In 2015 I began working on Root & Branch, an epic idea that I'd kicked around for many many years. We began publishing online in May of 2015, and we've experienced steadily growing readership ever since!
The story follows a young elf who is leaving her homeland for the first time. In fact, none of her tribe has left their lands for generations! Readers get to explore the strange ways of the humans she encounters, and share her wonder at a world of new experiences. Where will her quest take her? Are these humans going to help her? Or hinder her?
Last year we were successful in raising more than 2000$ to fund the printing of book one. More than 50 backers helped to make the dream a reality! They were rewarded with a beautiful finished book, and extra artwork that does not appear on the website. Additionally, 25 people earned cameo appearances, that are all going to be in Book 2!
Root & Branch Book 2 will be even bigger - 150 pages, chapter covers, and behind the scenes world building information. We'll be printing a perfect bound, glossy covered, 8"x10.5" book. Because this book is larger, we want to have a larger run and keep the price the same - $35. This requires a print run of 250 books, a larger investment, but well worth it! We will be using the same printer, local here in Denver, to ensure quality product and fast turn-around.
Everyone will get their name on a "thank you" page in the book!
Everyone will get access to a digital PDF or CBZ version of the book, perfect for using with kindle and other reader devices.
UPDATE - Everyone who backs for a physical product will get a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE sticker set! (Not these, but they will be equally cool.)
We are offering a discount on getting both Book 1 and Book 2!
We are offering beautiful archival quality prints - 9"x12" - these look even better than my original paintings!
We are offering cameo appearances - a character design sheet, a speaking part in the next book (not this one!). Cameo backers get to give me input and ideas about their appearance!
And we are offering a special, custom made, hand-stitched embroidery of a tree! (I do like trees...) It will be 6" square or round, any colors you desire, on linen cloth with crewel wool stitching.
We've tried to imagine all the permutations and combinations of cool swag that you could possibly desire, buuuuuuuut...
IF THERE IS A REWARD PACK YOU WANT AND DO NOT SEE, CONTACT US!
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, this is not our first rodeo! We have a printer lined up, and 85% of the art, layout, and lettering is already complete! By the end of the fundraising period that should be approaching 95%. A problem with wrapping up the work, or an unusual delay from the printers (last year they gave us 72 hour turn-around!) could delay the delivery and shipping of the books. However, any foreseeable delays should not be longer than a month!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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