A check-in, with some more neat links

From the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Trajelon: The Way of the Falling Star Book 2, Thursday February 20th 2020:

We’re tooling along at a nice clip – $680 at this writing, which is 18% – and I hope you’ve taken a moment to check out some of the links I shared on Tuesday about our cover artist, Scott Baucan. And as long as we’re sharing the love, this seems like a good time to talk about another friend of mine.

Lo Potter is one of the most authentically, gracefully unique humans I have ever met. Recently, they’ve been reading independently published novels, live-tweeting the experience, then posting a long review and author interview on their blog. Which I think is just absolutely fantastic.

Because I follow Lo on Twitter, I saw one of their calls for new or indie authors with books available for sale and I said, “Oh! Me! I have one!” at just the right time to sneak into the queue.

They did the live-tweet reading of Mornnovin last month and it was so much fun to follow along until they had to cut it short to avoid the Big Spoilers. I know what I think the book means and what it’s saying, because I wrote it. Watching someone else react, seeing which things stand out to them along the way? Delightful.

My author interview went up last week, which was a different sort of fun, (mainly being able to point to it as though I’m a for-real author, imagine!) and now! Late last night! The big reveal of Lo’s long form review of Mornnovin: The Way of the Falling Star Book 1. As I’m posting this update, I haven’t even had the chance to read it yet, so you and I will be discovering its contents at the same time. I’m just excited any time anyone wants to talk about my work!

So yeah, okay, this is about Lo but it’s also about me (hey what do you want, this is my fundraiser) but also I just think it’s so cool that Lo has chosen to engage with the indie writing community in this really neat and special way.

The live-tweet reading of Mornnovin on Twitter.

Author interview of Alyssa Marie Bethancourt.

Long form review of Mornnovin.

Check them out! And as always, please spread and share this campaign. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get to 20% (that would be $740 – very reachable) before the end of the day?


*Note: as of 9:30 p.m., the 20% goal has been reached. Thank you, everyone!

a quick word, and a fun little link

Hey, friendos. I don’t have a big update for you today, but I did want to very quickly get on record a brief heads-up that I’m closing in on Launch Day for the fundraiser to publish Book 2. Probably looking at something like February 10th. I am simultaneously ecstatic at the prospect of finally getting this book — which I am fiercely proud of — out into the world, and also slightly nauseated by the thought of running another fundraiser/going through the whole publishing process again. It’s a neat little mental tug-of-war.

But! For my daily dose of “Omg that’s so cool,” author and reviewer Lo Potter is livetweeting their reading of Mornnovin over on Twitter, here. They only just started a couple of hours ago and they’re already on Chapter 4, so they’re really blazing through. After reading, they’ll be doing a long-form review as well as sharing my answers to some interview questions.

Lo is going to be reading and reviewing indie books all through 2020, which I think is a great undertaking. So, you know, that’s a space to keep your eye on!