How You Can Help

Basically...
If you like the story and are wondering how you can help the poor, sad, struggling, frowny-faced author (HI THERE), then it's pretty simple. Just tell your friends about the site.

That's really all I need. Traffic. As you've probably noticed by now, I use Project Wonderful for ad services. The more traffic I get, the more valuable the ads become. Simple. DIFFICULT AS HELL. But simple.

You can also donate, if you prefer. That's super helpful.

--Updated as of Jan 31st, 2017--
The Contribution System
--Note, this system is still a bit experimental and therefore subject to change--
Obviously, I can’t offer you real money, and even if I could, that’d be pretty sketchy, but I CAN offer you guys donation-equivalent-dollars, instead--or Hector Bucks. Which is definitely what I am going to call them. Essentially, one Hector Buck equates to one dollar toward the next donation bonus.

Now, the follow might end up creating some hellish math for me, but here’s my current offer for how you guys can accrue Hector Bucks.

These things, I will count as a $5 donation:
-a significant addition/improvement, with proper use of spoiler tags, to our Wikia.
-a significant addition/improvement, with proper use of spoiler tags, to our TVTropes page. Additions and upkeep on a Characters page would be especially welcome.
-TYPO CATCHES... YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND MY TYPOS. BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED WHEN YOU DON'T FIND ANY, AHAHA. shitshitshitwhathaveidone

I will count as a $10 donation:
-a significant addition/improvement, with proper use of spoiler tags, to a DIFFERENT TVTropes page, which includes a cross-link back to TZK’s main TVTropes page (not back to my website, mind you. TVTropes doesn't like too many outgoing links). You can see a list of all the links I'm talking about on the Related Links page. Your link should show up there automatically when you're done.
-a review on any of the ebook volumes listed at Amazon or Smashwords. Doesn't need to be positive, but it DOES need to give your honest opinion in two or more sentences.

I will count as a $25 donation:
-Fanart that impresses me. And yeah, since I’m offering a reward here, I reserve the right to be a picky jerk about it.

I will count as a $100 donation:
-If you link THIS site somewhere out there on the internet, and that link brings in a bunch of new readers.

Just show me your link in the comments, and I’ll check it against the various site analytics tools that I’m using (which may take a few days of data-gathering).

Couple of warnings for this one, though. You can’t just go around spamming people/other websites with unsolicited links, because a) that doesn’t even work, and b) it’s annoying as hell and is more likely to discourage people from reading the story or even incentivize them to leave a bunch of a hateful comments. So before you do anything that might bite you (or ME, goddammit) on the ass, please stop and consider if what you’re doing is appropriate. Even if you put the link somewhere that a lot of people will see it, it won't help unless you actually give them a reason to check the story out.

Also, I know saying “a bunch of new readers” is a bit vague, but I don’t want to be too specific, either, because that’ll just make it easier for people to try and trick me with bots or whatever. Not that I think any of you would ever do such a thing, of course. I’M SURE EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET IS PERFECTLY TRUSTWORTHY.

(Also, make sure you tell me about your work in the comments and provide a link, so that I can see what you did. I can't very well grant you any Hector Bucks if I don't know you did anything, right?)

43 comments:

  1. Error in the next to last paragraph. Is it supposed to be I dunno, or I 'unno?

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    1. I also made the comment on servant power use based on current explained details and the possible spoiler about colt.

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    2. Ah, no, that's not an error. I mean, it's not "correct," necessarily, but I wrote it that way on purpose. 'sjust slang. Thanks for the check, though.

      And I saw those comments. I'll reply to them next.

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    3. Hi George
      Let me know if you would like to occasionally add n illustration or so - I do them on the side and sometimes (mostly) for free.
      mac
      mrmac@nxlink.com
      Texas.............

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    4. I appreciate the offer, but I don't really have a huge need (or the funds) for illustrations at the moment.

      If you're talking about fanart, though, then that's different. I'd be happy to start a gallery and link to all of the artists' deviantart profiles or whatever website they use.

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    5. I told my friends about this story they didnt like it then i said i didnt like them. i lost 12 friends because i like this book

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    6. It's okay, anon. I lost my wife because I wrote it. Just kidding, haha, we never married. She was my neighbor and didn't know who I was yet, but she definitely would have, if she hadn't moved away after only eight years of living next to me. Also, it probably had nothing to do with my writing, but nevermind that. We're kindred spirits, you and I.

