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Jonathan & KristinaBy Jonathan & Kristina
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Jonathan & KristinaBy Jonathan & Kristina
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$201
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 18 2018 10:25 AM UTC +00:00

About

We began plotting our debut novel almost 5 years ago. After many revisions, editing sessions with breadsticks and pizza, and a week-long Writecation, Trials of the Innermost (TOTI) is ready to meet the world. We received much positive feedback from prospective agents, but never found the right fit for our project. As such, we are self-publishing TOTI.

The Authors

Jonathan and Kristina (known as J&K on their social media platforms) are writers, gamers, and friends.

Jonathan is the proud owner of a BA in English, and a minor in Spanish. His writing bears the influence of his studies, as well as the legacy of the many science fiction and fantasy authors he reads.

Kristina graduated with a BA in Psychology, a minor in Music, and a concentration in Computer Science. Many of her writings have a fantasy or science fiction theme, and music often finds its way to add a fine arts touch to her characters.

Together we (J&K) are sci-fi and fantasy authors.

The Project

Why should I support this project, you might ask? Aside from our fervent belief in the inherent awesomeness of our story, we can tell you that TOTI is not your typical science fiction and fantasy novel. We wanted to truly blend the two genres, not settle for one or the other. Etherea, the world within which our story takes place, is filled not just with magic, swords, and fantastic beasts, but also aliens, spaceships, and advanced technology. 

We also sought to write an inclusive novel. TOTI features LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, tackles gender norms, and showcases cultural elements inspired by First Nation peoples. We present these not as items on a checklist, but as a reflection of the world within which we live--complex and beautiful like a kaleidoscope. 

Now that we've told you about our project, let's talk about how it will reach fruition. We have completed formatting of TOTI for eBook consumption. We will make use of Lulu to print physical copies (which we already tested) and they will be available through Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and retailers in the Ingram catalog network. Our social media accounts (where we've built a substantial following) are primed for the release. We've also begun contacting our local bookstores for placement and book signings. 

The Book

By pledging your support, book one of our planned Etherea Cycle will reach a wide audience of adults and young adults in print and electronic format. Go ahead and flip the book around and read the back cover.  

For more teasers we have two short excerpts available on our website.

Excerpt 1Excerpt 2

The Rewards 

As a thank you for supporting our book, there are some great rewards available. Each reward level title relates to an element from our story. When the Kickstarter ends, we will send a survey asking you to provide your preferred twitter username, preferred Wonder Wall name, or t-shirt size depending on your reward level. See the following images of what's available when you pledge.

Pledge $20 or more:

  • Trials of the Innermost eBook 
  • Digital Etherea Map 
  • Twitter Thank You

Pledge $25 or more and get these additional rewards

  • Coasters with our motto
  • Have your name immortalized on our "wonder wall", a page dedicated to listing our Kickstarter supporters. (Final webpage design pending number of backers)
  • Twitter Direct Message

Pledge $50 more and get this additional reward

  • Launch edition paperback

Pledge $75 or more and get these additional rewards

  • "I'd Rather Be in Etherea" Bookmark
  • 11"x17" Color poster of the map of Etherea

Pledge $100 or more and get these additional rewards

  • Supporter exclusive Tote bag
  • Supporter exclusive T-shirt

 Pledge $150 or more and get these additional rewards

  • A Mo’mo Mo’fa coffee/tea mug. 
  • We’ll write a blog post on our website on the topic of your choice (subject to approval)

Note: Kickstarter can take up to 14 days following the end of the campaign to debit backer's donations. Rewards will be ordered at that time.

 

The Timeline

The Costs

 How to Find Us

Locate us online at

Risks and challenges

The number one risk with any story is that it won't find an audience. We are confident that ours has one. Our social media followers are hungry for our story. On a broader level, science fiction and fantasy is a hot commodity, and TOTI stands out among the crowd for its genre-bending qualities.

Our biggest challenge in bringing TOTI out into the world is the cost of publishing without representation. Hence, our campaign here. Those costs continue beyond publishing as well in the form of marketing and promotion. We lack the luxury of endless funds and/or connections to the publishing industry to alleviate that challenge, but we are confident that TOTI will find enough success after launch to make us a self-sustaining author team.

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    Prioriate

    Join the ranks of Sondrinel training to defend their homeland.

    Twitter Thank You: At the end of the campaign, J&K will thank you by tagging your @ twitter handle.

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    Sentinel

    Defend the borders of Sondrine as an elite warrior.

    High Res color image (png) of the map of Etherea. Set it as your computer background or print it.
    +Prioriate rewards

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    Keeper

    Guard and protect the knowledge of the ages as a Keeper of Evocus.

    eBook copy of Trials of the Innermost: Get your digital copy of Trials of the Innermost before it is released for public purchase.
    + Sentinel rewards

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    • Digital Etherea Map
    • Twitter Thank You
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    By Your Compass

    By your compass stay true; J&K’s motto.

    Get a set of 4 paper coasters with our "By your compass stay true" motto mailed to you.
    Have your name immortalized on our "wonder wall", a page dedicated to listing our Kickstarter supporters. The page will be located on our public website, just as the Keepers record the history in the Praeteritum volumes.
    Receive a Twitter Direct Message
    +Sentinel awards

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    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
    • Digital Etherea Map
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    Seeker

    Do you have what it takes to represent Komor, Heathstrom, or Sondrine in the Trials is the Innermost? Show off your launch copy of the book!

    Launch edition paperback copy of Trials of the Innermost
    +By Your Compass rewards

    Includes:
    • Paperback Copy of TOTI
    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
    • Digital Etherea Map
    • Twitter Thank You
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    Magister

    Lead the Grey Lady's faithful in their quest to preserve her legacy.

    11"x17" Color poster of the map of Etherea
    "I'd Rather Be in Etherea" Bookmark
    +Seeker rewards

    Includes:
    • Etherea Map Poster
    • Etherea Bookmark
    • Paperback Copy of TOTI
    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
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    Spoils of Ettra

    The isle of Ettra is host to trade between all three realms. Grab your pack and load up in the Ettrascan market.

    Supporter exclusive polycanvas Tote bag, size 18"x11".
    A supporter exclusive T-shirt.
    +Magister rewards

    Includes:
    • Keep Calm and Read Tote
    • CREATE T-shirt
    • Etherea Map Poster
    • Etherea Bookmark
    • Paperback Copy of TOTI
    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
    • Digital Etherea Map
    • Twitter Thank You
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    Mahiratha

    The armies of Komor await your command.

    Your launch edition paperback will come signed with a personalized message.
    +Spoils of Ettra rewards

    Includes:
    • Signed Paperback of TOTI
    • Keep Calm and Read Tote
    • CREATE T-shirt
    • Etherea Map Poster
    • Etherea Bookmark
    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
    • Digital Etherea Map
    • Twitter Thank You
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    Mother of All

    The Highbloods revere her and say she created Etherea. Its fate may rest in her, and now your, hands.

    A Mo’mo Mo’fa coffee/tea mug.
    We’ll write a blog post on our website on the topic of your choice (subject to approval)
    +Mahiratha rewards

    Includes:
    • Mo'mo Mo'fa Mug
    • Blog Topic
    • Signed Paperback of TOTI
    • Keep Calm and Read Tote
    • CREATE T-shirt
    • Etherea Map Poster
    • Etherea Bookmark
    • By Your Compass Paper Coasters
    • Twitter Direct Message
    • Name on Our Wonder Wall
    • Trials of the Innermost eBook
    • Digital Etherea Map
    • Twitter Thank You
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Funding period

- (30 days)