About this project
Update 4: Additional funding will have great impact!
Now that this amazing community has funded the printing of my novel, here's what additional pledges will make possible:
• Sending out 150+ copies of the book to reviewers and bloggers nationwide.
• Scheduling print, radio, and television interviews (contacts & introductions welcome!).
• Application and participation in The Jewish Book Council's June auditions for its National Author Network Tour; this will introduce me to over 100 major communities in the US full of readers hungry to find out about my book and just don't know it yet.
• Designing and publishing multiple ebook formats.
There are many more publishing costs, but I don't want to bore you. Let me know if you want more details.
Thank you for keeping the pledges rolling.
About Jacob's Return, the novel
Jacob Goldman is a deeply conflicted man. Having dismissed his own Jewish heritage as lackluster and irrelevant, Jacob’s route to spirituality has been cobbled together through his affinity with the natural world, and through his marriage to Sheila, a full-blooded Native American with deep alliances to her tribe and her culture.
A journalist who was once renowned for his ardent championing of environmental causes and his struggle for social justice, the failure of Jacob’s writing to effect any real change, or to save what he loves the most has finally shattered his idealism.
When tragedy devastates his family while on vacation in Hawaii, Jacob’s world shatters and he is forced to examine who he has become, as well as the shaky foundation of his faith, all through the lens of loss. This search for identity and meaning takes Jacob from his native San Francisco to the Salt Grass Reservation, and then back to Hawaii in an attempt to confront it in its wild and dangerous beauty, and to find redemption.
His is a heroic journey in which he must surrender his fiercely held beliefs in order to reconcile nature and tradition, and that which threatens them.
The Creation of Jacob's Return
When I began writing this novel, I envisioned being scooped up by an agent and signed with a big publishing house that would escort me through the final editing process and launch my publishing career. Over the ensuing decade, I wrote and re-wrote the manuscript, presenting it in classes and workshops, and working with editors.
The recent implosions in the publishing world, including the decrease in fiction titles large publishers are bringing to market, and the closing of many bookstores, had me wonder about the fruition of my life-long dream.
After recovering from the shock of these changes, I started to see the vitality of individual artists and small presses making marks in the world of publishing. A year ago, when working with my editor, Deborah Meghnagi Bailey, I was listening to Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco’s music. While enjoying the beauty and depth of their lyrics and melodies, I considered, in awe, how Utah and Ani have kept ownership of their music for years and still reached their audiences. My book was being shaped to presentable form and I realized that I could follow that inspiration and carry my own art all the way through the process of creation, publication and marketing! Yes, I decided that day, I would self-publish Jacob’s Return.
Funding the Project
Start-up costs for publishing include editing, proofreading, book cover design, design of the text, and costs for promotion--distribution, marketing, and so on. Many of these costs I've paid for along the way, but I need money to pay the printer and get the books to my distributor.
I also need to finish paying my filmmaker, website developer and book designer, and I need assistance in reaching my audiences--environmentalists & naturalists, those interested in culture and ethnicity, folks with good humor, spiritual seekers, those curious about Jewish culture, Native American culture, and Hawaiian culture; and,
lovers of fiction.
I will release beautifully designed e-book and trade paperback versions of the novel. Jacob’s Return is at the printer for the month of February, concurrent with the Kickstarter campaign.
Instead of becoming a fixture of a big publishing house, I am building my own house! Please contribute to the printing of my debut novel.
You are helping me build my foundation as a published author!
Thank you for your support!
Find out about the rewards by reading below.
Aliza Freedman painted a series of geometric designs for my press, Sapphire Ink Press. The designs appear on the Jacob’s Return book cover, in the interior design of the book, and on the SapphireInkPress website (soon to be launched). Aliza is an Artist living in Melbourne, Australia, having emigrated there from South Africa in 1987. She has contributed to art in the community by providing many pieces over the years to be auctioned by Sotheby’s as major fundraisers for the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne, where some of her work has been exhibited.
Poster of Book Cover
Crows by Lisbet Biger
Crows were a bird of inspiration throughout the writing of Jacob's Return. Their intelligence and ability to speak in multiple languages has long captivated me. When driving from the San Francisco Bay Area to the San Joaquin Valley while doing research for the book, I would see their prominence in the skies, on trees, and on signposts. In the novel, Jacob considers Crow to be sentinel of the valley. Lisbet has been a friend and neighbor during the time I worked the book into its final form. I would spend much time with her and her crows, delighting in her work with wood, glass and metal. We would speak about process and looking, seeing and understanding. For years I've wanted to have one of her crows with me. I offer 2 of her one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
Crow With Moon
Detail of Odens Raven -- Leg
I am grateful for Nava Tehila for permission to use its music on my video. Visit a fundraising project for Nava Tehila's 2nd album: http://www.give2gether.com/projects/nava-tehila/.
I also thank Daan Van Kampenhout for his music. Please visit his site for more information about his teachings, music and books: http://www.daanvankampenhout.com/index.htm
Ori Kagan has spent years exploring filmmaking and editing as an amateur and is now embarking on professional training. Working with him was delightful. He can be contacted at: orikagan at gmail dot com.
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