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A color illustrated book of writing and story prompts from over twenty professional authors and over ten genres.

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FAQ

  • Not yet. We have to see how much funding we get before we know what kind of website to build. The TOI website will go live when the book is published or before.

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  • Absolutely. Any of the writing prompts, story ideas, or characters depicted in artwork are yours for use, personal or commercial.

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  • Sure at thetomeofideas@gmail.com.

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  • This is a tricky question, since we have a lot of professionals involved with contracts and revealing too much about those contracts would be unprofessional, if not downright illegal. Here's what we can tell you though:

    1. Shipping Costs. We're using Oceanic Graphic Printing to produce our physical books. This high quality company has done printing for Schlock Mercenary, The Walking Dead, Witchblade, Peanuts, and many more companies. Their portfolio is on the website. Depending on the print run, this will cost between $11,000 and $16,000 with additional delivery fees since we don't have a warehouse and a forklift. The price of paper can also fluctuate and we have had to guess high to avoid getting in trouble with our budget later when we actually place the order.

    2. Wayne Reynolds is one of the most in demand artists in the field and it's understandable that he commands a premium price for his work. Wayne is a brilliant artist and exceedingly friendly, but he deserves to be paid up front before he schedules time to work on our project. Not only do we have to commission the work, but we have to buy the outright ownership of the image so that we can give it to backers as a wallpaper and to one lucky individual as a physical piece of work.

    3. Have you seen how many professional authors are involved? Please look again. These are well-respected individuals who also deserve to be paid a professional rate for their work.

    4. Kickstarter and Amazon Fees for a $40k project will be close to $5,000.

    5. Shipping supplies. We want to protect your book when we send it to you, so we're not just using an envelope. Foldable book boxes will run us close to $2,000, depending on the print run. Again, we've estimate high to keep ourselves out of a bind.

    6. We've already had a lot of wonderful work done by artists, layout designers, video compositors and others who have so far worked on speculation. They deserve to be paid for their work.

    7. Even if friends and family donate their time to help with the massive effort of packing and shipping books, they deserve to have water bottles and food for doing so.

    8. Full color illustrations for interior art are expensive and the kinds of artists we want to attract will demand and deserve a professional rate for their time and effort, not to mention that we must also purchase the rights to this work so that we can release it to readers for inspiration in their own works. Even at $40k, with all the other expenses we hope to be able to hire many more artists. It takes a lot of art to fill a 200+ page book.

    9. Taxes. Any money that we do not spend on the project by the end of the year will have to be taxed as income for the business. We'll do everything we can to make the order by then, but we do not want to be caught in a situation where taxes steal the money we needed to make the print order.

    We hope that answers some of your questions about how the money will be spent. Feel free to ask any other questions by emailing us at thetomeofideas@gmail.com.

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  • This means that we’ve discussed the project with him and he’s willing to do it if the Kickstarter is successful and he gets paid up front. If, for any reason, Wayne is unable to provide our cover art we will hire another professional artist with experience in the industry.

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  • Then we’ll announce as soon as possible that they can no longer do it. Sometimes schedules conflict and things come up. Anyone who chose their author page as a reward may select another author.

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  • TOI is intended for all audiences, but this is ultimately up to the discretion of the readers. The art in TOI will not feature anything sexual, suggestive, gory, or gross, but the book does contain a horror section that may be too scary for very young readers. Likewise, the written content of the book will contain numerous references to intense, dangerous, or frightening situations.

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  • By commissioning a piece of art, a backer will be able to send us an initial idea for the subject of the piece. We welcome concept art, written descriptions, or pictures for reference. A picture in costume is even better! While we’ll do our best to make sure the backer is happy, the ultimate style, design, and content of a given picture must fit within the vision for the book as a whole. If a backer is completely unsatisfied with a piece, we will only be able to offer a partial refund. For obvious reasons, we will not create a likeness of any copyrighted character. We will also have to resolve conflicts between commissioning backers if too many requests are for similar subject matter (i.e. we don’t want to have ten elf rangers). If you have any questions about commissioning art, please feel free to contact us.

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  • International shipping is considerably more expensive than shipping to the domestic US. The best way to get around this is with a Group Order Reward. This saves us all money.

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  • Yes. You can add extra books to any reward level. Please see Update #4 for details on how to do this.

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    Your name on the Tome of Ideas website, Desktop Wallpaper of the Cover Art, and 1 of the 10 Kickstarter Exclusive Adventure Outlines. (your choice of genre, each Adventure Outline features a color illustration, PDF).

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    Your name on the Tome of Ideas website, Desktop Wallpaper of the Cover Art, All 10 of the Kickstarter Exclusive Adventure Outlines, one for each major genre (PDF), and 1 Author Page of your choice, excerpted from the finished book (PDF).

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    A color PDF of Tome of Ideas. Desktop Wallpaper of the Cover Art, Your name on the Tome of Ideas website, and all 10 of the Kickstarter Exclusive Adventure Outlines, one for each major genre (PDF).

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    A full color softcover copy (perfect bound) of Tome of Ideas. Shipping included for US, International please add $15. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM $20 LEVEL

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    A full color hardback copy of Tome of Ideas. Shipping included for US, International please add $15. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM $20 LEVEL

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    Commission a poem by Michael J Winegar using a prompt from Tome of Ideas. He'll send it to you for feedback and then post the finished product on the Tome of Ideas Website with your name as co-author. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    Commission a piece of flash fiction by Michael J Winegar using a prompt from Tome of Ideas. He'll email you a draft for feedback and then post the finished product on the Tome of Ideas website with your name as co-author. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    Commission the illustration of an item, object, or symbol to appear in the book and your name will be listed in the credits under "Additional Art Direction By:" PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    SOFTCOVER GROUP ORDER (US DOMESTIC)---Nine (9) full color softcover copies (perfect bound) of Tome of Ideas. Shipping included, all books shipped to a single address. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM $20 LEVEL FOR UP TO NINE (9) EMAIL ADDRESSES (only one required).

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    Commission the illustration of a character, creature, vehicle, or landscape to appear in the book and your name will be listed in the credits under "Additional Art Direction By:" PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    HARDBACK GROUP ORDER (US DOMESTIC)---Nine (9) full color hardback copies of Tome of Ideas. Shipping included, all books shipped to a single address. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM $20 LEVEL FOR UP TO NINE (9) EMAIL ADDRESSES (only one required).

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    HARDBACK GROUP ORDER (INTERNATIONAL)---Nine (9) full color hardback copies of Tome of Ideas. Shipping included, all books shipped to a single address. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM $20 LEVEL FOR UP TO NINE (9) EMAIL ADDRESSES (only one required).

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    Commission the illustration of a scene with up to five characters, creatures, or vehicles to appear in the book and your name will be listed in the credits under "Additional Art Direction By:" PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    Be listed in the book as the "Executive Producer of Content". Also, commission the illustration of a full page scene or event. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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    Own the original Wayne Reynolds acrylic painting of the cover art and be listed in the book as the "Executive Producer of Art". Also, commission the illustration of a full page scene or event. PLUS ALL REWARDS FROM THE $45 LEVEL.

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