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E. D. JohnsonBy E. D. Johnson
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E. D. JohnsonBy E. D. Johnson
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$430
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

I have been writing fiction in some form or another since about the age of 14, but on August 19th of this year, I will turn 30 without ever actually selling a story. What I want for my birthday is to move past being a hobbyist writer into being a professional author with the self-published launch of "Stormbringer," the first of a series of novellas in a new fantasy world for young adults. I have already written it (25661 words in its current state), so it is just a matter of polish, shine, and distribute.

In the interest of transparency, I have the following little list of expenses for this specific project:

ISBN - 1 for $125, or 10 for $250. Since I want to do ebook, paperback, and hardback, I would opt for getting the 10. It will lower the cost, and give the next novella a leg up.

Copyright - $35 through the copyright website, but still an expense worth mentioning.

Cover Art - $100-250. I have made some decent mock ups, but a real artist could add some zip above what I have made. I have already spoken to several artists interested in the project, so this will ensure that not only am I getting paid for the effort, but another artist as well.

Editing - as high as $50/hr, but hoping I can get by for $250ish.

Even the greatest writers have an editor go over their stuff to look for grammatical and mechanical errors, issues with flow and word choice, and tons of other stuff. A professional editor is worth their weight in gold, so it would be nice to pass "Stormbringer" by one, just to work out anything that I or my team of beta readers have missed.

Printing

Paperbacks cost $6, plus postage of let us say $4, for a total cost of $10 per paperback book.

Bookmarks are cheap. Like $50 for 250 of them. But who doesn't love a good bookmark?

Hardbacks are not cheap. Even for this project, it costs $16 plus postage/shipping per book. That is why I wanted to limit copies of these.

Anything else on the list has very little "direct" expense on the project, except perhaps the flight to sing to a special patron, should that option be taken.

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    an e-book copy of "Stormbringer" (.mobi, .pdf, .epub, .azw3) with your name in the acknowledgments in the e-book version

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    as above, plus an early peek at the prologue and first chapter of the next novella "Earthbreaker"

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    as above, plus printed paperback copy of "Stormbringer" with your name in both print and e-book acknowledgements, and the copy will have a personalized "Thank You" note and my signature

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    as above, but two paperback copies, one for you and one for a friend. The second copy can have a "gift message" instead of a "Thank you" if preferred. Both can be sent to you, for hand-delivery to said friend, or mailed separately, if you prefer.

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    as above, plus a short story written about any character in "Stormbringer" that you pick, which will also be distributed to any patron pledging $25 or more, with a dedication to you.

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    as above, and I will create a character in a future novella from your input. (Character name/race/etc must still fit the world)

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    as above, all inclusive, plus, I will fly out to meet, shake your hand, sing "I'm a Little Tea Pot," and post the video of it on YouTube. If it is just not feasible to do so (for any number of reasons) within about a year, I will make the video, post it to YouTube, and share the link with every patron on the list.

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