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The Tesla Trilogy:
Tesla & Darwin vs. Megalodons
Tesla & Edison vs. Order of the Mystic Eye
Tesla & Nellie Bly vs. Evil Mirror Tesla
The Tesla Trilogy: Tesla & Darwin vs. Megalodons Tesla & Edison vs. Order of the Mystic Eye Tesla & Nellie Bly vs. Evil Mirror Tesla
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WHO

Hi, I'm Sean Hoade. You may know me from my fiction and nonfiction books about zombies, Zombie School Confidential and Reviva Las Vegas!, my thriller Ain't That America, my literary-historical fantasy Darwin's Dreams, my unhinged collection of stories Inappropriate Behavior, my acclaimed horror-Edwardian mashup Deadtown Abbey, or my Lovecraftian trilogy, Cthulhu Attacks!

Or perhaps not. In which case, Hello! I create the novels you never even knew you were waiting for, and that is definitely the case with my upcoming series (each individual volume being released in 2016), The Tesla Trilogy.

WHAT

Each book will be published as a paperback (and eBook), but this Kickstarter will bring into a hungry world both a three-volume audiobook and this beautiful hardcover, faux-leatherbound, gold-stamped omnibus edition:

All three Tesla Trilogy novels in one handsomely bound full-sized hardback.
All three Tesla Trilogy novels in one handsomely bound full-sized hardback.

There will be 100 signed and numbered copies of this gorgeous omnibus edition as rewards for my Kickstarter supporters, with any not going to backers to be printed to be sold at $75 each at Cons ... and that's it. (Supporters at the $100 or higher level will be able to pre-buy additional copies for $50 each, so maybe even fewer than that will go on general sale.)

The full Victorian titles (although the individual novels will be sold on Amazon by the titles above) are actually:

  • Tesla & Darwin Fight Edison's Megalodons through the Judicious Use of Time Travel & Giant Robots
  • Tesla & Edison Reluctantly Join Forces to Oppose The Order of the Mystic Eye Relying Only on the Finest Scientific Principles
  • Tesla & Nellie Bly Face Off Against the Evil Mirror Tesla and His Arc-Light of Death by Bending the Very Laws of Nature

You think that's cool, don't you? And you are CORRECT.

WHERE

This may be stretching the concept of "where," but the Kickstarter goal is placed at $5,000, right about what it will cost to have the following designed, formatted, printed, recorded (for audiobook), and shipped out to each backer:

  • Paperback of each volume as it's published
  • eBook of each volume as it's published
  • Audiobook of each volume on CD and/or each MP3 posted at secure link as it's released
  • Hardback faux-leatherbound and gold-stamped omnibus volume—that is, THE BIG BOOK—as soon as it's complete
  • Tesla fezzes to go out at same time as hardbacks

WHEN

The Kickstarter will begin on Monday, November 16 and last for 21 glorious days, ending on Monday, December 7.

The paperback, eBook, and audiobook of each of the three volumes will be shipped as each is released in 2016. The beautiful omnibus edition is expected to be finished and shipped in September of 2016.

WHY

A faux-leatherbound, gold-stamped collection of these sure-to-be-amazing novels (with accompanying audiobooks and other terrific things) will be a great thing to have in the world. I know my Kickstarter backers will love owning something so rare, so personally meaningful, and so fecking COOL on their bookshelves, not to mention something they may even be able to give as gifts to others nearly as choice as they!

HOW (MUCH)

Here's the estimated breakdown of costs, and I'm doing it on Kickstarter instead of like Indiegogo because anything less than the full amount won't get the project done. So it's all or nothing ... how very Vegas!

$2,000 Printing hardcovers with faux leather and gold stamp

$1,000 Audiobook production (I can't do profit-sharing with the voice artist because technically, these won't bring in royalties, so the talent must be paid up-front)

$600  Custom Tesla fezzes

$400  Formatting, typesetting, and layout

$300  Shipping (for all rewards at all levels)

$250 Printing paperbacks

$250 Kickstarter fees (5% of total pledged)

$200 Kickstarter "payment processing fees" (3-5% of total pledged)

$5,000  Total

BUT THE REAL HOW IS ...

You guys. This project will be a smashing success if you can help support it. Thanks in advance, and thanks whether or not you can contribute.

Yours,
Sean

Risks and challenges

There really are few mishaps that could delay or derail this project coming to wonderful fruition once it's funded. The funding is literally what will allow me to get the books written and then made into eBooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, and of course THE BOOK, the omnibus edition.

I guess my designers and printers and audio performers could all quit and I'd have to find new ones? That's unlikely, but even if it happened, there'd be more waiting in the wings to step in. This one's pretty much a go just by being a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    At this level, you get (in addition to my undying gratitude):

    * The first novel in paperback, signed and inscribed: Tesla and Darwin Fight Edison's Megalodons

    * AND you will also be thanked in the acknowledgements in the faux-leatherbound omnibus edition!

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    At this level, you get (in addition to my undying gratitude):

    * The first AND second novels in paperback, signed and inscribed:
    * Tesla and Darwin Fight Edison's Megalodons
    * Tesla and Edison Reluctantly Unite Against the Order of the Mystic Eye

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    At this level you will receive:

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    * eBooks of all three novels

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    * Paperbacks of all three novels

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    At this level, you get:

    * Audiobooks of all three novels!

    * Paperbacks of all three novels

    * eBooks of all three novels!

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    AT THIS LEVEL, YOU GET THE BOOK!!!

    * A NUMBERED AND SIGNED copy of the faux-leather-bound, gold-stamped omnibus edition of all three novels! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE EDITION OF THE TESLA TRILOGY!

    * Only 50 rewards (so that's 50 omnibus books) will be available at this level!

    * Audiobooks of all three novels

    * Paperbacks of all three novels

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    At this level, you get:

    * ***TWO*** NUMBERED AND SIGNED COPIES of the faux-leather-bound, gold-stamped omnibus edition of all three novels! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE EDITION OF THE TESLA TRILOGY. Keep one and gift the other!

    * Only 20 rewards (so that's 40 omnibus books) will be available at this level!

    * Audiobooks of all three novels!

    * Paperbacks of all three novels

    * eBooks of all three novels!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    At this, the ULTRA-PREMIUM level, you get:

    * A *VERY* LIMITED EDITION velvet Tesla fez! (Your size will be requested when it's reward time.)

    ***TWO*** NUMBERED AND SIGNED COPIES of the faux-leather-bound, gold-stamped omnibus edition of all three novels! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE EDITION OF THE TESLA TRILOGY. Keep one and gift the other!

    * Only 10 rewards (that's 20 omnibus books and 10 fezzes) will be available at this level!

    * Audiobooks of all three novels

    * Paperbacks of all three novels

    * eBooks of all three novels

    * Thanks in the faux-leatherbound omnibus edition acknowledgements!

    * AND one last thing: At this level I will use TWO names of your choice to be the names of members of The Order of the Mystic Eye, Tesla's & Edison's nemesis in Book 2!

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