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Hi, my name is Megan Lisa Jones.  Late in 2010 my novel Captive was released.  Being a Silicon Valley girl at heart I wanted to reach a broad audience fast so partnered with Bittorrent and Clearbits to co-promote and get the book to their audience.  Captive has had over 600,000 downloads (download for free here: http://www.clearbits.net/torrents/1684-captive---bittorrent-edition ).  

In the book a terrorist, Khalil, squares off with his interrogator, George.  A pending American based plot is meanwhile rolling forward directed by Omar, a young foreign exchange student working for Khalil.  Will George outsmart his captive to stop it in time?  Read the book and find out.

Captive, not to give the ending away completely, left some unfinished business between the men still to unfold.  And I got a lot of requests from readers globally for a re-match or sequel.  So I wrote it and again am looking for a way to reach the best possible audience and as widely spread as is feasible.  Hence Kickstarter.

In Escape the tables turn and both men once again have opposing goals.  They both unwittingly find each other in the midsts of Cairo's tumultuous protests, not an entirely positive development for either.  Then, after a cat and mouse chase near the Aswan Dam they both rush to New York, where Khalil has a high level assassination planned.  Who escapes as the noose tightens around both men?

I added in a stronger female character this time round.  Emine is a war journalist nursing a broken heart who for a time is the only one seemingly on George's side as he tries to stop Khalil.

The Kickstarter funds will be used to get a professional edit done of the book, a cover design chosen, copies printed and sent and, if any funds remain, for distribution and marketing.  Goal one is to get books to those who want them.  I added a few quirky options only because after Captive I got a lot of like requests via email or other online resources and didn't have time to provide them.  I'm sure I missed some brilliant option but maybe next time round.

Escape is in the final editing stage...meaning I had a friend read it who has much better grammar than I do and I only need to add those edits.  Oh, and I just decided to change the ending...which won't take long.

Thanks for reading this far!  Who escapes?

Risks and challenges

There are risks and challenges in any project. In this case the book itself is basically done subject to some edits and probably a new ending. Having a previous book I know that delay is a constant threat (things always take longer than expected). Books could also get lost in the mail and not arrive. Much of the project, as with all publishing projects, is dependent on the author completing the work as required. Should something happen to the author the book could still get published and distributed but some customized Kickstarter rewards would be impossible to deliver.
I think production delays are the biggest risk. The best way to deal with them is to keep people up to date on any delays!!!!! No one can ensure that each project works out perfectly or on time but people can be updated, involved and always aware of any problems. To me, a huge part of Kickstarter is trust and perhaps even collaboration with your audience.

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