What Is this About, Anyway?
My fourth book which is an exciting modernization of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice! Here's a sample from the first draft, which is already complete. Help me get it published by pledging any amount. Even $1 helps, and for that, you get a digital copy of one of my other books! More pledge gets you better rewards!
Without you, this project won't get funded and A Boat Made of Bone won't be published. Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to watch my video, read my story, and participate in my campaign. I'm truly awed and humbled.
Who Am I?
Hi, I'm Nicole and I'm a writer! The only time I don't feel like I should be doing something else is when I'm writing or editing my work. I've indie published three books, kept a blog since 2005, and written about music both in print and online. When I wasn't working as an editor of some sort or being a copy writer in marketing, I was writing my own stuff--pecking out novels, short stories, and poems one word at a time.
These days I spend all of my free time writing stories. Since 2011, I've digitally published several short stories and three books. My most recent book is available in print as well. I have many projects in the works. Right now I'm ready to take my current work-in-progress to the next step. That's where you come in! If my funding goal is reached, I have many awesome stretch goals lined up. See below to learn more about them!
Kat Miller has been
having recurring dreams about the same man . . . a dead man. Will Marks,
to be exact, a celebrity who died long before Kat had any reason to pay
attention to celebrities.
While the night-world she enjoys with
Will beckons, her waking world has suddenly gotten intriguing. Ty
Watts--a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free--just
walked into her life and he's got a smile that hides a secret.
But is Ty a distraction or a savior?
dreams threaten to take over. She must negotiate the edge of reality,
solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will and either set him
free or lose herself forever in the seductively dangerous world he
A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy.
Length and Sample Chapters
The final draft is approximately 300 pages with a projected length of 320 published pages. Read the first chapter here. More chapters will be unlocked as funding goals are met. See below for stretch goals--it's highly possible that an entire ARC will be available before the book is printed. But, well, that's up to you!
The biggest difference between
traditional publishing and indie publishing is that I don't get a loan
from a publisher to take care of all the pre-publication costs such as
proofreading and development editing. I cover these myself. But because I
don't have to repay a publisher's loan and can keep a larger percentage
of the sales, it gives me the flexibility to price my books lower for
Though I've indie published other novels, A Boat Made of Bone
is different. I have more experience in what I need to do to make sure I
publish the best possible version of my book. I have a better idea of
what it takes to produce a polished, professional product. I want to do
that with the help of the people who love books best. You!
Where the Funds Will Go
Having three novels already published, I'm very aware of the costs that go into getting a book done--not only pre-publication costs, but also post-publication costs like marketing. I know that A Boat Made of Bone is destined for greatness. To achieve this vision, a marketing plan has been devised that will help boost sales and interest in the book. Should the funding goals be met, I have a cover designer ready to go who is one of the best for this kind of book. Here is a list of the projected costs:
- content editing
- copy editing
- cover and jacket design
- book layout and design
- custom chapter-heading art
- ISBN numbers
- bulk printing
If we raise more than the funding goal, the additional funds will go into the following:
- marketing which includes online book tours and professional reviews
- other advertising which may include conventions
- review copies
I'll be providing email updates for backers as well as posting some of these to my blog as part of my pre-release marketing plan.
Books Are Cool
I'm a bit of a book-geek and a collector. As someone who enjoys the physical presence of an object, I find that there is an inherent value to owning an actual, physical copy of a book. I have a collection of first editions and I love to own signed copies of the hardbound books that are my favorites and which have influenced me most. I believe there are others out there like me who appreciate the collectible nature of books. That's why I want to provide my backers with signed limited editions.
A Boat Made of Bone will be a memorable journey with a limited edition souvenir for those of you who participate. I hope you'll join with me and experience the excitement of publishing a book.
What happens if we raise more money? Will you make the rewards more awesome?
Of course! Yes, yes, there are stretch goals! I have several lined up here and if we need to do more, we can!
- $5,000 = Locked! Funding goal reached! The book is going to happen! Chapter 2 sample will be unlocked!
$10,000 = Locked! The book will now come with two maps! Sweet! Concept images by my mapmaker will be uploaded when the reward is unlocked.
$15,000 = Locked! Wow! Every reward above the $25 tier will get a 1.25 inch button with the
cover art on it or a cool dragonfly on it. Concept images will be
uploaded when the reward is unlocked!
$20,000 = Locked! Chapter 3 sample unlocked! ALL rewards except the digital bundles will now get the super awesome bookmark! (That's you, paperback people!)
- $25,000 = Locked! Wow! Rewards over the $40 tier will ALL receive a full color, 18''x 24'' poster of the cover art!
- $30,000 = Locked! Chapter 4 sample will be unlocked! At this rate, you'll have the entire book read (not the pre-pub draft, but hey!) before it's even printed!
- $35,000 = Locked! Oh man! Rewards over the $40 tier will all receive a super sweet tote bag with the cover art on it!
- $40,000 = Locked! Chapter 5 sample will be unlocked!
- $45,000 = Locked! Rewards over the $40 tier will ALL receive a kick-butt T-shirt! Concept art will be uploaded when goal is unlocked.
Thank you, everyone for your support!
And hey, let's hang out!
Video shot, directed, and edited by Stoker White. Music by Impulsus and used with permission.
Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project are the timetables I'll encounter with the people I will hire for cover and jacket design, editing, and printing. I won't be able to control what they do even though I'll try to get work from them done quickly and professionally. I've worked with editors and designers before, however, and I won't hire anyone who hasn't demonstrated a record of hitting their deadlines and making their clients happy.
For anyone who donates $25 and up, please remember to update your shipping address and in case of any changes between when I get your information and when I ship final products, please remember to leave a forwarding address with the Post Office or be sure to have your book shipped to a permanent address if yours currently is not.
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