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In a dystopian future, Aloy must lead a people while facing intrigue, assassination, and love, all while masquerading as a man.
In a dystopian future, Aloy must lead a people while facing intrigue, assassination, and love, all while masquerading as a man.
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It's the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father's place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret - the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.

Aloy's Key, available at the $40 pledge level
Aloy's Key, available at the $40 pledge level

Silence in the Library Publishing is excited to bring you ELECTED, a unique dystopian future novel by author Rori Shay

In ELECTED, Rori has created a rich and unique dystopian world and used it to address timely issues like tolerance and environmental preservation. And she's created one heck of an exciting story along the way. 

If you're anything like all of us here at Silence, from the very first page you'll find yourself pulled so deeply into the story that you don't want to climb out.

The great thing about this book is that it is ready to publish. It is written, edited, and formatted. The cover is complete. What this means for you is that we will have the eBook out immediately upon completion of the Kickstarter, and the print book will be to you less than two months after the completion of the Kickstarter.

Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat - just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTED’s main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit, and right now…writing the third ELECTED novel (that's right, there are two more to come)!

Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Here are some of Rori's thoughts about ELECTED:

With this book I wanted to focus on two major themes: tolerance and environmental preservation. Whereas a lot of dystopian books talk about the world's post apocolyptic state, ELECTED tells its readers exactly what global warming did to the earth and how world leaders responded.

So why am I using Kickstarter? Well, a couple weeks ago, only about a month away from ELECTED's Earth Day release, my then-publisher suddenly went out of business. I had endorsements lined up, a book launch party ready, other authors poised to promote ELECTED. And all of a sudden it was all gone. No book release. All that work on editing and setting up book tours. All gone. You can imagine how devastated I was. 

However what started out as the worst week, turned into the best and goes to show you never know what's around the corner. The team at Silence in the Library Publishing picked up ELECTED within 48 hrs, and here we are, back on course!

“Wildly original, with a writing style to die for.” -Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex

“Thrilling and smart--I couldn’t stop reading this mesmerizing adventure!” Debra Shigley, author of The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide and guest contributor on The Today Show

“Rori Shay has expertly crafted a world of tenderness and deprivation, where well-meaning people debate the merits of war and technology and love. It is a world you will believe in, and one that you won’t be ready to leave.” Nancy Grossman, author of A World Away

“ELECTED was an interesting and unique take on a dystopian future that I haven’t encountered before. I stayed up way too late because I kept saying, ”just one more chapter.” Janine K. Spendlove, author of War of the Seasons

Silence in the Library was founded by a group of authors based on the notion that it is important to make the creative drivers of the publishing industry, authors and artists, full partners both in the process of publishing and in the fiscal rewards. We want to ensure that our authors and artists make a decent living at their craft so that they will continue to enlighten us with their work.

We continue that tradition in this Kickstarter project. The initial funding goal we have set is exactly what is needed to produce the novel…to print the book, and to fulfill your rewards. There is no profit built into this for the publisher. If we reach stretch goals, we will first make sure that our  author is appropriately compensated and that our staff are paid. We expect to make a profit from this book from long term sales. It is more important to us that this book get made and that we are fair to our creative partners than that we worry about short-term gain.

Many of you will have backed our past projects: Time Traveled Tales, A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, War of the Seasons, Athena's Daughters, and Icarus.

All of these projects have been launched since June of 2013, so in the last year or so.

By the launch of this Kickstarter, we will have sent out the last items (the signed copies of the print books) necessary to have fulfilled 100% of our obligations for Time Traveled Tales.  We have completed fulfillment of War of the Seasons, both print and digital, aside from a couple of short stories that are currently being written by stretch goal authors. We expect to have A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination completely fulfilled within the next month. Athena's Daughters is on track to be fulfilled ahead of schedule, as is Icarus.

The reason we mention these things is to let you know that we are dedicated to fulfilling all of our projects on time, and early if at all possible. 

So, take a look at the tiers to the right, and decide how you would best like to participate in the ELECTED experience.

If there is a combination of things you would like that you don't see in the reward levels, just let us know, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

As with all of our projects, we've lined up some really great stretch goals that are free to backers. So, after you’ve perused the tiers, look at our stretch goals to see what we can achieve with your support. We believe in this project, and we can produce it, but only you can make it live. Please be a part of the team, and travel with us on this incredible journey.

$15 - An extra trade paperback copy of Elected (if you live outside the United States and have already contributed at a level that includes a trade paperback or hard cover of Elected, please add $5 for shipping. If you live outside the United States and have not contributed at a level that includes a trade paperback or hard cover of Elected, please add $25 for shipping.)

