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EVEN IF THE KS DOES NOT REACH ITS GOAL, ALL REWARD TIERS WILL BE OFFERED OUT PRIVATELY FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO CONTINUE REGARDLESS.

Warring elven clans, dragons, monsters, a long lost book on human transmutation...

...and who knows how many cups of tea? 

To celebrate the start of Inuki Books, Vision, book one of The Naiad Chronicles quartet, is available as special Launch Edition hardbacks!

All Inuki Books hardbacks launched with the help of Kickstarter funding will bear an exclusive “Launch Edition” statement on the dedications page and title verso, as well as little stickers on the front dust jackets. All Launch Editions with this statement will be limited to 500 copies! Also, all physical copies bought through Kickstarter campaigns will be dedicated and signed by the author. All of them. Every one. Yes, even yours.

PLEASE NOTE, ALL REWARDS INCLUDE SHIPPING, SO NO EXTRA SHIPPING COSTS.

If you like the tongue-in-cheek style of the Discworld novels or the depth and characterisation of the Eragon books, you’ll probably love The Naiad Chronicles, because it’s somewhere between the two!

In short - A high fantasy, light humoured series, aimed for the early teen years but also offering plenty for adults too. Whilst following a traditional and extravagant high-fantasy theme with elves and dragons and monsters and an elf with a cat on his head, it also quietly questions racism, sexism and prejudices in general, and to what effect these can have on the lives of those affected by it.

In depth - The story follows the outcast half-bred elf Paolini and his cat, Lamb. Despite his lowly social ranking, Paolini is called to assist the king on a matter in which he himself cannot directly intervene – another petty war between the elven clans of the Avis and the Cauda.

Through a series of events and the visions of the clairvoyants, it is discovered that this clan feud is the lesser of many evils and acting as a veil to more sinister plans altogether. The dragons are disappearing, and as the source of all Naiad’s magic, this is resulting in the collapsing of nature and the weakening of the elves. Paolini is sent with his long time and enigmatic human companion Dustin, and the eccentric dragoness Kiki, to try and solve this mystery.

SOME BOOK DETAILS

These novels, paperback and hardback, will be released in 6” x 9” format. Vision stands at 520 pages / 195,000 words long, so this book is big! It features a two-page spread map of the Seraph Kingdom and a pronunciation guide.

The first draft of Vision was completed over three years ago. Since then, editing and corrections have been interspersed with the writing of books two and three of the quartet, which are now also finished and undergoing editing. Book four is currently still in progress. 

For many reasons I have chosen to self-publish and retain full control over the projects.

I was born in Yorkshire in '89, though I currently live in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Although I trained with the intention of becoming a concept artist for family films, I am currently self-employed as an artist making custom plush toys (under the username .DOLL / dot-DOLL), allowing me plenty of spare time to dedicate to these books - my true calling.

I graduated from the Robert Gordon University in 2010 with an honours degree in Design. I created a promotional video of The Naiad Chronicles for my fourth year Honours project and it received high praise from many at my final Degree Show.

The Naiad Chronicles has been a part of my life since my mid teens, and although it has grown and aged with me, it has always been an ambition of mine to produce this series. I have enjoyed fantasy from a young age and have been somewhat fixated with dragons for more than a suitable amount of time.

SO TELL ME ABOUT INUKI BOOKS

Inuki Books is the name of my publishing house. Naiad’s Inukis are giant, antlered dogs, bred by the elves to guard their cities and castles, but like all doggies, they’re just cuddly bundles of fluff who enjoy a tummy tickle. Inuki Books uses a gray Inuki as its logo and mascot.

LET'S LOOK AT SOME PRIZES, EH?

Shipping is included in the cost of the reward tiers and is Royal Mail International Standard (airmail), delivery time 5 - 7 working days, standard insurance.

Books should NOT incur customs fees or tax when entering most countries, and there will be no customs for anyone pledging from the EU. Any customs fees that are charged are the responsibility of the buyer.

Thank you! - all tiers backers will be thanked by name (whichever they choose, real or nickname, username or anonymous) on the Inuki Books website. Please keep the names child-friendly or I'll just have to list you as "Backer".

eBook - whatever format you like!

