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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.

Rewards

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.

Stretch Goals

$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.

Optioned for film in 2008!
Optioned for film in 2008!

$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.

Oversubscription:
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.

Delayed Release:
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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    READY FOR DUTY: For those already familiar with CJ's work, this reward opens the doors to CJ's workshop. Recipients will join a secure group to read the next Marking Time novel, TWO BAGS FULL, as it is written from first draft through to completion. Recipients will hear CJ discuss his thoughts and challenges at every point along the way during the creation of this novel. Recipients can ask questions of CJ and each other to fully experience the creative process. This Apprentice Experience is included with every reward.

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    CATCH ME UP: Take part in the Apprentice Experience and receive electronic copies of the Marking Time series to help you catch up on the action so far. Recipients will receive THE END OF MARKING TIME and THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE in .mobi, .pdf, or .epub format. Donors will also receive an electronic version of TWO BAGS FULL before it is released to the public.

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    SIGN MINE WHEN YOU'RE DONE: Backers will participate in the Apprentice Experience and will receive a signed trade paperback of TWO BAGS FULL delivered anywhere in the United States. The Apprentice Experience starts immediately. The novel is expected to be complete and ready to ship in early 2014

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    SHOW MY SUPPORT: This reward includes the Apprentice Experience and a "Cat Bagger" T-shirt. The shirt is a black, Hanes Beefy-T with the "Cat Bagger" design. Shirts will be printed and shipped anywhere in the United States once this Kickstarter project is funded.

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    PAPER PLEASE: Backers will receive the Apprentice Experience and the trade paperback edition of THE END OF MARKING TIME and THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE. The books will be signed and delivered within the United States. The Apprentice Experience begins in August 2013. Books will ship in late August or September.

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    THE WHOLE SERIES: This reward includes the Apprentice Experience and all three Marking Time novels in trade paperback. THE END OF MARKING TIME and THE CAT BAGGER'S APPRENTICE will be signed and shipped when this kickstarter is funded. TWO BAGS FULL will be signed and shipped when the book is complete, sometime in early 2014.

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    I WANT IT ALL: Backers will receive the Apprentice Experience and all three books in the Marking Time series in trade paperback, signed and delivered in the United States. Also included is the "Cat Bagger" T-shirt to show your Cat Bagger pride.

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    I WANT TO TURN PRO: Backers will receive the Apprentice Experience and all three books in the Marking Time series in trade paperback, signed and delivered in the United States. Also included are two "Cat Bagger" T-shirts to show your Cat Bagger pride. Future Pros also receive an hour long consultation with CJ by phone to discuss the project of their choice. CJ will also read twenty-five pages of your latest work in progress and share ideas with you.

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    LET'S WRITE SOMETHING: Backers will receive the Apprentice Experience and all three books in the Marking Time series in trade paperback, signed and delivered in the United States. Also included are two "Cat Bagger" T-shirts to show your Cat Bagger pride. This final reward includes the opportunity to collaborate with CJ on a short story for a month. The backer of this reward will retain all rights to the finished work and is solely responsible for completing and publishing the collaborative project. This project will not include characters from previous CJ West books.

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Funding period

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