Disabled Writer Furthering His Writing Career
Disabled Writer Furthering His Writing Career
I suffer from Post Concussion Syndrome. My only viable career path is writing. A good book costs money to make; money I don't have.
I suffer from Post Concussion Syndrome. My only viable career path is writing. A good book costs money to make; money I don't have. Read more
WELCOME TO MY KICKSTARTER
I am currently working on a new series, called Daygar Legacy. Paranormal/Alternate History Fantasy set in the 14th century Europe. My story will feature Knights fighting a Vampiric threat attempting to unleash a deadly plague, bringing Europe to its knees. Starting with known folktales, I expand Vampires into a full-blown culture; exploring their societies and social order.
My Kickstarter will help me release the first five books in this series in an overall goal of helping me recover medically from my disability.
$3000 - I will offer additional maps for purchase.These are maps you can use for your own story however you want. You will own them. I only ask that you list me as the artist.
$4000 - 3 book bundle donated by Writers Helping Writers available as a tier item (only 1 bundle available)
$5000 - Put money into my Madness Writer's Coalition to help out other writers to become better writers. (Not a charity)
$7000 - Book Trailer to launch new book series
- 2 trailers for my book series
- Get print copies of book #1
- Offer signed copies of my books
$11,000 - Have signed print copies of Terran Psychosis and Scraping By for Kickstarter
$15,000 - Have print copies of the 5 books released, and offered signed copies on Kickstarter
$25,000 - Able to publish 10 books, including the first 5 of the series and other books outside the series.
What is my Kickstarter About
I am a self-published indie author. I am also disabled. Because of this, I am asking for $3000 to help produce 4 - 5 books for my upcoming series, Daygar Legacy. With this campaign, I will be able to get professional editing, quality book cover designs, and marketing to reach more readers.
Writing has always been my first love. Unfortunately, I suffer from a condition called Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). This is a form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that affects how my brain functions. TBI affects more than two million Americans every year; resulting in 100,000 dead, and 500,000 disabled.
With PCS, I get easily overwhelmed doing day-to-day activities and going out in public. It directly affects my memory, focus, and concentration. It causes mood swings, headaches, sleep problems, dizziness, and fatigue. I also have light and noise sensitivity. I tend to spend most of my time indoors in silence.
Because of my disability, it is very difficult for me to work. Even a part-time job is next to impossible. Writing is one of the few things that I can do to potentially earn an income. With writing, I can work at my own pace, take as many breaks as I need to, and maintain my own schedule.
Writing has always been a passion of mine, something that has always come easy to me. My dream is that by becoming a full-time writer, I can one day overcome my disability.
In June of 2012, I suffered a work related accident. I was sitting in an office chair and leaned all the way back. The chair broke and I fell to the floor and hit my head on a filing cabinet. Since then, my life has never been the same.
Even though I was diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, I got denied for Worker's Compensation, Long-Term Disability, and Social Security Disability. I also lost my health insurance, my apartment, my truck, and my phone. I had to move back home with my parents. I had hit rock bottom.
In June 2014, I got Medicaid and now trying to get help, but it is a slow moving process. I am hoping to repeal my Social Security Disability, but that can take up to 5 years and there is no guarantee of getting it.
Risks and challenges
To be a successful author, you need more than a good story. You need professional editing; to keep mistakes from ruining the reader experience. You need a quality book cover, from a good artist. You need to actively market the book, so people will know about it and purchase it. These things, unfortunately, cost money.
My first release of Terran Psychosis got excellent reviews, but suffered in sales. Many commented on the poor image quality of the cover, and the lack of professional editing. I was fortunate enough that a few good friends wanted to help by offering free editing, and a free cover. However, due to lack of marketing, the second release is also lacking in sales. My budget doesn’t allow for the marketing needed to get it into the hands of readers.
Now $600 per book might seem like a lot, but truthfully it is a low amount. More money does help. Ideally, I would use $1000 to $1500 per book, to ensure quality, and make each book more marketable. $3000 as my goal is the bare minimum of what I would need. If I were to make over my budget, I could do much more as far as publishing goes, and even make more books.
It won’t take long to get my first book written, but even with editing and cover designs, I’m confident that I will publish it before March of 2015. Each subsequent book will be 30-100 pages long, allowing me to produce them faster, having you wait a few months between books rather than a standard 1-2 years. The Daygar Legacy would be 3-5 full-length novels, broken up into 5-10 short books each.
There will also be Supplements between each books that expand the story. Not all books will have supplements, but if they do, they will range between 1 - 3 short books. Those who get the Kickstarter version of Templar Five will include the Supplements for that book.
All books will be released for Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords will then distribute to all other retailers. You can stay up-to-date about all future releases on my blog.
On the side, I work with a writer’s group called Madness Writer's Coalition. We’re small right now, but we are a group of giving. Each of us are different, in different stages of our careers, as well as different genres. If I do receive more than what I’ve asked for, I’d like to see some money go to the group, to help us grow. My hope is to see the group several hundred large, one day, with every person there to help one another.
I want to thank you ahead of time for all those who help donate and help spread the word. A campaign like this can only be done with many working together as a group. At the end of the day, I write so readers can read. I work for the readers. Thank you to all my current and future readers.
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