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Robert EdwardBy Robert Edward
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Robert EdwardBy Robert Edward
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About

Learn more about me and the project at Philosophies Dead.

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A dystopian series, years in the making.  The Phoenix Cycle series is about holding onto what you believe and not losing your faith in mankind.

"The Phoenix Cycle: Would You?"

Get a taste test of the series!  Click the Image for a free copy of the short prelude to "The Phoenix Cycle: Part 1"

The prelude is a 36 page short designed to give you an idea of how my series is written and the mentality of the society that you will be reading about.  It's just a taste test really.   Also, there is no philosophy in the prelude and does not have to be read to be able to understand what is happening in "The Phoenix Cycle: Part 1."

You can read reviews of this prelude at the link above and/or here on Amazon!

The Series

Writing this series is one of my greatest passions.  Not only do I get to create a compelling story, I also get to utilize the beliefs of popular philosophers to forward the story!

As mentioned in the video, many of the main characters in the books are actually well known philosophers and what my characters say pairs very closely to what they believed.  Not all of my philosophers are virtuous however, some philosophers such as The Marque de Sade are also featured in the book and serve as a form of counter argument to the "good" philosophers.

Not too into philosophy?  That's fine.  The book does not read like a philosophical essay whatsoever.  My book uses philosophy somewhat like "The Dark Knight" movie does.  The philosophy of the joker adds to the story, the philosophy does not make the story.  So at the very least, my series should give you a compelling story and a fun ride. 

The "Phoenix Cycle: Part 1" Specs:

The book will be printed using black and white coloring for the pages. The book will be paperback unless otherwise specified in the reward. The physical book will likely be around 9 inches long, 6 inches wide and less than an inch high. I plan on using create space to print the physical books.

his book in the series will likely be around 150 pages. I understand this is somewhat short, so if you contribute at least $25 to this Kickstarter I will add you to my Kickstarter freebie list. The Kickstarter freebie list means I will give you an electronic copy of the next 2 books that come out as part of "The Phoenix Cycle" series! (That's kind of cool) 

Teddy

Teddy
Teddy

 The bear is the strongest symbol in the entire Phoenix Cycle series.  Anyone who follows the series will love this bear!

This is the bear from the cover of "The Phoenix Cycle."  This is the same type of bear that I will be using for one of the rewards.  This is a high quality bear made by GUND.  This is not an easy bear to get.

To add to the novelty of this reward.  I will be customizing this bear to how it is described in the book.  It will have a hand-made WWII miniature battle helmet.  It will also have an "explosive" device.  (Not actually explosive)  The "explosive" device will be something along the lines of a miniature mozzletoff cocktail or deactivated grenade.

This bear is the epitome of book personification.

Limited Edition Book

Did you see the book cover at the top?  I take my book covers very seriously.  I work very closely with some of the most talented designers in the business.  In fact, I'm known for working on the design longer than the designer. 

If you order the limited edition book you will be getting a  rare, well made book cover for your signed hard back copy of "The Phoenix Cycle Part 1"

Very Limited Edition Book

Everything I said in the "Limited Edition Book" section stands the same here...BUT...you will be getting a ONE OF A KIND cover!  That's right, I will give you a one of a kind book design.  I will get a cover designed, make a stamp just to print your ONE book, get it printed BY ITSELF, sign it, and ship it to you!  No one else will ever get the same edition as you!!!!!  This is real one-of-a-kind art.

Where's the money going?

Most of the money is going into editing, cover art, and promotion. 

Editing:

I want a great editor for the book.  They're not cheap.

Cover art:

I only work with great designers...they cost a bit more.

Promotion:

I will be using services that help get my book more visible.  This includes services like Book Bub. 

I will also be trying to make compelling content for the book.  Things like book art, photo shoots, an improved website will all be made in order to forward the culture of this book series.  I am trying to make my book series fun to be involved with, not just read. 

Want to know more?

This Kickstarter is part of my thesis for college.  For my thesis I am helping everyone in the market understand the book market. I chose this topic because of all the recent changes in the publishing industry, which has given rise to the indie author. Due to all the changes with online interaction, the fragmentation of reader bases, and the shift from physical to online copies of books, authors/publishers are no longer sure what their readers want and solving this problem has become quite complex.

Learn more at my site:

www.philosophiesdead.com

Risks and challenges

There's always a chance that I fall behind. But I will be sure to hustle! If I can get as far as I have while in college then I think I have the work ethic to finish this project up!

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