Description of the NovelDeath of Secrets is a thriller about a terrifying new technology that could end the right to privacy forever. Kathy Kelver is a young woman who becomes a witness to a murder. Michael Vincent is a Congressman with a crucial vote on government surveillance. The two of them will find themselves running for their lives, trying to decipher a mysterious computer file before its secret kills them. If they fail, it will mean the Death of Secrets.
The book will be submitted to Amazon's CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing for publication on or about January 31. These publishing options are available at no cost. It will be done exactly on January 31 unless a day or two delay could make a difference in whether Kickstarter funds come in on a date which would allow advertising to begin right away when the book is published on KDP.
The funds raised through this project are specifically for the marketing of the novel. Here's the plan:
Everyone who commits to helping fund this project is receiving a reward -- an autographed copy, a commemorative card, or something else. The first thing done with your pledge will be to meet the obligation to every patron.
One of the most powerful tools at an author's disposal is the cover art for the book. Your pledges will be used to buy professional-quality cover art.
It's not enough to just publish a novel. If no one knows the book is there, no one will buy it. Your pledges will be used to fund targeted advertising aimed at people who are interested in reading, interested in the subject matter, and ready to buy.
The budget for this project is $900. That will fund all the steps mentioned above. Kickstarter allows a project to exceed its budget, if interest is strong enough. If the patrons and the author together exceed our current marketing budget, those funds will be used to create an audiobook version, to hire a freelance editor, and to increase the social media component of the ad buy.
Risks and challenges
The book is already written. There is zero risk that it will not be published. There are only two risks:
1) Death of Secrets may not sell as well as we hoped. If not, it will still be published. This challenge can be overcome by funding the marketing budget as thoroughly as possible.
2) Publication may be delayed. In the event that this Kickstarter project fails to reach its goal of $1,000, it's possible publication may be delayed until February to try again for full funding of the marketing plan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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