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A trilogy of modern day fantasy novels set in a world where some people can shift between their human and animal forms.
A trilogy of modern day fantasy novels set in a world where some people can shift between their human and animal forms.
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Imagine a world where there are people that have both a human and an animal form, and they can change shape between the two at will. Most people don't know they exist, and they are waging a secret, mystical war against each other.

This is the world that I created for the first novel I had published - The Shadow Chaser. I revisited this world again when I wrote The Bringer of War, a sequel that takes place three months later. Both novels have been well-received by fans and I am frequently asked when I will have the next book available in the Sheynan series.

This Kickstarter is my attempt to make that happen. For this project, I have teamed up with a publisher: Apocalypse Ink (http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/). They are willing to publish the third book, and re-publish the first two. All three books are going to be available individually as well as in one massive collection.

As part of this process, I am going to rewrite and fine tune the first two novels. The storyline will be the same, but otherwise they will be given a complete author makeover. The publisher is also going to provide new cover art for each of those books (as well as a whole host of other things a publisher does for a manuscript). Once those are complete, I will write the third novel.

The first two books will only be available as eBooks. The third book and collection will be available in both formats through this project. A physical copy of the third book will only be available through this project; it will be a limited print release.

Who Am I?

My name is Dylan Birtolo and I'm a writer, avid gamer, and professional sword-swinger. Other than my novels, I have written several short stories published in various anthologies. I have also written gaming fiction and helped co-author a few gaming books. You can see a list of most of my published fiction here: http://dylanbirtolo.com/released.html. I've written for and been published in the following universes:

  • BattleTech
  • Shadowrun
  • Colonial Gothic
  • Pathfinder

About Apocalypse Ink Productions

Apocalypse Ink productions is a small publication house specializing in dark speculative fiction and non-fiction books on writing in the internet age. With authors like Jay Lake, Jennifer Brozek, and Ivan Ewert, as well as forthcoming authors like Peter M. Ball and Dylan Birtolo, AIP is certain that readers will find exactly what they are looking for.


Schedule

These books will be available with a rolling release and I will send out the eBooks as soon as they are available. Here is the schedule for when each book will be available:

  • The Shadow Chaser - March 2014
  • Bringer of War - September 2014
  • The third novel and the entire collection - March 2015


Add-ons

I don't have much to offer in the way of additional options, but I did want to offer an option to get extra copies of the books if anyone wants them. Plus, this will let you get the third novel in addition to the collection if you order a higher tier and want both physical novels.

  • $30 - Additional copy of the third novel
  • $70 - Additional copy of the collection

Stretch Goals

Here are some stretch goals to strive for. With each of these levels, anyone who requested at least an eBook will get the reward.

$7000 - ACHIEVED! - Everyone receive a high definition digital copy of the artwork used for the books.

$8000 - ACHIEVED! - Everyone receives a free eBook copy of Famished: The Farm by Ivan Ewert. http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/page/More-Information-Famished-The-Farm.aspx

$9000 - ACHIEVED! - Everyone receives a free eBook copy of Caller Unknown by Jennifer Brozek. http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/page/More-Information-Caller-Unknown.aspx

$10000 - ACHIEVED! - If we manage to break five figures, I promise that I will bring my full suit of armor to GenCon 2014 and will wear it for at least one full day. Yes, I am promising to bring the entire suit all the way to Indianapolis and gear up for your amusement. It should be entertaining!

$12500 - ACHIEVED! - We all enjoy a little bit of laughing at each other, especially if there was no permanent damage done. If this level is met, I will release a video (probably on here through an update for backers only) of my flipping over the horse in full armor. Yes, I have a video of it, but no one outside of the Knights has ever seen it. Maybe I'll even get one of my video buddies to do some entertaining editing.

$18000 - A Knight's Day. 300% is an insane stretch goal to hit, so it seems only fair to have an insane reward associated with it. If we get this far, I will make a short film of my alter ego, Sir Anthony, engaging in modern activities and seeing how people (not in on it, of course) react. Things like walking a dog in the dog park or going into that Seattle-staple, Starbucks, and ordering a drink. It should be entertaining!

Risks and challenges

The major risk with this project is the creation of the content. While the first two novels have been written, rewriting them completely will take quite a bit of time. This is why I have made the delivery dates as spaced out as they are: to give me time to rewrite the books and give the publishing company enough time to edit the manuscripts and develop new covers.

On the plus side, since this is an individual work, it requires very little collaboration from others. That minimizes the possibility of there being any delays.

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    Get Killed in My Story:
    All of my stories have a fair amount of violence. I enjoy writing combat scenes and have been told I do it well. With this pledge, you get a signed physical copy of the collection, all four electronic books, and you get to be killed in the third novel. I am open to suggestions for how you want to meet your demise, or you can let my imagination take the reins.

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    Be a Hero or Villain:
    In addition to getting a physical copy of the collection and all four eBooks, you get to be in the third novel. I will work with you to decide what animal you turn into, what side you're on, and some character traits. You won't be one of the main characters, but you will be identifiable.

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    Game with an Author:
    At this level you get to spend an evening gaming with me. I have over 100 board games and am a very avid gamer. If you are local to the Seattle area, you will be invited to attend a game night. Otherwise, we can game one night at Origins or GenCon 2014. This level also comes with a physical copy of the collection and all four eBooks.

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    In addition to receiving a physical copy of the collection and all four eBooks, you will be able to submit a short story of up to 3000 words or the first 3000 words of a novel. I will read through it and provide a critique and discuss the piece with you over email, a chat session, or a Skype session. Talking in person is also possible if you attend GenCon or Origins 2014.

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    Armor Delivery:
    Not only will you receive a copy of the collection and all four eBooks, but I volunteer to deliver it in my full armor. I will also bring a couple of other Seattle Knights and we will provide entertainment for an hour. You get a book and a show! To qualify for this level you need to be in or visit the Seattle area. After all, the armor is difficult to transport!

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    Jousting Tournament: This is a special reward for you and up to 9 of your friends. The Seattle Knights will host a private jousting tournament for you at Bridle Trails State Park here in Washington. We will have horses, foot combats, and an entire show for up to 10 people. This level will also come with 10 copies of the hardbound collection, and all the eBooks as well. The jousting tournament does not need to wait until the collection is available.

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