New Stretch Goal: $3,500+
This is madness. My book will not only be published, but it will also be advertised and sent to several critics for much needed reviews.
We've reached the $2,500 needed for editing, formatting, publishing, and basic advertising.
You guys did it again. Two days in, and two goals have been reached. The third goal is the one that will raise this book above the endless sea of other self-published works.
With $3,500+ I will be able to do the following:
-Start a professional looking, interactive website promoting the book.
-Send an additional 20 copies to known bloggers for additional reviews and visibility.
-Promote the book through Google advertising, significantly enhancing the visibility in Google's search engine.
-Pay for the banner ads on popular blogs.
I am still stunned at the amount of support you're showing me. You're propelling this book into the world faster than I ever dreamed possible.
Stretch Goal: $2,500
Well, how about that? I wake up this morning and what do I see? Awesome people have already funded my project.
The absolutely essential $1,500 has been achieved.
You've already made sure that my book is published with proper editing. Now, it is time to spread the good word. Reaching the $2,500 stretch goal will provide the following for this project:
-I will be able to print extra copies to be sent out to critics across the country, which will provide necessary visibility for this book.
-Self publishing is a tough game. With this new funding, I will be able to buy advertisements that are essential to promotion of my work. This means Amazon promotions, paid ads, etc.
-Additional funds will also allow me to distribute the book more easily to many university libraries as well as the brick and mortar stores.
You guys made this book, and now is the time for the world to read it.
What are you talking about? An orange?
I know, I know, it's strange. I'll be the first to admit it.
When I was 17 and living in a small European country of Montenegro, something out of the ordinary started happening to me. My mother's friend, who would visit us often, began acting absolutely strange when only her and I would be left in the room. She'd change her voice to a childish tone and all she would ask me to do was... Well, to take the orange from her.
I, of course, felt uncomfortable around this woman and would avoid her as much as I could. However, she started following me. She'd appear in my window, in the street, and even in hotels when I'd travel.
Luckily, I went to America to study, and soon the strange encounters were forgotten. Until 10 years later, when I saw her again, 5,000 miles away from home. She was holding an orange.
My personal horror was back.
It all got much worse when i learned that my girlfriend used to be followed by this woman way before we got together. While trying to make sense of this absurdity, I found out that my grandmother has had numerous encounters with this person decades before I was born.
I posted some of my experiences on a horror forum called NoSleep, which is part of a social website Reddit. My story got an unbelievable following. It won every possible award, from it being in top 5 posts of all time, to it winning The Best Story of 2012.
Many offered to adapt the story into short movies, books, programs, and podcasts. Majority of readers requested that I put my experiences into a book so I can reveal the complete account of what happened.
So that's what I'm doing. I'm writing a book about what happened.
Why will this book be any different than all the others?
For starters, this is an actual account of my personal horror. Because of this, the book will not be written in a standard, descriptive way. You will not find descriptions such as "she was walking through the barely lit room almost as gracefully as a dancer under the moonlight." No. I tell you the story the way I'd tell it to you if we were sitting around the table, drinking whiskey. You will feel as if you were talking to me. This, of course, diminishes the artistic value, but I don't think that the truth should be flavored with unnecessary writing.
This book is written in a different way, I promise you that much.
Why do I need your help?
Well, if you've read this far, you've most likely noticed that English is not my first language. I am very comfortable with it, but it is not good enough to be published without editing. I want you to have the best possible experience while reading my account, and missing stuff such as "the" and "a" would take away from the full effect. If you've read my Reddit post, you've seen that I need help with editing.
Your donations will go towards several necessary edits, formatting, publishing, and marketing. However, I made it my mission that edits can only change the spelling and grammatical errors and not the content. You will receive the raw version of my story. It will not be shaped to cater to a standard reader.
So, what are your rewards?
I was torn between not having any rewards at all and creating these. I really didn't want to take away from the credibility of my story by creating t-shirts, posters, etc. However, you guys deserve to be rewarded for backing this book. You really do. So here we are.
This here is a specifically designed bookmark put on a quality, glossy paper. For a terrifying story, it's only right to have a terrifying bookmark.
I really like this one. Talented reader Rachel Schnapp drew this poster so the book can keep giving you shivers long after you're done reading.
Now this is a unique reward. The USB stick comes with all of my stories, drafts, and art. It includes unpublished incidents, undisclosed details, and never-before seen stories. Also, a lot more curses than the editors will allow in the book.
This unique t-shirt is made for anyone who is brave enough to wear it.The world we live in is strange, isn't it? One moment you are stalked by a devilish woman, while the next moment you're making a t-shirt about her.
And finally, the reason this whole thing is happening... The book itself.
Thank you all, thank you very much.
Most of the designs and videos are generous contributions of my talented friend, Aaron Rankin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Risks and challenges
The only step remaining in the whole process is editing. Since the story is 99% finished, there are no obstacles to completing this book shortly after the end of this Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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