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Co-publish my next book with me. In Temple Mount, Alex Kalman finds himself heir to the secret of the lost Ark of the Covenant.
Co-publish my next book with me. In Temple Mount, Alex Kalman finds himself heir to the secret of the lost Ark of the Covenant.
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Alex Kalman has sold his Silicon Valley start-up and is sitting at home in an armchair bored and purposeless. The phone rings. A grandfather he never knew is dying. He rushes to the old man's bedside and finds himself promising to find the Ark of the Covenant, missing for over 2,500 years.  In Israel Alex picks up a partner in his quest -- archeologist Rivka Golan. Within days they are targeted by a sniper, chased through the streets of Jersualem by a bulldozer, interrogated by Israeli intelligence, and trapped in a tunnel under the world’s most sacred site – the Temple Mount.

You can read the first four chapters here.

How We Will Publish Together

My first two novels were paper-and-ink books published the traditional way. My next two came out as ebooks only. They all did fine, but I'm a Silicon Valley guy and want to try something new and different – and better -- with Temple Mount. I want to treat this book like a start-up. I want to join with readers to publish the book. What does that mean? That means some readers will pre-order the book and others will help me edit it. I am betting that readers as a group can edit better than any single editor, that advice from readers will be innovative, and that word-of-mouth from readers will make Temple Mount stand out.

In bringing Temple Mount to market, we’ll be lean and mean. What will the money from Kickstarter be used for?  Marketing. Copy editing (if required). Book design. Formatting. Printing. Audio. ISBN numbers. Website prep. The launch. The tour.

Thank you for joining with me in publishing Temple Mount!

Risks and challenges

The challenge today in publishing a book is standing out from the crowd. In 1910 there were fewer than 10,000 books published in the United States. Now, including reprints and self-published books, there are over 3 million a year. If we raise $18,000, Temple Mount will come out. But will it be well-edited and well-publicized? Working together we can make it so.

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