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Hopjockey

Created by Matt Vancil

Hopjockey
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467 backers pledged $18,000.55 on Kickstarter

Sandy has a problem—aside from the cancer. No one on campus believes he saw the ghost building. And why would they? It's a stupid legend—no one really believes the Old Admin building vanished in the 70s—and what Sandy saw was right after he restarted chemo. Clearly he was hallucinating. That would explain it. What it doesn't explain is the postcard Sandy found in his dorm room the night the building appeared—or why the girl on the postcard appears to be the barista down at the Hub. You know, the girl he's in love with. Turns out she's a hopjockey—a cross-world troublemaker—and she's been looking for him. Or rather, she's been looking for who she thinks he is. She's mistaken him for Garrett—Sandy's genius roommate, likely this generation's Einstein—and needs his help reading a map beyond all comprehension. Weighing his heart against the truth, and not wanting to miss what may be his only real chance for adventure, Sandy does what anyone might have done in that situation: he lies. And as a result, triggers a series of events that will destroy the campus (and the rest of the universe).

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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Quickstarter Update
about 2 months ago – Thu, May 31, 2018 at 11:40:52 PM

A brief bit of good news for you today. The editing process is finally, mercifully, nearly complete! We are in the final phases of the copyediting process, after which the draft will be off to layout, and then to proofs and printing. I expect to have the book out to you this summer.

Thank you all for your patience. It's been a slog, but we're almost there. Happy hopping! That will make more sense once you have the book.

—Matt

Editing Update: Bad News and Good
4 months ago – Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 02:34:52 PM

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Mid-Autumn Update
8 months ago – Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 12:09:28 AM

Hello!

When last I posted, the trees still had their leaves and the Seahawks’ season still looked promising. Oh, how things have changed.

The update: I have received the first eight chapters back from the editor, with the final twelve (I’m assured) just around the corner. After that, it’s a quick rewrite, a thorough copyediting pass to uproot the typos, and then we’re off to layout.

At this point, it’s looking less and less likely that we’re going to make our initial projected release date of two months ago. And now that we’re well into the holidays, a release this year is looking unlikely as well. I apologize. That’s on me. I should have budgeted more time.

That said, I do believe the wait will be worth it. Our editor is top notch and much in demand—they’re an absolute wizard at smoothing the edges and pulling the most out of the text. And there’s 50% more text than I was expecting, because somewhere between note cards and submission, the narrative put on half again as much story. I blame the adverbs.

That also said, I have missed the projected release, so if anyone would like a refund, PM me and I’ll square things up. For the rest of you, thank you for your patience—you should have your book by early next year. If I had a clever sign-off, this is where I'd put it.

—Matt

Off to the Editor, and a Peek at the Cover
11 months ago – Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 03:59:48 PM

Rewrites Complete

I went through more than a few pens in those pages, but they died for a good cause.

The rewrites are now complete, and the manuscript has been submitted to the editor. Once those notes come in, we’ll knock out a final round of rewrites, and then the novel will be off to copyediting, layout, and printing. We’re definitely on track for delivery by the end of the year, likely this fall.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to fill out the BackerKit survey. 94% of you have already done so—this is aimed at you foot-dragging six percenters. I know you can hear me! Don’t roll your eyes.

Oh, I can’t stay mad at you. Reminder emails are en route.

A Peek at the Cover

One final bit before I sign off: here’s the artwork for the cover of the novel, by the clever and talented Jacob Blackmon.

Enjoy! And thank you once again for bringing this project to life!

—Matt

 

Draft Complete
about 1 year ago – Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:54:20 PM

Unrelated: this pic of a dude who just crawled through a tunnel of shit
Unrelated: this pic of a dude who just crawled through a tunnel of shit

We have a draft!

It's a rough one—this being that phase of the process and all—but it's done. And while there's still a ways to go—the hacking and honing of the rewrites, the spraying for typos, submitting it to the editor for a meticulous de-suckening—this is the first and single biggest milestone, and we've hit it. Face first, at a dead sprint. (Actually finished Friday evening, only just woke up.)

As writing continues, we'll also be gathering information to make the shipping process as smooth as possible. To that end, BackerKit surveys will be arriving soon, so be on the lookout for an email from BackerKit. On our last project, a number of backers reported these emails landing in their spam folders, so if you don't see yours after a few days, that's where I'd check. Once you have the email, please confirm your shipping information is up to date. Otherwise, I'll have to guess were you live, which involves bourbon and firing the Shipping Catapult in a random direction. It's accuracy and range are abysmal—the catapult's, I mean; less so for the bourbon—so the surveys are your best bet.

Thank you once again for making this project happen. On to rewrites!

—Matt