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After a year of heartache and sorrow, Miguel journeys to the Camino de Santiago in search of healing, hope and another chance at love. Read more

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After a year of heartache and sorrow, Miguel journeys to the Camino de Santiago in search of healing, hope and another chance at love.

Chicago, IL Fiction
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About this project

First, I must say thank you to all who have supported and believed in me on this journey because I feel every story should begin with gratitude.

Para leer toda esta información en español, por favor hagan clic aquí

I’m Juan Carlos Hernández, a writer, journalist and English instructor based in Chicago.

The Story 

Plagued with despair after losing the love of his life, Miguel decides that his heart and signs are pointing him to Spain. He’s studying abroad in Prague, but he packs up early and takes off for one final trip before returning home – a pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela. He lands in Madrid without much of a plan except for walking 500 miles along the ancient trail of searching and spirituality. 

Along the way he meets Luis, a passionate, comical mentor, many messengers, and searchers from across the world. He also meets Anna, a Brazilian who is also looking to remake her life. As they a walk across fields of flowers and Medieval towns, they help each other, and start falling for each other, but they’re unsure about stepping into a relationship as their hearts still churn with the questions that drove them to the path. 

Humorous, lighthearted, reflective, touching, and lyrical, the narrative will pull you into a tapestry that is history guide, travelogue and love story. 

The manuscript is solid after going through several revisions, as I recently finished the 8th draft. Yes, an 8th painstaking draft, but it has come into focus with every review. I'm now raising money to publish the book independently. That means hiring and working with the right editors, translators and designers to produce a great book. You can read a sample here.

Where the Funds Will Go

Quality takes time and because we will not receive the funds until May, we cannot begin editing, and translating until then and through the summer. After that, it goes to the designers and the printer at some point in November. With traditional publishing, this process could take from 18-24 months. The costs listed below are estimates based on recent research. 

Please note, all backers will receive their rewards long before the official launch, which will be in late autumn 2013 or early spring 2014. 

Editing and proofreading $500

  • Hire a professional editor. 
  • Minor developmental editing, as well as line and copyediting 
  • Proofreading 

Spanish translation  $2,000

  • Many friends and relatives have requested a Spanish version of the novel, so one of my aims of this campaign is to hire a translator. 
  • This will require separate proofreaders and editors. 
  • This is also one of the reasons why this post production process will take several months. 

Design and layout $700

  • Hire an illustrator for the cover design
  • Hire a designer for the layout of the book

Additional rewards $800

  • Design and printing of coffee table books, thank you cards and bookmarks

Printing: $6,000 

  • Allows printing in bulk to bring down the per-book costs 
  • Obtain ISBN numbers, pay registration fees, and other costs associated with getting listed in various online bookstores 
  • Purchase envelopes, packing materials, postage 
  • Obtain extra review copies

Launch Party: $2,000

  • This party will be in the autumn 2013 or in the spring of 2014. There will be music, gifts, food and drinks. It will be a blast. 
  • If we surpass the goal, you give me the freedom to distribute the book more widely. 

Campaign events. Please join us. 

This project will have several related events taking place during the 60 days. Look out for updates as hours, venues and dates are confirmed.  



  • Kickstarter Party in River North at the Blue Frog Bar & Grill located at 22 East Hubbard. Right on the southwest corner of LaSalle and Hubbard.  Monday, April 8 starts at 5:30 p.m. 

Backers will receive updates on all of this as the project progresses.

Your support is crucial to making Lost and Found a success! Let's surpass the goal and make the novel more widely available! As the stack of notebooks and printed manuscripts show below, this has been many years in the making and I hope to soon share this with many people. I could not have done it alone. 

Credits

Video production, editing and sound: Eladio Martínez. Image editing: Eduardo Quiñones. Images: Juan Carlos Hernández. Copy Editing: Gustavo Baena and Edwardo Sosa. Song: Hideaway by Robert Hann

Special Thanks

To my parents and brother and to my sister, her husband and their wonderful daughters. To my family in México and all those who have scattered north. 

