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A young adult noir superhero novel by award-winning author Brendan Halpin


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Enter the Bluebird is the story of Julie Rouge, who's nearly 16 and can't wait to join her mother, the masked crimefighter Red Talon, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of New Edinburgh. 

Unfortunately, Julie's mom has disappeared, and, while searching for her, Julie is going to discover that the city she calls home is even nastier, more corrupt, and riddled with toxic secrets than she ever knew.

I've created a noir-ish YA superhero tale that's a page-turning adventure with genuine emotions and compelling characters.  In short, it's awesome.

Take a look at the first four chapters, and I think you'll agree.


Why I'm here:

I want to put this book out because I've written or co-written twelve novels, and this one is my favorite. It combines everything I like about my YA work with everything I like about speculative fiction. Having written one speculative fiction novel that was decidedly tongue-in-cheek, I'm especially proud of having played it straight this time.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a publisher willing to take a chance on it.  Because publishing is in chaos right now, publishers are playing it safe to a greater degree than ever before, and they're increasingly unwilling to take a chance on anything that is a little bit hard to categorize or unlike current bestsellers. As the video shows, publishers' reluctance to publish Enter the Bluebird has nothing to do with the quality of the book and everything to do with what they saw as its commercial prospects. 

I'm good at what I do, but not so good that I don't need an editor.  And while I'm a good writer, I'm a hopeless artist and graphic designer, and I'm pretty much incapable of making a cover that will make anyone want to read my book.

I can't get a publisher to front the money for an editor and a cover artist, and I certainly don't have the money myself, so I'm hoping you can fund these parts of the project so that I can put a professional-quality book into your hands.

I want a professional editor and artist to help make this book as awesome as it can be, and professionals deserve to get paid for their work.  I'm not going to ask anybody to work for free for me in exchange for some nebulous promise of resume building or exposure.  I need money to pay quality people for quality work. 

Where's the money going?

I need approximately 1400 dollars to pay the editor and the cover artist. 

I've decided to print the book using the Espresso machine at Harvard Book Store because I like supporting local independent businesses and I like the fact that they, like me, are doing something new and different to try to adapt to the changing world of publishing and bookselling. It's going to cost me 100 dollars to set up the printing at Harvard Book Store, and each copy is going to cost about 12 dollars to print and around 5 dollars to ship.  Kickstarter and Amazon are going to get 10% of the total I raise.  3500 dollars is my best estimate of what it's going to take to put everything together and print enough copies for everyone who wants one.

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Enter the Bluebird is, at this point, a complete second draft, so, with the caveat that everyone involved is a fallible human with a life apart from this project, I don't see a lot of potential obstacles to putting a really good finished product together in the space of a few months.

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