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Small Things is my dark urban fantasy novel set in the small town of Carthage, Illinois, circa 1975. Help me publish it!
Small Things is my dark urban fantasy novel set in the small town of Carthage, Illinois, circa 1975. Help me publish it!
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Small Things is a completed 108,000 word dark urban fantasy set in the small town of Carthage, Illinois, circa 1975. It’s the first book of three (the second book is finished and I'm working on an outline for the third) but is completely self-contained and can easily stand on its own.

Everyone who has read it loves it, but it has yet to be published. And that, dear reader, is where you come in. I intend to use donations to pay for a professional cover artist, professional formatting, publishing in both digital and physical formats, an ISBN number, publicity, the pledge rewards, and other costs associated with publishing and promoting a novel. Any funds raised over and above the $2,250 goal will be used for additional publicity, advertising, etc.

In return for your generous pledges, I am offering a variety of rewards detailed at the right of your screen.

The blurb:

It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.

The real threat, however, lies in the man behind the monster, a 
mysterious old man who has vowed to settle an old 
grudge and regain something that was stolen from him decades 
earlier. To survive the dark days and nights ahead, Shawn must not only 
decipher what the man is after, he must move past his own grief, 
fears, and insecurities, and learn to trust in Jenny, the disgraced town 
sheriff, and, most importantly, in himself. 

The Small Things trilogy spans forty years and three generations in a 
tale of murder, betrayal, corruption, sacrifice, love, redemption, faith 
and magic that culminates in a showdown that will pit the very forces of 
heaven and hell against Shawn and his family in a battle for the future 
of mankind and the world itself.

Want to read the first four chapters for free? Just download the PDF sampler below!

http://www.joederouen.com/smallthingssample.pdf

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    Special limited edition Small Things bookmark and personal email from me to let you know when the book is published. (Please add $1.00 if outside the USA)

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    Free PDF copy of the novel once it's published and a special limited series Small Things bookmark. (Please add $1.00 if outside the USA)

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    Free digital (Kindle, Nook, ePub, etc.) copy of the novel once it's published, a special limited series Small Things bookmark, and a special limited edition Small Things sticker. (Please add $2.00 if outside the USA)

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    Free autographed copy of the physical novel once it's published, a copy of the digital version, special limited series Small Things bookmark, and a special limited edition Small Things sticker. (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    Your name in the "Thank you" section of the novel as well as all of the above. (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    All of the above, plus I will donate a copy of the novel to the library of your choice. (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    A signed page from the original Small Things manuscript as well as all of the above. (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    Your name or the name of your choice used as a minor character in the novel plus all of the above. (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    All of the above, plus two extra autographed copies of the book (for a total of three) for you to give to friends or sell on eBay once the book is a hit! :) I will also send you a special limited edition "Small Things" t-shirt and extra bookmarks and stickers! (Please add $5.00 if in Mexico or Canada, $10.00 anywhere else outside the USA)

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    Your name (or a name you choose) will be used as a major character in a future novel as well as all of the above plus you'll get "top billing" in the thank you section of Small Things.

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    Lifetime VIP status. You will receive one signed copy each of all future books I publish plus all of the above, including having a major character named after you (or a name you choose) in a future novel.

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    I'll name one of the main protagonists or antagonists after you in a future novel, plus you'll receive three autographed copies of Small Things, "top billing" credit in the thank you section, a signed manuscript page, lunch with the author in Rogers, Arkansas, (your choice of when - and if you're not local, getting here is your responsibility. But I will pay for lunch!) and I'll donate three copies of Small Things to the library (or libraries) of your choice.

    BONUS - Lifetime VIP status. You will receive one signed copy each of all future books I publish.

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