To my friends Mario and Rocío for their generosity. To Ana Castillo for hosting me in her home and helping this novel grow. To Robert Medina for showing us that little corner of the world. To Samuel Dubois, Melissa Bell, Keith Collett and others for their writing advice. To Dr. Marwan Amarin who made it possible for me to get away to work on this novel. To El Paso, Texas and the desert that surrounds her. 

To my neighbors, the García family, for their support and belief in my work. 

To all my friends, especially the México fans. You're in the novel. To my former colleagues and friends from the City Colleges of Chicago. And to Dr. Inma Minoves-Myers who watered this seed. May you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart. Gracias Maestra. 

Risks and challenges

Thankfully there are very few risks and challenges in this particular project. The most difficult obstacles have already been crossed. Major editing has been completed, and the manuscript has been registered at the U.S. Copyright Office. It has gone through several readers, and the novel requires no major changes. Editing will be minor and will mostly look for superficial issues. I have already met with an editorial team who will take on this project.

I placed fulfilling the rewards in November because the 60-day funding period ends in mid April, and because after that Kickstarter requires a 14-day period before they release the funds. That means I will not receive any funding until the end of April or early May. We will work over the summer and early fall.

The funding is necessary to pay the editors, translators and designers who then need time to accomplish their tasks. By November, all materials will be sent to press. The e-book will be the first reward available, but I want to fulfill all rewards at the same time.

As for printing and design, these will be done locally (in the Chicago area) in order to keep communication smooth and printing time to a minimum. It might be more expensive to do it this way, but it ensures that the bookmark, the cards, the books and the coffee table book arrive promptly.

I am willing to travel for the workshops, but that depends on scheduling issues and travel costs. If it is more convenient to do it over the Internet for all the parties involved, that can be done as well. I have seven years of teaching experience, and great material to work with, so this will be an enjoyable reward to fulfill. I look forward to it.

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    2 backers

    FIRST STEP For giving $1 you will receive a big THANK YOU and updates on how the book is coming along with an evite to the book release party.

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    18 backers

    E-BOOK Backer-only updates and a download of the book in PDF or e-book formats. (Compatible with Kindle, Nook, and iPad) Although this edition will be available before the printed edition, I want to make them available at the same time.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    24 backers

    TRAVELER BUNDLE A signed hardcover, with integrated Camino de Santiago map. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $45 or more

    19 backers

    PILGRIM'S BUNDLE The hardcover book,with an integrated map, a limited-edition Camino bookmark, and your name in the back of the book acknowledging you as a supporter . Shipping included.

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    7 backers

    FRIENDSHIP BUNDLE The pilgrim's bundle and an extra hardcover for you to give to a friend. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    9 backers

    CROSSROADS BUNDLE The friendship bundle, PLUS a set of 15 blank Thank You cards with my photographs of the Camino de Santiago. Some are in the video. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $175 or more

    3 backers

    BOOK CLUB BUNDLE 6 signed hardcovers for your book club, bookstore, cafe, startup, co-working space... plus your name in the back. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $300 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    THE CAMINO BUNDLE The Crossroads bundle, plus two VIP tickets to the launch party, and a phone conversation with me to talk about the Camino. The date for the launch party will be in the late fall of 2013 or early spring 2014. Books and related rewards will be available in November.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    COFFEE TABLE BOOK BUNDLE The pilgrim's bundle plus an additional signed hardcover, and a hardcover coffee table book featuring my photographs, some from the video as well as others from the Camino. Two tickets to the VIP hour before the launch party. The date for launch party will be in the late fall of 2013 or early spring 2014. Books and related rewards will be available in November. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    WORKSHOP BUNDLE The coffee table book bundle plus book club bundle, and I teach you and a group of 10 friends one 90-minute memoir workshop. This may be done online or in person depending on the backer’s distance from Chicago. The workshop may take place before the post production work for the book is done. If the workshop is done online, materials for the workshop and books can be mailed to the participants prior to the workshop date.

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Funding period

- (60 days)