What's This Project All About?
My name is Jon Lewis and I would like to publish the next adventure in the Grey Griffins series as an independent story. I need $10,000 to hire professional artists and editors in order to ensure the same high quality you've come to expect from the Grey Griffins novels published by Scholastic and Little Brown.
The part I'm really excited about? If we raise an additional $15,000 we'll unlock a collection of Grey Griffins short stories written by some of the biggest names in the publishing industry today ... I'm talking authors like Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Aprilynne Pike (Wings), Frank Beddor (Looking Glass Wars), Shannon Messenger (Let the Sky Fall) and more!
Like Any Good Story, There's a Twist
As crazy as it might sound, I want to do more than publish my own book. I want to spearhead a new way to publish novels ... and it's all based on a unique strategy employed by the comic book industry.
Publishers release single issue stories that build into an epic adventure. Then, when it's over, they collect those stories into a single graphic novel and release it to the world. That means readers can buy the single issues or the collected book. They can even buy both, but what matters most is that readers have options and I want to use that same model with my books.
When you back this Kickstarter campaign, each month you'll receive a new story that's just about the length of one of the Spiderwick Chronicles books -- and most of the time it'll be longer.
Each story will have its own professional cover illustrated by Scott Altmann. Then, after all five short stories have been released, you'll receive the beautifully bound collection as a single novel with a totally different (and even more amazing) cover.
Here's the Release Schedule
So you know what to expect, here is the name of each of the five short stories, along with the release date:
- The Search for Dragons (November 2013)
- The Serpent Guild (December 2013)
- The Dragon Thief (January 2014)
- The River of Fire (February 2014)
- The Hydra Bridge (March 2014)
- Night of Dragons (May 2014)
All That Sounds Great, But Who Are the Grey Griffins?
Okay, so the entire world hasn't read the series, but more people than I imagined have. The original Grey Griffins trilogy has sold over 800,000 copies, which isn't as much a The Hunger Games, but it's still a lot. It was even optioned as a screenplay by a really famous Hollywood producer who produced some really famous movies.
After a successful run at Scholastic, we moved the series to Little Brown Books for Young Readers for a second trilogy where the heroes in the story attended a secret Templar academy that teaches children how to fight creatures that go bump in the night.
There was a time (and it wasn't long ago) that I thought I was done with the Grey Griffins, but it's hard to say goodbye to characters who I care about so deeply. And that's where Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons comes in.
Who Should Read Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons?
Everyone! Seriously. I have three daughters, which means I have to pay for cars, tuition, and weddings three times over. Yeah, it keeps me up at night. But Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons is also perfect for fans of...
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
- Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
- Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
- Youngest Templar by Michael P. Spradlin
- Beyonders by Brandon Mull
- Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
- Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey
- Pendragon by DJ MacHale
- The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
- Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
- Monster Academy by Matt Forbeck
Here's What Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons is All About...
Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons is the seventh book in the Grey Griffins series and it picks up right where Grey Griffins: Paragon Prison left off.
But for all you new readers, it's also a great jumping on point. You won't miss a beat. I promise!
The story opens during the summer between sixth and seventh grade and for the first time in months everything is quiet in the tiny town of Avalon, Minnesota. Then a series of fires sweeps through the town and the citizens of Avalon start to worry that an arsonist is on the loose. But the Grey Griffins know the truth ... it's not an arsonist. It's a dragon. And there are more on the way.
You Can Help Me Write the Story
All backers of this Grey Griffins Kickstarter campaign will receive access to a private Facebook Group where you'll get news about the series long before the rest of the world. You'll also get to weigh in on character names and plot lines. You won't just read the story, you'll be part of it!
Help Me Unlock a Series of Grey Griffins Stories Written by Some of the Hottest Authors in Publishing Today
Okay, so this is the part I'm really excited about. As I finish writing Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons, ten of the hottest authors in publishing today have agreed to write Grey Griffins short fiction set in the mysterious woods of Avalon. Those stories will be collected into an anthology and made available to all the backers of this Kickstarter campaign who donate $25 or more ... but only if we reach the stretch goals.
Here are the names of those all-star authors:
- Brandon Mull | NY Times Bestselling Author, Fablehaven
- Aprilynne Pike | NY Times Bestselling Author, Wings
- Frank Beddor | NY Times Bestselling Author, Looking Glass Wars
- Michael Spradlin | NY Times Bestselling Author, Youngest Templar
- Dean Lorey | Co-Executive Producer, Arrested Development
- Shannon Messenger | Let the Sky Fall, Keeper of the Lost Cities
- Tom Leveen | Party, manicpixiedreamgirl, Sick
- Joseph Nassise | International Bestselling Author, Templar Chronicles
- Matt Forbeck | Leverage: The Con Job based on the TNT television series
- Janette Rallison | My Fair Godmother, Slayers
Why Am I Publishing On My Own and Not Through One of My Publishers?
I have nothing but rave reviews for my editors at Scholastic and Little Brown. The Grey Griffins wouldn't exist without them. In fact, I fully plan to work with them again, but the publishing industry is in a state of hyper change and that change is favoring creators. We now have the ability to take control of our own publishing destinies and that's exactly what I plan to do.
A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow me to get involved with every aspect of publishing a book, from picking the cover artist and the font treatment to setting a competitive price so more people can enjoy the story in the format they choose (print and digital to start ... audio down the road).
What the Heck Happened to Derek Benz?
Derek Benz and I co-created the Grey Griffins and we worked together on the first six Grey Griffins books. He's not co-writing these stories with me but he's alive and well. In fact, he's writing a series of new Grey Griffins stories as well. And he's still acting as a consultant on Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons, but there are so many stories we'd like to write that we thought it would be better to divide and conquer.
Where Will the Money From This Campaign Go?
I'm publishing this book outside the traditional system, but I'm not cutting corners. I'm working with top flight artists and editors to ensure the quality of this book matches the efforts put forth by Scholastic and Little Brown.
There are also hard costs to consider, like printing, packaging and shipping, not to mention costs that creators never consider, like ISBN numbers. I'm paying my team first, because that's important. If I raise more than I need, that money is going to fund the anthology. Anything above and beyond that will go to improving the quality of the printing, turning paperbacks into hardbacks, and then adding dust jackets if we can raise the funds.
Here Are Some of the Rewards
Unlock These Stretch Goals
There is no shortage of amazing projects that are vying for your time, attention and money, and I want you to know that I appreciate the time you took to find out more about this Grey Griffins Kickstarter campaign. If this sounds like something that you can get behind, please share it with your friends.
Risks and challenges
Every project has inherent risks. The cover artist could get sick, the shipment for the printed books could take longer than they told me it would. My daughter could get injured and I need to put my life on hold so I can take care of her. But no matter what happens, I'll work tirelessly to make sure the final product is delivered as close to the promised delivery date as possible. And I'll keep the communication channel open so you know what's happening all the time. You'll get updates on Kickstarter as well as in our private Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons Facebook Group.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'll do my best to answer as openly, honestly and quickly as I can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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