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  2. ITS ME AGAIN
    AND IM BORED
    SO IM COMMENTING
    A LOT
    UH
    I MADE FLYERS
    I SERIOUSLY DID
    I HAVEN'T PUT THEM UP YET
    BUT
    I WILL
    NOW GIVE ME 3 BONUS DAYS FOR 10 DOLLARS

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    1. NO. IF YOU WANT A SPECIAL DEAL, BRING A WHEELBARROW FULL OF DARK CHOCOLATE BARS, AND THEN WE CAN TALK.

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    2. WILL DOGGIE CHOCHOLATE DO?
      IT LOOKS DARK ENOUGH...

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    3. Doggie chocolate is a shame. It's not even shaped like a dog.

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  3. It seems that Worm got a lot of readers from the SpaceBattles Creative Writing forums. Perhaps you should do some self-promotion there?

    (I would help you, but I'm cripplingly unsociable. Sorry!)

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    1. Hmm. Interesting. Those forums seem to load extremely slowly for me, but I'll definitely look into it. Thank you for the heads up. I'd never heard of that place before.

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    2. Oh, Spacebattles. Haha, that's a fun place. Any success, Frost?

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  4. I love your story, its an amazing piece. I think you could actually turn this into a book, also if you want more people to read you could consider posting it on deviantart.com. I even have a fanfiction going on there and a ton of people post their stories on there.

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    1. Thank you. :)

      That's an option, I suppose, but I'm not too keen to post the story elsewhere. I like having my own space and the control it affords. I don't know much about deviantart, though, or its policies regarding the placement of ads 'n such.

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  5. Hello, first of all, i need to apologize for my english. I'm from Argentina, and i became aware of your story through SMBC comics. It's a shame that you don´t have any diffusion, and only a few people can reach this stuff. Anyway, you post the ways of helping right up, but, nevertheless, a place like internet is so much wider than a blog. Ehm, not sure why i'm doing this, but, great material, though. Ah, and a question. Why not a comic? It's kind of visual.

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    1. Hello and welcome. Glad you're enjoying.

      Why not a comic? The short answer is that I simply can't draw well enough. And even if I could, a comic would be A LOT more work, so the story wouldn't progress as quickly as it does now. And also, that would be a slightly different type of writing, too. I'd have to imagine the story a bit differently, because dialogue wouldn't be quite as important due the story needing to be more "visual."

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    2. K, thanks for answering! It makes sense. I'll just keep reading.

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  6. Hey George, is everything ok? You never posted the fifth page for the bonus stuff yesterday and the day before you never posted anything.

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    1. Yeah, everything's fine. It's just that my posting speed has essentially doubled, these past couple months, so I'm still trying to get acclimated to the increase. I'll get it buffed out in February and probably increase the donation bonus threshold to $10 per day. 'CUZ THIS SHIT IS PRETTY INTENSE. I mean, I certainly don't mind the extra work, but it IS extra work.

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    2. This just shows you how much everyone loves you novel and want to see more of it.

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    3. Yeah, just remember that a longer web novel will cause people to stay on this site more, and get more notice and attention. This will lead to more advertising, which I think is good for you.

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  7. Really enjoying your work. I have recommended it to friends but forgot they had social lives so they won't probably read it but hey and publicity is better than none. Also do you base your countries off real life ones? Also where does Hector get the extra mass to create iron out ofthinair

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    1. Thanks for reading.

      I don't really base them on any real life countries in particular. You could say I mix and match a little, but I mostly just consider them to be their own things.

      And Hector's materialization ability is described "creating something from nothing." So he gets it from nowhere, essentially. He's not converting air into metal. He's actually creating (and subsequently annihilating) matter.

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  8. turn it into a book, book 1 could end when the queen is saved and hector finds out about the under earth and people living there. I will buy it.

    You and Drew Hayes are my favorite online novelists you should follow his example. Believe me when i say your book would be better than 90% of the current fantasy kindle books out there. I should know i spend and excessive amount of money on them every month and a lot of the time I end up with crap.

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    1. Haha, I'm planning on doing that. Making good cover art is probably the trickiest thing for me.

