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Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren - The Kevin Metis Saga
Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren - The Kevin Metis Saga

Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren started out being a collection of short stories that were written for one of my closest friends in high school for his birthday. 

The stories follow Nicolette Mace,  girl orphaned at 14 who chose to make her way in life by "living the 1930s dream in this new and exciting world" - a private investigator modeled on the stereotype of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade, known as the Raven Siren.

The alley
The alley

The Kevin Metis Saga sees Siren at the age of 24 facing off against the man that murdered her father and sister - Kevin Metis - a crime boss with an axe to grind. He hates Siren for putting him behind bars eight years ago and wants to finish the job he started in ridding the world of the Mace family.

Siren is not alone in the world though. Police Chief Frederick J. Barlow, the man who saved her from being killed by Kevin Metis and helped to put him in prison is never very far from Siren's side - a white knight in shinning armour to protect her from her enemies and from herself.

Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren
Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren

The book is comprised of four short stories that come together to create the overall story arc. The four stories span roughly eight years and so to fill in the gaps between and give readers more I started an online blog in 2010 which is free for anyone to read. The blog contains stand alone cases, thoughts and minor events from Siren's life. This was further expanded to include two blogs from Fred to give the readers more of an idea of what Fred goes through at work admist corruption and trying to protect Siren.

The Raven Siren Wiki is being built to provide even more information about the Raven Siren Universe as it continues to grow and develop.

This project is to bring the first book to be released, Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren - The Kevin Metis Saga, to print in the UK in a print run of 500 books. The initial print run will cost £976 to produce the 500 copies with an assigned ISBN number. The books will be stored and distributed to bookshops and other vendors by Gardners Books.

The front covers for the books are being redesigned from: -

Original Kevin Metis Saga Cover
Original Kevin Metis Saga Cover

To look more like: -

Filling the Afterlife from the Underwrold front and back cover
Filling the Afterlife from the Underwrold front and back cover

The remaining money being asked for is to provide the funds in order to pay for the new cover for the Kevin Metis Saga as well as being able to pay Jared Drake, the photographer who took all the photos and has created the logos and banners all for free for the project so far.

The books will be on sale with a RRP of £7.99 and will be 185 pages in length. In selling the books at £7.99, the printing of the books will be self-sustainable, allowing future print runs of 500 to be done without needing any further funding.

Risks and challenges

As the book has already been finished and proofread, the only risk that I can foresee is a problem with printing that I have tried to reduce by talking to graphic designers and other publishers who have recommended printers.

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