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Jean Marie BauhausBy Jean Marie Bauhaus
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Jean Marie BauhausBy Jean Marie Bauhaus
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About

In 2011, I published my debut novel, Restless Spirits, about a ghost hunter who wakes up in the haunted house she'd gone to investigate to discover that she can remove "hunter" from her job description.

Since its debut, Restless Spirits has received 41 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars (you can read them here if you'd like--while you're there, you can also download a free copy of Restless Spirits to read for yourself, or snag a free epub from any of the other major e-book retailers).

A number of those reviewers, along with a number of people contacting me directly, have requested that I do a sequel, and that's just what I want to do. Actually, I'd like to turn this into a series.

I've been trying to get Book Two written for quite a while now, but life keeps getting in the way. Specifically, the freelance work I have to do to help pay the bills doesn't leave me a lot of time to devote to writing fiction on a consistent basis.

With your backing, I'll be able to cut back on my freelance hours and set aside a few hours to focus on writing each day, allowing me to finish the book in time for a March 2016 release. If successfully funded, this campaign will also help to cover production costs, including editing and cover design, so I can provide you with a professional-quality book.


What it's about

In Restless Spirits we follow Veronica "Ron" Wilson, a ghost-hunter-turned-ghost who, with the help of her ghostly housemates and her kid sister's sixth sense, must solve the mystery of the house where she and her fellow ghosts are being held prisoner in order to free them to cross over to the other side.

Ghost of a Chance will turn the spotlight on Ron's sister, Chris. It will pick up more than a year after the end of Restless Spirits and find Chris living in the now (mostly) spiritually cleansed and newly renovated house with her ghostly big sister and Ron's supernatural paramour, Joe.

Since her role in exorcising what was once the city's most haunted location, Chris's paranormal investigation business is more successful than ever. That is, until a handsome but annoying TV reporter named Doug Batey does a story that spins her to be a con artist.

Ever the protective big sister, even in death, Ron takes it upon herself to teach Doug a lesson by giving him a haunting he'll never forget. Except when she arrives to terrorize him, she discovers that his home is already haunted--by his older brother, Jimmy, who was murdered protecting Doug in a home invasion when Doug was only thirteen. Jimmy's stuck haunting Doug until he stops blaming himself for Jimmy's death. Trouble is, Jimmy's never figured out how to make contact, and Doug is about the most stubborn, die-hard skeptic either Ron or Chris has ever faced.

Now, thanks to Ron's meddling, it's up to Chris to convince the man who might have just ruined her life that his brother is still with him and in need of her help. Help that will probably involve playing armchair counselor to help a guy who thinks she's either a criminal or a lunatic get over his survivor's guilt. And oh yeah, she's got to solve Jimmy's murder to boot.

Good thing she's got a pair of ghostly sidekicks to help her out.

Progress So Far

I started writing it about this time last year. I tried to pants it and got about 30,000 words in before I wrote myself into a corner. So now I've got a detailed outline, and many of the scenes I wrote on that first attempt are salvageable. All I need now is the time to sit down and write the rest of it.


Projected Timeline

Please Note: **In the video I mention that this campaign will run through the end of October. I didn't realize at the time of shooting that Kickstarter would only allow it to run for a maximum of 60 days, so in actuality this campaign will run through September. However, taking into account the window of time it takes to collect and process campaign pledges, this won't affect the stated production schedule.**

It's no coincidence that I timed this Kickstarter to end in time for Nanowrimo. If it's successfully funded, I'll be able to devote November to finishing the first draft, and December and January to editing and revisions. That will leave February for formatting, cover design, proofing and all the other production details, meaning that if all goes as planned the book should be ready for release in March of 2016. Of course, if you pre-purchase your copies here you'll get them before it officially launches on Amazon or anywhere else.

What Will Be Covered

If you buy a copy ahead of time here through Kickstarter, your purchase will help cover the following expenses:

  • Time away from my freelancing business to write and produce the book
  • Editing, cover design and other book production costs
  • Shipping and order fulfillment costs
  • Kickstarter fees and credit card payment processing fees

Stretch Goals

If we pass my initial funding goal, I'll introduce some stretch goals and additional incentives to help reach them. Current backers will get to help me decide what those should be. Current ideas include a limited edition hardcover, a boxed set, audio books, swag, and maybe a launch party or some type of local themed event . . . or maybe even writing and producing Book #3 as soon as #2 is done.

If We Don't Reach The Main Goal

If we don't reach the initial funding goal, of course you won't be charged anything for making a pledge. What happens next depends on how close we get to the goal. If it's a near-miss, then at least I'll be encouraged that enough people want to read this sequel to make it worth my while to write it. It will still get written, albeit at a much, much slower pace, and I'll do another, less ambitious campaign once it's done to help cover production costs.

If, however, it doesn't even come close, then I'll accept that there's not enough of a viable audience for this book to make it worth my while and move on to something else.


Other Ways to Help

If you really want to read this book, you can help make sure it gets written by telling people about this campaign. Whether or not you're able to become a backer, you can still do a lot to help by tweeting, sharing, pinning, blogging and even using your actual mouth to tell people not just that this campaign exists, but why you think they should back it.

You can also point them to this page, where they'll find all the links to download their own free copy of the original Restless Spirits and decide for themselves whether they want to read a sequel.

Risks and challenges

I'm a six-time self-published author, as well as a freelance editor, book formatter, graphic designer and publishing coach and consultant. Although I typically handle all of the book production aspects myself (except editing), I'm hoping to have enough after campaign expenses to hire some of these tasks out for the sake of speeding things along.

The biggest risk is that I've miscalculated how much will have to go to shipping, order fulfillment and fees associated with this campaign, in which case I might have to perform these tasks myself, which could end up pushing back the release date.

Also, considering that I can't hire out the actual writing of the book, and my timeline has me writing and editing through both cold and flu season and the winter holidays, there's always a chance that illness or other unforeseen challenges might push the schedule back.

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    Be a ghost in my book! I'll give you (or someone of your choosing*) a ghostly cameo in my novel.

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