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The Song of the Ash Tree, Book 1, a novel of Norse mythology

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The Song of the Ash Tree is a three book series set in the world of Norse mythology.

As Book One, The Blood-Tainted Winter, begins...

Raef Skallagrim wants to take the sea road. His ship is fast and sleek, his crew skilled and eager, and they will seek out new lands and win fame in the eyes of the gods. But Raef’s father refuses to allow the journey and when a stranger brings word that the king is dead and a gathering has been called to choose a successor, Raef must set aside his dream for his duty to his ancestral lands and his father.

When factions split at the gathering to choose a successor, Raef finds himself mired in bloodshed and treachery.  Forced to make an uneasy alliance with a man he does not trust, Raef must navigate the tides of a war among three kings while seeking revenge for cold-blooded murder.  

All three books in the series have been written and I am currently entrenched in the editing process.

So, where's the money going?

Cover Art

Beautiful, professional cover art is by far the most valuable thing I can buy for my books.    

Map(s)

I love maps.  I know readers do, too.  What more needs to be said?

One Interior Illustration

The world ash tree, Yggdrasil, is at the heart of Norse mythology and was the inspiration for my series name.  I've seen Yggdrasil and the nine realms it supports rendered into art in many ways and I would love to have a beautifully illustrated version to accompany the map(s) in my books.

Publishing Company Logo

In order to achieve the most professional-looking book I can, I am creating my own publishing company, Grass Crown Press.  You know that logo and name on the spine of every book in every bookstore?  Yeah, I want one of those.  It's one of those finishing touches that can separate my books from others.

I'm not willing to settle for just getting this first book out there.  I want to produce a quality product that is as indistinguishable as possible from traditionally published books.

Any funds raised beyond the campaign goal will immediately go toward the publication of books two and three in The Song of the Ash Tree.

Risks and challenges

There are plenty of self-publishing challenges out there, but I'm well-equipped to handle them.

My 4-Point Plan for Assuaging Your Fears:

1. The series is already written. This story is happening, no doubt. I am currently editing all three books and The Blood-Tainted Winter is already in good shape.

2. I've done my homework when it comes to self-publishing. I know what comes next and I have a great mentor well-versed in the self-publishing world to help me.

3. I've been dedicated to this project daily for the past 20 months. As I get closer to the finish line, my enthusiasm and commitment have not wavered.

4. I've given myself a generous timeline. Time estimates can be tricky and my timeline is at least partially out of my hands when it comes to the availability of the artists/designers I would like to work with. But I firmly believe that giving myself until late in the year is more than enough time to complete the publication of The Blood-Tainted Winter.

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