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Frequently asked questions

Right now I am working on SpaceHighway‘s first arc The Awakened
Let’s answer some possible questions:

Update:
Most translations of the first chapters are done! Now I’m writing freely, based on notes taken during the long creative period.

I am rewriting, not translating, the first chapters I have already published in Spanish.

I love what I wrote in Spanish, but I need to review many details and add some information. I also wanted to rewrite some parts. Furthermore, some translations won’t work, at least not with its original intentions.
Yes. More exactly, a serialized novel. From the beginning, SpaceHighway was intended to be a series.
At first, I intend to publish one chapter each month. If the project gets enough attention I will consider to publish a chapter each two weeks.
See the chapter publishing calendar for more details.

Each chapter will be around  8.000 words, meaning each can be read in about 30 minutes.
I don’t like to calculate the length of the chapters in pages, as it depends on the font sizes and spaces.  Keeping this in mind, each chapter should be around 20 A4 pages, around 26 if the chapter is dialogue-heavy,  or about 32 novel-sized book pages, 40 novel-sized pages if dialogue-heavy.

Please note that this number is tentative. You might find chapters having only 7.500 words, and others reaching up to 9.200 words, it just depends on my inspiration… But my goal is to reach an average of 8.000 words per chapter.

Three possible descriptors appear just above each chapter’s title-image:
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Manuscript: Means that the chapter is still considered a manuscript and might change in the future.

Patreon: Means that the chapter is only for patrons available.

v (version): Indicates the revision and version of the chapter. Each chapter will go through several of such revisions following input of the readers (only writing related, not content related, except some inaccuracies).

In short: Yes.

However, I will use Patreon to fund the project, so it will be published on a patrons-first basis. The free chapter will be published two weeks later, but will always remain free.

See the Patreon section

You are completely free to choose. If you think my time and work is not worth paying for, then don’t.
If you want to wait until I finish the series, yes. Once the first story arc of the series is finished, that is 24 chapters, I will publish it as an e-book on several online stores.
Of course, you can always read the free public chapters individually on my site and other official places (Medium and Wattpad).

All readers and Patreon tiers have access to:

  • Access to most YouTube videos.
  • Q&A through Social Media.
  • Public polls.
  • Find and correct an unreported grammar error or typo: appear in the Mechanics Thank You Page and annex of each chapter.
  • Create a new species, be approved and appear on the Species Creator page!
  • Create a new world, be approved and appear on the World Creator page!
Yes, it does.
During the first Arc, there are only three full NSFW/Adult chapters. In future arcs, however, about 25% of the chapters will be NSFW/Adult.
No, they are for patrons only. Once the arc is finished, they will be included in the ‘eXtended’ edition of the full book.
There are two types of NSFW/Adult chapters: full and extended.
In Full-NSFW/Adult chapters, over 75% of its contents are of ‘Adult’ nature.
Extended chapters, have ‘Adult’-scenes and won’t be larger than 25% in total of the whole chapter.
Both are only available for patrons of the tier Instructors and above.
They include greater details of, obviously, mature content. The extended fragments are embedded allover the chapter. They add more exciting details to the reader.
What the extended fragments not do: break the narrative nor are forced.
As a ’normal’ reader, you won’t miss anything important of the overall story. You will miss, however, some details about the characters and their intimacy. The extended chapters just include some spicy scenes and descriptions.
That’s not the main reason, but might look that way.
Now, seriously, I simply don’t want my base series to be X-rated, R-rated is enough. I believe that sex and eroticism should be more accepted in nowadays fiction without immediately being classified as pornographic. But, as we all know, many do not believe so and want to hammer X-rated onto anything showing some nudity.
The ’normal’ edition includes some light nudity with almost no description and is allowed on more platforms to be shared.
The ‘extended’ edition includes more in-dept details, even explicit sex, not apt for those close-minded platforms and individuals.
For now, they will be only published on Patreon as downloadable files for Instructors and higher tier patrons.
Not for now… I am looking into the WordPress plugin Patreon Connect to make it possible, but for now, it is too costly and I am still waiting for some specific features to come.
Also, I have to add, that integrating Patreon into the SpaceHighway main site is, right now, not my main concern.
The base, “normal”, chapter will comply with the standard, around 8.000 words. The extended scenes are added to those.
The full adult chapter will vary in length but should be around 5.000 and 6.000 words. Some of these chapters may be as short as 3.500 words or as long as any standard chapter.
That’s your decision. You can either wait until the first arc is finished and buy the finished book, or support the next arc where more explicit material will be published. I have planned to let any Instructor and above tier subscriber to be able to download all chapters from the prior arc.
It is a kind of tip-jar, with a bonus. If you like my work and want to help me to develop it further, you can become a patron. To become a patron you’ll need to pledge at least 1$ (1 USD) a month. There are several tiers of patrons, depending on how much you are willing to invest in my work you may get different extras as thanks.
From simply being the first to be able to read the new chapters to special chapters and inside information.
Depending on the pledge amount, you may download DRM-free e-book and PDF versions of the chapters, participate in story changing polls, hangouts, special chapters (even NSFW chapters), behind the scenes stories, detail descriptions of characters and locations, and even access to internal development documents.