$35 - An extra hard cover copy of Elected (if you live outside the United States and have already contributed at a level that includes a trade paperback or hard cover of Elected, please add $5 for shipping. If you live outside the United States and have not contributed at a level that includes a trade paperback or hard cover of Elected, please add $25 for shipping.)

First 100 Backers - Will receive a free temporary tattoo of the "Marriage Binding", as portrayed in ELECTED.

$4500 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of Jean Rabe's novella Wurms.

$5000 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of a Bryan Young short story in the universe of his new novel The Serpent's Head.

$5500 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of Jon Sourbeer's novel The Phoenix Fallacy.

$6000 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of Maggie Allen's story "Land of the Lost".

$6500 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of the audiobook of Janine K. Spendlove's novel War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human.

$7000 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of Bryan Young's novel Operation Montauk.

$7500 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of the Gail Z. Martin short story bundle 3 Deadly Curiosities.

$8000 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of the Cynthia Ward vampire stories "Beat Surrender" and "The Longest Night".

$8500 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of Naked Singularity's music album Last Call.

$9000 - Every backer at or above $5 will receive a free digital download of the Jean Marie Ward short story bundle Four for More.

    

Risks and challenges

Of course, there are risks and challenges with any project. We've actually managed to minimize them with this project by having the book ready to go before launching the Kickstarter. It is written, edited, and formatted, and the cover is complete.

The biggest challenge for a publisher, other than getting the content in and formatted, is generally timely printing. We have solid relationships with our printers, and are generally able to get proofs back and books printed within 30 days of sending them the book, but there is always a chance that the printer will take longer than expected. If that happens and it causes the project to run past the promised date, we will send out regular status updates until the books have arrived.

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    THE TECHNOLOGY FACTION. You'll receive the eBook of Elected in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    THE SITL YA EBOOK BUNDLE. Your eBook of Elected in the DRM-free format of your choice will come bundled with all three books of Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons Trilogy and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    THE SITL ANTHOLOGY EBOOK BUNDLE. Your eBook of Elected in the DRM-free format of your choice will come bundled with eBooks of the Silence in the Library anthologies Time Traveled Tales, A Hero By Any Other Name, and Athena's Daughters. Your name will also be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    SIGNED TRADE PAPERBACK . Your trade paperback of Elected will come signed by the author. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    ALOY'S KEY. Your trade paperback copy of Elected will come bundled with a hand-crafted necklace bearing a reproduction of Aloy's Key from Elected. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice, and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    SIGNED HARD COVER. Your limited Kickstarter edition hard cover of Elected will come signed by the author. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    ALOY'S KEY II. Your trade paperback copy of Elected will come signed by the author and bundled with a hand-crafted necklace bearing a reproduction of Aloy's Key from Elected. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice, and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    DYSTOPIAN BUNDLE. Your signed trade paperback copy of Elected will come bundled with signed trade paperbacks of both novels in Diana Peterfreund's dystopian For Darkness Shows the Stars series. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    THE SITL YA TRADE PAPERBACK BUNDLE. Your trade paperback copy of Elected will come bundled with trade paperbacks of all three books of Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons Trilogy. You'll also receive the eBook of all four books in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    ALOY'S KEY III. Your limited Kickstarter edition hard cover of Elected will come signed by the author and bundled with a hand-crafted necklace bearing a reproduction of Aloy's Key from Elected. You'll also receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice, and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    THE SITL ANTHOLOGY PRINT BUNDLE. Your trade paperback copy of Elected will come bundled with trade paperbacks of the Silence in the Library anthologies Time Traveled Tales, A Hero By Any Other Name, and Athena's Daughters. You'll also receive the eBook of all four books in the DRM-free format of your choice and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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    ADVANCE READER COPY. Your limited Kickstarter edition hard cover of Elected will come signed by the author and bundled with a digital Advance Reader Copy of Suspected, the sequel to Elected. You'll also receive a hand-crafted necklace bearing a reproduction of Aloy's Key from Elected. Finally, you'll receive the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice, and your name will be listed in the Thank You section of the book. All but the ARC of Suspected will be delivered no later than August. The ARC of Suspected will be delivered by November.

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    FACETIME WITH THE AUTHOR. Share a 1/2 hour FaceTime session with Rori Shay. You can use the opportunity to ask her about writing, have her meet over FaceTime with your book club, talk to a school group, or any number of other cool things. You'll also receive a limited Kickstarter edition hard cover copy of Elected and the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice, and be listed in the Thank You section of the book.

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