This project's funding goal was not reached on July 21, 2012.
About this project
My name is Malissa Thomas and I'm a writer of Young Adult Fantasy Novels.
FINDING MONSTERS the first book in a growing series.
Missy has been fighting to live her entire life, but when she finds herself in a realm of unique and sometimes deadly monsters, she learns just how much of a survivor she really is. Accidentally transferred to this mysterious realm by her monster and only friend, Charlie, he finds himself weak and unable to protector her. The only way she can defend herself and him, is to become a monster herself. But an unknown dark stalker watches her progress and if he steals her power, he will unleash a scourge on both his world and the world she left behind.
The novel stemmed from a growing list of short stories I wrote based on a writer's prompt. When I completed the first short story I called my sister in tears insisting she read it (it had a sad ending *sniff* *sob*). But my sister, the eternal optimist didn't want to read a sad story so she told me to make a happy ending.
My brain exploded, before retuning to the task at hand. Happy ending, happy ending, happy ending . . . so I continued writing. The second short story led to a third, then a forth and well, you get the picture.
About half way through I participated in a Twitter chat about YA novels and asked the tweeted question, 'Is there a market for a short story series?' A lovely and talented literary agent, gave me this advice . . . "No, No, NO! Write a novel!"
So I did.
And one story led to another and another . . . sorry, I digress. After countless revisions and editing, editing, editing, I am ready to take my baby to print. After reviewing the market and process I've decided self publishing is the way to go but even then I will need the following:
- A Professional Editor
- An Artist for the Cover Art
- Interior Layout and Marketing Assistance
That's where my friends at Kickstarter come in. To make my first novel polished and shiny I need to raise funds for the editor and cover art.
Because the second book is a sequel to the first, I want to release the second novel relatively quickly after the first.
BECOMING MONSTERS book two of a growing series.
Missy and Charlie must return to a world she left behind to find a killer of monsters and men. But when she learns her connection to the killer is a physical one, there may be no way of stopping him without killing her in the process.
Where am I in my process, You ask? Excellent Question!
- Book one is written in full. The final personal edits are being completed and awaiting the Professional Editor and Cover Art. My goal is to have the ebook on Kindle, Nook and possibly iBooks by September at the latest. I also plan on creating paperback copies on demand.
Book two is written in full. I am currently doing the re-writes and edits. It should be ready for production after the release of the first book in September and ready on stand by for the second book release date to be determined.
Book three is written in full. Once book two has been edited by me, this one is next in line for proper edits and cover art with a release date based on the first two books.
Books 4 - 6 are outlined and plotted. I can't wait to start writing them!
There are more but I have enough to do so let's not go there!
Many of my stories deal with real teen problems such as: sickness, child abuse, childhood obesity, suicide and bullying. As I go through this process, I will give updates on who will be my editor, the artist I choose and their background plus the first glimpses of the cover art, come to life!
I hope you will be just as excited as I am about this project.
All shipping cost will be handled by me personally.
Good question! Both books are completely finished but since the second is a sequel to the first, I want to make sure it is available soon after the first is released. I don't want to make my fans wait too long to see how it ends!
I have looked into both options and tested the water with traditional publishing. Unfortunately, the publishing industry is largely subjective and not always a good fit. With self-publishing, there is more freedom, more control and of course, more work! I have a story to tell and it's growing by the day. I want to share that with others and not have to worry about if an agent likes what I write or not. My beta readers and teen readers loved the books. I hope others will like them as well.
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