People chose "Still looking for a great thriller heroine" in a recent poll. Let's bring them one.
What is Missing in Today's Thriller Heroines?
From Katniss Everdeen to Lisbeth Salander to Anastasia Steele, books are filled with more multi-faceted, complex women than ever before. Yet even while we celebrate these female protagonists, there remains a shortage of leadership role models in literature. Action heroines are either troubled sexy loners, or they’re calling the shots in alternative realities like Snow White and the Huntsman or Hunger Games. What's missing in today’s most popular genre, thrillers, is a real-world woman leader who’s as tough in the boardroom as she is on the battlefield.
Pia Sabel represents a new kind of role model. She’s a former soccer star who leads a security company that triumphs over corrupt businessmen and murderous criminals. Her strong personality, will-to-win attitude, decisive leadership, and relentless work ethic separate her from other protagonists.
Plus, she can kick some butt when needed.
Pia Sabel is the heroine of a
new series of thriller novels. The first book is finished, a second outlined,
and a third visualized. In each, Pia faces challenges from virtually all sides.
Rising above the fray, she uses her cleverness to solve mysteries and her
athleticism to beat the bad guys.
Above all, Pia Sabel stories are fun reads.
In the first book, The Geneva Decision, Pia Sabel takes the helm of Sabel Security only to see her client murdered and an attempt made on her life—on her first day. Her professional soccer career taught her agility and endurance. Her amateur boxing career taught her how to duck. She knows how to handle a gun. Now all she has to do is figure out how to track down a modern pirate ring and expose a money laundering conspiracy before her employees resign en masse. From Geneva’s Jet d’Eau to the jungles of Cameroon and the streets of Vienna, Pia Sabel and her team take on high society and low-life criminals alike.
Today, virtually all debut authors are published without the support of the “Big 6” traditional publishers. There are plenty of financial reasons for publishers to wait while a new author and character either thrives or fails in the marketplace. Formula characters and retread plots offer less risk.
For this reason I am going to release the first Pia Sabel novel independently and am turning to the Kickstarter community to ensure this series has high production values. Backing this project will guarantee a final book with finished product quality (editing, design, cover art, and marketing) that will rival that of a traditional publisher. The Editorial Department, a firm serving the literary community for over thirty years, has already provided some valuable services.
With over 1,000 new authors going online at Amazon every month, the biggest challenge is to be heard above the din. Any funds raised above the goal will go toward further development, advertising, and marketing.
Your backing will change the next generation of women in fiction.
What Can You Do?
If you want to be part of the group bringing a new kind of heroine into the world, back the project. The goal we set is the minimum hard cost for professional production. Every dollar above that goal will help with more comprehensive editing, proofreading, and artwork. The biggest expense for any project is advertising and publicity, letting people know the book exists. Advertising costs can spiral to twenty times our goal. To help get the word out and lower those required costs, telling your friends about the project, Pia Sabel, and The Geneva Decision will help even more.
Whether you pledge $5 or $5,000, spread the word to other readers and recommenders. Here are just a few ways you can let others know about this project:
- Email your friends asking them to check out this Kickstarter page or the website: SeeleyJames.com. You might write, “I’m backing this project. Want to join me?”
- Share this Kickstarter page on Goodreads, your Facebook wall or Twitter
- Share/repost the promotional video above
- LIKE us on Facebook at: Facebook.com/PiaSabel
Any additional questions or comments, contact me!
Thank you for your consideration!
Video by Amelia Montooth
Kickstarter consultation by Beth Jusino
Artwork by Pete Garceau
Editing by Peter Gelfan.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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For Kickstarter Backers ONLY: Special Edition of the ebook "Short Thrills", a collection of stories outlining the character's growth from teenager to young woman; plus a listing on the seeleyjames.com as an original backer.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Special Edition as listed above, PLUS the ebook version of The Geneva Decision, with listing on the website under "Friends Of Pia Sabel: First Wave".Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Special Edition of short stories as listed above, listing on the website under "Good Friends Of Pia Sabel: First Wave"; PLUS the perfect bound (softcover) version of The Geneva Decision.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Special Edition of short stories; PLUS the perfect bound (softcover) version of The Geneva Decision, autographed; and listing on the website under "Close Friends Of Pia Sabel: First Wave"; AND a limited edition of the Pia Sabel t-shirt "First Wave Backer"!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Special Edition of short stories; PLUS the autographed HARDCOVER version of The Geneva Decision; listing on the website under "Exceptional Friends Of Pia Sabel: First Wave"; a limited edition of the Pia Sabel t-shirt; AND an autographed poster of the cover art!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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ONE OF A KIND Special Edition Softcover of The Geneva Decision with YOUR NAME ON THE COVER! Imagine your name on a one-off, no-one-else-has-this, special edition book: "Backed by Mary Schmoe!" And the short stories, t-shirt, poster and listing under Pia Sabel's BFFs.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Author SKYPE Video Chat with your group/ company/ friends (ever had a special chat with an author?) and the ONE OF A KIND Special Edition Softcover of The Geneva Decision with YOUR NAME ON THE COVER ** AND AS ONE OF THE CHARACTERS! Imagine your name inside a one-off, no-one-else-has-this, special edition book: Larry Schmoe leaned across the table and said, "Pia, you have the most beautiful ..." ! And the short stories, t-shirt, poster and listing under Pia Sabel's BFFs.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012