now, but some haven’t, so I’ll wait a bit to share the details.
As I’ve been telling my Patreon supporters as part of their “behind the scenes” access, I needed to test a POD (print-on-demand) trade paperback printer for a series of projects we have in the works for next year. The first printings will be offset, but then I need a POD printer to keep up with the whims of the distributors. These are important books, so I didn’t want to just sent them to a printer I’d never worked with before and hope for the best. Instead, I’m using Walking with Ghosts as my test subject:
Luckily, these paperbacks turned out great, so I think this printer is going to work really well for our purposes.
The company also prints POD hardcovers, which in my experience have always been kind of lackluster, but it was free to add the edition to the job, so I gave it a shot…. and I’d say this hardcover is actually pretty nice! Not as nice as what you’d expect from a Limited Edition hardcover, but not bad!