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Donovan NealBy Donovan Neal
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Donovan NealBy Donovan Neal
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About

Why was the Third Heaven written and what is its premise?

When the desire to write this book was birthed: it was to provide a form of wholesome entertainment and to answer a single question. How could Lucifer who dwelt in the very presence of God: elect to rebel against his creator? What could have gone so wrong that a 3rd of heaven would turn their backs on God? 

There can be only one...
There can be only one...

The answer to this query is the fictional piece that I am asking you to support. This work is not scripture. I do not profess divine inspiration nor would I ever attempt to place this work alongside the word of God. When possible I have tried to be consistent, with the teachings of scripture; or what church fathers have said concerning Angelology.

Overall, I have taken the liberty to use my “sanctified imagination” to tell a story that might spur further interest in the Bible, yet also create an entertaining tale. In the end, I desired to tell a story full of wonder; and told in such a manner, as I might want such a story told to me. Toni Morrison put it this way: “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” 

I am attempting here to do just that. I've had wonderful reviews from beta readers. Here are a few of the quotes of what people are saying!

“the story line was so believable that I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction…” 

“literally made me stop reading and repent for my sins...I'm not kidding.” 

“I loved it. I had to keep reminding myself that this was inspired and not hard facts! The details in the descriptions you gave really helped me visualize the entire story. The consistency in the language was spot on.” 

""the story line is amazing. I'm definitely a fan!"

Your support counts because speculative Christian Fiction can be a very challenging area to break into, thus the need for assistance. Traditional Christian publishing channels—like Christian bookstores and distribution companies cater to the predilections of the standard “CBA reader” (mainly: females who like romances and female-oriented thrillers); My reader is the person who loves Christian fantasy and science fiction. The Christians who loves Heroes and Battlestar Galactica and Lord of the Rings. Who appreciate epic tales and wondrous worlds. 

What will the money be used for? 

Michael James Sullivan the author of The Riyria Revelations states that, “Self-publishing doesn't mean, or shouldn't mean, throwing a book “out there” to see if it will stick. For me, it means donning the hat of the publisher and taking responsibility for releasing only the highest quality product, produced in the most professional manner possible.”

I totally agree with him and thus I want to provide my audience with the finest work possible.

Professional copy editors and proofreaders will ensure that the book will not be littered with grammar errors and poor punctuation, which can distract from the reading experience. The fact is that many “indie” authors, have the ability to spin a tale, yet their work unfortunately often contains numerous errors. I am dedicated to ensuring that The Third Heaven will not suffer from this problem. 

Cover Production and copyright registration. In order to provide the reader with a quality product its important to showcase the work in a professional way. This includes a cover suitable for the marketplace. Using 99Designs.com I will be obtaining the services of graphic artists who can capture the concept of the book, and translate it graphically. In addition, ISBN numbers and copyright registrations need to be obtained. The monies raised will be used for this purpose. 

Marketing is something I hate. I like most authors would rather write. Yet I also want to have people read the book. This requires us as authors to market. Marketing varies in its scope. But one thing is clear. The ability to have funds to prime the pump can do wonders on increasing the exposure of the work. Press releases, and advertisements in targeted publications  are not exactly inexpensive. I would like to support the endeavor with some start up capital to expose the work to the general public. 

When will the book be release? 

The supporters of this project are essentially pre-ordering the book and I am anticipating a late fall release in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. My intention is to ship any books funded as part of this project as soon as the professionals have finished their contributions. 

 What other books have I written? 

I am the author of the non-fiction work, ‘The Gospel Explained’. This can be purchased in print or as a eBook on amazon.com The Third Heaven is my first work of fiction and will be book one of a three part series. However, all story lines are resolved in the novel and the following novels are intended to follow up on the after effects of Lucifer’s fall both in Heaven and on Earth. 

Can I read an excerpt? 

You most certainly can. Click on this link and you can read the prologue of The Third Heaven.

http://donovanmneal.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/third-heaven-the-rise-of-fallen-stars-prologue-reveal/

 What are some of the Risks and challenges to you and the work getting accomplished?

Unlike most novel projects that fund a potential future book to be written, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is already completed. Feedback from the beta testers have already been incorporated and any changes due to copy editing should require a minimal investment of time. 

What’s in it for me?

Pledge of $2 Acknowledgement in the book, and my eternal gratitude.

Pledge of $10 DRM free ebook (pdf, ePub, and Mobi file) of the completed book, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Delivered 2 months before it's officially available for sale. 

Pledge of $25 or more Trade paperback (signed if desired) AND DRM free ebook (pdf, ePub, and Mobi file) of the completed book, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Delivered 2 months before it's officially available for sale. 

Pledge of $75 or more Limited edition hardcover signed and numbered AND DRM free ebook (pdf, ePub, and Mobi file) of the completed book, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Delivered six months before it's officially available for sale. Also special mention in the acknowledgements for making The Third Heaven a reality. 

Pledge of $150 or more An even rarer limited hardcover edition (signified by a different cover design), PLUS a trade paperback to share with friends and family, AND a DRM free ebook (pdf, ePub, and Mobi file) of the completed book, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Delivered six months before it's officially available for sale. Also special mention in the acknowledgements for making The Third Heaven a reality. 

Pledge of 250 or more An even rarer limited hardcover edition (signified by a different cover design), PLUS a trade paperback to share with friends and family, AND a DRM free ebook (pdf, ePub, and Mobi file) of the completed book, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Delivered six months before it's officially available for sale. Also special mention in the acknowledgements for making The Third Heaven a reality.  Plus a character named after the benefactor and featured in the next book.


Risks and challenges

Unlike most novel projects that fund a potential future book to be written, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is already completed. Feedback from the beta testers have already been incorporated and any changes due to copy editing should require a minimal investment of time.

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