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Writing and Production Updates for Brian James Freeman Patreon Supporters!

I have lots of important updates for my Patreon supporters, so we’ll get right to it:

* The review copies of Walking With Ghosts had a small printing issue, but the ARC printer is rushing me a new batch to replace those. I should be able to get all of them shipped by this time next week. PLEASE make sure your mailing address is correct on your Patreon profile page. That’s where all of the shipments get generated from. Thank you!

* RELATED NOTE: The new “Special Illustrated Artist Limited Edition” of Walking With Ghosts will list ALL of my Patreon supporters as of March 1, 2021 in a special Thank You section. Your name will appear as it does on your Patreon profile page. I’ll be downloading the list later this week for my designer, so please be sure to double-check the spelling is exactly how you’d like it to be.

* Everything for this special edition is just about ready for the printer. Glenn Chadbourne is signing the signature sheets soon, and then I’ll sign, and then everything goes to the printer for a June shipping date:

* As before, there will be a Deluxe Lettered Edition of Walking With Ghosts created by my binder for supporters on Level 7 and above. Those editions won’t ship until later in the year, though, due to the production times involved. (The binding and case making is ALL done by hand.)

* I have a new (very short) story to post this month. It’s called “The Hired Gun,” and I think you’ll like it.

* I’ve been really stuck on the editing and rewriting of The Echo of Memory, which I’ve been wanting to serialize in full on Patreon for a long time now. For those who don’t know, here’s why I’ve been working so hard on a book I first wrote back in the ’90s:

After I graduated college in 2002, Don D’Auria at Leisure and Richard Chizmar at Cemetery Dance Publications both agreed to publish the book in 2004. Leisure would publish the mass-market paperback you’d see in regular bookstores while CD would produce a signed Limited Edition for collectors.

For reasons that are no longer important, it was recommended I use the pen name James Kidman and the title Black Fire on those first editions, which I now consider a mistake. I’ve since restored my name and my preferred title.

I also received “first reader” feedback that resulted in some more rewrites and additions to the text, many of which I later realized weren’t actually helpful to the story. There really can be too many cooks in the kitchen, and the originally published version suffered from that.

That’s probably why, while revising the manuscript this past year, I realized all of the padding needed to go. The resulting draft is leaner and maybe a little meaner, what the story always wanted to be. It isn’t perfect, but you should have seen the materials I started with!

This new draft goes to my copyeditor next month, and the serialization should start again this summer. Plus: I have a special surprise planned for later this year to thank everyone for their patience.

More news soon! Thank you very much for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

Exclusive New Signed & Illustrated Limited Edition JUST For My Patreon Supporters!

I’m now in the final stages of publishing my biggest special edition ever for Patreon Supporters in the form of a SIGNED AND NUMBERED ARTIST LIMITED EDITION of Walking With Ghosts.

This new special edition of Walking With Ghosts weighs in at a massive 488 pages and includes more than 60 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, along with illustrated endpapers and a full-color cover.

The print run will be limited to a maximum of 200 copies, which will be printed for anyone who is on Level 4 and above as of the end of THIS MONTH and stays there until the books ship in late spring.

HERE’S HOW YOU QUALIFY FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION:
You can sign-up to support my Patreon page on the JOIN page over at Patreon. Select Level 4 or higher, stick around until the book is published, and you’ll automatically receive a copy!

Here are a few details about this signed and numbered Artist Limited Edition:
• 488 pages
• More than 60 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne
• Illustrated endpapers by Glenn Chadbourne
• Full-color cover artwork by Glenn Chadbourne
• Offset printed on an acid-free paper stock with a fine cloth binding
• Hot foil stamping on the front cover and spine
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Colored head and tail bands
• Sewn-in satin ribbon page marker
• Everyone on Level 3 and Above as of this week will receive a special Advance Review Copy I’m having printed just for supporters — not for distribution to anyone else
• Everyone on Level 4 and Above at the time of publication will automatically receive a copy of this Signed and Numbered Artist Limited Edition, which will be published as a fine hardcover and signed by Brian James Freeman and Glenn Chadbourne

Here is a mock-up that shows Glenn’s awesome cover artwork:

More news and details to come soon! Thank you very much for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

Review Copy For Patreon Supporters: Walking With Ghosts Illustrated Edition!

Later this year, I’ll be publishing my BIGGEST special edition yet for Patreon Supporters Only in the form of an EARLY ARTIST EDITION of my collection Walking With Ghosts.

This new special edition of Walking With Ghosts weighs in at a massive 488 pages (!) and includes more than 60 illustrations (!) by Glenn Chadbourne, along with illustrated endpapers and a full-color cover.

The print run of this Early ARTIST EDITION hardcover will be limited to a maximum of 200 copies, which will be sent to my Patreon supporters on Level 4 and above.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone on Level 3 and Above as of this FRIDAY will receive a special Advance Review Copy of this special edition,  which I’ve printed just for supporters — not for distribution to anyone else! These will begin shipping in about two weeks.

More news to come. Thank you, as always, for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

New Chapbook Coming Soon For Patreon Supporters! “Lost Echoes: Volume Two”

The second chapbook of 2020 for my Patreon supporters on Level Two or higher is in the proofreading stage now, and should be sent to the printer next week.

