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The Life of Adventure…

Nem Aster is a young man with a dubious past, from a tiny, forgotten land in the north, trying to make his way in the world and fulfill a promise to an old friend. It is a world filled with dragons and demons, wizards and magic, and kings and thieves. The problem is, the world is about to fall apart around him. Unable to use magic, but having an odd talent for the dangerous arts of sorcery, Nem finds himself swept up in the events that are sweeping chaos across the mighty Aggadeh Empire and the rest of the world.

Does Nem have the power to save the world? Or destroy it?

And thus, Nobody opens the adventures of Nem Aster in the Aggadeh Empire. Want to know more about the story? The first seven chapters (The Pirate Arc) can be downloaded here for free.

Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody

Since the release of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody, I’ve gotten excellent reviews from readers, requests for interviews—and requests for book signings. When I first announced I was publishing a book, many friends and acquaintances approached me with requests for autographed copies of the book. Nobody was released as an ebook. You just can't autograph a computer file.

I knew I was eventually going to put my book into print. But to afford that, I had to sell a lot of ebooks! With that in mind, it does take a while for sales of a new author to catch on. To expedite the process, I decided to look into alternate ways of funding the first printing. Kickstarter was the most logical place to start. Many self-published authors have had success using Kickstarter to raise money for first printings of their books.

There are avenues to pursue to bring a book to print, but I found them to not be the most economical path to follow. As a self-published author, I don’t want to deal with vanity publishers or middlemen. I prefer to deal directly with the printer. I want to produce a book that will last as a treasured keepsake in someone’s library.

My search finally led me to King Printing in Lowell, MA. Their response to my request was enthusiastic and their quote was appreciably lower than what I received from vanity presses—even considering the small quantity I wanted to print in the first run. They answered my concerns about quality and even offered up multiple solutions for my requests.

Goals

My goal is to have a first print run of high-quality, hardcover books that can be used for book signings and sold in bookstores. The first 500 will be serial numbered.

For those who have already read Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody and are here to support this effort, you have my heartfelt thanks. If you haven’t yet read Nobody and want to know more about the story before committing yourself to this project, you can read the first seven chapters here.

The books being printed via funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will be the first edition, first printing and will also list the contributors to the project who wish to be listed. Subsequent printings of the print book outside the initial Kickstarter-funded printing will be numbered as “Two” and so on. Any remaining serial-numbered books will be held in reserve to be sold to particular people or at special events of my choosing.

Risks and challenges

I have an awful lot of books to sign! I expect the printing to be completed by the end of June and, depending on how many contributors join in, I should be able to complete signing all the books for the Kickstarter campaign in little more than a month. I chose September to give myself some breathing space, just in case. Rewards could possibly be delivered sooner if there are no hiccups.

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    You have my undying gratitude for helping me out with this project. I hope you look forward to buying Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody and the rest of the series as the books are released.

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    You get two serial numbered (from #'s 31–70), autographed hardcover copies from the first printing of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody, the special Kickstarter edition ebook. Your name will be added to the list of Patrons printed in the first hardcover edition of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody. Plus, when you find yourself in Boston, MA, I will meet with you and a guest for dinner (my treat) at a restaurant of my choosing.

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    Your name will be added to the acknowledgments in the hardcover and ebook editions of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody thanking your for your patronage. You receive the ebook version of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody. You get two serial numbered autographed hardcover copies (chosen from #'s 11–30 incl.), from the first printing of Aggadeh Chronicles Book 1: Nobody. PLUS: I will come to your venue (school, library, book club, etc.) for a private book signing and to give a talk about my book, writing, and self-publishing for you and your guests.

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