Re-imagined sequel of the classic story Peter Pan for young adults. Adventure, romance, & fantasy featuring fantastic illustrations.
WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT: “Peter Pain” is a young adult novel that tells the story of Elizabeth Davies, a 16 year old girl, who wakes up one day in an alternate dimension called the Never-World. This patchwork fairyland has been shaped by generations of children’s dreams, and their nightmares. With the help of Toade, a fae warrior, Beth sets out to find Peter, the only one on the island of dreams who can take her home.
During her journey Beth is stalked by ninja-pirates, kidnapped by the Lost Ones, challenged by the jealous and deadly skin-walker Tigress Lily, and finally meets Peter, who doesn’t want her to leave the Never-World. EVER. Beth also discovers that she comes from an ancient bloodline that allows her to manifest her will and change the Never-World, just like Peter.
WHAT MAKES PETER PAIN SPECIAL: This book is features a multi-ethnic cast and my heroine, Elizabeth is has a mixed heritage. Her mother Angela, is the great granddaughter of Wendy Darling, so she's half British, but her father is of African American decent. I think it's important to explore other cultures and write about characters who represent all children, so my Lost Ones are children from all over the world.
The series, is of course inspired primarily by the book "Peter and Wendy" published in 1911 by James M. Barrie, but is also influenced by fantasy and adventure stories we grew up on -- with a darker twist. You'll see a little Cinderella, Moby Dick, Oliver Twist, and more.
This is a pro-literature, pro-historical, novel for teens that has illustrations.
ART FOR YOUNG ADULTS: In the early 1900's, authors like Lewis Carrol (Alice in Wonderland), Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz), and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) released beautiful iconic books, full of black and white pictures along with the text and color illustrations at the end of every chapter. With the popularity of books like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, I realized pre-teens who read chapter books love seeing as well as reading. So I decided to create a novel that has pictures for a slightly older age group. It's a little like mixing a graphic novel and a book together.
I found a couple of wonderful artists who were willing to squeeze me into their schedules, and we did some concept art on what Peter, Beth, Lily, and the Lost Ones, will look like. Marcus and Zach are willing to turn my story into a bunch of artistic images and a graphic novel, so we can build the Never-World visually too.
Money earned will go to covering fees, development of the comic illustrations, and the incentives. Additional funds earned beyond our goal will be used in service of the other two remaining novels in the series. If the demand and support is high enough, we'll reach some awesome stretch goals, and I'll start working on the Angel Dust Chronicles full time.
If we don’t reach our goal within 30 days, though, no one will be charged anything; you'll pay only if the project is successful.
Stretch Goal: I’d really like to make sure the Never-World comes alive in terms of comics too! If the Angel Dust novel project is successful on Kickstarter and makes at least the $8,000 stretch goal, I’ll finish Volume #1 of the digital Angel-Dust comic and turn it into a graphic novel!
Everyone who pledges $250 or more will receive a copy of the graphic novel when it's hot off the presses. All the other pledgers who donated at least $50 will be able to buy the book at "cost" from the online store. Which means, whatever it cost to print 'em will be the amount you shell-out. This way, I won't have to create a new Kickstarter project when it's time for the graphic novel to come to life!
If we make a stretch goal of $12,000 I will invest in web-design so we can release weekly comic updates along with character profiles, short stories, and more. As you can see, the current website isn't very fancy. It's in desperate need of an overhaul. www.peterpain.webs.com
Making this goal will help us create a slamming website so Angel Dust stories can be presented online as an ongoing web-comic. I'm thinking to hire my good friends at Eclipse web-media in Atlanta. They promised to do an awesome job! http://www.eclipsewebmedia.com/
If we make the unheard of amount of $20,000 dollars, not only will that fund all 3 books, I'm also going to open a booth at DragonCon 2013 and feature a bunch of Angel Dust swag featuring Beth, Peter, Lil, and the whole gang! Me, Marcus, and Zach will be there, ready to shake everyone's hand and will probably be selling books and prints you guys at Kickstarter have already had for a year! By this time, the 2nd installment of the novel series “Darling Girl” should be printed... so cross-your fingers guys. Lets make this goal happen!
Thank you, random strangers, for your generosity and support!
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I've been working on this first novel for what seems like forever, and I'm ready for people to meet the characters I have had living in my head for the past 3 years. I decided to start a small digital publishing company called Metis-Rise, that only produces quality pre-teen and young adult books for kindles, nooks, ipads, and smart-phones.
The first book is 24 chapters long, and is pretty much finished. "Peter Pain" just needs to be professionally edited, formatted for digital and print version, and illustrated. I want a really eye-catching book cover too. My main challenge, funding, will be taken care of if this Kickstarter campaign is successful.
A PDF, non-illustrated version of the book can be emailed out 2 weeks after I get the money to pay my editor and get the cover designed.
"Peter Pain" is nineteen chapters long, the actual content is approximately 60,000 words, and a little over 210 pages. Add in the pictures, and do formatting, and we have a pretty decent sized book.
The "Angel Dust" Series is considered YA (young adult) fiction and is written for ages 14 and up. I'm kinda "old" myself, and can admit to browsing the bookshelves for books written for teens because the stories still appeal to me.
Isn't the character Peter Pan under copyright? How can you write the book without getting into trouble?
Modern copyright law varies, but in most cases, it protects a book during the lifetime of the author, and then 70 years after. James Barrie first mentioned Peter Pan in "The Little White Bird" a book he published in 1902. He published the book "Peter and Wendy" in 1911. All of the copyrights for his books have expired so the original concept of Peter Pan is public domain.
However, the PLAY's copyright, published in 1929 was given over to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in Britain by Barrie as a gift. Former Prime Minister James Callaghan sponsored a bill granting GOSH a perpetual extension of some of the rights to the work, specifically the right to royalties for any performance, publication, or adaptation of the play. This is not a true perpetual copyright however, as it does not grant the hospital creative control over the use of the material, nor the right to refuse permission to use it.
