Steelflower Suggestions Now Open!

steelflower All right, guys. I’m crunching numbers and making preparations to POSSIBLY Kickstart for the second Steelflower book.

What I need to know is this: what rewards would you guys like to see? It’s a considerable chunk of money, not least because I have to live while writing it and Kickstarter and Amazon both take a bit of it. Also, if this goes well I might even be able to crowdfund the third and final book in the series–but let’s not get away from ourselves, hm?

So, please use the comments section below to suggest what rewards would make it worthwhile to back such a thing. I promise only to take such suggestions into consideration.


  • Michele

    Signed cover photo?

  • If this is going to be an ebook-only release at the base goal, I would definitely be in favor of the following stretch goals:
    1. Cover art
    2. Printed & signed cover art
    3. Print release
    4. No DRM on the ebook (if that’s a thing that could work for you, I would love it)
    5. I have no idea what the process is, but I buy all my ebooks in epub format. I don’t truck with kindle.

    Regardless of stretch goals, you can count on me to back Steelflower!

  • Scott Drummond

    $10 – something small like Michele suggested
    $20 – eBook of this book
    $30 – eBook of this book and eBook of Steelflower 1
    $50 – Both eBooks and your name mentioned (if you like) in the thank you page
    $60 – The above + a print copy of this book
    $80 – The above + Squirrel Terror eBook + Something small
    $100 – The above + something personalized + eBook download of some other series (Dante or Jill might be appropriate)
    Above this – start in with named characters, dedications, etc.

    I would also look at Tim Pratt’s Marla Mason kickstarters for good ideas

  • Tera

    I would fund it just to have the next book. You could have a drawing of the people who donate to win a signed book if you get the amount need.

  • Aletia

    The final product is really the only incentive I need 🙂

  • martianmooncrab

    I agree with Aletia, final product is the prize..

  • lauren

    Getting to read the book earlier than commercial release would be nice, not by much, but a few days or a week would be good.
    For larger support, perhaps things like naming a minor character, really big support maybe included in the dedication. They wouldnt cost money, but would mean a lot to fans.

  • joy b.

    i am so excited for you, first of all! I haven’t divided everything up like some but maybe for the minimum donated a mention on a special page in the back for all from that level up. A signed something, a free digital copy plus special mention, the donaters name in either steel flower II or another story, a signed t-shirt. And for the big donations a phone call conversation with you, a coffee meet. For some of these I know you can limit on the higher suggestions so you don’t go broke with incentives. I am with another of the commenters. I am just excited for you and the book! I will absolutely be donating no matter!

  • I never donate based on the goal/reward only on how much I like/want the project so I am no help.

  • $10–A Steelflower art work post card that you sign? (I love getting postcards!)
    $20–final e-book

    I liked Tera’s suggestion. Maybe a smaller donation, like $5, could place you in a drawing to win a signed copy.

  • Nightmary

    I would just like to have the book ;), no extras.

  • katje

    Oh gods. I’d fund this just to finally (!!!!!!) read this book, so I’m biased that way. I’d say that signed print cover if you go that route, bundle of first book and second book, ARCs, etc. Naming characters seem to be popular too, yeah.

  • Syndi-Belle El-Tayar

    OMGOSH! THIS IS SO EXCITING! I think I have practically memorized the first Steelflower I’ve read it so many times…

    Cool prizes could be something like posters, bookmarks, signed copy of the book, signed copy of a book from another of your series… etc.

    I just really want this book to happen!

  • Katherine C.

    Ditto on the I’d donate just so it finally happens bandwagon 🙂

  • Nina

    Like most others, I’d fund the book just to get it written! I loved Steelflower and this is fabulous news!!! Wheeeeeeeee!

  • kat

    Just to finally finish the story!

  • molly wyatt

    I originally refused to buy this book because it was the first of a trilogy that would never be completed (admittedly for justifiable reasons – unlike the Elvenbane trilogy – I’m still waiting for book 4 that you still promise on your website, Ms. Lackey!!!!), but have bought it on nook in the sincere belief in reader goodness/hope that everyone will chip in to support you doing the others.

  • Kelly

    The book is reward enough for me! But a drawing for signed cover art or postcard might get more donors involved. I just want the story, please, please.

  • Emmy

    Wow, fantastic! Like everyone else, the book would be plenty for me! But art or a postcard/bookmark/etc. sounds lovely. Or maybe something to do with other tidbits from Kaia’s world? (Not sure what that would mean exactly, but e.g. random things that never made it into the books and you don’t think you’ll use, but that might be fun for readers to hear about.) Thanks!

  • silence

    I’m just hoping for the book but as rewards maybe character sheets / sketches?

  • You want to offer as few physical rewards as possible. A limited print edition at $100 (not less, IMHO) + s&h. Signed cover prints only if it’s really, really easy for you to do that–like you’re printing them out and signing them yourself, not relying on any other cogs. Bookmarks are fun and pretty inexpensive especially if you can design them yourself/have someone reliable who will do it for you for cheap.

    Short stories are king for stretch goals, in my experience. People want those more than they want any other kind of physical objects. Funny, that readers want stories. 🙂

  • Peter_C

    I’m in simply for the story! That said, a signed something, minor character naming, etc.

  • I’m joining the chorus who feel the opportunity to read book two would be more than enough reward!

  • Christine

    Being able to read the books would be enough reward for me!

    As for ideas on how to best maximize kickstarter ROI, I suggest talking to some people you know who may have used kickstarter (using your networking is great for these sorts of topics).

    Here are some success stories/crowdfunding ideas/etc. that might be helpful:

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  • Smeech

    What about $50 and you get to read a scene written from D’ri’s point of view? For example, the scene where he first meets Kaia in the forest and she keeps rejecting him? That would be awesome to read his thoughts. Or the scene where they’re sharing a room at the inn and she’s like don’t even make a move.

  • i would donate regardless of prizes. I just really would like to see the sequel as Steelflower is my favorite all time fantasy novel.

  • Artwork, signed bookmarks, free copy at the highest level of donation, please just write it! I will pay!

  • Suzanne

    Like everyone else who has commented, I would love to see this happen and would be happy to chip it!

    FWIW, I’d also add that anything extra we ask for adds to the total cost of the project, whether it’s labor, paper or time. This is NOT a criticism, it’s just something to keep in mind.

  • Like ce_murphy said, the least amount of physical objects as possible would be best for you since they can be expensive to make and ship out, not to mention the time involved in that process. Time I’m assuming you don’t have much of to dedicate to a personal project while juggling your publishers and other books.

    I don’t think a reward is necessary for lower end donations ($5-25) bc fans are saying they are willing to help this along just to get the next story.

    $25-60 could earn name recognition in the thank-yous (yes it sounds slightly conceited, but it would go a long way and tickle people to death to see their name).

    Around the $100 range could earn an advance digital copy (like someone else said, not too advanced that it would have time to spread online but enough that someone would think it was worth it to invest their $ to get early).

    And big spenders… Hmmm maybe you could look into printing a small batch of like 25-50 physical copies (it’s very possible, you just have to find a small printer with the ability to perfect bind, but I’m sure you know about printers) and sign them. I know I’d be watering at the mouth to get my hands on a limited edition/release book.

    There is always character naming, access to a short story (like Kesa, Gavrin, or Diyan’s background stories fleshed out, some of Kaia’s past adventures in more detail etc., etc.), or a personalized thank you note in the mail.

    On a side note you could probably even outsource the cover art in a contest for fans…who knows the quality of work you’d be getting in, but it’s a possibility.

    OMG I just want this book though!

  • Karissa

    I would contribute just to be able to read the book.