I'm going to be completely straight with you here: I had a whole long blog post typed out that I've been struggling with for about an hour, trying to deliver the following information in an organic and personal way.
Then the site crashed and I lost it all, even the backup draft.
So now you get a list of information. Let it be known that I did not throw my laptop out through the window and into the Florida swamp to be devoured by giant pythons, despite my first instinct.
--Reminder: Dreadgod is coming in one week! July 5th. Pre-orders are still up for both ebook and audiobook.
--I'll be doing my pre-release livestream two days before launch instead of one, on July 3rd at 7 PM Eastern, and on YouTube instead of Twitch.
We're doing it two days in advance because July 4th is Independence Day here in the US and because Honorary Australians will have already read the book by the evening of July 4th, so we're staying ahead of things.
We're doing YouTube instead of Twitch because it's easier for us.
Here's the YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/willwightauthor
--On that same channel, there's a 15-minute audio preview of Dreadgod read by Travis Baldree. Check it out if you haven't!
--We're giving away the first five ebooks of Cradle from Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd for the holiday weekend and the launch of Dreadgod. Get 'em while they're free.
--10% off merch sale from Friday, July 1st through Friday, July 8th in case you have a craving for mugs.
That's the list. At least, I hope it is. It's hard to see around the hole I punched in my monitor.
Dreadgod is up for pre-order, and we're already #4 on Audible's Best-Seller list! Congratulations to the incredible numbers of you who were so Johnny-on-the-spot about audiobook pre-orders. Your enthusiasm overwhelms me.
For the rest of us, pre-orders are up both for ebook and for audiobook!
The book will go up for sale on July 5th in all formats, which means ALL formats. Ebook, Kindle Unlimited, audiobook, paperback, interactive dreamscape, aerosol inhalant, telepathic transmission, dimensional illusion crystal, genetic infusion, chemical cocktail, quantum space fragment, and designer tea.
What time on July 5th will Dreadgod go live?
TL;DR - We don't know, and there's nothing we can do about it, please don't hit me.
It's supposed to be up at midnight in each time zone, i.e. "It's 12:01 AM and now I have the book!" It rarely, if ever, actually works like that.
There are always issues on Amazon's part, which I can neither control nor influence. Let's all be frustrated at them together.
Whispersync (the service that lets you jump between Kindle and Audible versions) always takes a couple of days to work correctly. Don't know why. I blame gremlins.
Why isn't there a paperback pre-order?
We can't offer paperbacks for pre-order. We would if we could. In order to help ensure that you get the book as quickly as possible, we upload the paperback about a day early, so you should be able to order it on July 3rd or 4th (we'll let you know) for delivery on the 5th.
Again, we don't have precise control over how long it takes them to put it up for sale or how long shipping will take. Can we guarantee you'll get it on the 5th? We cannot, but we're trying our best. If you want to read the story ASAP, don't order paperback.
Also, Dreadgod merch is live now in the Will Wight Store!
We will be doing a launch livestream as usual, but we're doing it on YouTube Live instead of Twitch.
(I'll let you know the date and time later, because we're trying to figure out how to time it appropriately. We have to consider both FREEDOM Day here in the USA and the number of Honorary Australians reading the book a day early.)
Aaaaand there you go! As is traditional for Launch Time, you'll be hearing from me again soon!
Hope you enjoy the book!
As promised on the Kickstarter*, I'll soon be hosting the first of two live Q&A streams on YouTube Live via my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/WillWightAuthor).
EDIT: Just realized I forgot the time! It's at noon Eastern time (AKA Florida Time) on Saturday, June 18, so if you're west of me it'll be in the morning and if you're east of me it'll be afternoon or evening. Amazing how time works.
EDIT 2: In adding the time I guess I deleted the date.
It's this Saturday, June 18th.
This is why I hate making blog posts in which I convey lists of information. Lists of information are boring and easily screwed up.
This stream will be SPOILERIFFIC for any of my books through Reaper. If you're not caught up on my books (but especially Cradle), wait for the next stream, during which I won't be answering spoiler questions.
However, I won't be spoiling Dreadgod. Much. Maybe I'll give you a hint or two, but I promise I'll warn you if I do that.
This is a stream for talking about the books and what's in them, so if you don't want to hear about the story, this is not the stream for you.
In other housekeeping notes, here's a reminder: the pre-order for Dreadgod starts June 21st.
The Traveler's Gate re-record is still up on Audible Plus, and House of Blades is still free to listen to for another two months.
*Speaking of the Kickstarter, we mentioned this on there, but our shipment of books is being delayed.
This one really isn't our fault; everybody's printing all over the world is backed up, as supply lines were disrupted during the pandemic and still haven't gotten back to normal, but demand for books is at an all-time high.
At least that means people are reading!
Many of you already know this, but since I didn't blog Friday night, here it is: Cradle #11, Dreadgod, is coming out in all formats on July 5th!
I told you I was making progress.
Practically speaking, it's exactly the same length as Reaper. Technically, it's longer. You'll see.
Pre-order begins June 21st! You know how it works by now; paperbacks can't be pre-ordered, but ebooks and audio will be up for pre-order in a couple weeks.
And as I announced last week, the Traveler's Gate Trilogy is back on Audible, re-recorded by Travis Baldree! It's on Audible Plus for six months, yadda yadda, all the things I said last time.
Now that business is out of the way, back to what you're here for: Dreadgod.
People always ask me how I feel about the upcoming book, and the answer is always "TERRIFIED," because my heart is weak and full of never-ending anxiety. However, there's some cool stuff coming up in Cradle that I'm excited for you to enjoy.
Of course, I can't talk about those things because they'd be spoilers.
So here are some meaningless facts about Dreadgod:
--The word "Dross" is used 443 times.
--The word "neglect" is used 1 time.
...and in a second, I'll share with you the title of Chapter 1.
As you're already aware, chapters in Cradle don't have titles, but if Chapter 1 of Dreadgod did have a title, this is what it would be.
I won't tell you exactly what happens, just what the chapter would be called, but if you really really want no spoilers then SPOILER ALERT for Chapter 1 of Dreadgod...
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