I’ve been recording The Plainsrunner for a couple of weeks, and it’s going well. There should be about two more weeks of it, then it will be on to polishing it up for presentation. I’m finding these sessions a little easier than the recordings I made of the Green Comet trilogy, which you can find on the Downloads page. I think that mostly comes down to shorter chapters, which are easier to do, and a shorter story overall, which is less daunting.
I always seem to enjoy this part, while also not looking forward to it. People say they like the audiobooks, though, so it’s worth continuing.
Review copies of The Plainsrunner are now available. They can be had from Apple iTunes, Kobo and Google Play Books. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like a free copy of the book. There is no obligation to post a review at any of the online bookstores in return, although I would greatly appreciate it. If you do decide to do one, the review doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just a line or two would be fine. You can find links to the stores hosting The Plainsrunner in this announcement.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through this website for your free copy of The Plainsrunner.
I got another certificate! VocalID has sent me a certificate commemorating my reaching the lofty goal of 1500 phrases recorded for their Voicebank. VocalID is a company that is collecting voices that can be used to build personalized voices for people who need them. See my original post on VocalID.
With the end of the serialization of The Plainsrunner on OliverOnline, it will soon be time to take down the chapter files from the Green Comet website. At that time it will no longer be possible to download them, so if you are missing any now is the time to get them.
I have decided to leave them in place until the end of November to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance to get them all, but as of December 1st they will be gone forever. Thanks again for taking part, and if you know anyone who needs to complete their collection of chapters please let them know of this deadline.
While we were doing something else — serializing and publishing The Plainsrunner — our download count slipped past Thirty Thousand by a comfortable margin. Interest in the Green Comet trilogy continues even when we’re not paying any attention. Way to go, people. We’re doing fine.
The novel The Plainsrunner, which has been in serialization for the last eight months, has been published in finished form this month. As of today it is available at Google Play Books and Barnes and Noble, and it will appear in more stores as the days go by. If you have been following the serialization and want to post a review, then please go to those links and make it so. Review copies are available for those who want them, so far only from Google Play Books, but soon also from Apple iBooks and Kobo Books. So, if you have an iTunes or a Kobo account, or access to Google Play, then contact me and I’ll see that you get a free copy for review.
This is the last week of this serialization. I’ve enjoyed this experiment and was encouraged to see people coming back week after week to pick up their installments. It was a lot of extra work, but it has had its rewards as well. The Plainsrunner will soon be published and available online, so now is the time to ask my readers to consider posting a review when it appears. It can be a one liner or two pages of details, whatever suits you. There will be review copies of the complete novel available for participants, so you can write your review now or wait until you’ve read the finished novel. If you want a review copy please drop a comment here or at greencomet.org, or email me at email@example.com.
Thank you for participating,
This week in the story: The Sunwardians go home in their repaired vessel, and the Grasswindians enjoy a cup of ersatz coffee with Archie. Tallgrass and his crewmates prepare to return to Grasswind. They hope they will meet again and all work together, but for now they just want to get home.
This is the second last week of this serialization. Once it’s done and The Plainsrunner is published, I will be asking my readers to consider writing a review for posting online. One line or two pages, whatever suits you. There will be review copies of the complete novel available for participants.
This week the Sunwardians keep their weapons, but they don’t know what to make of Archie. The aliens reveal the truth about the Prime, but the Sunwardians have trouble accepting it. They want to punish the ones who created the big ship.
They call Mission Control and bring them up to date. Hooves of the Prophet is brought aboard the Prime and the Sunwardians get out to investigate. Supervisor Steel meets his counterpart from the other crew. The Sunwardians meet Archie.
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