AUTHOR PULLING BACK FROM DOLLAR ASK, STILL WRITING, BUT NOT READY TO MOVE ON KS PROJECT. PICK UP 1ST NOVEL FREE ON SMASHWORDS LINK.
The author spent ten months writing, editing and uploading his first novel, Hope for Change, But Settle for a Bailout, an absurd comedy that speaks to the widening gap between rich and poor and the challenge of retaining one's honor and dignity in tough times, all wrapped in a lesbian love story and a tale of the London Olympics.
The novel was written on a manual typewriter, which wound up being the ideal tool, as the limited ability to edit forced forward movement on the book. The first draft, at 404 pages, was then scanned and the resulting OCR file was laborously edited character-for-character to clean up scanning errors and, of course, to tighten the work. All done at nights and on weekends.
NOVEL SUMMARY -- The second "Hope for Change" novel -- with a working subtitle of Boats and Boots -- carries over the main characters and plot threads that first appear in Settle for a Bailout. Heroine Lori Lewis trades in the London Olympics for deployment to Afghanistan, but is instead holed up in a luxurious command post far from the front lines and sent in theatre as a USO-tour morale booster. As she is unhappily serving the nation, her best friend, Larry van der Bix, is equally unhappy serving on countless local non-profit boards and the state parks commission, as the quirky philanthropist who everyone wants a piece of, now that he is flush with lottery cash that he is determined to give away. Larry for city council? Could there be a more unlikely candidate? One gift Larry is happy to be rid of is his own crazy-big yacht, which he gives to Anekee, an Italian blonde bombshell hungry for adventure and control. She heads east, with stowaways Ed Losse and Miss Milkshakes, and collectively they fend off Indonesian pirates, Iranian patrol boats and the US Navy, until finally berthing at the site of Lori's command post. Could there be a better morale booster than December and Lori locking lips in front of 10,000 troops?
PAST PERFORMANCE -- For his first novel, the author initially laid out a multi-quarter timeline of ambitious-but-achievable deadlines, and he proceeded to meet each performance goal, delivering a complete first draft on timeline, scanned files that he edited within deadline and posting final content online, all by the deadlines he had established in the first month of the project.
NOW -- For this second novel, author has backstory and plotlines and will begin writing in September, with the goal of generating 10K words by Halloween and 20K by New Year's eve. That is the duration of this KS project. The author will post the initial chapters generated under this project online at a website only linked to from KS, so KSers will be the first ones to read the start of book two. The complete first draft (of between 75K-100K words) should be posted online by July 2013.
Thanks for taking time to consider this project. -- Bill Orton
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