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First printing of my debut novel as an analogue, in-hand, dead tree, physical, paper book. Transgressive fiction / satire / porn.
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I'm trying to raise funds so I can release my debut novel; Not In The Eye, as an analogue, tangible, in hand, physical, dead tree paperback.
 

THIS IS THE BOOK COVER, BY WHICH IT WILL BE JUDGED
THIS IS THE BOOK COVER, BY WHICH IT WILL BE JUDGED


The book was released as an e-book online, and has been received respectfully, and I have had several requests for a physical print-run, hence this Kickstarter campaign. 

This is the synopsis for the story:

In a world running rapidly out of new ideas, the most precious commodity is innovation.

In a future so near that it may already be upon us, Western society faces cultural bankruptcy.

Our creative heritage has been looted, recycled and plagiarised to the point of exhaustion. The entertainment industry has traded artistic merit for commercial success and mass appeal. Everything is just a rehash of something that came before. Nothing is original. When a radical new phenomenon erupts (quite literally) onto the porno scene, it changes the industry forever, and forces audiences, jaded by endless reiteration, to sit up and take notice.

It’s a watershed moment in these culturally bereft times, and – for a select few – it’s a chance to make some serious money. But wherever there’s serious money to be made, you can bet there’s a lawsuit just around the corner. Join Indigo Julius, self-styled godfather of NuGonzo™ journalism, as he searches for the story behind the story behind the most controversial porn sensation in history, and examines its far-reaching consequences.

Across a series of probing interviews with the stars of this media spectacular, Indigo brings you their compelling – if often conflicting – versions of events, as everyone tries to stake a claim in this pornographic goldrush.

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Sounds good eh? 

Don't take my word for it, check the reviews on Amazon, including this review by Top 50 Amazon book reviewer M. Dowden:

You may look at this book and think it's an adult novel and will therefore be full of sex scenes. Let me reassure you that although this is based mainly around the porn scene, this isn't an erotic novel. Purportedly written by a journalist this is the book that he hopes will bring him in yet more money.Told in a series of interviews with the main characters this is very funny and is full of satire. I think that most people are aware that the porn industry goes through phases, for instance you have the girl next door, followed by the teen having sex with an old man, and then just crinklies, and so on.

Of course as the internet has grown more and more sex is free, which in real life has affected the industry, and they have had to find new ways to fight back. What if you came up with a new concept, something totally original? You would make loads of money out of it - and this is just what happens here.

As a new concept is introduced and patented, and lots of money is made, so the court cases start appearing. First up is the case of who owns the idea, as John Thomas, a writer claims he came up with the idea, and it was stolen.

This is a very funny story that takes in the cult of celebrity, making money, litigation, and of course the porn industry. If you like books such as Thank You for Smoking which are intelligently written as well as satirical and very funny, then you should really enjoy this.

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Not In The Eye is not recommended for anyone below the age of 18, partly because they wouldn't like it; to them the world still looks like a good place and the future a promising prospect, but mostly it's not recommended because it has sex scenes in it (even if they are played for laughs rather than eroticism).

This is the first printing of this book and will be clearly marked as such, and will be the only ever printing of the book with this original cover design by Nick Calloway. Any future printings will have a new cover.

Not In The Eye was edited by Nico Reznick, whose debut novel "Anhedonia" is due for release on Amazon Kindle any day now, so please check it out. 

This is your chance to get in on the ground floor and support a creator with a wholly original story and set of characters (no fan fiction retooling here).

Once you get the book in hand, it's yours to do with as you please. Display it proudly on a bookshelf. Even better; read it, then display it on your bookshelf. Better yet: read it, share it with a friend, get them to read it and share it with their friends, then you can all talk, blog, social network about it until everyone around you is sick of your voice, and then you can mention it some more in the slim hope that maybe, just maybe the author will become JK Rowling famous, and your obscure first printing from a humble crowd-sourcing campaign will become worth mega money in years to come.

But that's an awful, cynical reason to back something. Shame on you!


STRETCH GOALS #1 - £1,000 - UNLOCKED!

Bastard Kitty Press bookmark included with all physical rewards.

STRETCH GOAL #2 - £1,500 - UNLOCKED!

Hardcover Option (add-on)

STRETCH GOAL #3 - £2,000

Book plate edition, all books will come signed with a book plate insert.

STRETCH GOAL #4 - £2,500

New content.  "Where are they now?"  Follow up chapter, catching up with Indigo, Trevor, John, Mark Man, and the Radium Girls, a few years after the events in the book.

STRETCH GOAL A - 150 BACKERS

Additional mystery PDF content.   

Risks and challenges

The book is written and ready to go.

I have a printers lined up and ready to go.

The only real risk and challenges I can see, is the danger of a typo slipping through. This is why we writer types have editors - not to catch the mistakes, but so we have someone to blame.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $2

    Thanks for supporting the project. I'll send you an e-mail with a little certificate you can print out, but it's worthless. Really, you get nothing, other than the sense of satisfaction of looking back decades from now and saying "I helped support that struggling artist a few years ago. Before he snapped and disappeared into obscurity. I wonder what happened to him?"

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    A pdf format version of both the Not In The Eye novel and my Generic Vampire Novel #937 Part One for you to read and enjoy. It's digital. No trees will be harmed in the making of this reward.
    Instead there will be piles of obsolete machines lying around a decade from now, damaging the environment and cruddying the place up for the next generation, and it's partly your fault.

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    Signed version of the printed book, signed by the author (me), obviously..

    Ink isn't free. But my autograph does devalue anything it defaces, and as such the signed version is cheaper than the non-signed version.

    My generation does everything online, I've not held a pen for years. This will be hard.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Once the book is printed, I will post it out and it will be sent to your door. You lazy person you.
    You can feel smug in the knowledge that you've embraced an archaic dying format. I'll try and make sure the book is printed by a responsible, sustainable group of 'fellers' (geddit?), but honestly, I won't look into it too much.

    Unsigned, but costs more. That makes sense.

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    Ah, the "artist cash grab" reward level.

    For this you get the Not In The Eye book delivered to your door, along with one other mystery book. This might be something I've bought from a charity shop, it might be crap I've had knocking around for a while. It might even be good. But not too good, I have a fragile ego and this should be about me.

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    One for as friend as well please.

    Two copies of the book, unsigned, so you can give one to a friend. Then they can buy another two and give them to friends, who can buy two more to give to their friends and eventually I'll have pyramided to the top of the sales charts? Right?

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    Independent book retailer reward.

    10 copies of the book sent to you - the independent retailer - so you can stock something the big retailers (probably) don't carry.

    UK only.

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    Book store signing.

    Have an independent UK writer signing in your independent book store for the best part of a day. Book reading, Q&A, signing etc...

    The best bit is, you're doing me a favour, but I'll act like I'm doing you a favour. Creative types, huh?

    Comes with £200 of stock for the retailer, so really the signing costs you nothing. UK only.

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    Pledge £750 or more About $962

    Ooh, get you, Mr. "I can make the book hit the target in one pledge."

    Brilliant. Thanks. I resent you.

    As a reward, you get to brag to your friends. You also get the book sent to you. Slow clap, your extravagance got you nothing extra, except free shipping.

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    Option the right to turn the story into an audiobook.

    Probably need to get lawyers involved for this, right?

    Still, the OPTION is available. See what I did there?

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