Standard prints - these will be nice quality, A4 sized (210mm x 297mm) prints of both Paolini and Ivy, on 300g Natural Premium Offset paper (matte finish). They are drawn (by me) in artist's pen and coloured with watercolours, and a set of different characters will be made for each of the four books' Kickstarters. There will also be an A4 sized print of the cover artwork, minus text.

Hardback books - Printed and bound in the UK, these are 520 pages, 6 x 9 inch format books with dust jackets. They will be listed both inside the books and on their ISBN registered details as being Launch Editions, which I will limit to 500 copies. Even if hardbacks become available in the future, they will be standard second editions. Launch Editions will also have a sticker on the dust jacket, to show from the outside that it is special. All the books backed through this kickstarter will be signed and dedicated, and all will come with a pair of bookmarks.

Illustrations - at the front of your book, I will draw a unique image of whichever character you select. It will be sketched in pencil, finished in artist's pen and given a quick lick of colour with watercolours. Don't worry, the small amount of water shouldn't buckle the page! I've tested it!

Sample version of Kiki
Sample version of Kiki

Giclee prints - an upgrade from the standard prints, these A4 giclee prints are for the art collectors out there. The companion prints of Paolini and Ivy in their trees shall be limited to ten of each, and limited to this kickstarter. These prints will be numbered and signed by myself. I shall be using a printer based in Stirling, Scotland, who specialise in high-quality art prints for many scottish galleries and artists.

Plush toys - I make them! I make plush toys as my current profession and have three years of experience under my belt (and have worked with another writer, the delightful Jess Owen, in producing plush toys for her Summer King Chronicles kickstarters, so I'm pretty confident of my deadlines). These plushes are made with my own patterns, with a mix of hand and machine stitching and their eyes are completely hand-embroidered. Due to their handmade nature, they are NOT safety tested and therefore are NOT suitable for young children.

Don't forget, all plush tiers also include a unique hand drawn illustration in the book itself, as well as all the other prizes too!

Lamb - 7 inches tall, cuddly and floppy, made of minky, with hand-embroidered eyes and details.

Juke - 8 inches high (9 including his antlers), made of minky and faux furs, with hand embroidered eyes and a determined expression.

Kiki - 10 inches tall (11 including her horns), minky and faux-fur, very floppy, with wired wings, hand embroidered eyes and painted stripes (the minky fabric remains soft under the paint).

 All together now!

Most of the money, about 50% of it, will go towards the printing of the books themselves. About 40% will go on packaging, prints, bookmarks, plushes, proofs and edits, ISBN’s and barcodes, and the remaining 10% will cover the KS fees and credit-card fees.

These books are heavy! The shipping on each book alone is £16. That's not including boxes, packaging etc etc!

£12000 – additional prints! All tiers with prints will receive an additional two A4 (210 x 297mm) prints in the style of the two watercolours, likely one of Kiki and another of Juke. Those who back the giclee art prints will receive signed and numbered giclee versions.

£13000 – Well, asides being staggered with this amazing result, I shall also look to include packs of A5 (148 x 210mm) greetings cards with envelopes (to all tiers with shippable prizes), of the four (Pao, Ivy, Kiki, Juke) watercolour designs.

£15000 – Metal pin badges to all tiers with shippable prizes! Currently I have not considered these for book one, but if needs must! Lamb, Juke or Kiki would likely be badgified.

Risks and challenges

Vision is complete and ready to go, as are all the images for prints. The only thing left is to print them! This may face delays, but as I shall be using Ingram for the hardbacks, there will doubtfully be any real complications. They are being printed and bound here in the UK too, so no slow shipping from China or India.

The standard prints are coming in from Europe, and are estimated to take about 15 working days from order to arrival. The Giclee prints are coming from Sterling, Scotland with similar print times.

The plush toys are being made by my fair hand, so the only risks will be a delay caused by material availability. They will ship with their books to save shipping costs, but they may well be finished before the books are printed and delivered to me for signing and pictures.

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    COLLECTIBLE SET - HARDBACKS + PRINTS + EBOOK
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