Referencing several pages here:
Reminder: For the names in panel 3 of Page 372, I'd like to replace the 5 random names with my fans! If you're a part of the AneekaChannel or my Patreon, you can be entered into a drawing for those on Feb 27th. See the corresponding links (once logged in) to learn how to enter. Thanks!
RESULTS FROM THE SURVEY:
First off, thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. I received almost 400 votes and it was very informative.
Shipping: Looks like I will have a solid 25% of the books heading international, with the top 3 being Europe, Canada, and Australia. Shipping to Canada seems to range between $11-20, depending on how many books ordered. Europe and Australia are higher, ranging in $17-24. I hate charging shipping that cost as much as the product itself. I used to live abroad and that always drove me nuts. Several of you mentioned using Amazon fulfillment; I looked into it and it's not really a viable option. It saves about $2 for Europe and Australia and only if you order the book with nothing else with it. If I had to ship the books to me, personalize them, then ship them to amazon and have them ship them to you, it wouldn't save anyone on costs. I will continue to look at other options and see if I can bring the shipping costs down somehow.
Swag (other than the NAV books, including the new one, book 3):
Plushies beat everything else into the dust, which really surprised me. Unfortunately, to produce a run of them seems to require a minimum order of like 1,000 and 10 grand. Haha; not happening. I'd need a kickstarter just for that. But, I know a really good seamstress who might be able to make a very limited run (like, maybe 20-50?). We're looking into possible costs and patterns right now, so we'll see if that pans out. Verdict? Possible; will look more into it.
Downloadable Wallpapers and bookmarks were neck-to-neck for the second winners; both are easy to produce once I think up something cool to draw. Verdict? Doable and will happen.
Tshirts and my fantasy series books were tying for third. The former surprised me since I've heard from several others who've done Kickstarters with T-shirts that they're not worth the effort. Not enough people order them. There's a good t-shirt place local to me, though, and they allow small orders. Also, I think I've discovered a way to make them glow-in-the-dark orange (well, the D shirts, at least). Now I just need to come up with a suitable design. Oh, and I'll only do one design for the Kickstarter which will be D for now (unless, of course, over a 100 people get one; I could score a better deal then and get two designs made). Verdict? Tshirts are possible. The fantasy series are a definite since I already have them.
Buttons, charms, posters, and mini-figurines were vying for fourth. Buttons and posters I can easily do since I already have the materials. Charms are possible, but I'll be limited to 2 designs, maybe 5 depending on how many people order one. I might make this a stretch goal, though. Mini-figurines I haven't had time to research yet. I probably will push it to a stretch goal, anyway, and not worry about it right now.
As for the Kickstarter-exlusive custom art stuff, there's enough interest in all of them to merit them. It all boils down to my time, however, and how much I can realistically do. There will definitely be the 6 game spots for the alignment short story, and probably several of the other options, but their limits will be severe, probably 1-3 spots, just so I don't over-promise myself.
And for the winners of the preferred characters in the art:
First - D and Kat (game avatar) were tied for first (okay, Kat had one extra vote over D, but I'm calling it a tie).
Second - Danni, game avatar
Third - Kleya, hacker style
Fourth - Jane, Bandit, and Kleya (LiFe avatar) were neck-to-neck with one vote difference between the three.
Fifth - Kleya, reality style
(poor Dude comes in sixth, far behind fifth. He is most disappointed in you all. lol).
Thank you again for participating in the survey!