Lost Echoes: Volume Two will continue exploring some of my favorite deleted chapters from Black Fire, my long ago published first novel.

If you’re a Level One supporter (or not a supporter at all yet!), this is your chance to jump to Level Two or higher and qualify for this chapbook!

More news to come. Thank you, as always, for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

General Patreon News From Brian James Freeman!

For those who are curious about what I’ve been posting on Patreon, you can see the new “Table of Contents” I created a while back. It has links to most of my Patreon posts, which will give you some idea of what I’m doing over there.

As you might know, I don’t “push” my Patreon because I figure readers who are really interested in that sort of thing will sign up without the hard sell, AND because this whole new way of doing things is still weird and uncomfortable to discuss at times.

We’re a long way from the days when authors didn’t discuss “business” in public, but we’re not that far… So asking readers to directly to contribute to the writing and publishing process like this is still strange to an old dog like me. And I am very, very grateful for the response to my Patreon account, and for the work my supporters have made possible.

All of that said, I did want to mention that a couple of slots on various Rewards Levels have become available in recent months.

If signing up appeals to you and fits into your entertainment budget, I would love to see you there! But I really don’t want anyone stretching themselves thin to support my writing. You all have bills to pay and families to take care of, too, and I totally understand that.

Stay safe out there, and be good to one another.

Best,
Brian

“The Sniper” by Richard Chizmar: New Signed Limited Chapbook From LetterPress Publications Has Shipped!

The newest chapbook from LetterPress Publications is “The Sniper” by Richard Chizmar, and as of yesterday all copies have shipped to Patreon supporters on Level 2 or higher!

Thank you again for all of your support! More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Patreon Update!

I’ll try to keep this short since I know everyone’s schedule is crazy busy as the year winds down, but I wanted to give some project updates for those of you interested in what I’m doing on Patreon!

The Sniper Chapbook
We’re in the home stretch on The Sniper chapbook! All copies have been signed by Richard Chizmar and me, so now it’s a matter of preparing the custom-printed linen envelopes, putting together the shipping list, and packing all of them up to go out the door.

If you are a supporter on Level 2 or higher, please be sure to update your Patreon Account shipping address ASAP if you’ve moved because that database is where I get the shipping lists for rewards.

Patreon Stories: Volume Two
The printer managed to complete a partial run of the trade paperbacks before they closed for the holidays, and I expect the rest of the paperbacks and the full run of Limited Edition hardcovers in January. The sample copies they sent me turned out great:

Revival Limited Edition
The Revival Limited Edition has officially shipped to all the US retailers!

For my Patreon supporters on the LetterPress Publications Patreon Levels, your copy will be shipping next week if all goes well. My plan had been for your copies to ship FIRST, and that is the plan for all future books, but I thought up something special at the last second and that something special won’t be here until next week.

Here’s what we’re waiting for: your copy of Revival will be shipped to you in the custom printed shipping boxes I’m having made for VIPs (folks in the business, big name authors I send complimentary copies to, etc). Here’s a mock-up of what they will look like:

I hope this makes the book an even more special addition to your collection.

Thank you again for all of your support! More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

The Echo of Memory serial novel: general Patreon update

Here’s a general update on the serial novel, The Echo of Memory, for my Patreon supporters:

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One of the things I’m realizing as I near page 100 of my edit on The Echo of Memory is that I obviously made some attempts to edit the book over the years and stalled out around where I am now.

How can I tell? Well, the overwriting and melodramatic phrasing kicked into high gear around chapter sixteen. Definitely the product of a college age me!

This means a lot more work on each chapter, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end. The stuff I’m cutting won’t be missed by anyone. It isn’t even “texture.” It’s simply too many words! And the parts I’m rewriting are hopefully grounding the story more in reality.

More to come soon! Thank you for your support!

Best,
Brian

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General Patreon Update For August 2019

Hey everyone!

Here is a special update just for my Patreon supporters:

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July really turned into a Murphy’s Law kind of month here in the Freeman household. One kid with a concussion, one car accident (minor), one hospital stay for me (damn kidney stones), one hospital stay for my wife, and finally our cat Smokie passed away this past week. (She was 18 years old, and the vet said last October that she was probably going soon, so she held on a good long time and was a very happy cat to the end.)

Here’s where various projects that you might be waiting on currently stand:

1) All copies of the new chapbook, “So It’s Come to This,” are signed. We need to prepare the envelopes with the cover artwork, number the chapbooks, and print the shipping list. I’m hoping all of that will happen this weekend, so they can be shipped the following weekend.

2) I’ve edited several more chapters of The Echo of Memory, and will get those posted soon.

3) The Limited Edition slipcases and Lettered Edition traycases for The Zombie Who Cried Human are due to arrive in the CD warehouse in August, so those should ship by the end of the month.

4) The manuscript for Patreon Stories: Volume Two is just about ready to go to the designer. I just want to work on my story notes and the introductions to the juvenilia one more time.

There’s probably more, but I just wanted to get a quick update out to everyone since I had been radio silent for a bit. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

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