It's time to tell the truth about Jack Sheridan. My name is Darren Hackett, the author, but this is not about me. This is Sheridan's story, and your support will help me to lay it bare.
THE NUTSHELL: In the next 30 days, if I can get enough backers to pre-order copies of The Antiquity, I will have the resources I need to finish writing the book in six months' time. We'll come back to this in a moment.
HOW JACK SHERIDAN'S STORY ENDED UP ON KICKSTARTER: Recently, I shared the first 100 pages of The Antiquity with some of the toughest, most brutally honest critics I know. One of them was adamant that I should find a publisher to give me a cash advance against the royalties...
...You have to understand, this friend of mine pooh-poohs everything. A couple of months ago, the two of us met up for a beer at Hinano's Cafe, a Venice Beach dive bar.
"How soon can you finish your book?" he wanted to know.
"Not soon enough," I said. "A year or two, maybe more. It's hard to know for sure."
"Why? What's the holdup?"
"I have a wife, a six month old baby and a full-time job. You do the math."
"Can't you get an advance from a publisher? If the money's right, you could take some time off from work to finish your book."
"They don't hand out advances like they used to. Nobody wants to take a chance on an unknown writer."
"I think you should look into it," he insisted. "Somebody's going to publish it; there's no doubt about that. You just need to find a way to finish it."
Encouraged by his enthusiasm, I went online later that evening to search for potential funding sources. When a fortuitous combination of keywords led me to the Kickstarter website, I knew I had found the perfect avenue for Sheridan's story.
EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS IN THE MAKING: Writing this novel is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There were many times along the way when I felt like giving up, but I believe Jack Sheridan's story is one worth telling, so I stayed committed even though I knew the tunnel would be long and lonely and that it would be many years before I saw light at the end of it.
THE BULK OF THE WORK IS FINISHED: The principal characters have all found their voices. The long hours of research, which were necessary to authenticate the story's historical elements, are now behind me. Every clue, every plot point, every twist and turn has already been determined and laid into place. I know who killed David and Sylvie Lawson. I know how the story ends. And, most importantly, I know exactly what I need to do to get us there.
THE SHORT ROAD AHEAD: Nearly half of the book has been chiseled and polished; it's ready to go. The rest is written but rough. What I need now is a long stretch of focused, uninterrupted time to sit down, roll up my sleeves and craft the sentences in the second half of the book so that they flow as smoothly as those in the first half.
THE POWER OF YOUR PLEDGE: Your generous pledge will help to create a buzz around this project. I only have 30 days to get as many backers as possible to pre-order copies of The Antiquity at the various reward levels listed on the right. Reaching my funding goal will allow me to: (1) take a leave of absence from my job, (2) finish writing the book in the next six months, and (3) self-publish the first edition as a reward for my backers. All pledges will be processed through Amazon Payments, a secure and trusted source.
THIS IS AN ALL-OR-NOTHING PROPOSITION: For those who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, the amount you pledge will ONLY be charged to your credit card if and when my project reaches (or exceeds) the funding goal of $10,000 within the allotted time frame of 30 days. If my project does NOT reach the funding goal in time, your credit card will NOT be charged.
HELP JACK SHERIDAN SOLVE THIS MYSTERY: Make a pledge and reserve your copy of The Antiquity today. You can also help by sharing this link on your Facebook page. If you are seriously considering backing this project, but need to read more of the book to help you decide, please contact me and I will happily send you some additional chapters, including the action-packed Prologue.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT: Your support means more to me than you can imagine. All of us have known someone like Jack Sheridan at some point in our lives. With your support, Sheridan's story will soon be revealed, and nothing would make me happier than putting a signed copy of it in your hands. Thanks again!
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