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Default Any advice for a new Traveller publisher?

I have created a highly detailed Science Fiction setting rooted primarily in the Classic Traveller/Mongoose 1st Edition rules. It's rather large: Volume 1 (Green Zone), 150+ pages - Core background 49 Subsectors and setting essentials; Volume 2 (Amber Zone), 40-50 pages additional background; Volume 3 (Red Zone), 90+ pages of secrets, mysteries and plot elements for the referee only - oh and a nice big colour hex map drawn out using Worldographer. I've added plenty of stock art and formatted it according to my player's express preferences. i.e. Simple legible font, no watermark, single column, no tiny text...perhaps fading eyesight is now a factor!). Now...

I'd like to to stick this up on Drive Thru at some point with each Volume available separately and the big map as a graphic download/poster - if I can work out an effective way to format it. I would like to bill it as compatible with Classic Traveller and Cepheus Engine (which it is) and I've downloaded the Open Games Licence from the Traveller Wiki and updated it to FFE as advised. The setting is not in any way related to the 3rd Imperium setting - it covers a few centuries of colonial expansion out from Earth.

1. Can I go ahead 'as is' and stick these on Drive Thru' or are there any more hoops, legal or system-technical, I need to jump through?

2. Any advice on pricing - it was a lot of work but I don't want to rip anyone off. Naming no names but some of the earlier official licenced Traveller stuff on Drive thru seems a tad expensive even after a mark down from an even more alarming price.

3. The campaign includes several new alien species which, as I wanted to preserve their uniqueness, I'm afraid I had to sketch out myself. The sketches are good enough to show the reader what they need to know but I'm no Moebius. Are there any serious Traveller art aficionados who'd be up for trying to improve on my efforts?

4. What's the best way to let fellow grognards know of its existence? I confess a personal aversion to social media in most of it forms.

I have authored, produced and sold RPGs before (Time for a gratuitous plug methinks - Horizon Games: Horizon Fantasy Role Playing Rules and the unique Sulhan Fantasy setting. The full version might give you an idea of the kind of scale of Traveller setting I'm envisaging here. There are related taster freebies you can just swag for nowt if you want.) but this is my first venture in good old d6 science fiction. As CoTI is clearly the font of all wisdom in such matters I'd greatly appreciate any help and advice.

Cheers all.
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