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It's a story that must be told: The 1881 Westport Fight, and no one can tell it like an unforgettable teen named Missouri Cotton.
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Friends,

First of all, thanks so much for how many of you have chosen to be a backer/partner in the As the Crow Flies Kickstarter campaign.

Because of your support, we’ve reached our goal of $4000 in the first two weeks! There are now ten days left in the campaign.

This week, we’re going for two stretch goals:

1. Producing the book in Braille through Bookshare.com. Once we reach a total of $4500, this project will be locked in.

2. Publishing a large print version of As the Crow Flies for our older readers. Our budget calls for an additional $1500 to complete this part of the project.

We’re asking you to consider giving to meet these goals.

Additionally, please share this project with your friends. You can copy the following sentence and forward to your friends on your Facebook feed:

Check out the As the Crow Flies Kickstarter Campaign at http://kck.st/2plqOOY

I am so grateful for your support.

Together, we are doing it: independently publishing a book we can be proud of that will be enjoyed by readers in Louisiana and beyond.

Gratefully,

Curt Iles

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ORIGINAL post on May 1, 2017:

This is Curt Iles and Creekbank's first Kickstarter campaign. There are several reasons we've chosen to use Kickstarter:

1. It will give our faithful readers and friends a chance to pre-order books and other rewards before the book's release in September 2017.

2. We are committed to operating Creekbank Stories without debt. Kickstarter pledges will ensure that the normal costs of printing an independent book (graphic design, covers, editing, first print run) can be met up front. We have set a pledge goal of $4000 that coordinates with our book production budget.

3. We want the Kickstarter campaign for 'As The Crow Flies' to introduce our writing to new friends and readers.

Thank you in advance for your consideration on becoming a part of this project!

About our book:

'As The Crow Flies' is a historical novel by Louisiana author Curt Iles.

The one word for 'Crow' is Redemption.  A drifting teen named Missouri Cotton seeks to find home, redemption, and love in the midst of 19th Century's Louisiana's No Man's Land.

Although fictional, 'As The Crow' is set around a real nearly forgotten event that shaped western Louisiana:  The Westport Fight of Christmas Eve of 1881.  A simmering feud between the locals, known as Ten Milers or Redbones and encroaching Outsiders erupts into killing and violence at the Hatch and Moore Store in Westport, Louisiana.  The fight, and the events both before and after the fight are told by an unforgettable character named Missouri Cotton.  Mizz, as she is known, is neutral in the feud and tells the story through her own eyes and perspective.

This will be Iles' thirteenth independent book, all produced through his publishing company,  Creekbank Stories LLC.

'As The Crow Flies' is the third book in "The Westport Series."  All three of these books take place in western Louisiana during the 19th century.  The first two titles, which have sold thousands of copies each, are 'The Wayfaring Stranger' and 'A Good Place.'

 

Risks and challenges

Update on May 15

I'm still nervous.
I'm concerned as we share our Stretch Goals (book in Braille and large print, Audible audiobook, companion children's book) that folks will think we're trying to be "big time" and reach beyond our regional audience.

In my writing, I'm committed to both influence and impact.
Influence is how wide our writing can go.
Impact is how deeply what I write touches hearts.

The Stretch Goals will allow As the Crow Flies to have more influence and therefore deeper impact.

In advance, thanks for your help on achieving this.

Curt Iles

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Original post on May 1, 2017

Honestly, I'm nervous about our first Kickstarter campaign. I have a legion of faithful readers and am concerned that they'll view this not as a gimmick, but as an opportunity to partner on 'As The Crow Flies' and receive great value in return as in great discounts and fun rewards.

We've built Creekbank Stories on consistent integrity by always delivering books on time and telling stories that matter.

It is very important that our supporters, both old and new, are treated with respect and integrity in the entire Kickstarter project.

We've set our Kickstarter budget for $4000.00. This covers our production budget of:

Graphic Design (Covers and Interior Design) $500
Professional Editing $1500
Video and Initial Publicity $450
Shipping Costs $350
First Print Run with Create Space $1200

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    Audio Recordings of As The Crow Flies

    Part of my editing process is reading/recording the chapters aloud. It's rough and features added editorial comments. A great feature if you're interested in the "guts" of writing a novel. You'll receive a link to MP3 files.

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    Rough Notes of Author in PDF format

    Rough Notes of As the Crow Flies: Putting together a novel is a year-long process of re-writing, sweating, sketching, and dreaming. This PDF will show notes, images, and charts from the process of writing As the Crow Flies.

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    Paperback copy of As The Crow Flies

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    Autographed copy of As the Crow Flies

    You'll receive a personally autographed paperback copy of As the Crow Flies with a special note from Curt.

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    All 3 books in The Westport Series.

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    Deleted scenes and special notes

    Every novel becomes better by subtraction. The hardest job of an author is "killing his babies": deleting characters, scenes, even chapters. You'll receive a PDF download that shows the scenes that didn't make the final cut. Many of them will re-surface in future novels, and you'll be able to say "I saw it first when it was just a deleted orphan."

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    Copies of all 13 Creekbank books

    For your pledge of $125, you'll receive all thirteen
    books written by Curt Iles. This represents a savings of $70. They'll be personally autographed and make a great gift or keepsake.

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    A weekend in Dry Creek

    6 folks will be part of a special weekend in Dry Creek, Louisiana. It'll begin with a Friday evening meal with Curt, a tour of The Old House, and a visit to the scenes of many of Curt's best stories. Accommodations will be in Dry Creek Camp's Adult Conference Center. After a hearty Saturday breakfast, we'll travel together to Ten Mile Country, the scene of As the Crow Flies. Our tour and time will end with lunch back in Dry Creek. It's going to be fun!

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    Connecting with your Book Club/Group

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    Collection's Edition of draft manuscript

    A novel goes through numerous reincarnations. This is your chance to have a spiral bound copy of what we call the Gamma edition of As the Crow Flies. It is decorated in red and green ink with ideas for revisions, corrections, and deletions. You'll enjoy comparing it to the final copy of the book.

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    Become a character in our next novel!

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