Come watch a novel evolve from concept to finished book and interact with the author along the way.
Come watch a novel evolve from concept to finished book and interact with the author along the way. Read more
About this project
Follow along with me as I write TWO BAGS FULL, the third book in my Marking Time series.
Whether you're an avid reader or an aspiring novelist, this project will let you experience writing a novel from the initial idea to the finished book. I'm opening my work to full view as it is created. No polishing, no delays. You'll see the prose as soon as I draft or edit each chapter, so you can follow along with me in real time, draft after draft, until the book is ready for readers.
Backers will have access to me and my work in a secure group only open to them. I work about 350 days per year, so I'll be available most every day to chat about my daily thought process including the challenges and struggles of crafting a book that will surprise and delight readers.
If this project reaches the Blog Talk Radio stretch goal, we'll have a radio show each week for backers, so you can have your questions answered on air.
Why should you follow me?
Let's face it, if you're going to be sitting in the desk next to someone, you want to enjoy their company. Well, I'm one of those nice guys you hear about who finishes last because he's always holding the door.
Want proof? Visit my facebook page and ask anyone who comments there what they think of me. Do it in a private message if you like. You'll like what you hear and you'll come right back and sign up. Don't take my word for it. Go ahead and click.
Okay, but can you write?
My book THE WINEMAKER'S SON was optioned for film in 2008. The option came out of the blue after screenwriter Marla Cukor fell in love with the book (then titled Sin & Vengeance).
If that doesn't convince you, visit Amazon and check out the reviews for THE END OF MARKING TIME, the first book in my Marking Time series. Ninety-three 5 star rave reviews should convince you this is an excellent book, especially since the ending is shocking and somewhat controversial.
Where will the funding go?
Funding for this project will primarily support production of TWO BAGS FULL, including cover images, editing and other fees, and the printing and shipping of books to backers. Funding will also be used to pay for assistance creating and moderating the private, backers-only group for the Apprentice Experience. Since the Apprentice Experience is expected to run for 6 months, a fair amount of group moderation will be required. Website programming to facilitate the downloading of ebook rewards to backers will also be funded by this kickstarter.
The Apprentice Experience
Everyone who backs this project will be invited inside my virtual office to watch as I write TWO BAGS FULL, the next book in my Marking Time series. As each chapter is created or updated, it will be posted to a secure group for backers only. Backers can read - even the "lousy" first draft - and comment to me and each other. I'll share my ideas and challenges along the way to let you really understand how one of my novels comes to be.
We'll talk characters and story as the book takes shape and eventually we will get to creating a cover, laying the book out, and publishing as an ebook and in print.
You'll come along from the concept to finished product and I'll share the tools and techniques I use along the way.
THE END OF MARKING TIME and THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE
The Marking Time series takes place in the near future at a time when prisons have been outlawed. Counselors employ devious psychological tricks to control criminals in a world without prisons. Readers enjoy the struggle to separate illusion from reality right along with the characters.
This may sound like science fiction, but the books are mainstream suspense novels. Neither book contains graphic violence or sex and can be read and enjoyed by any adult.
Cat Bagger T-Shirt
This Hanes Beefy-T is available in sizes SM, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and will be printed and delivered when this Kickstarter project is funded. For those of you who don't know, the Cat Baggers are a mythical group known for torturing criminals. What isn't known is whether they truly exist or not.
TWO BAGS FULL
There is no cover to show for TWO BAGS FULL because I am going to create that while you watch. This is the third installment of my Marking Time series, which picks up right at the end of THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE.
$50,000 - Cat Bagger Sticker. If this project reaches $50,000 in funding, every participant will receive a Cat Bagger sticker for their car. It's a cool way to show you're an insider. Your friends will certainly ask what a Cat Bagger is!
$75,000 - Limited Edition of TWO BAGS FULL. At $75,000 funding, I will create a limited edition version of TWO BAGS FULL only for Kickstarter backers who choose to receive the book in print.
There is no cover for this book yet. You'll get to watch me create it.
$100,000 - Blog Talk Radio Show. At $100,000 funding, I will create and host a weekly Blog Talk Radio Show to discuss progress on the book and to take questions from backers until the book is complete. This show will be public, but announcements for the show will be directed to the Apprentice Experience group to allow backers the chance to speak with me on air and have their questions answered.
$200,000 - Randy Black Series ebooks. At $200,000, I will make my Randy Black Series ebooks - THE WINEMAKER'S SON (Optioned for film in 2008), BLACK HEART, and GRETCHEN GREENE, available for free to backers. These files will be in .mobi, .pdf or .epub format and will be distributed at the beginning of the project.
$500,000 - Standalone Novels. At $500,000, I will distribute my standalone novels, ADDICTED TO LOVE, DINNER AT DEADMAN'S, and TAKING STOCK free to backers in electronic format. At this level of funding most of you will have my complete works to date.
Please join me for this project. Choose your reward on the right and come along while I write TWO BAGS FULL!
Risks and challenges
The two primary risks to this project are oversubscription and delay of the finished novel.
If a vast number of people join in this project, it will become difficult for me to interact with everyone during discussions of the work. There is some benefit to this however, as the number of participants increases, the opportunities for sharing ideas with each other also grows. Polite discourse during group interaction will be required to keep the environment friendly.
Documents will be posted to allow participants to read the material at their own pace and join discussions as their schedule allows.
A Blog Talk Radio Show will be added if this project raises $100,000. This format will allow me to communicate to the group in a more accessible format and will provide backers an opportunity to ask questions over the phone during the show and have them answered on air. While the Blog Talk Radio show will be public, the dates and schedule of the shows will be announced to backers to make sure participants have the first opportunity to have their questions answered.
THE END OF MARKING TIME and THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE were each written in about 7 months. This project will add a significant amount of work to my normal writing process as I post chapter updates and interact with backers regularly. Delayed release of the novel may actually be a benefit to those actively participating in the Apprentice Experience as it will increase the length of time the group is discussing the book together. Scheduled release of this project can not be guaranteed, but after 8 books, I am confident the book will release sometime in early 2014.
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