**We're over the $5,000 mark!! Sunday at the end of the campaign I will be drawing for the bonus rewards!! 1 person wins the entire $2,500 reward slot and 6 people get bounced up a reward slot! All backers are entered!***
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BIG NEWS!!! We are over 200% to goal! Adding my savings to the pledges made by so many wonderful people, I'll be able to get this advertising package ($4760.00):
Along with getting the book formatted, available in retail, cover art done, printing for those who donated etc. (Est cost $1,900)
We still have a lot of time before this campaign is over. And I've set another goal. I'd like to shoot for the stars and attempt to get the three month ad to utilize it to the fullest ($9475):
A dream is something that I’ve been chasing for far too long. Now I find myself on the edge of something great. It’s a chance to publish not just one book, but a trilogy that touches on a world of dragons, humans and would-be gods. I want to do this right, with as much chance and hard work to make it a success as possible.
The Dragon's Storm Trilogy is a fantasy work that was born in my mind, and took on dragon’s wings as it follows the adventures of Lashane, a young mage set upon making a name for herself. Her life is shattered when she finds herself magically trapped within the body of a dragon and from there raised under the tutelage of one of the last remaining true dragons. Her world is changed into something anew as memories of her old life are buried and she's taught all the lessons that her 'sire' lays down for her. She learns of the past of dragonkind, the great war’s that were fought and the near extinction of her kind.
Through the novel we’re given a glimpse of who she once was and what she is becoming. Overshadowing her growth is the great dragon Sithen. The old warrior nurtures her as he would his own daughter in the hopes that his kind will become reality once again. It follows both his past and her future as she grows from a weak limbed hatchling to a strong proud dragoness. The reader is woven into a tale in which she becomes the focal point of a war that has been generations in the making and the upheaval of the Nyseen Empire. The Dragon's Storm Trilogy takes views of wars, humanity, spirituality, and hope through dizzying highs and plummeting lows.
The funds that I’m trying to raise will go to self publishing this trilogy. It will go towards a review staff, editing, formatting, publishing, advertising, offering to retail stores, and marketing. I want to step away from publishers that might edit and change my story, and attempt to publish it the way it was meant to be seen. I have always been fond of fantasy and fiction. It’s something that fires the imagination and allows the person reading to step into that world. It conveys emotions, lessons and entertainment. As the world starts to gear more towards the electronic and visual aid, I still firmly believe that the written word is only starting to find a new place in the world. I believe that with time, care and dedication that self publishing with allow stories to reach a wider market then possibly even going with a real publisher. I want the chance to see that a reality.
Estimated Release Dates:
Captured by Fate: May 2012
Swallowed by Madness: December 2012
Untitled: May 2013
The first release is very set. It will be released at the end of may. The other release dates might vary by a month earlier or a month later depending on how long it takes to edit, format and get back from reviewers.
Yes. If you're a backer you will receive an e-mail when I set up the live stream sunday evening and only backers can see it. You'll get a sneak peek of the book, be able to run a Q&A with me, add comments and many other things!
No. That art depicts scenes from the book, but the actual cover art is in the works. Backers will get sneak peeks of this as well when I get the sketches from the artist.
Lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and pretty much any book company I can get my hands on. It will also be able to be ordered by actual brick and mortar book stores.
The hard back books are limited to 75 for each book. The only way that number will go up is if there are more then 75 backers who want the hard back book. Then I'll adjust the number to fulfill ONLY that number.
It will be on high quality photo paper printed on an HP 6100 oversize printer. These will be a limited run as well. The size will be set out by the artist, but it will be larger then the actual book.
I can try to arrange that. Though to do that it will be limited to $500+ because the artist lives in Australia which means there will be a large amount of shipping costs involved. If you're interested, please feel free to contact me! If I know there's interest I'll take the next step to trying to make it happen.
There's a second trilogy being worked on, albeit it is simply in the idea stage at this point. I want to make a series of three trilogies that bring this world to life. They will all tie in together, but they can also be read on their own.
I plan to submit some ideas to an actual publisher, but this story series has been my baby. I've spent countless hours, notes, lost sleep and some loss of sanity writing it. The characters in the story didn't just appear on paper, they appear to live and breath in many ways. They wrote themselves and often times when I had an idea, they let me know it wouldn't work with those personalities. I don't want to see them changed, deviated and modified from what they are.
I also want to make a name for myself before publishing with a real publisher. Ideally I'd like to always do it this way. I'd like to have my OWN business independent of the big ones. I think that it can be done and it should be done! With effort, marketing, advertisement and time I think I'll soon see it become a reality.
My notes involved details for each character, details for the plot set ups as well as my own notations about the world creation in general. Some of it is very specific to the book, other things are only mentioned, but detailed creations were set down to writing for the future. It gives a larger and clearer view about the world in general. For pledges $1000+ you'll get a copy of the notes for each book that I used.
No. Those who pledge $500 or more get them first. After that though I will work my way through the backers from $500 and lower offering them for purchase. My backers here will be able to purchase it first and if there are any left over they may be offered for sale to the general public or raffled off.
Thank you!!! Now? Any pledges I receive now will be filtered in towards going above and beyond what I had wildly hoped for. There are services I can and would love to utilize. A project of this sort costs between $6K-$10K the rest of which is being pulled out of pocket by me. Anything extra is a wonderful bonus here.
Yes. This will likely be the only time that I'm going to mass order books and autograph, personalize and ship them out personally. The hard back books are going to be extremely limited edition and copies of the artwork/notes will only be offered once. This is a reward to those who have had faith in me and are as eager as I am to make this a reality. :)
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