Corwyn and Company
Corwyn and Company
Internationally published novelist, Chad Corrie, would like to bring some of his revised fantasy novels back into English publication.
Internationally published novelist, Chad Corrie, would like to bring some of his revised fantasy novels back into English publication. Read more
About this project
Thanks for taking a moment and checking out the campaign. My name is Chad Corrie, an internationally published author and graphic novelist, who’s venturing into the world of crowd funding so I can bring some of my previously published titles back into print. I’m starting with two titles in particular, a stand alone short story collection called, Corwyn and Company, and the first of a trilogy, Return of the Wizard King. Both have been out of print for some time in the U.S. but have seen some interest overseas and publication in Germany, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.
For several years I’ve received comments and emails from readers and fans, both old and new, asking when these titles would be back in print. I didn’t have an answer for them. I didn’t like that. Finally, after a couple conventions with a steady stream of people coming to the table and asking the same question over and over again, I figured it was time to act. I’d been searching for solutions for a few years, exploring various print options and publishing partners, but didn't find one that worked. It was during this process a new idea emerged: checking out Kickstarter.
Through my searching I’ve been able to assemble a professional team of designers, artists, editors, printers, and others to bring these now revised and updated titles back into print and digital release for the first time. All have worked on books before and fantasy in particular, making them even better suited to handle these titles. And it’s these same professionals who are going to be taking the lion’s share of what I’m seeking for the funding goal. The rest will go to printing (which will be done in the U.S.) and distribution and other boring business things like copyrights, Paypal fees, Kickstarter fees, and the like. I haven’t budgeted anything for myself, which has helped keep the figure as low as as it is while still being able to undertake what I'm proposing. So what you see is pretty much the bare bones approach; we hit the goal and we can put together and print (and distribute) the books. And should we reach the stretch goals we can print and distribute even more.
It can be hard, I know, to fund something you don’t really have a great deal of information about so I’ve put together some reviews and short back blurbs about each title (and story). I also included an older sample reading along with some pre-final edit samples of the titles to look through. You’ll find this information below.
Part of the revision and republication process is getting some new cover art. I’ve had the privilege of working with Tommy Arnold, an awesome artist, who has created work for many novels and other publications/ventures. He’ll be creating the art for Corwyn and Company and Return of the Wizard King (along with the other two books in the series).
He was kind enough to provide a working sketch of what the Corwyn cover will look like. As you can see, it will be a wrap around design. You should be able to get a decent idea of what the final image will look like but for a better impression of what Tommy’s capable I encourage you to check out his tumblr page where his more recent work is on display.
I wouldn’t have gone forward with this venture if I didn’t have a means of distribution. Anyone can print a book today but without distribution it isn’t going to get too far. After looking into the matter for some time I’m pleased to say I've partnered with a U.S. distributor who will take on the print titles, working to help bring them into as large a market as possible.
By acting as my master distributor they will set up the titles with all the online retailers and distributors such as: Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Indigo, Partners, Chapters, Follett, American Wholesale, and others. They also will directly contact and deal with the buyers at major book chain stores, as well as Costco, and use their Indie store network, along with their sales team, to help get as many copies as possible on store shelves. And if they aren't on the self for some reason you can have the store order them in as well. This means the titles will be available all across North America. Better still, they provide international sales–through online sites, their own site, and other distribution methods.
The e-books don’t really require a distribution system, only online retailers. As such, they will be sold through iBooks, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play.
ABOUT CORWYN AND COMPANY
Corwyn & Company is a short story collection following the life and career of a young bard named Corwyn Danther. His adventures take the reader along with him as he both explores and experiences the various people and places making up the world of Tralodren. Not only do these tales show and explain more of this fascinating fantasy setting, but also reveal what goes on in Tralodren when there aren't epic struggles afoot with the planet hanging in the balance.
