About the project:
Kimberly opened her mouth, the words ready on her lips, when she felt it; her magic was reacting to a presence. She held up a hand to silence Giselle, looking around the grotto.
Three shadows detached from the tall pillars above them, crashing down into the grotto. The surrounding elves sprung into action, brandishing their weapons and charging. A fourth shadow leapt from the waterfall, splashing into the same pool Kimberly and Giselle were in.
“Quickly!” Giselle grabbed Kimberly’s hand, dragging her out of the water. As they stepped out, Giselle turned, clenching her fist. “Eskrozen,” she hissed, and the water frosted over, freezing along the top. The shadow broke free, sending icy shards everywhere in the grotto. Its body seemed to stretch and distort as it moved, its limbs elongating.
“Cave wraiths!” Kimberly cried, recognizing the creature. Akin to demons, their bodies were made of darkness itself; it stretched an arm out towards the women, impossibly long fingers threatening to encircle them. Kimberly pushed Giselle aside, summoning Lotus into her hands. Lotus’s edge exploded in white fire, and Kimberly twisted beneath the wraith’s hand, slicing its limb free.
My name is J.R. Leckman. Welcome to Auviarra.
The Legend of Kimberly series is about a young woman who gets sucked into the fantasy world she spent her whole life reading about. This will be the third book in the Legend of Kimberly series. In this novel, Kimberly will face off against elvish politics, a vindictive princess, and even the gods themselves in her continuing quest to understand what it means to be a hero.
The true goal of the project is two-fold. As an indie author, I believe that my readers deserve a great story. To meet this need, I pay to have my book professionally edited (because spell check doesn't count), formatted (because my first attempts were disastrous), and, most important, to get some rocking artwork on the cover. Unfortunately, my real world job (I'm a science teacher) only allows me to save up enough money to produce one book a year, and, while the series is slowly gaining steam, it wasn't able to generate enough profit in time for this release.
The second goal of this project is to pique your interest, get you talking about Kimberly and the world of Auviarra. It's my dream that very soon, Kimberly's adventures will become popular enough that they become a self sustaining enterprise and I will be able to devote more (if not all) of my time writing books.
About the story:
The Legend of Kimberly series is really about growing up and learning that life, even a fairy tale one, is never what you expect of it. Kimberly is a fourteen year old girl who loses herself in the stories of Auviarra to make up for the fact that her father beats her. These stories are written by her grandfather. After her grandfather dies, she discovers that Auviarra is a very real place, and she goes there to be like the heroes from her stories.
Now, if you are looking at this page, chances are that you are a reader, one of the most important people in the world to me. I could go on and on about how awesome my books are, but that simply isn't good enough. To that end, the first book in the series is absolutely free on your e-device. It is called The Legend of Kimberly: Inheritance. Read it and make the call for yourself.
If you would like to see it from the comfort of your computer, click here. It is also available on Nook, Kobo, Sony, and the Apple store.
In The Legend of Kimberly: Guardians, Kimberly and companions get caught up in helping the elves protect their kingdom from the Brotherhood of Zor and multiple assassination attempts. Forced to leave her friends behind, Kimberly embarks on a journey with Giselle White Lily, sixth princess to the King Goreander, to restore an ancient elven artifact known as the Heart of Loris. To do this, she must gain the blessing of the gods of Auviarra, and not all of them are willing to cooperate.
Where your money goes
In this endeavor, I'm not simply paying money to some vanity press that says it'll take care of things. I pay individuals who are experts in their field to accomplish what I can not.
$350 to editing- Anne Victory is my editor and this is the dollar amount I was quoted. There may be a little give or take (depending on how the manuscript changes) but I imagine the final amount will be within 50 dollars of this.
$350 to the cover- This guy, who did the cover of TLOK 2: Pursuit (the sweet dragon picture above), will be drawing the cover of TLOK 3: Guardians.
~$100 to cover format- In the past, I have paid extra to have my fonts set and placed by an additional service, as well as the image converted to a format that the publishers will recognize. I have three people I can use, and the average cost lays around 100 dollars.
~$150 to interior format- This is the ballpark figure for interior formating of the e-edition and/or the paperback edition.
The remaining balance is to help Kickstarter expenses. If significant donations are made, I will have to begin offering cooler pledge prizes, because that's how I roll.
About the Author
I am just a guy who loves science and reading. As a kid, all I wanted to do was become a writer, and tell stories that transported people to other worlds. As an adult, I teach science to middle and high school aged children in the hopes that I can inspire them to learn and expand their minds. Writing doesn't quite pay the bills yet, which means that my vacations, weekends, and occasional coffee breaks go to trying to put pencil to paper, and create something extraordinary.
What you can do to help!
Maybe money is tight right now. Or maybe you're just a kid and can't send money because your parents (who love you) are just plain being mean. Well, you can still help!
1. Share this Kickstarter page with your friends on Facebook, twitter, or pony express! The more people who know, the better!
3. Read The Legend of Kimberly and leave a review on your website of choice.
4. Fan art! I love fan art because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I will probably even put it up on my digital fridge (my website) for others to see.
5. Spread the word on Goodreads about it.
Risks and challenges
Now, what happens once the project is fully funded? Well, let me lay out some details. As of the posting of this Kickstarter, the following things have already happened:
1. The book is in the editing process. Short of something happening to my editor, the actual manuscript should be done and ready for publication in early September.
2. The artist has already been found and commissioned. Short of something happening to him, the cover art should be ready by mid-september.
Now, as I near the finish of the editing/proofing process, I will schedule time with the formatter and final cover creation. Unless something bizarre occurs during this time, the book will be released by mid-october at the latest. I wouldn't ask you to join me on this journey if I didn't already have the end in sight. If things go like I hope, I will begin shipping out rewards at the beginning of October.
Now, let's say that disaster strikes. Worst case scenario, the world ends. I'll share my canned beans with you and tell you the story in person. Realistic scenario, something really bad happens, and things get delayed. I'll simply let you know and give you a reasonable estimate as to when things get done. I have time off in October and November to put together pledge packs for shipping, and the e-book prize packs will be nearly instantaneous to send by email.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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