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Bringing more of the award-winning steampunk adventures of Agents Books and Braun to the world!
Bringing more of the award-winning steampunk adventures of Agents Books and Braun to the world!
Bringing more of the award-winning steampunk adventures of Agents Books and Braun to the world!
419 backers pledged $21,837 to help bring this project to life.

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The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 5

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Welcome to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Kickstarter, hosted by the creators of the series Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris!

What is this thing called the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences?

The award-winning steampunk series from Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
The award-winning steampunk series from Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is a steampunk book series that has continued to make an impact in the science fiction community. Since its release in 2011, the series and its accompanying podcast have won several honors, including just this year the distinction of Best Steampunk of 2014 from RT Book Reviews. On signing our contract with Ace Books for what would be Dawn’s Early Light and The Diamond Conspiracy, we knew any additional novels in this series would fall under our responsibility. Based on  our own love for this series (as well as the reactions of our readers and listeners) we knew on finishing the final draft of Book Four, the adventures of Eliza D. Braun and Wellington Thornhill Books were far from done.

Besides, we love writing in this world; and those who have joined us tell us often that the fun we have not only comes through in our storytelling, but it is quite contagious. We have a few more surprises up our sleeves, and cannot wait to share them with you!

If you're new to us and new to our world, we're offering for the run of the Kickstarter free eBook downloads and links to this free fiction in audio:

  • The Evil that Befell Samson by Pip Ballantine (ebook | podcast)
    (2011 Parsec Award Winner for Best Short Fiction)

If you want more, then welcome to our Kickstarter!

Eliza and Wellington’s exploits we have always envisioned as a six book arc, the climax of that final novel crystal clear to us. Therefore, with access to all the resources of our previous books, we present this Kickstarter for The Ghost Rebellion, Book Five of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. The fifth book, well underway and in development, is set in India, setting Agents Books and Braun on the trail of Dr. Henry Jekyll. Their trail uncovers a nefarious plot against the Empire, and crosses paths with old friends in unexpected places. The Ghost Rebellion will be made available in ebook, print and audio.

Our Kickstarter—asking for a goal of $6000—will finance editing, cover design, and printing, along with eBook and audio production of The Ghost Rebellion. The breakdown is as follows:

$1300 — Editing
$500 — Cover Design
$650 — Marketing
$1750 — Print/eBook/Audio Production
$1800 — Kickstarter Fees and Taxes (Federal and State)

Throughout the campaign we will be offering various add-on’s for hardcovers, steampunk trinkets, and much more.

So what happens if you earn beyond $6000?

We also are offering exciting stretch goals such as…

UNLOCKED!! $8000 — cover design featuring model and cosplayer Verena Vorsatz (V’s Cosplay), everyone's print books get signed by Pip and Tee, and hardback versions of the book are unlocked and available as an add-on. This hardback version is exclusive to the Kickstarter!

UNLOCKED $10,000 — we will hire the original designer Dominick Finelle and the same models for the cover. We will also have an exclusive Ministry T-shirt designed and available as an add-on to all backers.



UNLOCKED $15,000 — The final book, Operation: Endgame is funded, and all backers can purchase it as an add-on. (Delivery May 2017)

To upgrade your pledge to get these add-ons, click the “manage your pledge” button on the campaign's page. Then increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s) you want. It is not necessary to change you tier. Once the campaign is over, we'll send out surveys where you let us know what you want.

Operation: ENDGAME Add-Ons NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Operation: ENDGAME Add-Ons NOW AVAILABLE!!!

UNLOCKED $20,000 — The scintillating novella, Countless Hues of Crimson (as seen in Dawn's Early Light) is funded and will come complete with special orders for Ministry agents on the run.

And as the campaign progresses we have some great new levels and add-ons to unveil.

Other Add-Ons Unlocked

 To upgrade your pledge to get these add-ons, click the “manage your pledge” button on the campaign's page. Then increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s) you want. It is not necessary to change you tier. Once the campaign is over, we'll send out surveys where you let us know what you want.

Signed Prints

Choose from these signed prints of Verena Vorsatz- or get all three! The exclusive Antartica mission will be photographed in the upcoming winter!

Keychains

While we don't yet have a mock up of the keychain from Brute Force Studios (since Thomas Willeford is building mechanical spiders and then heading to England this weekend). Here is an example of what he can do with leather. This keychain he created for Abney Park. Our design will incorporate the Ministry crest and Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris' signatures. As soon as we have a mock up, we will post it, however knowing Thomas, it will be wonderful.

