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By Scott M. Folsom
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About

The Book

Davrick Ro’Lan, abandoned on Titan with his mother as a child, against all odds has become an apprentice alchemist of the methane harvester Charon, but when news of his father arrives from deep space, he is forced to acknowledge the heavy shadow his father had always cast on his life. 

Titan 3030 is a Science-Fiction High Fantasy Novel of epic proportions. Titan 3030 takes place in an alternate-Earth timeline in the year 3030 on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Davrick is a thoughtful anti-hero struggling with grips on his own identity when the world suddenly begins testing him at every turn. Find out how his story ends by following him through the various Shades of Samsara he will encounter along his way.

The Project

This project originally began in late August of 2012. I had graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy after leaving my career as an IT professional for one of the largest restaurant corporations.

It was amid the squander of temporary work that I decided I had it in me to spawn a story of epic proportion, and that I would write it. I penned the original outline for a seven – book series that August.

In September, I completed what I considered to be an A-Z outline for the first novel Titan 3030. In November, I had decided the series would also include a prequel with an additional three novels that follow it. This decision increased my planned novel count from seven to eleven.

Over the course of the next couple years, I continued to work on writing the draft for the first novel of the series, Titan 3030. With each year, I made considerable strides, but it was painfully obvious to me how far away the end was in terms of quality and revision.

On March 17th of 2015, I completed the first draft of Titan 3030. On January 12th 2016, I completed the second draft revision. On July 17th, I finished revision three, pushing the novel’s quality into what I had considered the lowest tier of publication-ready.

And so, having decided on a publication deadline for early March, I’ve set in motion the final stretch of decisions and actions that need to be made and performed in order to successfully self-publish my first novel, Titan 3030.

And that’s where you come, the Kickstarter purveyor.

What does my $2200 Kickstarter goal mean? Why that number?

Here’s the breakdown:

ISBNs aren’t cheap, but the more I buy, the cheaper they are. A minimum of $250 needs to be allocated to securing a minimum of 10 ISBNs before publication time. Ideally, and planned for in the budget is a purchase block of 100 ISBNs for $575, essentially covering the entire Shade of Samsara series for ISBN registration.

Copyrights are cheaper than ISBNS, but they still cost money. Registering an individual story or novel runs $35 each with the Copyright Office.

A barcode is used for physical copies of a book so that retailers can buy and distribute them with their inventory systems. Each barcode for a physical book is $25.

Advertising is a category that will be taking a fair sum of this Kickstarter money in order to promote the launch and sale of the novel on release and to promote the release of the serialized short stories leading up to the Titan 3030 launch in early March of 2017.

Avenues of advertising that I’m already firm on are Facebook ads, Google ads, and the Kindle advertising options. Estimates used for advertising expenditures were approximately distributed as such: Facebook, $300; Kindle, $100; Google Ads, $300. If by some happy accident or loyal following my goal is surpassed, additional funding will be allocated to the marketing and promoting of the launch of the novel Titan 3030 in the early Spring of 2017.

Additional fees included in the goal help pay for annual web hosting fees as well, for both www.ShadesofSamsara.com and www.Titan3030.com, which run me about $125 out of pocket yearly.

Lastly, I took these numbers and multiplied it by the low percentage rate that I anticipate Kickstarter to collect after a successful campaign to mitigate the financial impact of that fee on the project itself.

Risks and challenges

Hands down the biggest challenge in this whole process is gaining a reader-base. Marketing, promoting, advertising; all of these things are not native or familiar to me. Expanding my series’ reach and audience is by far the greatest challenge to face.

There are of course, other challenges. One of the most pertinent ones I face is the challenge of adhering to my launch schedule I have created. Not only am I preparing Titan 3030 for publication in Spring 2017, but I am also coordinating the release and publication of 5 short stories leading up to the March release of the first novel in the series.

Completing each of the short stories with a level of quality worthy of publication, on time, for each of their deadlines, while in parallel working on the finalization review and edit of Titan 3030, is going to be a challenge.

The schedule is tight, and firm now, but there is enough time to do everything as long as I adhere to the plan.

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    Thanks for helping. Honestly, every bit matters, whether it's $1 or $5 dollars, it all contributes to the running cost of web hosting, copyright registrations and advertising. You helped. Thanks!

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    Thanks for donating to my project. Writing a novel seemed easy when I started. Just tell a story, right? Well it took more than I expected from me in time, energy, and resources, and so I appreciate your contribution to making it to completion as a success. As a reward you will receive a digital copy of a Shades of Samsara short of your choice.

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    Hey, you're my hero! As a Hero you will have your name featured prominently on www.shadesofsamsara.com in the Public Acknowledgements section, in addition to also receiving Contributor level rewards and a choice of a Shade of Samsara short.

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    You have my back and I couldn't be more thrilled about your support! This is a significant step forward in approaching the launch for Titan 3030. As such, as a backer, in addition to those rewards of the lower tiers, you will also get a soft-cover physical copy of Titan 3030, signed by the author at release. In addition, you may receive your copy in advance of the launch date*.

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    Not only do you have my back, but you're as influential as two backers. In addition to the rewards of the lower tiers, as a Super Backer, in lieu of a soft-cover, yours will be a signed hard-cover of Titan 3030. You will also receive a signed print of the cover art by the artist.

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    Alright, so, I owe you. You've gone far beyond what anyone would consider modest and you've decided to invest in me as an author and in my series. As such, for your reward, in addition to those of the lower tiers, you will receive a hard cover copy of each of the seven feature titles* of the Shades of Samsara series, signed by the author, received as early as pre-release for each launch*. I will also incorporate you into the Shade of Samsara meta, which can be the result of small collaborative effort with said Legend.

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