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When a father finally gets his young son out, the Newman Home will do anything to reclaim the boy and complete their experiment.
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The Story

Richard and Carol Carson had their picture taken with their baby boy, Christopher, in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. Two weeks later, the couple enrolled him in the most prestigious, advanced school in the world. 

It's the near-future and education has become big business with public schools vanishing and private schools flourishing. The best school? The Newman Home--an experimental boarding school that takes kids at six months and raises them in the perfect environment for developing leaders. The kids aren't just students, they're residents.

Now, Christopher is six years old and Richard convinces his wife to let him bring their son home for the summer. After the summer, visits will be brief and infrequent.

Shortly after the boy comes home, unusual events drive Richard to become involved with a secretive "support group" of parents. The group suspects the Newman Home is hiding something and is determined to come up with a plan to save their children.

What began as a simple summer vacation escalates to a battle between a father and an institution more powerful than he'd imagined. The Newman Home will stop at nothing to ensure their experiment is a success.

READ THE FIRST SIX CHAPTERS  HERE.

2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist: Top 50 Out Of 5,000 Entries

To get into the semi-finals, THE NEWMAN RESIDENT had to be judged as a complete novel. Before that stage, however, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewers judged excerpts of the submissions. Here are some comments from those reviewers about the beginning of my novel:

". . . well-written, obviously much polished and highly compelling."

". . . tension, despair and suspicion well-spun throughout . . . ."

"The idea of the . . . Home is a chilling one. . . . "

"I'd love to see this in print and be able to finish reading it."

How Your Pledges Will Help

Your pledge will help in a number of ways with the publishing of THE NEWMAN RESIDENT.

Though I've already had the novel professionally edited, there are still costs for such things as purchasing ISBN numbers, designing the book cover, formatting and publishing the ebook edition, and formatting and publishing paperback as well as hardback editions.

I also plan to use some of the funds to create marketing materials.

Stretch Goals

The big bonus in getting additional funds is the ability to do more with marketing. I could print more books and distribute them, for example, to libraries, bookstores, and reviewers. I would also like to create a video book trailer, develop and maintain a website, submit the book to be professionally reviewed, and pursue further marketing strategies.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my Kickstarter project!

P.S. The Knight "Book" I Mention in my Video

If you'd like to take a look at the first draft of my first "novel" that I mentioned in my video, please click on the image above.
If you'd like to take a look at the first draft of my first "novel" that I mentioned in my video, please click on the image above.

Isn't Publishing A Book Pretty Inexpensive These Days?

That's a good question. After all, can't I just upload my files into an ebook format, take a picture from my family album for a cover, and call it good?

First, there's the ebook. There are costs for designing the interior of the book, formatting it, creating a good cover, buying the ISBN number, etc.

Second, there's the print book and its costs for another ISBN number, designing and formatting, adapting the cover, printing, etc.

Third, there's getting the word out. This is a big one because it's expensive for an independent author to get a book in bookstores, in reviewers' hands, in libraries, and in all the other places books like to live. We indie authors don't have all the millions that traditional publishers have.

Don't think David vs. Goliath, think David's little cousin vs. a whole army of Goliaths.

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Risks and challenges

Since THE NEWMAN RESIDENT is completely written and edited, there is very little risk at this point. If this project is fully funded, I will have enough funds to have ebook, paperback, and hardcover editions prepared and to fulfill the reward commitments.

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    Two custom bookmarks of THE NEWMAN RESIDENT, designed using the artwork from the book cover. I'll sign each one--keep one yourself, and spread the word about the book by giving the other to a friend!

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    Five signed copies of the paperback with signed bookmarks, a handwritten note, and your name included in the acknowledgements in the front of the book (or remain anonymous, if you prefer).

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    Ten signed copies of the paperback (great for a book club!) with signed bookmarks, a handwritten note, and your name included in a SPECIAL THANKS section of the acknowledgements (or remain anonymous, if you prefer).

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    Ten signed copies of the paperback with signed bookmarks, two signed copies of the hardcover edition with signed bookmarks, a handwritten note, and your name included in a SPECIAL THANKS section of the acknowledgements (or remain anonymous, if you prefer). Also, a written critique of your writing. Your submission must be submitted as a Word file, no longer than 4,000 words, and be in good taste (i.e., no hate speech, pornography, etc., as determined by my subjective view). The written critique will be a treatment of the strengths and areas for improvement in the piece as opposed to a proofread job focusing on such things as grammar and typos.

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