      I'm thinking I'd put out two books initially, making the first one free so as to encourage new readers while pricing the second at $2.99. That way, if folks want to keep reading for free, they can just come here to the website.

      Each book would end after three arcs, so the first one would conclude when Hector leaves Brighton for good, and the second book would end when the Queen brings up the topic of castles.

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    2. I bet someone on Fiverr could help you out if you had a pretty clear idea of what you wanted

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  9. Thats a good idea to get people hooked. it might also be worth asking people to review the books as soon as they've read them since some people don't. It makes finding good books hard since most people go for the books with 4 star reviews and at least a few reviews when searching.

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  10. I red manga and light novels primarily fantasy and when ever I'm on a forum where people are mentioning reads. I always drop a link to your site. The people love your work once they read it, it's just getting it out there since it doesn't really seem to have hit it big yet. Just a matter of time.

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    1. Oh, I never saw this comment. Thank you, by the way! I believe it was those very forum links of yours that were chiefly responsible for the recent explosion of new visitors and readers.

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  11. The link to this site is a part of a lot of recommendation threads in forums I go to, if there's a place TZK's not mentioned though I'll definitely be spreading the word :).

    Also is there a reason there's no facebook page? I'd like to like it, share the link, and show my support.

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    1. Thank you very much. Recommendations on forums that welcome that sort of thing seem to be extremely helpful for acquiring new readers.

      I've never really used Facebook. I suppose I could make a page, but I've never been real big on social media, so I don't think I'd have it in me to keep it updated. I do have a Google+ profile, though, just because it's kind of bundled with blogspot. All the new pages get shared through Google+ automatically.

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  12. Glad I read this, didn't even realize I had adblock on, and it'd be a shame not to be supporting the author of such a great story.

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  13. Do you know, i found this link on a chatbox on webtoonsreader.com and got hooked up right away. I'm always a fan of mangas & anime, and just recently this last couple months got into the light novel worlds. But mostly i read japanese and korean LN. My most favourite is LMS. And then i found wuxiaworld by ren, there i discovered wuxia/xianxia (chinese fantasy/martial arts) novel and got hooked up. I realize the world is really big, there are tons of amazing story out there.. until finally i find you. One word.. "Wow!"
    It's really long journey untill i found this website, but it's really worthed it! Keep the good work! I really appreciate your dedication! Great novel! Love you really!!

    ~ The Romance of A Leecher

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  14. Well hello! I dont have friends... Anyway uh.... I.... like the story..... would donate but I am broke also.... Sorry I am so useless...huh... Oh yeah..... you are like one of my favorite authors and was wondering if you have any or plan on making any other series. (Hope you get my joke about the pauses)

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  15. Hey, just dropping by to say that I love this story. It's really awesome how you mix and mingle humour, adventure, and real life drama (like wars, suicide, and what I suspect is a mental illness of some sort (social anxiety and depression?)). Suggested this story to a friend. We are supposed to be finishing an assignment but she's reading chapter one right now and she really seems to enjoy it :).
    So, thanks for posting this online. I'm really glad I found it.

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  16. Haven't donated, but I've bought all the books on Kindle, and even after reading what will go into volume 4 here, I'm still gonna buy it. Wish it was available in hard copy so i could proudly display on my bookshelf

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  17. I will try and spread word about TZK and I actually kind of want to draw fan art now.. I'll have to do it someday when I have spare time. When there's a couple more books out on kindle, I will buy them, because I sincerely wish to support your work. Keep doing what you're doing, because it's amazing. :)

    -Olemonade

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  18. God this is amazing. I love Hector and Garovel and all your freaking characters!! I love the world building and the concept of reapers and servants which I just think is super cool. And once again I just love reading how the characters interact. I appreciate your awesome sense of humour. I was reading Zombie Knight by the bus station and got some strange glances from people because I couldn't stop sniggering and then full on laughing at some of the dialogue. Zombie Knight is really enjoyable and I hope you keep writing forever! Seriously please never stop

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  19. *waves* Hello, I'm etvo!

    Could I possibly entice you to drop me a note at volaretranslations@gmail.com for a mutual publicity blitz? :)

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  20. i can't draw but what about fanfiction? would that work?

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