Which pretty much means, I can write a book about Peter Pan, but it's probably a good idea to donate a portion to GOSH.I don't have a problem with that. I do agree with J.M. Barrie that GOSH (and all other children's charities are awesome), so I contacted them to find out what I have to do to donate a portion of the "Angel Dust" proceeds to the the kids who need it most!
This is the representative's response...
"Thank you for your inquiry and your courtesy in contacting us. I am delighted to hear that Peter Pan is one of your favorite works.The copyright status of Peter Pan in the US is complex, since the play is still in copyright (until 2023) while the novel is in the public domain. Consequently, the use of some of the characters in an entirely different story or re-imagining would be considered as ‘fair use’ in the US and does not require our permission. Thank you for kindly offering to support our work – any donation is entirely at your discretion."
I'll briefly out-line my budget for you guys!
Art: The books are illustrated, and though my artists are awesome, they can't afford to give away the art for free. How fair is that? I'm going to have roughly 20 pictures (one for each chapter) in the book. I will also need art for the t-shirts, posters, and more. So my budget for art is roughly a fourth of the funds I'm raising.
Editing: I'm a freelance writer and I edit other people's books, so I understand the importance of getting a book proof-read before releasing it to the masses. I admit, I miss mistakes in my own writing all the time. Every writer does. So I'm budgeting for proofreading and light copy editing which ranges about $4 per page.
Formatting: It isn't very expensive, but it's needed. I want to get Peter Pain properly formatted for different types of e-readers and print. It shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred dollars.
Print Books: I'm getting a limited run of 6x9 illustrated novels printed. This costs about $6 per unit. I figure I can afford 250 books. The hardcover special editions will be ordered for the people who make the appropriate pledges.
Kickstarter Swag: I'm putting aside $500 for t-shirts, posters, bookmarts, and more!
Fees: Both Amazon and Kickstarter.com charges about 5% each for their part in the fundraising. So when we raise $5000, they will get $500 of the balance right off the top!
Art $1500 + Editing $800 + Formatting $200 + Print Books $1500 + Swag $500 + Fees $500 = exactly the amount I'm trying to raise!
Anything extra goes towards creating a website and more...
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 12, 2012.
Oct 11, 2012 - Nov 12, 2012
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(1) A non-illustrated PDF e-book copy of Peter Pain, book #1 of the Angel Dust Chronicles. (2) Name will be added to our website as a Contributor showing our gratitude!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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(1) Illustrated e-book version of Peter Pain in the format of your choice: ePub, PDF, Mobi (2) Custom "Angel Dust" digital e-card signed by the author and illustrated by the incredible Marcus Williams. (3) Honorable Mention on website.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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(1) E-card/Honorable Mention (2) Illustrated e-book version of Peter Pain in the format of your choice: ePub, PDF, Mobi (3) Illustrated soft-cover print copy of Peter Pain personally signed by Author with two custom bookmarks.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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(1) E-Card/ Honorable Mention (2) Illustrated e-book with BONUS ten page fully color digital comic excerpt of Angel Dust #1. (3) One softcover illustrated copy of Peter Pain personally signed by Author with two custom bookmarks. (4) Limited Edition Custom Illustrated 16" x 20" Peter Pain poster signed by Marcus Williams.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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(1) E-Card/ Honorable Mention (2) Illustrated ebook with BONUS ten page fully color digital comic excerpt of Angel Dust #1. (3) HARD-COVER Limited Edition - illustrated copy of Peter Pain personally signed by Author and illustrators with two custom bookmarks. (4) Two Limited Edition Custom Illustrated 16" x 20" Peter Pain posters signed by Marcus Williams. (5) Angel Dust T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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(1) E-Card / Honorable Mention (2) Illustrated e-book and digital comic excerpt. (3) One softcover illustrated copy of Peter Pain personally signed by Author. (4) Two Illustrated 16" x 20" posters along with the original! (3 posters altogether) (5) Angel Dust T-Shirt (6) Three-volume non-Illustrated ebook set of the Angel-Dust series (when available). (7) Hard-Cover copy of Illustrated book with two bookmarks and a Special Thank-you mention in the back! (Anyone who went above and beyond, pledging $150 of more will have their name listed as a platinum level backer in the print edition of the first volume of both books. It is our way of saying thank you!)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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(1) Everything from Platinum Level... PLUS. (2) Character Creation: Become a one-of-a-kind character set in the Never-World of Angel Dust. I will create a character based on you or a loved one. Choose to become a mer-creature (Nirandian), fae-creature (fairy), Ninja-Pirate (Arrr!) or Lost Child and be rescued by Peter himself. (3) In addition to being a supporting character in Angel Dust book #2 "Darling Girl" a personalized character likeness will be illustrated by Marcus Williams and mailed to you! So you'll own a 100% orginal piece of art based in the Angel Dust universe! (4) I'll write a short story, presenting your character to the world, that will be released digitally along with the 2nd installment of the series. Plus your character maybe seen again in the background of all the future books/comics!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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(1) Everything from Platinum Level... PLUS. (2) Setting Creation: Own a business? How would you like your shop, boutique, or small business to be featured in the background of the Angel Dust World? Elizabeth's family owns quite a few enterprises and understands the importance of marketing. (2) A girl of eclectic tastes, Elizabeth and her friends could shop at your store, eat your delicious food, or browse your shelves. A short story featuring your business will be written and you can distribute it however you'd like! (3) You'll receive a digital copy of the book, a personalized sketch of your choice set in the world of Angel Dust, along with the 10 prints of the original page of artwork featuring your business found in our comic/novel.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only