The Heart of the Baenor - YA high fantasy novel
Catessa is an assassin. Why has she been chosen to investigate the Rashan mines?
Catessa is an assassin living in Cron Hatal, the capital of Kaloris. When she’s chosen to go on a mission to find out what the Rashan are up to and why trade has stopped between the Rashan and the rest of Kaloris, she’s less than enthusiastic. She’s happy where she is, and there’s no reason for her to be the one to go.
But the bard who chose her has information she wants, so she reluctantly agrees and finds herself on the long road into the harsh region of Kor-Baen alongside a naïve fisherman and a ranger who won’t protect himself.
When they arrive in Kor-Baen, they find the issue runs far deeper than trade, and soon they’re trying to stop a mysterious war between the Rashan and the docile country of Adrelia. If they fail, Kor-Baen and every Rashan in it will be in danger.
Who’s really behind this disaster?
More about the project
The Heart of the Baenor is a book I've been working on since March 2017. I'm currently in the process of revising it (the chopping up and shuffling around and rewriting stage), and I'm looking to raise money to hire a couple of professional editors and buy cover art.
The Heart of the Baenor is not the final title, but the title has been really difficult with this story so I have yet to figure out a permanent option. I'm hoping that beta-readers will be able to assist with that.
After this revision I'll do another read-through and revision on my own before sending the book to the first editor, and then once I get it back from her and apply the edits and all that I'll send it to the second editor and apply those edits. Then I have to format it, print it, make sure it worked, and finalize it for publication.
The timeline will basically look like this:
My revisions: January-July 2018
Beta-readers: August 2018
Cover art: August 2018
First editor/shipment of smaller rewards: September 2018
Applying the first editor's edits: October 2018
Second editor: November 2018
Applying the second editor's edits: December 2018
Shipment of larger rewards: Mid-/late-January 2019
Publication: February 2019
My plans for the funds
Approximately $550 of this is going toward my two editors, and $350 is going toward the cover artist. The rest is going toward paying for the physical backer rewards, Advanced Reader Copies, and the Kickstarter fee.
Stretch goal - $2,500 (additional cover art)
It would be awesome if I could make about a thousand dollars more so I can get cover art for the trilogy that follows this book ($350 for each cover). I'm going to the same artist for all four covers, so I'd love to be able to get them as much at the same time as possible so as to keep her waiting as little as possible. :)
More about me
I've been writing for nine years, writing primarily fantasy and also experimenting in sci-fi, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic (as well as contemporary in short stories). This will be my first published novel, but I published a short story collection and a stand-alone short story earlier this year so this isn't my first time publishing.
Risks and challenges
What if you don't get your revisions done by the end of July?
I really hope this doesn't happen, because I've already pushed the publication date back once (I didn't fully understand all that's involved to begin with and ended up not scheduling myself enough time) and I'd rather not do it again because I really want to have this book published this year, but if it does happen I'll push everything back by a month and publish in March 2019.
I've completed my entire second draft, and even if the date gets pushed back you WILL be getting a book by the end.
- (30 days)