Now that I have reached the initial goal, I'm stretching the project in the hopes of being able to afford to create a print edition as well. If we reach $10,000, I think that will do it.
Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Rose spent her childhood in one foster household after another, never having a place she could feel safe or a group of friends she could say she belonged to. What kept her going was hockey. The rink was the only place she felt at home.
Now what she wants more than anything is to play on her college hockey team—where she hopes she can leave her past behind and create a new life. But she knows things are never that simple or easy.
Becoming Phoebe is about painful secrets, unexpected friendships, and joining a team so you can become your true self.
The genesis of this novel rests in my becoming a fan of women's hockey five years ago. Following team sports you hear that it's important for everyone on a team to rely on and trust each other. Team members form bonds that hold the team together and create a kind of family.
When I started following the University of Minnesota women's hockey team, for the first time I could see that dynamic in action. If any of the teams I'd watched previously were really like that, it was in a way that wasn't apparent.
The character of Phoebe came about as a reaction to those observations. I wanted to explore the ways in which a profoundly damaged outsider could transform herself and those around her within that environment. The book is about how belonging to a team is important in ways that transcend the game.
The goal for this project is $8,000. That will be used to cover the following costs:
Editing: $4,000 (Working with Kellie Hultgren of KMH Editing: kmhediting.com)
Layout & Proofing: $3,000 (Working with Beth Wright and Trio Bookworks: triobookworks.com)
Stretch Goal Expenses
Back Cover: $600. (I have a gorgeous front cover, shown above, from Brad Norr of bradnorrdesign.com and would go back to him for a spine and back cover as well.)
Layout: $400 (Again from triobookworks.com. It's different for a print edition than an ebook, if you want it to be any good."
Initial print run of 200 copies: $1,000 (I would probably use Ingram Spark, but there are alternatives I would look at.)
Risks and challenges
The book is currently at a point where the first half is close to being finished. The second half needs to be extensively rewritten and edited. I have reached a point where I need to work with an editor to help me over the bumps, and so it's time to raise money.
I don't anticipate major problems going forward, but this is my first novel and I don't know how long the various steps between here and having a finished project will take. Because of that I have been conservative with the dates for when the rewards will be delivered. I hope to have it all wrapped up by early fall. Kellie Hultgren is an experienced, professional editor and I've worked with her before on a short story, so I know that we work well together.
The project goal is sufficient for me to produce an eBook only. My main focus is on producing the best story that I can, and so the first priority for the money is editing. What is left after that goes to production and, eventually, marketing. The $8,000 goal will allow for editing, formatting, proofing and the other requirements for that. If I raise more money, it will go towards the costs of a print edition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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