Update #3 - Stretch Goals IMPROVED!
Update #2 - International Shipping now accepted
Minor Update: We've also added two new pledge levels for international versions of the Scribe and the Sage, at $75 and $100, respectively.
Update #1 - Stretch Goals added
- New Covers for the Trilogy - $1750 - REACHED!
- Map - $2000 REACHED!
- Third Artist AND Tellest Monthly Podcast AND New Pledge Levels - $2250 REACHED!
- Official Apparel AND 6th Novella - $2500
- Tellest Character Cards AND Bookmarks with paperback pledges - $2750
- T-Shirts AND Hardcover books - $3000
- 2nd Book Audio - $3500
Please see the updates for more details.
Tellest was born with the idea that several different realms of imagination could play together without becoming overbearing. In the Tellest series, you'll find medieval fantasy mixing with superheroes. Greek mythology blends together with elements of steampunk. Our brand is a playground, and you're invited to be a part of it.
In 2011, the first book of the Tellest series, The Bindings of Fate, was released on kindle. Since then, the first trilogy has been released in kindle and paperback, multiple short stories have graced the internet, and our stable of writers has tripled.
As we move forward into another year of exciting possibilities, one thing is certain: We are going to be pushing out a lot of fun stories for fans of the fantasy genre.
The major presence is going to be the release of five novellas that expand upon the main series. We're calling them the Tales of Tellest (Volume One), and you can find out more about them - including the first (unedited) chapter of each - below:
Mageborn - Adelia Kreegan is no stranger to tragedy, lamenting the loss of her family and fleeing to the capital city of Viscosa. While there, however, she learns of her latent magical ability.
Gaston Camlann, one of Tellest's premiere sages, sees the special quality in Adelia that would make her a prime candidate for training. Only time will tell if taking her under his tutelage will have the result he is looking for.
- Son of the Storm - Not every man is brought up by men. Dorn Thunderfury relates the tale of how he first happened upon his human son, Bolt. Against the wishes of the dwarven council, and at constant odds with a ferocious roost of harpies, how will he carve out a home for his adopted child?
The Tinker's Tale - Maximus Xanders is one of the most influential men in the city of Atalatha. He is one of the fabled Knights of Virtue, owner and curator of the Museum of Wonders and a much respected philanthropist.
The most courageous and influential of men have lofty aspirations. When one of the city's delinquent youths happens upon his latest project - a clockwork horse named Equinicus - he explains the nature of his odd fascination with all things mechanical.
Awake - The elves of Tellest live for a millennium or more, but a terrible affliction falls upon even the strongest of their race. The Dreamplague mars their fiercest warriors and their brightest scholars alike. A manifestation of guilt and regret, it devours them from the inside,
Venathryn, of the Windwalker elves, suffers from a firm grasp of the Dreamplague, and it does not seem primed to let her go. With little time left to rescue her, the elves turn to a stranger to save her from herself.
The Fall - The goodly races have not always seen eye to eye. A rift between elves and humans still exists long after an age old betrayal. Banished from Tellest and exiled underground, The Fall is barely a myth to the humans, but it strikes true in the minds and hearts of many of the elves.
Icarus Callatuil, one of the last living elves to see The Fall, relates the tumultuous time to his ward, a prince from the island nation of Ippius.
Our first tale, Mageborn, is going to be releasing chapter by chapter on Tellest.com over the course of this campaign, so remember to stop by the site for a free look at Adelia Kreegan's first foray into the world of magic.
After the campaign has run its course, we will still be releasing the stories in a serialized format on the website. However, anyone who pledges toward this Kickstarter will get to see the chapters a week earlier than it posts on Tellest.com - just one more way of saying thank you!
We will also be releasing these stories on Amazon Kindle just about every other month, and then we will bundle them as a collection, along with a collection of short stories.
Also, the books that started Tellest down this path will get new artwork, to keep them in frame with the rest of the ever expanding series.
This is just the starting point for us. As we move deeper into the year, we'll have plenty more to share with you.
There are so many possible ways to come under our banner, from entering our monthly writing contests, to voting in our polls that determine what new information releases on our Fact Friday posts.
Our primary goal is to help other budding storytellers get their work onto the shelves (both virtual and physical) of potential readers.
If you're one of the many people who have woven an interesting tale, but don't have the means to get your story out to the public, we want to help you. If we can fold your story into the Tellest brand, we become a stronger unit. You can rely on us to help you finish your product, complete with artwork and editing. For more information, visit us on our website.
As you can tell, 2014 is going to be a big year for our brand. The funding goal that we've set is to start our big push, specifically the release of the Tales of Tellest novellas. This will include artwork and editing costs, in addition to marketing.
Any funding surplus is going to go toward our effort to help other writers reach their goals and fulfill their dreams. If you believe in us, and the goal we're striving for, please give us your support.
Tellest used to be just one person, but over the last few years, the brand has grown exponentially. Here's what to know about the team:
I started Tellest as sort of a passion project when I was 17. When you're a storyteller, and you have characters in your head that are trying to spill out onto paper, it almost feels like a betrayal not to follow that instinct.
