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TENTATIVE release date for CCH2: May 3rd!

This is Specktacular news!

For Steam, Android, and Amazon App Store, CCH2 will release normally. Just the same as CCH1.

For Apple users ONLY, you will need to download the NEW Hosted Games Omnibus app to access CCH2 when it releases. Find it here.  Download it now so you’ll be ready!

 

 

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Patreon page launched today!!

Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all the content in my head, so I finally decided to launch a Patreon page to create a community where I can provide EXCLUSIVE Rewards to my most enthusiastic readers! Check it out here! https://www.patreon.com/ericmoser

Professor McCormick, Combat Wombat, and Booksmart helped me design the rewards. Well, honestly they sort of took over.

But there’s tons of exclusive content, like:

  • Access to my Patreon feed,
  • Sneak peaks at every release of “Community College Hijinks” before the strip is posted here,
  • Roleplay sheets,
  • Q&As,
  • Polls,
  • Goals like creating Patreon-exclusive ‘episodes’ of “Community College Hijinks”, and
  • CCH-themed short stories!

So check it out! I’d love for you to become a member of my Patreon community!

And whether or not you join, remember this…you are Specktacular! (because we all need to hear this from time to time)

Eric

 

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CCH Part 2 cover reveal on Friday for members of Reader Appreciation Group!

Oh, the benefits of being a Reader Appreciation Group* member just keep on coming! It’s almost embarrassing for those poor non-members!

On Friday, April 6th, I’ll email all Group members with a link to the official splash page art for Community College Hero 2: Knowledge is Power. You will be absolutely the first people to see it!

If the allure of this scenario overwhelms you, please sign up right now to make sure you don’t miss out!  Or on the bottom left-hand column of this website. -points down and to the left-

Talk to you on Friday!

*Eventually, I will just call you RAG members, for economy of words!

 

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New CCH Comic Strip Coming!

A small teaser!

Community College Hijinks, a lighthearted comic strip that takes place during the Fall semester (when everyone is still alive!), will be posted here on Thursday, March 29th, and then every other Thursday after that! This is a project I’m working on with artist Gloves Belanger, and both of us are very excited about it!

Each strip will be four panels. This is just the first panel of Strip #001. Gloves and I already have four strips completed, so at least that many will be posted. Whether or not we keep going depends a lot on reader interest and feedback, so if you enjoy it, please leave a comment!

 

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Why I created a new Reader Appreciation Group

Some folks asked me why I created the new Reader Appreciation Group two weeks ago, considering that I had spent two years building a reader email group with communitycollegehero.com. Well, there are many reasons, and I wanted to explain my thought process.

First, I wanted to create a new website that introduced readers to ME as opposed to introducing them to my CONTENT. I’ve been listening to a lot of marketing podcasts recently, including the very funny guys on the Novel Marketing podcast. They focus almost entirely on marketing for fiction writers, and I’ve been obsessed with them in recent weeks. Anyway, one of their basic principles is that authors should brand themselves and not hide behind their stories. So I took the plunge and created a new website with a new email account. If you’re interested in learning more about marketing your fiction, check the Novel Marketing guys out here. So anyway, since I was creating a new website, a new email group was needed.

(*Short aside; building www.fictionbyericmoser.com with WordPress was about a million times more fun and intuitive than was building the old CCH site. I’ll probably post more about the process of building this site, but for now, I’ll stay focused on the new Reader Appreciation Group.)

Second, I discovered MailChimp and it was like the clouds parted. Ahhhhhh! (sound of clouds parting) MailChimp makes managing an email list SO much easier! For example, for over two years with the CCH email account, I had manually collected emails, but I could never tell how many people actually opened them. I didn’t know if the messages were even reaching anyone. I also couldn’t provide an unsubscribe button for recipients, although no one ever asked to be unsubscribed. I was also sending the emails by blind carbon copying the recipients, and the guys on Novel Marketing said that is the WORST way to send emails, because it will send most emails to spam. So I suspect very few messages were actually reaching anyone.

Third, I wanted to refocus on my READERS, not ME. I have probably fallen into the trap of just talking about myself and my projects, which is not the best way to show readers my appreciation for their support. So this gives me a chance to shift gears and provide more reader-friendly content.

I’ll send the first Reader Appreciation Group message this weekend!

 

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Seeking small group of dedicated alpha readers for Talon City

Over the past few weeks, I have been designing an interactive version of Talon City as I continue to write the “regular” version. I figure for roughly 20% more work, I can create the story in both formats, so why not?

I am seeking a small group of readers (maybe 5 or 6) to give feedback over the next 2-3 months, especially on the interactive version of the story (which will include most, if not all, of the content of the “regular” version.) I really hope to have the story, at least the draft, done by June.

The interactive version leans more story than game, meaning the central plot pushes the action, but you still get to make decisions for not one, but three, different characters as they pursue different goals based on these decisions. That being said, it’s not told in second person POV (“you”), and the reader does not create their own protagonist, unlike most other Hosted Games, so if you’re heavily into roleplaying a character, this might not be your cup of tea. We can still be friends though!

The interactive version is told in third-person POV, just like the “regular” version of the story, but you get to guide the actions of:

  • Rory, a barn owl attorney. She’s the protagonist and the majority of chapters will be viewed from her POV.
  • Concordia, the plucky dove sidekick. I anticipate about 10-20% of the chapters will be viewed from her POV.
  • Ayvex, the main antagonist, a very scary falcon. I anticipate about 10-20% of the chapters will be viewed from her POV.

Test out the first three chapters HERE. (about 6,000 words)

After reading it, if you enjoy the story and want to help me test, email me at eric@fictionbyericmoser.com! 

I am looking for folks who REALLY like to read and border on ‘story nerds.’ You know, folks who love to analyze stories, look for themes, plot holes, etc. Those are my peeps! Also, if you like low fantasy or legal thrillers (this marries the two), you might be my target audience.

I’ll mostly be looking for “high-level” feedback on topics like pacing, setting, prose, characterization, plot holes, etc. I want the story to be fast paced, thrilling, and intense, and maybe you can help me deliver!

 

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Update on Community College Hero 2: Knowledge is Power

CCH2 has been submitted to the publisher. It is currently in the copy edit phase. This is an important step in making the text as clean as possible.

The artist is tackling the cover while the text is being edited. She has already created four awesome interior covers for CCH2, and those are ready to go! I expect the cover to be finished in the next two weeks.

No release date is set yet, but I will let you know as soon as that happens!

Thanks so much for your patience!

Have a Specktacular day!

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