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Three nations go to war, with demons pulling the strings. Penndarius and his protectors search for the truth that will save them all.
Three nations go to war, with demons pulling the strings. Penndarius and his protectors search for the truth that will save them all.
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Hi there! I have already written two full-size fantasy novels in an action-packed original series entitled A Scholar's Journey! I need your pledges to get the second book professionally edited.

Reviews of the first book in the series, The Divine Tempest:

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"Mr. Herick C. Erickson-Brigl has proven that he is a master-fantasy-writer"  - Writers with Books

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"What a great fantasy book! The author has done an amazing job of building up the world that everything takes place in throughout The Divine Tempest and the book flows very easily – I was able to sit down and devour it all at once."

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"This book was a throw back to the fantasy books I loved when I was younger and I haven’t read one recently that could even keep my attention until The Divine Tempest."

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"The world really comes to life in both description and imagery right before your eyes." - Literarysweet

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"What a great book, I loved every minute of it and read it in one sit."

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The second book is already in its final draft and is ready for the editorial process to begin. 

This is where you come in. Having a book properly edited costs money. In fact, it is one of the more expensive parts of the publishing process. I want your help to make this second book a reality. As a supporter, you'll get a copy of the completed book when the editing is done. Every Kickstarter pledge tier includes receiving either the first or second or both books, in either e-book or hard-copy form!

What are the books about?

Book One, The Divine Tempest: When the God of Justice and Retribution releases a demon to wreak vengeance upon Therra, a young scholar named Penndarius and his tormented warrior-protector have just one day to stop the rising tide of terror before their world disappears.

Book Two, A War of Lies: Three nations stand divided by a devil’s trick that will spark a war between the elder gods and their daemonic children. Penndarius and his fierce protectors travel to the fertile land of Utopia to delve deeper into Therra's hidden past. Will the answers they find be what they are seeking, or will they reveal something much more sinister?

Here are a few interviews I've done for The Divine Tempest Marketing Tour. 

http://www.jamericanspice.com/2013/04/a-scholars-journey-divine-tempest.html

http://andisbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/04/learn-more-about-author-herrick-c.html


The cover of the second book, A War of Lies.



This is an excerpt from my first book, The Divine Tempest.


Why do I write?

Why do I write? Books are my safe place, and I want to give back to the world. When I was in pain, my books taught me how to endure. When I was afraid, they showed me how to be brave. When nights were their darkest, they led me to the dawn.

I know there are others who are having difficulties in life. I want to create new, safe places to go when it all gets too heavy. Let my books, with their indomitable heroes, provide a safe haven for you, too.

Where does your money go?

With the money raised in this Kickstarter campaign, I will pay my professional editor to revise and polish my second book, A War of Lies.


$4,000 (fully funded) - I will have the second book in the series fully edited.

$4,500 – Every backer will receive a special “Races, Places, and People” preview of the second book.

$5,000 – I will do a Q&A session on Kickstarter. Posted questions will be answered by yours truly in a video response. As a fun preview, every backer will also receive a special PDF file of all the chapter openings for the second book before its release.

$6,000 - The book will receive an even more in-depth edit, and marketing copy will be developed.

$8,000+ - I will begin writing the third book in the series and will put any additional money towards living expenses.



How will I get the book to you?

As with the first book in the series, physical copies will be produced and distributed by CreateSpace, a print-on-demand company owned by Amazon, and e-books will also be sold on Amazon.com. When the book has completed the editing process, I'll send it to you -- no artistic mumbo-jumbo, no delays.

What is the timeline?

Once I send the book to my editor, it may take several months before final turnaround. Distribution will begin soon after. You will most likely have the second book in the series by October, 2013.

What will I do during the six months it takes to edit book two?

In addition to collaborating with my editor on rewriting and polishing, I have a lot to do! Planning these books takes a lot of effort, and my mind is also aflutter with ideas for my third book! I have tentatively entitled it My Dying Day.

I don't want to focus too much on other projects, since this Kickstarter effort is about funding the second book of the series A Scholar's Journey...but I also have a science fiction book and another fantasy book in the works. Stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

Like everyone else, I need the basics, such as food, rent, and maybe a little water. (Did I say water? How about energy drinks!) These essentials will provide the security and physical support I need to continue my writing.

I've managed to eliminate most potential setbacks already. The manuscript is drafted and ready to be sent to my editor, but it will likely take four to six months to begin and complete the editing process, depending on her schedule and how much love and collaboration the book needs.

Be all this as it may, I wouldn’t want you to think of this campaign as funding only a single book. By contributing, you are funding a continuing body of art, and this is just an early step. By supporting this Kickstarter campaign, you are helping the entire series come to life, grow, and thrive!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

- Herrick

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    THANK YOU for your pledge. I thank you for your donation and appreciate your help. One dollar may not seem like much, but it goes a long way. You will receive a thank you e-mail and a copy of the second book's cover as a computer wallpaper.

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    OPTION 19: One of a kind cover! You will get a one of a kind cover for your book. It will be drawn by Ryan Cabral who has done the other two covers. It will get the same care and detail as the others. PLUS! You will get a one time printed poster of that same cover and all of the goodies from reward 18 and anything associated with it!

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