Each week a new tier-specific password is issued through the Patreon site.
Armed with the password you can access the tier-specific download section on ISTM.es[/toggle] [toggle title=”Where can I pledge?”]Simply visit the SpaceHighway Patreon page on: patreon.com/spacehighway.

 

  • Tier 0 Hitchhiker:
    • Free to read, two weeks later.
  • Tier 1 Co-Pilot:
    • 1$/month.▸
      • Be the first to read the new chapters.
      • Access to the Patreon-only news via this Patreon page
      • Download each chapter as PDF and ePUB (DRM free).
  • Tier 2 Pilot:
    • 3$/month. All above plus:
      • Live Q&As Discord chat with the author twice a month
      • Patreon only polls.
      • Download DRM free as mobi
  • Tier 3 Instructor:
    • 5$/month. All above plus:
      • NSFW chapters! (Sorry, only 3 stories during the first arc.)
      • Live Discord chat / Google Hangout with the author once a month (after reaching the 100$ goal).
  • Tier 4 Ace of the ISTM:
    • 10$/month. All above plus:
      • Get behind the scenes stories!
      • Get more info: Character descriptions, location descriptions, history data, and more.
      • And your name appears in the Aces Thank You page on the official website and in the annex of each chapter.

 

100$/month

I will be able to offer live streams and Q&As for more in-depth details on the progress of the series, behind-the-scenes details and more information about the SpaceHighway universe and its inhabitants.

What will I do with this money?

  • I will change from my old ADSL provider to Fiberglass.

Why?
Due to the installation of Fiberglass in my neighborhood, the copper pair will not be updated for higher speed allowing me to stream.

Plus:
Integrate the SpaceHighway website further into Patreon and allow patrons to read and download new chapters and extras directly from the main site. And, no more ads for patrons.

 

200$/month

Hire a professional proofreader. Hey! No more goofs!

What will I do with this money?

  • I will hire a professional proofreader to get rid of the annoying typos, grammar errors and syntax failures.
  • This includes the expenses of the former achieved goal.

 

500$/month

Hire an illustrator to create illustrations of characters, species, etc. Artists don’t live from art alone, don’t they?

What will I do with this money?

  • I will hire an illustrator.
  • At least twice a month new illustrations will be published.
  • This includes the expenses of the former achieved goals.

 What is in for patrons?

  • Additional only for patrons illustrations.
  • High-res images.
  • Rough sketches and dismissed designs.

 

1000$/month

Leave the underpaid side-job and publish twice a month instead of once.

What will I do with this money?

  • I can set myself up as self-employed/freelance and dedicate my time exclusively to SpaceHighway and my studies.
  • This includes the expenses of the former achieved goals.

 What is in for patrons?

  • Two chapters per month.
  • More detailed encyclopedia entries.
  • More detailed backstories of the characters.

 Why?
I live in Spain and basic taxes for freelance workers are absurdly high. About 35% of this goal’s money will go to the Spanish state, that leaves me with just a 25% for my living expenses.

 

1500$/month

Two options goal!
Patrons will be able to vote for one of these options:

  • Hire an illustrator to recreate scenes once to twice a month.
  • Hire a 3D artist to visually design cities, worlds, etc

What will I do with this money?

  • I will hire either another illustrator or a 3D artist depending on the poll’s outcome.
  • This includes the expenses of the former achieved goals.

What is in for patrons?

  • For the illustration option:
    • Full scenes instead of the free cropped ones which will be published with the free chapters.
    • One full-color scene per month.
    • High-res files of the scenes.
  • For the 3D option:
    • Full scenes/designs instead of the free cropped ones which will be published with the free chapters.
    • High-res files of the scenes.

 

2000$/month

Translate SpaceHighway into another language!
The target language will be chosen by a patron-only poll.

What will I do with this money?

  • I will hire a translator for the chosen language.
  • This includes the expenses of the former achieved goals.

What is in for patrons?

  • Until the translator catches up with the series’ current chapter, chapters will be published once they are translated, at least once a month.
  • Translations will become free a month later instead of a week or two.

NOTE:
If there is no interest in a translated version of SpaceHighway, the losing option from the past goal (Scene illustrations or 3D designs) will be taken.

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