These stories are also varied in tone, some more comedic, others more serious, providing a nice mix but common theme to the overall collection. Corwyn, being a pragmatic pacifist, also adds to this mix as just how he gets into these adventures in the first place and resolves them once involved. This collection contains one novella and six short stories, which are as follows:
Corwyn's called to take part in a gnomish expedition to the Northlands looking for the answer of eternal life and soon finds himself in a wild adventure with his own life in the balance. If the extreme cold doesn't get them then what they discover hidden away and ready to greet them when they arrive will. It's only through some quick thinking he's able to save those fortunate enough to remain.
Following the events of Rainier’s Legacy, Corwyn goes on a vacation of sorts to get in touch with his roots. This partially implies connecting on a deeper level with his goddess at a shrine long known but infrequently visited by the faithful. This episode in his life brings him closer to the divine than he has ever been, allowing him to leave not only with a refreshed mind and spirit, but a greater hope and outlook for his future.
WHERE DREAMS GO TO DIE
During a strong downpour, Corwyn finds a cemetery next to an inn where he takes shelter. He soon discovers, however, this is no ordinary inn and both it and the cemetery are more connected than he could ever imagine. This relationship opens up a whole new side to the god of death he's never known before, imparting some insight that will travel with him for the rest of his days.
CHARITY FOR HALFLINGS
Only Corwyn Danther could use a highway robbery as an opportunity for charity. Well, charity in a slightly different sense of the word. A fruitless search leads Corwyn and an old dwarven friend, named Frederick, traveling alone on a road at night. Here they meet up with some halfling highwaymen who try getting all they can out of them but receive more than they were expecting in return.
SELLSWORDS AND SNAKE OIL
A group of demon hunters coincidentally show up as a demon appears in a quiet rural village. Arriving at the same time, Corwyn and Fredrick get wrapped up in a strange series of events that see them helping out the village against this perceived threat only to find themselves pulled into something all together different and potentially more deadly in the process.
As summer rises to its zenith, Corwyn finds himself running for his life in the Grasslands of Gondad. During this run he comes upon a neglected memorial from a once mighty empire. Curious and eager to escape his pursuers, he begins an investigation. When it’s all said and done he’ll learn more about himself and the important history of the place while also having another encounter with his muse.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE
Free from Fredrick and any real obligations, Corwyn thinks he’ll find some peace and quiet in Caster’s Reef as the summer wanes. But a request for aid from an old flame soon sends the bard into a mess of halfling thieves, ancient tombs, treasure, and some other rather messy issues he finds hard pressed to get out of so easily.
|| Some Reviews ||
The following are some reviews for the original version of the collection:
"These stories are well constructed, entertaining, have engaging characters, and use standard fantasy tropes with humour and a modicum of originality...worth a read as an entertaining, diverse, often humorous, yet thoughtful set of tales, with an interesting fantasy hero who doesn't need swords and wizardry to effect his ends.” –SF Site
“…explore a world that is magical and beautifully described. Corrie's vivid descriptions capture the imagination and bring life to the unique world of Tralodren…[a] land ripe with mythology and magic…
–Romantic Times (four starred review)
|| Additional Material ||
You can read a sample (of a pre-final edit version) of Rainier’s Legacy by clicking here.
ABOUT RETURN OF THE WIZARD KING
After nearly eight centuries, the last wizard king seeks a return to Tralodren. But doing so requires the manipulation of some mercenaries oblivious to his goals.
The gladiator sold his soul for revenge. The knight's a bigot. The dwarf only cares about regaining his honor. Even the wizardess seems too bookish for anyone’s good. But they’ve all been hired by a blind seer and his assistant to retrieve some forgotten knowledge kept hidden away in some jungle-strangled ruins.
Get in. Get out. Get paid. At least that’s what they thought. Instead, they uncover hidden agendas and ancient power struggles threatening to take the world to the brink of annihilation.
|| Some Reviews ||
“…a riveting action/adventure fantasy novel and is highly recommended for all ‘sword and sorcery’ fantasy buffs for its remarkable detailing of a highly intricate world filled with adventure.”
