I have written the sort of story I love to find. There is biology from all levels, from the subcellular to the global. The characters are frightened and confused but also resilient. I've added in mushroom lore, chase scenes, lurking predators, and one very large dog to create a story ready to rescue a reader from the boredom of a long commute or wet weekend.
I spent over a year reading background material on mushrooms, evolutionary development, epigenetics, and feather paleontology to identify possible connections. I then spent three years writing and rewriting the story. It is time for this book to take flight.
It takes money and public interest to launch a novel successfully. I need your help with donations and broadcasting. You'll want to know if the writing is up to snuff, so here's a link to the story's opening scene: http://www.ellenkingrice.com/#!opening-words/ckry
The EvoAngel is complete at 102,000 words.
Budget for The EvoAngel
Top quality cover design plus eBook and print formatting $920.00
I am working with Damonza.com to insure a finished product that will catch eyes and please readers.
Distribution Services $500.00
I am looking at a combination of IngramSpark, Bookbaby and CreateSpace.
Publicity Hard Copies for giveaway contests $300.00
I will host several give away events including one on Goodreads.com
Other publicity printing (posters/bookmarks) & postage $400.00
Total : $2,120.00
Any additional contributions will go to publicity. There’s no question that a $5,000 web banner on Goodreads.com would boost sales. Other publicity paths are more affordable. I am currently researching Bublish and iReach. I will work to be as shrewd and nimble as possible with the dollars you donate. Keep the mycelium running by donating generously!
Risks and challenges
I am confident that I can navigate book formatting and distribution once I have appropriate funding. The next big challenge will be getting the word out that this book exists.
I think I need a two pronged approach: 1) contact current mushroom and epigenetics fans and 2) convince others that they want to read a somewhat different sort of thriller. I am planning to do more research on how to best use publicity copies, book signings, and internet advertising. I am also going to contact as many mycological societies as I can find!
Backers are welcome to send me words of advice about preparing for a book launch. The official launch date will be the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2016. (Estimated shipping date for the Advance copies is mid-December. The Advance copy reward to my backers could be a fine holiday gift for your environmentally passionate friends or family).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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