Just a few hours left! I'm excited to see this series come to life. Tell your zombie friends before they miss out.
...actually, don't tell your zombie friends, but tell your friends who like zombies.
UPDATE #4 - I'm including a sample color sketch for the $200 level. This will fill a full page in the novel. Sketches at the $75 level will be half page and black and white.
Here is the zombie principal! You can see a before and after shot here.
Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our first goal! I am really hoping to make the first stretch goal for this novel to be everything I want it to be. Stay tuned for a sample zombie sketch of one of the backers.
UPDATE #3 - Increased rewards at $200+ levels.
UPDATE #2 - I've included a graph of rewards for your convenience.
UPDATE #1 - Thank you for your pledges so far! I am including a bid element to have a zombie likeness of yourself on the COVER of the novel, in the event that no one purchases this reward ($1000). If you are interested, send me a message, or write a comment on the project page. If the highest bid is tempting enough, I will add a single pledge level at that amount. Feel free to start low!
Perilous Paths is a series of interactive eBooks, where the reader decides what happens in the story. In a Perilous Paths eBook, the reader is far from safe, and unlikely to obtain a happy ending the first read through. The series is intended to be family friendly, very much similar to the writing in the rewards section, and the artwork here on the page. The writing will contain horrific themes and elements, but will not be explicit in content or overly graphic in description.
Our first, modest goal is to complete a single novel, Zombies Ate My Teacher--a zombie adventure that takes place in a school, and you--the reader--are a student. When students begin turning into zombies, you must decide whether to head for the hills, barricade yourself in a classroom, or possibly uncover the cause of the plague. Will you pair up with friends or do it alone? Will you wear your lucky blue shirt or your new blood red shirt? Everything is certain to effect your chance of survival.
If we hit our base goal only, this project will produce a completed manuscript with approximately 120 pages, with cover art and links for the reader's convenience, whenever a choice is to be made. Ideally, I would love to hit the first stretch goal, which will allow us to include several illustrations within the novel itself to enhance the mood. If your pledge includes an illustration, this will be included regardless of the stretch goals we reach.
If we reach subsequent stretch goals, this project will produce additional novels. Here is a list of those I plan on writing. Feel free to suggest other ideas. Ultimately, the backers of this project will vote for the order that these novels will be produced.
Themes: Pirates, Ninjas, Ghosts, Aliens
For your convenience, here is a list of all items contained in the PREMIUM PACKAGE, for pledges of $48 or more.
PREMIUM PACKAGE: You receive a copy of the interactive eBook, Zombies ate my Teacher and the next TWO novels in the Perilous Paths series. If we reach our third stretch goal, the second novel will be available by December. Your name appears on the Credit pages of the novel. You receive one vote to determine the next novel in the series. You are eligible to receive the EPIC rewards, if we reach our EPIC goal. Your name will appear etched on a tombstone in a special "Graveyard" tribute page at the end of the novel. In addition, you may include a short (max. 10 words) epitaph to be inscribed on your tombstone, beneath your name.
You can check out my first novel at here. It offers a writing sample, if you are interested, as well as an example of my commitment to finish large, complicated projects.
I would like to thank the illustrator, Cameron Kendell for capturing the mood of the novel so well. You can find his blog here, or in the links below. If you like what you see, Cameron is available for commission work.
I would also like to thank Mike Evans for helping me with my questions about Kickstarter. You can find his project here, or in the links below. His project is still live, as of this writing. He is an excellent sculptor, and currently producing a line of Dwarven miniatures. Check out his project, if you would like to benefit from its success.
Below are my stretch goals for the project. The first includes improvements on the first novel. All subsequent goals are designed to produce additional novels in the series.
This is my real goal. If we do not reach it, the novel will still be complete, but I will simply not be able to include the number of illustrations that I would like. At this goal level, the novel will include no less than eight illustrations.
If we reach this goal, the second novel in the series will be finished much sooner. The setting will be voted on by everyone who has pledged at least $21. The novel will be complete with illustrations and available by December.
If we reach this goal, the third novel in the series will be finished much sooner. The setting will be voted on by everyone who has pledged at least $21. You do not need to vote for one of the above options--if you have a good idea you would like to see, I will consider adding it to the list. The novel will be complete with illustrations and available by April 2013.
A fourth novel will be added to the series. The setting will be voted on by everyone who has pledged at least $21. The novel will be complete with illustrations and available by August 2013.
A fifth novel will be added to the series. The setting will be voted on by everyone who has pledged at least $21. The novel will be complete with illustrations and available by December 2013.
EPIC GOALS are designed to give incentive for backers to share this project with friends (through Facebook and other websites). Each time we reach an EPIC GOAL, everyone eligible receives something new.
If we reach our first EPIC GOAL, everyone who has pledged $14 or more will receive an additional novel in the Perilous Paths series, with two novels guaranteed by December 2012.
If we reach our second EPIC GOAL, everyone who has pledged $25 or more will receive EVERY novel in the series, with three guaranteed by December 2012.
In addition, EVERYONE, even if you have only pledged a dollar, will receive a copy of the published eBook "Ashen - Stone of Aether," as my thanks for your support. The novel is an epic fantasy with a zombie apocalypse thrown in for good measure.
If we reach our third EPIC GOAL, EVERYONE will receive EVERY novel in the series, even if you have only pledged a dollar, with three guaranteed by December 2012.
In addition, everyone who has pledged $25 or more, will receive a more serious interactive novel series, featuring more horrific settings, zombies, and themes. This series will supply two correct paths (meaning you don't die), each of which leads to a second novel continuing the apocalypse. This series will not be as family friendly. You will receive the series (a set of three novels, initially) by December 2013.
The artist has warned me that he does his original sketches on cardboard. I made the business decision that his art was worth it. It was a good decision. You, as a backer, need to know that if you pay for a color illustration, the original will come on cardboard.
For my backers, I will bend over backwards to get you the format you want. I simply cannot make physical copies, because the book relies on links for simplicity.
After I have served my backers, I intend to publish on Amazon, at which point the novel will cost $8.99 and be available on Kindle and Kindle apps (essentially, you can read it on any device). I have intentionally priced the rewards to give a discount to backers who would like a copy of the novel.
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