(UPDATE 1: Feel free to embed the promo image below when reviewing or linking to TUNE. Thank you!)

(UPDATE 2: My publisher just threw up a pic of the first book! It actually exists now! So exciting…)

Hello, TUNE readers. You’ve just read Chapter 18, the final chapter of Book 2 when TUNE is released in book form. Where’s the start of Chapter 19, the beginning of Book 3, you ask? Well, sadly, this is the point where the online serialization of TUNE will either be a hiatus or the end.

Here’s the situation. My publisher, First Second Books (an imprint of Macmillan Books), who finances this book/site, has bought the first two books – which you’ve just read and is now archived in its entirety for free here at tunecomic.com. However they need to see how the first book does before they can invest in the third book. And the only way to pay Les McClaine to draw the book and continue the online serialization is with my publisher’s purchase of the next book.

The first volume of TUNE will be released this November. If it doesn’t do well, my publisher can’t justify investing in the third book and TUNE will cease to continue. Needless to say, I’m really hoping this doesn’t happen. My editor told me the first book needs to sell between 8,000 to 10,000 copies for them to finance the next book. This is a pretty tall order considering my tiny readership and my track record of dismal sales. According to this site’s statistics only about 1,500 people regularly read this comic online which is pretty much in line with the teeny viewership of Mythomania.

So now the fate of TUNE is in your hands. There’s nothing more I can do to convince my publisher unless the sales are there. So if you want to see this story continue, no message to my publisher would be greater than ordering a copy on Amazon or buying a copy at the book store when it’s released.

But if you’re hard up for money right now (and I totally understand, I know times are tough economically), there’s still plenty you can do to keep this comic alive. Asking your local library to order it would be tremendously helpful as well. Library orders make up a huge percentage of book sales. And if the first book gets enough preorders though Amazon and other online outlets, perhaps that will convince my publisher to finance the third book before the first book even comes out and we could see the story continue here online that much faster.

Also, reviews on Goodreads or Amazon would really help. If you like the comic, recommend it to a friend. If you have a blog, throw up a review. Me constantly pimping my own comic doesn’t do much. A good review from one of you will have much more impact on getting someone interested. If you’re an artist, throw up some fan art. You could write to my publisher and tell them how much you like TUNE, or write to your favorite comic or pop culture site to cover the comic. Anything to get more people to notice TUNE and get them talking about it would be great. Perhaps if we get enough people to read the comic online that will translate to enough sales of the book and the story can continue.

Just so you know, there’s nothing I’d like more than to continue the serialization right now for you guys for free, without any breaks. Unfortunately it’s just not financially possible without the backing of a publisher.

This is one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written, and certainly the most epic and ambitious book I’ve ever attempted. This first story arc is already completely written, and I really hope I get the chance to share the rest of it with you guys. The story thus far is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to this story than you may think. Andy, Yumi, Dash, and Mo end up changing the entire course of Praxis by the end of this story arc.

Lastly, I wanted to say a big thank you to the 1,500 of you that have followed and supported TUNE these last couple years. Especially those of you active in the comments. You guys were pretty much the only source of feedback and enthusiasm I got for this comic during its run and really kept me going. So thank you again, and I really hope Les and I will be able to throw up the next page for all of you guys soon!

best,
Derek

LINKS:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tune-Vanishing-Derek-Kirk-Kim/dp/159643516X
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538672-tune

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