This is a book about a male cheerleader who becomes a vigilante superhero in order to impress the girl next door. As for her, she is secretly an Amazon warrior princess IRL. Let me explain:
In 2009, I was part of a writing group where I was the youngest (age 25) and only the 2nd male. It was like having five older sisters, which I never had before. This was at the peak of the Twilight craze, and someone in the group suggested (somewhat sarcastically) that I take a crack at writing a YA paranormal romance.
To my surprise, the idea wouldn't leave me alone. It wasn't at all my genre. I was single and had trouble getting second or third dates, so I knew jack squat about romance. I shelved the idea and went back to writing about teenaged militarized ghost hunters.
Then, as these things do, it all came together when a few other partial story ideas car-crashed in my head.
What about a YA paranormal romance where the GIRL was The Other, and not the guy?
And what about the shocking reveal being that she's a legit Amazon warrior?
Hey, why don't I write a book about a male cheerleader? After all, I was one.
Wait just a gull durn minute here...
I started in 2012, and in 2013, it came together, though with no small amount of difficulty. At the time it was one of the more complex and involved stories I'd ever written, with so many subplots intertwining to drive the story forward. It's about love, yes. Love for family, for friends, for a significant other, and for oneself. Ultimately I think it's a tale about honesty, which is quite fitting for a book about a guy who hides behind a mask.
I've been shopping it around to agents and publishers for a long time and nobody's biting. It's never quite what they're looking for, even after full requests. So I decided after years of rejection, of getting sooo close only to fail again, I'm going to launch it under my DreadPennies banner. That just means I have to cover a few production costs, like editing, ISBNs, formatting, and so forth.
If we can get this project to fund, it will fulfill a five-year dream, and put some of my best storytelling out there. Nick Stavros, the titular hero, is probably the most complex character I've written. I'm really excited to hear what you think of it, and I hope you'll encourage your friends to back it!
Risks and challenges
The associated risks only come down to how long it takes to get the book edited. In the past, books of this length have taken between 1-3 months to properly implement edits and get them formatted. I should definitely have it ready before December, but I listed that as the delivery date as a worst-case scenario. Any changes in the timeline will of course be reported as soon as possible, but this is a low-risk project for that reason.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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