Update 1st July, 2013:
Stretch Goals & New Reward Level
Thanks to all my great supporters we have made our goal well ahead of schedule! Thank you so much to everyone who has already pledged and I hope you are looking forward to your rewards arriving in the mail this summer.
As we have now exceeded the official goal of £600, I have added two stretch goals and a new reward level:
New Stretch Goals
- £750 - arrange an additional proof reader to review the book after the final edit is complete to suggest any final grammar amends prior to going live.
- £1,000 - work with an illustrator to create 3 key scenes from the book.
New Reward Level
I am calling this the Education Level Reward. For £500 you will get everything from the £250 reward level plus an afternoon session with me speaking at your school/college to a group of up to 30 students. I will cover my inspiration, the process of going from an idea to a finished, published product, how to successfully market yourself and I will also set a writing challenge that I will judge and offer the prize of a Kindle and 3 signed paperbacks. They can also inherit the character name reward from the £250 level from you as part of the competition prize should you wish. If we hit the £1,000 stretch goal I will also present them with the 3 illustrations printed as posters and signed. Please note, this must be within 50 miles of Manchester, UK, and at a date/time agreed between myself and the backer. Please note, for anywhere outside of this radius, travel/accommodation costs may apply.
About Tirfo Thuin
Tirfo Thuin is a young adult fantasy fiction novel aimed at ages 12 and above. It focuses on Niamh (pronounced 'Neev'), a young Witche and heir to the Witche throne.
She has faced her share of adversity. Her father was killed in the Great War, she struggles to make a connection with her mother and she discovers her roots lie in a race called ‘humans’ that are thought to be extinct.
She soon discovers the only hope in restoring peace between her people and the Sorcerers rests on her. She is chosen to return the dormant Sea God to his rightful place and attempt to restore balance in the world.
Tirfo Thuin is book one of a planned trilogy and is an action-packed novel that contains parallels with the real world today. It deals with issues such as death, religion, love, genocide and good versus evil.
Will Niamh’s destiny prove to be what she had hoped? Only time will tell.
Get a free sample chapter and see my website here: http://www.tirfothuin.com/
Read a professional review here: http://awesomeindies.net/2012/06/11/tirfo-thuin-review/
About the author
My name is Andrew Butterworth, I am 32 years old (just) and I am a project manager based in the UK. As I am sure you have guessed, I am also a budding author.
Before being a project manager I was a graphic and web designer for six years (hence doing my own cover art). Before that I attended Salford University and obtained a 1st class degree in Graphic Design and Communication.
I have an amazing wife and daughter, six, who I spend most of my non-working/writing life with. Six is her age by the way, not her name. Six would be a rubbish name. What I can’t wait for is the time when she is old enough to read and appreciate Tirfo Thuin and I am positive she will be my biggest fan.
I started writing after moving to the Isle of Man with work. I soon realised that unless I was to take up heavy drinking, golf, motorbike racing and/or a love of cats with no tails, there was absolutely nothing to do there (no offence meant to anyone from the Isle of Man but you know you are all nodding right now).
I had been reading a lot of fantasy fiction (Terry Pratchet, Philip Pullman, Garth Nix, J.K. Rowling etc) and had heard a lot of myths and stories about the island and suddenly thought ‘Hey, that is something to do. What’s stopping me doing that?' So, I did.
What have I done to date?
I completed Tirfo Thuin, my first full length fantasy fiction novel.
Jeepers is that not enough?
Ok, not only that but in a true one-man-band style I created the cover art, formatted my novel for many different distribution channels, edited it, self-published it in paperback and e-book format for Kindle, iBooks and Nook (among others), built up a clan of nearly 1,000 Twitter supporters, was interviewed on local radio, appeared in a newspaper, did talks at schools about writing and publishing, maintained two writing blogs, got my book site built and featured in .NET Magazine and completed the very rough, first draft of the sequel. Between all that I did the usual day-to-day stuff like worked as a project manager for a digital agency, the whole dad and husband thing and managed a bit of time for xBox as well. It makes me tired just typing it :|
'If you have done all that then what support are you looking for here?' I hear you cry. In response to that I say, 'Can you not see that big heading there? Right there. Under this sentence.'
What support am I looking for?
I'm sure many of you (those that watched the video anyway) are thinking that maybe this funding should go towards some training for me for talking in front of a camera. Unfortunately, I have more important things that I need your support for.
Doing all that was only the first step. It shows I am committed and motivated and capable of achieving my goals. What I have quickly realised with self-publishing, however, is that you lack the backing (and bucks) of a big-name publisher to employ a professional editor who can help advise on and shape your story, a proofreader, cover designer, illustrator and marketing team. Yes I have done well to date to get my 2,500 or so downloads and plenty of 5* reviews on my own, but I need to ensure the end product is as polished as possible before unveiling the sequel to the world.
Bottom line, I need your support to ensure this novel is as perfect as it can be (and even get an illustrator to bring some of the key scenes to life if I am lucky enough to maybe consider stretch goals). I intend to re-launch it as a new edition and then I can focus on getting book two on the shelves.
What people have said about Tirfo Thuin
"Anyone who enjoys fantasy or coming of age stories would love this book. Excellent and really enjoyable." — Danielle Wilcock, Amazon Review.
"The characters were well formed, and the adventures fun to follow. If you enjoy reading epic fantasy, give this one a look." — Eric Krause, Amazon Review.
"This book is packed with adventure, strong characters, fantastic scenes of magical wonder, and wonderful themes." — Kate Policani, Amazon Review.
"His book is a must have to your collection and a credit to its author. Fingers crossed for a sequel." — Jenna Kay, Amazon Review.
"Tirfo Thuin is a great story well told. The characters are believable and skilfully developed, making for an engaging read!" — RSLeggett, Amazon Review.
I want to thank you for the time you have taken to get this far (unless of course you have just skipped down to here. In that case, get back up!). I hope you are as excited about this project as I am and feel it is worthy of your support.
Feel free to contact me any time @tirfothuin if you have any questions.
Risks and challenges
The good thing about this project is the hard part is done. The novel is written. The first edition has already been published so that de-risks the project greatly I feel.
The main risk is around timings. I am assuming a window of July/August for an editor to make revisions and suggest improvements. September for me to make the amends and run them back past the editor and then October/November to prepare and upload the new version and have it accepted by the major retailers. There is a risk that these deadlines could slip due to unforeseen circumstances. If that is the case I will ensure all backers are kept up to date and revised timelines supplied. I am a project manager after all, so a late delivery would not look too good for me would it?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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