Hardback Editions

The hardcover editions of The Ghost Rebellion will be the same dimensions as the trade sized paperback, 6'x9", and they will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers. They will be case wrap hardcovers, with gloss cover, and black and white interiors.

T-Shirts

Exclusive to Kickstarter backers, a grey t-shirt with Ministry logo on the front, and identifying Kickstarter lettering on the back.

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Our Team

We have the team and the skills to produce a quality print, eBooks, and audiobooks. Through One-Stop Writer Shop, we have laid out our own print editions, debut works for new and upcoming authors, and produced numerous audiobooks.

Designed by Starla will be doing the cover design for The Ghost Rebellion. Starla has done lots of covers, and always come up with something haunting and beautiful.

Jennifer Melzer is our line editor, so she'll be making sure all our commas are in the right place. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University and has worked with authors in a variety of genres, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance and contemporary fiction over the last five years.

This is our team, but only with your help, can we follow this steampunk adventure to its exciting conclusion.

Risks and challenges

The primary risk is the same for any authors—not hitting deadlines. However, we are multi-published authors both as independent and within New York publishing houses. Between we us we have written and been involved in over twenty-five books that have gone to market, so we are confident we can bring this in on deadline.

In addition our editors or designers could strike delays, but we have worked with all of them before and trust in their professionalism.

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    Our eternal gratitude and an internet huzzah

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    The ebook of the Ghost Rebellion, in mobi and epub format

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    The ebook of the Ghost Rebellion PLUS the Ministry Protocol in mobi and epub format.

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    The ebooks of the Ghost Rebellion, AND Ministry Protocol AND Tales from the Archives Collections 1-6 in mobi and epub format.

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    ALTERNATE. The ebooks of the Ghost Rebellion, AND your choice of Weather Child by Pip Ballantine OR The Case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris AND Tales from the Archives Collections 1-6 in mobi and epub format.

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    The trade paperback edition of the Ghost Rebellion PLUS the ebook edition, in mobi and epub format

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    The AURAL EXPERIENCE.
    The audiobook edition of the Ghost Rebellion PLUS the ebook edition, in mobi and epub format

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    A paperback edition of Ghost Rebellion PLUS the digital file of the audiobook AND the ebook edition, in mobi and epub format

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    The Ministry Dossier (a special for those who are new to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
    Mass-market sized paperback editions of Phoenix Rising, The Janus Affair, Dawn's Early Light, and The Diamond Conspiracy.
    ALSO the trade sized paperback of Ghost Rebellion AND the digital file of the audiobook AND the ebook edition, in mobi and pub format.

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    A trade paperback edition AND digital file of the audiobook of the Ghost Rebellion, AND the audiobook of Ministry Protocol, AND the novellas Mechanical Wings by Pip Ballantine, and Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device.

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    All of the previous rewards from all levels, plus your choice to have your name, or the name of someone of your choosing written into the Ghost Protocol. The character will be tertiary in nature, and cannot cross the boundaries of Victorian decency. If Wellington has to say their name, it mustn't make him blush.

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    All of the previous rewards from all levels $100 level down, plus a character named after you, or someone of your choosing. The character will be a continuing character, and will be in both books 5 and 6. Keep in mind it cannot cross the boundaries of Victorian decency. If Wellington has to say their name, it mustn't make him blush.

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    All of the previous rewards from $500 down, including your choice to have your name, or the name of someone of your choosing written into the Ghost Protocol. The character will be tertiary in nature, and cannot cross the boundaries of Victorian decency. (If Wellington has to say their name, it mustn't make him blush.) PLUS: Authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris will travel (within a 200 mile radius from their home) to have a book signing/author event at your favorite bookstore or coffee/tea shop.

    RULES AND RESTRICTIONS: This level means we will travel a roughly 200 mile radius from Manassas, VA. This means if we travel south, we will travel as far as the Durham-Raleigh area of North Carolina, as far west as the Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA area and Fayetville and Summerville, West Va area, and as far north as the Pittsburgh, Williamsport, and Bethlehem, PA, and points along the East Coast between Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean City, MD, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
    Destinations beyond this 200 mile radius would require additional travel expenses, such as train or flight tickets and hotel accommodations, and the cost of this would be paid by the backer in addition to their original pledge.
    The date of this event must also be cleared with Pip and Tee, so that it fits in their schedules.
    Author events can include a two-hour long meet-up at a coffee shop or tea shop, but of course a meet-up at a local book store is always a pleasure. Before backing at the $1000 level, we advise contacting the venue for availability and interest, or securing the venue in order to assure Pip and Tee have a place to sit, chat, and sign books.

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