In 2006, White Silver Publishing released Into the Reach, the first novel of the Redemption Trilogy. In 2007, Departure followed. Soon after, White Silver folded, and the third book, Regaining Home, was never published. A draft of the manuscript is complete but was never finished.
In 2010, White Silver released the rights to publish the novels back to Alana Abbott, and now Alana -- with the team of editor extraordinaire Shawn Merwin and amazing artist Lindsay Archer -- is making plans to finish Regaining Home for release as an e-book.
The Kickstarter budget includes the following:
Original Art: Lindsay Archer has agreed to produce an original front cover painting for Regaining Home.
Editing: Shawn Merwin is again on board to edit -- and make awesome -- the manuscript by Alana.
Re-writing: Alana Abbott will be revamping the original manuscript to improve it prior to sending it to Shawn Merwin for editing.
Publishing: Once all the other steps are complete, Alana Abbott will format and design the e-book editions, in multiple formats, for Regaining Home.
$3700 -- If we hit the $3700 mark, Shawn has graciously volunteered to re-edit Into the Reach and Departure. When that happens, we'll release the newly edited editions in multiple file formats (rather than just PDF, which is how they're currently available).
$4300 -- If we hit $4300, Lindsay will do a signed and numbered limited series of prints of the cover art -- we'll start with 12 available as a $75 reward (which will also include everything from the $35 reward), and if demand is high (and we continue to raise funds), we'll make more available.
$5000 -- If we hit $5000, Alana will compile a collection of new and previously published short stories, for definite release as an e-book, for probable release in print.
2/5/13 We've hit $1000 and are about a third of the way to our goal! In honor of that, we've added a new backer reward for $75: Improv Snippets by Alana Abbott. Backers who donate $75 can send Alana a genre, setting, and two characters (named or given by profession), and Alana will create a unique scene featuring those elements. The Improv Snippets will be compiled into a backer-exclusive e-book. (Alana may choose to use the snippets for another project in the future and retains any pertinent copyright, but your name will be listed along with the snippet wherever it appears, in perpetuity.) To pad the Improv Snippets collection, Alana may choose to include original snippets of her own creation, or original snippets as they appeared in the Empty Room Studios Art Book project.
2/6/13 We've added a couple more rewards -- some additional behind-the-scenes content at the $25 level, but more excitingly, manuscript review by Shawn Merwin at the $40 mark! If you know any aspiring (or professional!) writers who would like a critique of a manuscript of up to 50 pages, this is a great opportunity!
2/9/13 Lindsay Archer has agreed to let donors follow along with the process of creating the cover art. At the $35 level, donors will receive all of the $25 benefits, plus behind the scenes insights into the art process.
In addition, by request, the $50, $75, and $100 rewards will include all of the $25 rewards (rather than the $9 or $15 rewards), since the $25 reward was added after those rewards were written up (and Kickstarter doesn't allow edits on rewards that have already been chosen). The good news is, it's more good stuff for donors! The art rewards will remain separate; we're hoping to add further art rewards later on, and those will likely include the $35 level rewards as well.
Risks and challenges
The hurdles are largely a matter of scheduling. Lindsay, Shawn, and Alana all have other assignments that require their focus. Successful funding of the project allows them to make time in their busy schedules to focus on this project.
In addition, this will be Alana's first experience in e-book design. Though she has already researched coding and formatting, she may run into unforeseen challenges in the final stages of the project and need to seek expert advice to make sure the final result is as pretty as it is fun to read.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
In print, Into the Reach had 258 and Departure had 354. I'm expecting Regaining Home to be somewhere between those two page counts.
Until we do the final revisions, an exact number is hard to determine, but I expect it to be at least 30 mss pages. I'm hoping to completely cut a few characters from the early draft of the novel, so there will certainly be scenes featuring those characters. The beta readers at the $100 reward level are likely to impact several scenes, too, since they have the potential to reverse some of my plot decisions.
If people are interested in behind-the-scenes material from the earlier books, I suspect I still have cut scenes in my files somewhere.
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