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An Auspicious Orctober

Five years ago today, I hit the “Publish” button on my first novel, shook my head, swore at myself, and went to bed.

Orconomics sold 14 copies in that first October. I was telling myself that I’d never have more than a couple hundred readers, that it was okay to fail so long as I tried, that at least this way I’d know the book wasn’t meant to go anywhere. And honestly, that helped numb the fear of failure and keep me pressing on.

I’m so glad I did.

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A special Orctober “thank you” to my patrons

Zack Pike holding a pin of a flaming 5 giltin note.

A while back I set up a Patreon page to connect with people willing to help support my writing career. In exchange, patrons get early access to stories, sneak peeks at upcoming Arth artwork, occasional bonus content, and a few other perks. I’ve really been humbled by the support and kind feedback from people who are helping me move my writing career forward, and I’ve genuinely enjoyed interacting with them in the private Discord channel.¬†

I’m still experimenting with Patreon, but I wanted to thank all of the early supporters. And with the 5th anniversary of Orconomics¬†coming up next month, I’ve got a chance to do just that.

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