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Readers made my last novel, Someone Else's Fairytale, a solid success. Help me get a Kirkus Indie review for my next project.
Readers made my last novel, Someone Else's Fairytale, a solid success. Help me get a Kirkus Indie review for my next project.
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That video is my first ever attempt at creating a book trailer, so it's far from perfect. 

I began my chick lit career as a small press author for Covenant Communications. Since going indie, my wonderful fans have enabled me to make more money, have more creative control, and maintain a much stronger personal connection with readers. My last book, Someone Else's Fairytale, has been as high as 194th (that I am aware) on Amazon. 

For my next project, a YA book called, Castles on the Sand, I'd like to get a Kirkus Indie review. Kirkus is one of the most well respected names in book reviewing, and they way they control the number of indie authors who are eligible for review is to charge a hefty price. As I still live in a one bedroom apartment on a very small income from my husband's student stipend, I'll need backer help to be able to afford this on top of all the other costs associated with producing a quality book (copyediting, cover design, etc.) In order to make my mid-August release date, I'll need an expedited review, which costs $575.00. I set this campaign for the closest round number - the cost of paperbacks for rewards and other fees will eat away at the total somewhat, but I will be able to cover any shortfall. Feel free to overfund, though! Any additional amounts will go towards cover design and editing fees. To learn more about Kirkus Indie reviews, see here

I finished writing this book just as I hit launch on this campaign. The book will be out to my usual beta readers, edited, and then sent back out for copyedits while this campaign is running. At the close of the campaign, it will be ready to go to Kirkus. This is a tried and true production schedule, set by three books' worth of experience. 

You can learn more about on my YA/chick lit novels at www.emtippetts.com. Note that I only update that site when I have something concrete to offer, such as the release of a new book, so please do sign up for updates, secure in the knowledge you won't be spammed. For people who want to hear more of my exhausted babblings about maintaining two writing careers with two small children, there is my other blog, www.emilymah.com.

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    Ebook of Castles on the Sand, emailed to you on the release date in the format you specify (.mobi, .epub, .pdf)

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    Special Edition ebook of Castles on the Sand, available only to Kickstarter Backers, it will include extra material about the creation of the book, the process of getting it into print, and what I've learned as an indie writer so far. This edition will be sent at least one week before the book's release date.

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    A signed Special Edition ebook of Castles on the Sand, emailed to you at least one week before the release date. I personalize the autograph to you and add it as an image on the title page, so the autograph will be in the ebook itself.

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    Special Edition trade paperback of Castles on the Sand, it will include extra material about the creation of the book, the process of getting it into print, and what I've learned as an indie writer so far. This edition will be sent at least one week before the official release date, though for international backers, getting the print book to you early might be a challenge. Some countries have long shipping lag times, but I will do my best.

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    Special Edition trade paperback of Castles on the Sand, shipped at least one week before the release date, plus a signed book plate from me. As I will be in London when the book is released, this is the most straightforward way to sign your book. Saves the cost of shipping it overseas and back again.

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    Special Edition signed ebook of Castles on the Sand and a guest blogpost by me on your website. It can be an interview, or an essay about the book, the process of writing, the publishing business, or other related topic that you feel will interest your readers.

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    I get in front of the camera. That's how much your support means to me. Pledge $100.00 or more and I will video conference with your book group, school class, etc. via Skype or Google Hangout. I can talk about this book, my career in general, the publishing industry, my science fiction writing (as Emily Mah). You name it. Duration: 90mins

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