Help fund the professional editing and publishing of my steampunk novel, the tales and misadventures aboard the airship Persephone!
Welcome to my project proposal!
Thank you for taking the time to read my proposal. I need your assistance to bring my novel to publication. I need help paying for the layout, design and editing professional services so that my dream can achieve the best quality possible.
I am a long time hobby writer and long time fan of sci-fi and fantasty. I have been efforting a steampunk book for over a year. My goal is to have it completed and published in time for Christmas this year.
To learn about Steampunk, at least my take on it, I welcome you to find my essay here.
It is the year nineteen hundred and ten; two years after the Treaty of Deutsch Göttliche Autorität ended the Great Consolidation. The Kaiserlich Deutches stretches across the continent of Europa, east to the borders of the Kingdom of Russia, west to the waters of the English Channel, and south to the colonial Kingdom of Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. German colonies thrive in Africa, South America and in Asia, sending home raw resources to feed the always starving German war machine.
It is a time of tension. Imperial Germany is the sole super power of the world. Great Britain and her colonies prepare for what seems to be an inevitable war. The Kingdom of Russia roils and twitches like a dying serpent; the remnants of Russia being rent asunder by civil war as the peasants rise against the Tsars. Italy is little more than a puppet power, a colony in all but name, barely more than a kingdom on paper. Spain and Portugal dare not test the might of the allied Empire of Germany and the Ottoman Empire. Both Empires attended and executed the peace treaties of Berlin following the end of the Great Consolidation. America is a seen as a distant safe haven, a dream of freedom just out of reach.
This is an alternate world, where science creates magic, where mad geniuses run free and havoc follows. Steam power and the Industrial Revolution have risen to heights only dreamt about in our reality. Clockwork and Medical sciences have given life to the inanimate. Fleshly constructs are crafted from fallen armies to wage war. Clanks, clockwork robots brought to life by mad science, fight and haul and serve their masters’ every whim. Airships great and small blaze trails of smoke across the sky. Massive trains power from the Atlantic in the West, to the Pacific in the Far East, from the Arctic in the north to the Mediterranean in the South, and beyond, down into Africa. These massive, mechanical centipedes crawl across the continents, hauling freight and soldiers to every corner of the world. Massive knights in steam-powered suits of mechanical armor lay waste to all about them.
Do you want to know more?
Persephone's Doom: A Journey in Steam - my working title. Persephone is the airship and home of Captain Julian Custos and his crew. The story of Persephone's Doom will share the tale of the crew's struggle against the dark Empire that has conquered Europe.
Times are tough, and not everyone will be able to donate. I appreciate your time in reading my request. If you are unable to donate, then I humbly ask that you share my request with three of your friends.
Thank you so very much,
Shawn Stephens, S Wesley Steam
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pledged of $3,300 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 31, 2011.
Sep 4, 2011 - Oct 31, 2011
Pledge $1 or more
$1 earns my eternal gratitude, and a “thank you” credit mention in the book and on my blogEstimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $3 or more
$3 will cover the cost of the eBook, and include a credit mentionEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $9 or more
A Top Hat squishy, a copy of the eBook, my never ending thanks and a permanent credit in the novel and on my blog.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $21 or more
For donating $21, you will receive my unending gratitude and credit as listed, the Top Hap stress ball, the eBook and a limited run printing paperback of the novel.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $49 or more
$49 will get you a limited edition, hard cover copy of the book, signed and addressed to you. This also includes the Top Hat squishy, ebook for digital reading, paperback for travel reading, and my forever thanks mentioned in the novel and on my blog.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $75 or more
For $75, you'll also receive a limited edition, etched brass bookmark, in addition to the hard back, paper back, eBook, Top Hat squishy and my gratitude with credit mention.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $111 or more
$111 you get everything listed plus the option to choose a name for me to include in the novel, as either a sideline character, an airship or other vessel, a location of importance. At this level, I will also add your site link to my blogroll. The name needs to be reasonable.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012