–Midwest Book Review
“This book does a lot of great things in mixing up the fantasy genre... Corrie excels by re-imagining traditional fantasy stereotypes and making them believable.”
“Here be roaring monsters to be fought, characters who come vividly to life, and fell magic... A wild ride. Highly recommended."–Ed Greenwood, NYT Bestselling Author, Creator of The Forgotten Realms
“There is a powerful magic that seems to flow from the pages and into your imagination when reading.”
–Twin Cities Geek
“One of the best [novels] I've ever had in my hands. Mysterious, interesting characters…nasty villains, battles, powerful magic…crisp fights, betrayal at different levels, and action...”
–Down from the Soapbox (Germany)
“Well written and well told…”
“[After the introductions]…we experience spectacular scenes with fast paced and violent, but also more epic and moving plot lines.”
–Danish Library System Review (Denmark)
|| Additional Material ||
I've included a sample reading (with music and sound effects) of an older, pre-final edit version of Return of the Wizard King below.
You can also read the first chapter (again, of a pre-final edit version) by clicking here.
SOME REVIEWS FOR THE OTHER TWO BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY
And as long as I had them, here are two more reviews; one for each of the other two books in the trilogy.
“Complex mysteries and veiled power struggles lie at the core of this exciting fantasy adventure, in which wanderers amid a hostile magical world must battle external threats and internal weaknesses. An adventurous read, highly recommended.”
–Midwest Book Review on Trial of the Wizard King
“Corrie has created a world of warring gods and goddesses; peopled it with humans, dwarves, elves, and other races; and infused it with life and color. This saga of faith triumphant belongs in larger fantasy collections.” –Library Journal on Triumph of the Wizard King
The funding levels should be pretty easy to understand, so I won’t go too in-depth with them. In general, should you decide to help fund this venture you get your choice of a digital or print version of one or both titles. These titles will be sent once they have been edited, had cover art finished, been proofed, laid out, and other things put in place that make a book a book. This can be a pretty involved process and will take some time, meaning you won’t get anything sent to you until 2017—in April for Corwyn and Company and July for Return of the Wizard King. If something can be sent off earlier I’ll see about making it happen. Further, if you opted for receiving both print books then they will both ship in July to keep things simpler and cheaper.
E-books will be sent out on their separately listed dates as they won’t have to be printed or shipped, etc. I’ll take care of the digital copies getting out; the distributor will be sending out all the print books both to folks in the U.S. and anyone outside it.
Part of the fun of doing a Kickstarter is we get a chance to reach beyond the basic funding goal, setting our sights on something more. Once we make it to the $20,000 goal we’ll have the opportunity of reaching for the following:
The digital version of Trial of the Wizard King, the second book in The Wizard King Trilogy can be produced and added to the funding levels as an add on option.
Should we make it this far we'll be able to produce the print version of Trial of the Wizard King. It will also join the funding levels as an add on option.
The digital version of Triumph of the Wizard King, the final book in The Wizard King Trilogy, can now be produced and listed in the funding levels as an add on option.
By reaching this level of funding we’ll be able to bring Triumph of the Wizard King into print, thus completing the entire trilogy. An option will be added to the funding levels so you can add it to your list.
Should we reach beyond $40,000 I have some other ideas I can add to the mix, but want to keep them a secret for the time being. More will be posted as we get closer to reaching this goal.
Risks and challenges
While I've done my best to plan for everything I can think of and allow plenty of extra space for any unforeseen surprises, there's always something that could appear I wasn't expecting or planning.
The biggest thing that could effect things, apart from something catastrophic like my death or the death of someone else involved with the projects, would be a change of price for printing or something else in the production process. There could be delays in printing or shipping for weather or other related matters, but such things would only be delays– nothing that would totally stop anything from ultimately going forward.
Personal family matters might also cause some delay if anything arose within the team, but I'm confident anything that might arise could be overcome. All the people I'm working with have a solid track record of getting things done and in a timely way. They aren't going to flake out or depart from this venture–they're proven at seeing things through.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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