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This campaign will cover the costs of designing and publishing a supernatural noir novella.
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So... off to the races. Here we go.

I've had a story in my head for several years now. Initially titled "Teenie's Blues" and renamed "Zobop Bebop," it's a cross between Superfly and Divine Horsemen. It's about hard men, bad women, bad choices and dirty dealings, and it's always nagged at my brain.

He'd followed the old forms, hoping to find her in a nostalgic mood. New suit with a flash of cotton-candy pink silk in the pocket. Shaved with rosewater. Candy and flowers in the chair next to him. Softer than a pimp, by far. He looked like a mark, like a lovesick deacon throwing the building fund at some sweet young thing with eyes like a shark and thighs made of coiled steel.


She strode to the table with a presence that threatened to burn through the body of the half-starved girl she'd chosen to wear. She looked down at Desamous coldly.


Swiv mwen, nonm chassés,” Erzuli je Rouj said, holding out her hand. Follow me, hunted man.


He followed, feeling the bass line of the music repeated in her pulse.


Last year, I decided to quit saying I had a story to tell and just tell it. So I did, writing for three hours a night for two months until the thing was done.

Once I finished the book, I gave it a month to sit and then reread it, looking to see if I could still stomach the thing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and set it to a few, trusted readers to see their thoughts. They supported the thing, as did a few potentially hostile readers to whom I blind-posted it. (Sample chapters are here- http://pitchaweek.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/follow-up-sample-chapters-from-zobop-bebop/?preview=true&preview_id=178&preview_nonce=99fa31f399).

After trying the traditional publishing methods to no avail, I decided to try to put the thing out on my own. That's where you come in.

I figure that, if I want to do this the right way, I'm not going to go by half-measures. I'm going to get it professionally edited, professionally marketed and distributed both electronically and as a print piece. I'm going big, because that's the only way to really make this work.

“It's open territory, man.” She smiled again, letters bending on her cheek. “No one touches it. I got fifty names in my book, I got clients from uptown want a taste of the dark. I could use someone with some history, give this thing some legs. Make it real sweet for you, Cool Breeze.”


The female strode past her mistress, eyes rolled back. Possessed, Desamours thought to himself. Bred for it. She put a cold hand on his chest, scraped long nails up his neck, purred low in her throat.


“I got you, baby,” Sheba said. “I can cut you a pass with those who'd see you low. Get you a chain all your own. Good life.”

Should I make my funding limit, I'll contract through Lulu.com to deal with my editing, design and distribution; depending on my options, I may go elsewhere for editing and marketing services. I'll set up a website for the book and I'll dedicate myself to moving the book forward and moving myself forward as an author.

This story's worth telling. It's worth reading. It's worth your help.

Thanks for your time.

- Sean

Desamours felt a hand around his ankle, heard a low, wet giggle.


“Like I say, focus on the future,” Kalfu said. “You're back, you're in the game. You need anything at all, let me know.”


Desamours woke up suddenly, a hand over his eyes. He smelled rum and rancid fat, heard Kalfu's gunpowder hiss as the hand receded.


Because, the way it's looking now, baby,” Kalfu said, fading into the shadows of the room, “you could use some friends.”

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    In addition, I will write you a story about anything you'd like, licensed under Creative Commons for general non-profit distribution. I don't do funny well, but I can try. I tend toward the uncanny or quietly uncomfortable, but I'm willing to stretch my wings and write rom-coms about au pairs or inspirational tracts about dogs. Actually, given the amount of Richard Adams I've read, I could probably knock the inspirational dog stories out of the park. Yes. Ask for dog stories.

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    SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR: The $100 package plus voting rights on the next novel. I've got two in the pipeline, with first chapters written. I'm equally enamored with each and equally able to charge forth and finish. At this pledge amount, you get to help me decide which direction to take next, as well as receiving a copy of the rough draft upon completion.

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    ROAD TRIP. Sean-Con 2011 and you're the guest of honor. I will come to you, wherever you are, with a copy of "Zobop Bebop." I will sign it, then and there. I will take you to the dinner of your choice in your town, or I will go to the grocery store, come back and cook a five-course meal for/with you. I will be as charming a dinner companion as possible, I'll clean up after myself. We will then go to the airport, fly to wherever the hell Forest Whitaker lives and give him a copy of the book, saying "Make this into a movie. You'll be glad you did." Please note, this does not include additional people. We do this, we do this together. Compañeros!

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