Back then, it wasn't more than two pages written after a math test. A real quick biography of a character was the only thing that I wanted to write, but by the end of the semester, I had a full story written - it wasn't great, but it was the start of something.
Ten years later, The Bindings of Fate was released, and it started a domino effect of other great opportunities. A trilogy was completed. The books released in paperback. An audiobook deal was made.
Tellest became the kind of place that was inviting to other people. Its rules didn't constrain to the point of being exclusive - rather, it lets people freely express fantasy in any number of ways. I've been blessed with the opportunity to work with a variety of different people in this grand endeavor.
The wonderful thing about my editor is that he challenges me. If I were an actor, I'd want a director that told me where my faults were, so that I could improve.
Nace Phlaux makes sure that I don't harm Tellest intellectually in any way. He cares as much for the content of my stories as he does its prose. There have been many times where we've gone back and forth over what a scene means, on so many different levels.
Recently, Nace released a brief look at what it means to be impoverished in Tellest, specifically in the city of Atalatha. Becoming a Man was the first official short story for Tellest, and it released just several months ago.
Working on something for thirteen years, it would be hard not to share my creativity with someone else. While my family has always been on board, no one has been quite as enthusiastic as my best friend, Kevin.
In the early days of Tellest's conception, there had been talk about spinning off one of the characters. Steel Tip, our oddly named, wise-ass ranger, has always been one of the fan favorites. Kevin was going to write his origin story, but instead was thrust into the world of podcasting.
Now, Kevin acts as a sort of supervisor for Steel Tip's background. He watches over the development of characters from the island nation of Ippius in some ways, and is usually one of the first people I throw my ideas at. He also helps with the administrative side of Tellest.
Rhianna often sees the other side of my conceptual side. As soon as I'm done writing a new idea in the margins of a notebook, I find her and divulge all the details like I'm pitching a new reality show.
Always optimistic, Rhianna finds a way to turn even my worst ideas into something magical. She aids me in finding that special feminine touch for certain characters, and at one point was even in talks to continue the story for one of our characters, Adelia.
Rhianna also lends her skills as an artist to Tellest. She provided the cover for The Enemy Within, as well as countless pieces of concept art for characters and other covers.
When I realized that it was time to expand, I began looking at an audiobook as the logical next step for the introductory Tellest novel. What I couldn't have expected at the time was to be matched up with Brandon. He is one of the most down-to-Earth, humble, considerate guys I've ever had the privilege of working with.
Seriously, this guy should be voicing cartoons, or working in movies already, but he's done a phenomenal job as the voice of Tellest.
You don't have to take my word for it, though. Here is Brandon's excerpt from the Bindings of Fate.
When I knew that I wanted to put together visuals that were more akin to the feel of the Tellest novels, I began scouring the internet. I asked people to keep an eye out, spent a lot of time browsing Reddit...
Eventually, I found a worthy champion on deviantART. Dleoblack is one of the most prolific artists I've worked with, and I'm extremely impressed by his work ethic and his exceptional talent.
He is going to be Tellest's lead artist going forward.
Check out his portfolio for more references.
Our work at Tellest is going to continue to expand as well. Anyone who knows a talented artist also knows how busy they can be. Because of this, we needed to add another exceptional team member to our growing stable.
Paul Davies is going to round out the team, providing additional expertise in concept art and design. He has the kind of experience with fantasy that we at Tellest value.
This next piece is near and dear to us. Paul did a wonderfully whimsical piece for us that had a very tight deadline.
The rest of Paul's portfolio can be viewed here.
As writers and storytellers, we often get caught up in worlds and tales of our own making. I've been involved in Tellest for over thirteen years now. We'd like to offer some pledge levels that would let backers be a little more involved, in some ways even helping to steer the collective literary universe.
A short story can sometimes be a challenge, because you have such little time to tell a satisfying beginning, middle and end. If you choose to have me write a short story for you, we'll collaborate on a new character together. I'll work my magic (up to 2,000 words of it, anyway), and you'll have your own little piece of Tellest forever.
Our most premiere reward includes a slot in the next Tales of Tellest volume. You and I will work together to develop a new character that has a special, superhero-like ability. From there, we'll work on a story that's at least 20,000 words that fits into the overarching epic narrative. We will have custom art for the story, and it'll become a part of Tellest history.
I feel somewhat confident now that we can offer international shipping for the paperbacks. The mathematics are still a little fuzzy, but even with our small operations in this project, we should be able to accommodate anyone who wants to pick up one of the stories in physical form.
What we'd like to do is handle each request on a case by case basis. If you are interested, feel free to contact me regarding where you are, and what you're looking to acquire. I'll do my best to work things out to fair terms with anyone and everyone!
We should be able to work out international shipping to be somewhere between $20-$35 for most locations. The numbers aren't static though, so if you are one of our international fans/backers, please message us and we'll try and get you the true amount you need!
Risks and challenges
One way or another, the novellas are going to be written. In fact, three of the five are already finished in first draft form.
Of course, there's always a chance an editor or artist could drop off the project. Tellest is made up of some pretty dedicated team members though, and it would take something very surprising to take them off the task.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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