Seeking Destiny is a fast paced epic fantasy rife with valor, sacrifice, and complex characters that pull you into their stories.
What is a lost princess
supposed to do after she's attacked on the way to her wedding, discovers that
she's the granddaughter of the evil overlord, and finds herself in the company
of outlaws... except to fight her way to her prince, even if she has to
overthrow the darklord council to get to him!
Seeking Destiny is a 143,000 word epic fantasy novel. It is finished and ready to publish and debut at GenCon Indy 2012, but that means it needs to be packaged, shipped, and DELIVERED no later than August 15! To do this, I need your help! Though production is on time, funds have evaporated completely (I blame the utilities company... oh, and the bank for wanting me to PAY for my house. Crooks.) The absolute minimum I need to print and ship enough books for the convention is $500, and I am hoping that all of you generous people can help me to make that happen!
Seeking peace for her kingdom, Princess Vinesta is shipped far from home as a bride for Prince Mikael, who is not only a stranger but apprenticed to a sinister darklord. Her unfortunate journey takes a drastic turn when she learns that her ship harbors outlaw mages like her, who are hiding from the darklords. When they are discovered and shipwrecked, Vinesta and the outlaws are drawn together by a shared desire for freedom and unity for all the kingdoms. Vinesta’s ordeals become the catalyst that draws her betrothed, her new companions, and Dark Overlord Varick himself into a great war to overthrow the council of darklords. Her pure desire to seek out and meet her destiny inspires a rebellion that promises to forever change the course life on their world.
Seeking Destiny is a fast paced fantasy rife with valor, sacrifice, and complex characters that pull you into their stories. It stands apart from other fiction novels because it eloquently tells the tales of the characters from their many points of view, revealing more details and motivations throughout the story than one perspective and urging you to truly care about all of their fates. Each chapter leads to the next in a cohesive network of plots that come together in one climatic finale.
My name is Kimber Grey, and I own a small home business, GrayWhisper Graphics
Productions (notice the Gray spelled with an 'a', unlike my name... don't ask).
I design and create jewelry, costumes, art in every medium (but I specialize in
digital work), and I LOVE to read and write fiction of every genre.
My first fiction novel, Quietus, was self-published in 2009 and was sold both online and at conventions like GenCon. Quietus was received with enthusiasm and positive feedback from its readers. Since, I have dedicated several years to honing my style and voice while writing Seeking Destiny.
Most of the pledge prizes you see above will be created by me. I'm in the process of designing the cover of Seeking Destiny (see Quietus for my last cover). I order large sheets of cardstock already printed and cut them down to bookmarks by hand, round the corners, punch holes, and insert the tassels. I even make the tassels by hand, on a piece of wood with 4 nails (no joke). I cut and make my own buttons, magnets, stickers and prints as well, though I do not cut the mat-board. I have experience with product design and layout, so I can manipulate the cover design for essentially any purpose.
I also like long walks on the beach, taking pictures, and finding creative ways of fixing or repurposing junk.
Stretch Goal #1 - $1,000
This would cover signage, plenty of books for the convention (I won't run out this time like I did the last two years with Quietus), advertising, incentives and freebies like bookmarks and posters. This will also pay for the convention itself (Including FOOD - I won't have to make sandwiches from a cooler under the table. FEED the starving artist, please!). If I reach my first stretch goal, everyone who pledged at ANY reward level will get a beautiful wallpaper for their computer, available in all the standard and widescreen sizes. Anyone who pledged $25 or more will receive a signed and matted print of the book cover. If you chose a prize level that comes with a print, you will get an extra one!
Stretch Goal #2 - $1,500
This would cover the production, printing and shipping of audio book versions of Seeking Destiny! I'm a big supporter of the seeing impaired, plus I LOVE audio books. I plan to release an audio book version of Seeking Destiny in the future, but if I reach this prize level, I will be able to do it before the end of 2012! If I reach this goal, everyone who pledged between $20 and $59.99 will receive the audio book via digital download, and everyone who pledged $60 or more will receive the audio book on physical CDs in time for Christmas!
Thank you so much for supporting Seeking Destiny! And a big hug to everyone who read the full description!
(P.S. Not bad for my first video EVER, huh? :D)
(P.P.S. For those who are wondering how I will get the funds in time, if the Kickstarter Project is going well, I can borrow from a colleague. I have someone who has already promised to help me if I can guarantee a quick payback. :) Plus, the funds from this project will be paying for the convention I am going to in October, UtopiaCon.)
There seems to be a little confusion about where the funding for Kickstarter is going, So I'll clear that up. :)
My publisher is GrayWhisper Graphics Productions. That is my company; I am the publisher.
My imprint is CreateSpace, which means all they do is PRINT the book. They have some connections that allow me to sell on Amazon, in catalogs, to libraries, and overseas markets. It's a main reason why I use them. Also, they charge the same amount for one copy as they do per book for fifty, base cost ALWAYS. I don't have to pay ridiculous fees or have a minimum purchase. I pay for printing. Period. What does it cost to have my book in other markets? A higher percentage of profit lost to the imprinter, (CreateSpace), and the market (http://Amazon.com).
I hope that clears up where the money is going, in case anyone was concerned that I was dropping funds into a vanity press or for publishing. I design the cover. I arrange the internal layout. I write, edit, and market the book. ALL I pay for from the imprinter is printing and shipping. :) That is why my startup for bringing the books to convention is only $500, and not $5,000.
Please considers supporting the first print run of Seeking Destiny. At the $10 level you get the pdf, at the $25 level you get a signed physical copy including a bookmark made by yours truly and the pdf. :D
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My Hero! Thank you for assisting this damsel in distress! I shall cherish your kindness for all the days to come. You have earned my most sincere and heart-felt gratitude.Estimated delivery:
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PDF copy of the book, ACEO, bookmark, sticker, super-awesome-BUTTON and a white Seeking Destiny t-shirt! (for a black t-shirt or XXL t-shirt, please add $5; international, add $5 extra for shipping or $10 for a black/XXL shirt and international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Signed, print copy of the book, PDF copy of the book, Bookmark, and a large (35” x 20”) Super-Tough Vinyl Poster of the cover art (international, add $10 extra for shipping) (Seriously! The vinyl poster is AWESOME!)Estimated delivery:
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All of the above!: Signed, print copy of the book, PDF copy of the book, Bookmark, ACEO card, Sticker, Awesome Button, Magnet, T-shirt (any size/color), Canvas Tote Bag, Signed and Matted print, vinyl poster, and my undying gratitude! Forever! (international, add $10 extra for shipping)Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
A custom, full-color illustration (done by yours truly!) in the style of the cover artwork (digital painting 8"x10" 300dpi). The subject of the illustration is entirely up to you! (Delivered in time for Christmas) and also: YOU ROCK! PLUS: Of course you get a signed copy of the book, the PDF, and a tasseled bookmark... cause you're awesome! :)Estimated delivery:
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