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By Isaac Crowe
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With resources depleted and the people turning on each other, thirteen-year-old Emerie sets her plans into motion. Combining knowledge from the Planters, the first people on her world, and her own experiments, she revives the sleeping, metal machines. Gathering the other children, they leave to find a powerful stone that can rejuvenate the dying planet. A difficult task in itself, the journey becomes even more dangerous when the small girl of a strange race, hated my almost all, is thrust upon her. Chased by bandits, the starving, and the Planters themselves, how much will she sacrifice to save the children?

I am seeking additional funding to publish my second novel in a three volume series. The manuscript is completed and awaiting editing. I will use the funds to pay for editing and a first run of prints. Any additional funding beyond the goal will help reimburse my expense for the cover art and supply marketing material for conventions, namely a poster. Anything beyond that will help cover convention costs.  

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When I started writing the direct sequel to Outcasts of Velrune, I realized I was missing a big piece of the puzzle in the story. Abandoned fills in that piece, introducing new characters in a new setting. Abandoned and Outcasts of Velrune take place at the same time, in two separate parts of the world, so they can be read in any order. The third book, currently underway, will tie the two together and conclude the Outcasts of Velrune adventure storyline.

The book will be sold on Amazon in both print and electronic format. I also attend conventions throughout year where I enjoy interacting with other authors and my returning and future readers.

booth and cat ears
booth and cat ears

How did Outcasts of Velurne come about and why do I continue to write?

I am an avid RPG/JRPG gamer, and I have rarely been satisfied with the stories of the characters. I always wanted to know more about where they came from and what happened after the game concluded. I had also grown a little weary of the standard Western fantasy. I took my love of RPGs and anime to create a story with tropes found more in Asian media, specifically the cat-girl or neko, and as a result the Outcasts series reads much like a novelized anime or manga. The first book took several years to reach a printed edition, as I spent a lot of time going to seminars, doing research and consulting with knowledgeable friends to produce a quality work. Once completed, my focus shifted to marketing and attending conventions, namely GenCon in Indianapolis, one of the biggest gaming and anime conventions in the country. 

To be honest, I pushed the second book off to the side, not sure I wanted to commit to time for the second. I was surprised when I returned to GenCon the second year, and had readers seeking me out, ready for next part of the story. Knowing that I have those eager to continue reading my works, I am determined to finish the series and have Abandoned ready for them at GenCon 2016. It is also my goal to have a rough draft of book three, which I have already started writing, finished by that time as well. From there, post-book three, who knows - but I cannot leave my readers without a conclusion to Outcasts.

parasol and ears
parasol and ears

Risks and challenges

There are several risks associated with publishing book, but having successfully completed the process for Outcasts of Velrune, I can minimize most of those and streamline the process. With the manuscript and artwork already finished, I have only to complete editing. I am using the same editor from my first book as she knows the material well. She is a busy person which could cause a delay in the final product, but I am set on having the book ready for Gencon 2016 in August

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