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The EvoAngel is an environmental thriller featuring the new sciences of Evolutionary Development and Epigenetics. Mushrooms too!
The EvoAngel is an environmental thriller featuring the new sciences of Evolutionary Development and Epigenetics. Mushrooms too!
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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

Stretch plans

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).

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    The Spore
    Mushroom spores are so tiny that their dimensions are measured in microns, but a single spore has grown into the largest organism on Earth. Help spread knowledge of evolutionary development, epigenetics and fungi with your small donation to support the publishing of The EvoAngel. Your reward will be Chapters One and Two of The EvoAngel emailed to you. You can join the fun and have a sneek peek for less than a fall pumpkin latte.

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    The Mycelium
    A mycelium is the extensive substructure of a fungus. It consists of many branching hyphae that seek nutrients from the surrounding soil. The largest known mycelium is in Oregon and covers almost ten square kilometers (2400 acres). Help me build a huge network of readers who understand that our bodies interact with our environment on a subcellular level. Your reward will be an advance ebook copy of The EvoAngel and my personal words of thanks.

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    The Truffle
    The earthy truffle mushroom is a special sensory experience for fall mushroom collectors. This fruiting body develops from a symbiotic relationship between the fungi and certain trees. The tree shares carbohydrates and the fungi provides water and minerals. Together both species thrive. Embracing symbiosis between sponsor and writer at the Truffle level will have a reward of an advance print copy of The EvoAngel and my personal words of thanks

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    The Angel
    This level of support helps most of all. This fun gallop through the woods introduces readers to some of the little understood biology that surrounds us. We need better understanding of how changes in our environment link to subcellular changes in our bodies and we need to share this knowledge with political leaders who will make pivotal environmental decisions for our world. Your reward for being an Angel will be an advance print copy of The EvoAngel plus an advance release poster of the wonderful cover art created by the Damonza design team. You’ll also be listed in the book acknowledgements section with my words of heartfelt thanks.

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