A Brief Synopsis Followed by My "Pitch" For Your Support
Leonard's Story: If you think it was all good deeds and fancy ideals back in the days of Camelot, think again. Most people don’t know this, but for a time things went seriously bad; Arthur was imprisoned, Merlin had vanished, and a vile demon had taken over the throne. Young Leonard would have been shocked to learn any of this but right now all that concerned him was where his next meal was coming from.
As page to Sir Francis, a poor but kind knight, events at the castle took a back seat to a rumbling stomach. Oh sure, he held a secret dream that one day Sir Francis would take a seat at the Round Table, but seriously, that was about as likely as Maid Glennys seeing him as anyone other than the dirty page of a low-ranking nobleman. Not gonna happen.
Everything changes when Leonard meets Mantooth, a seriously depressed dragon who’s looking for a knight to end his misery with a swing of a broadsword. Wait a minute. If the dragon will allow Sir Francis to slay him, his misery would be over, Sir Francis would surely get a Round Table invite for such a brave deed, and Leonard might even climb a notch or two in the eyes of Glennys! Everybody wins, right?
Leonard’s plan backfires horribly when, on the day of the battle, Sir Francis is arrested for “bravery without a license” and he and Mantooth are dragged off to Camelot’s dungeons. Now Leonard must do whatever it takes to free his master even if that means doing battle with dangerous monsters, trying to outwit Camelot’s dark overlord, or taking a bath!
My Pitch: The biggest obstacle that stands between me and publishing my novel is an unwillingness to put out something that appears less than professional in quality. I want Leonard the Great: Dragon Friend to look and read the same as the very best "traditionally published" middle-grade novels.
Your backing will help me do the following:
-- Pay a professional service to edit and proofread my book. "Leonard" is already in good shape, but a frequent knock against "indie publishing" is that these books are full of typos, grammar/punctuation errors, and plot holes. By paying a service, I'll ensure this won't be the case with my book.
-- Purchase assorted support materials such as any additional cover art, Kindle conversion software, proof copies, copies for reviewers, etc.
-- Pay the fees required to publish with CreateSpace (an Amazon.com company). These fees include membership in their "Pro Plan," an expanded distribution channel that reaches certified resellers, bookstores and online retailers, and libraries and academic institutions throughout the U.S. Getting the book out there in as many ways as possible is important!
-- Pay for assorted marketing expenses such as promotional postcards, bookmarks, shipping materials, and postage.
--If I'm fortunate enough to reach my funding goal, any additional money will be applied to future book projects including a likely sequel to "Leonard the Great: Dragon Friend."
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