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"The Alchemist’s Theorem" is a fantasy novel for kids, other humans and most functionally literate creatures.
"The Alchemist’s Theorem" is a fantasy novel for kids, other humans and most functionally literate creatures.
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The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise (fantasy novel)

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WE KEEP DOING IT! We hit the 3rd stretch goal! Since there is still 7 days to go and publishing is an expensive business, I have another stretch goal to reach.

THE $8000 MARK: The funds for this stretch goal will help me attend events where I can peddle my book to my audience (such as fairs, readings etc). It will help with local transportation, booth/table rentals, and signage. And if I hit this goal I get another piece of gluten-free cake, but this time I will share it with Brooks.

THE $3500 MARK ACHIEVED! Because we hit this goal, I can print and send 50 or so copies of The Alchemist’s Theorem to various bloggers who review fantasy novels for their audiences, and donate a few copies to local school libraries. And now everyone that gets a printed copy will also receive an Alchemist’s Theorem bookmark with their book!

THE $4500 MARK ACHIEVED! Because we hit this goal, I can have a map of Terra Copia made! This new goal will also help me cover administrative fees. Every backer will get a digital copy of the map emailed to them in early 2016. 

THE $6000 MARK ACHIEVED! We hit the 3rd stretch goal! Now I will be able to pay the fee to have my book listed in Publisher's Weekly print and online edition, and I will be able to pay the large fee to have my book reviewed by Kirkus. These two entities are what all the industry people read (librarians, booksellers, etc).

Sir Duffy’s Promise is the first book of The Alchemist’s Theorem fantasy series, and it’s for humans as young as 10 and as old as the earth itself.

An eccentric boy named Mendel and the alchemist Sir Duffy set out on a series of quests with their many weird and endearing creature companions—like Esther the snake-ish gusselsnuff and Gooder the big, lazy, carnivorous horse. These determined travelers must venture across the continent of Terra Copia, an exotic land where the species of flora and fauna in one forest are completely different from the next. It is up to them to safeguard secrets and dangerous artifacts from cagey enemies in order to prevent a terrifying curse from returning to their land.

The book is finished! I'm offering print-on-demand copies for this campaign to raise funds for a bulk print run of 500 copies of The Alchemist's Theorem, and to pay for some advertising. With your help I'll be able to find my audience and peddle my wares.

“I can hear you breathing. Stop calling me.” - Neil Gaiman

“I have never heard of you or your book.” - George R. R. Martin

“. . .” - J.R.R. Tolkien

Click the play button to listen to me read the first couple pages of The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise.

Or if you're at work and don't want my voice giving you away, read the excerpts below.  

I worked with a great artist from Thailand who goes by the nickname Poohpuu! Poohpuu did a fantastic job bringing the world of The Alchemist's Theorem to life. 

                       Sketches                                         Final Illustrations

Brooks (Editor): "I've written hundreds of reviews of fantasy and science fiction books, films and games, and I've edited many hundreds more. I've also published about a dozen short stories and scripted two movies for cable TV. Editing Margaret's imaginative and clever book has been more fun than playing lawn darts, watching fireworks and eating cake all at the same time. She’s created a world so vivid, a deep part of my mind believes it’s real and is impatient to return."

Adam (Editor): "I edit audit reports for a living, and I must say that The Alchemist Theorem is a significantly more entertaining read than any audit report I have ever seen! At first I was surprised when Margaret asked an auditor to edit her new fantasy novel, but I was thankful for the task. It allowed me to get an early look at this great novel and to hopefully help out as she takes the plunge into the creative world. Follow your dreams, Margaret! Or perhaps become an auditor—something tells me a Margaret Chiavetta audit report would be fascinating." 

Elizabeth (Proofreader): "I have been an auditor for over 10 years. Auditors do a ton of writing. For the past five years all I did was write and review the writing of others. You know that comma you're supposed to use to separate independent clauses? I hate that comma! The only real rule I follow is the one about serial commas which Margaret blatantly ignores! All I noticed the entire first chapter were all the missing serial commas! But it didn't last because by the second chapter I was so engrossed in the world and the characters. I was too busy worrying about how Mendel was going to get through his current adventure."

Kathleen (Proofreader): "I'm not exactly sure why Margaret asked me to proofread her book. I have little to no professional editing experience. However, I tend to use lots of big words and I love telling people what to do (and I have an under utilized IQ of 156). Her story is amazing, made even more amazing by the fact that Margaret is the runt of a very large and obnoxiously loud litter, who barely let her get a word in edgewise. Apparently, she has an incredible gift with language. Who knew?"

Actually, I'm using the Thomson-Shore printing house to make my books, and they are members of the Green Press Initiative (GPI) and use environmentally friendly paper.

Thomson-Shore was founded in 1972 and it is a 100 percent employee-owned, full service book manufacturing, printing, publishing, production, and distribution company. They have a great reputation among small presses as providing reliable services and high quality books.

For this campaign I am using their print-on-demand service and offering three different printed versions of the book: trade paperback with black & white illustrations; hardback with black & white illustrations; and hardback with color illustrations.

They will be printing the books from their facility and shipping directly to you, so you won't be waiting on me to receive, box and ship your book. I'm estimating that you will receive your order by October 2015.

I want my book to look old and magical so for the hardbacks I chose red clothbound with gold foil stamping. And no dust jackets! I can’t stand them. The sight of them makes me think of paper cuts. The paperbacks have the same coloring and design. All copies will be 8.5" x 5.5" and around 220 pages.

I was an anthropologist and spent several years working with monkeys. Scientists say you have to be objective about your animal subjects and avoid any interaction, but to me that was the best part. I got to know 300 monkeys by sight and personality. Observing and engaging with monkeys are how I learned so much about human behavior.

While I was assimilating to monkey culture in the subtropics, I began to write about my adventures. I went on to get my MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington Bothell. I took my ambition for anthropomorphism, fantasy and writing and arrived at my first book, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise. There are many strange creature companies to the human protagonists and a great deal of inter-species communication. Just the way I like it.

Risks and challenges

Risk #1!

What if I don't end up finishing the book? Fear not! The book is already finished. It took me three years to finish it, but this sucker is done. So no risk there.

Risk #2!

What if something goes wrong with printing the books? Well, this ain't Thomson-Shore's first rodeo. They have been reliably printing and distributing books for decades. If something unforeseen does delay the printing and delivery of your books then we will be all over it. I will communicate all delays and solutions to you in a timely manner.

Risk #3!

What if I mess up posting names on my website or emailing digital copies? Good news! I'm extremely neurotic, which means I have excellent attention to detail. I will not sleep well until everyone has what I've promised them.

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    THE MORTAR & PESTLE: You, my friend, get a digital copy of the novel in the format of your choosing (mobi, epub, or pdf). Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE REAGENTS: Your contribution is an important part of the recipe. You get a digital copy of the novel with color illustrations in the format of your choosing (mobi, epub, or pdf). Traditional Kindles will automatically convert the color illustrations to black & white. Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE CONCOCTION: It's starting to bubble. You get a trade paperback copy of the book with black & white illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing. Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE ALCHEMICAL REACTION: Now we're cookin'! You get a hardback copy of the book with black and white illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing. Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE POTION: Voila! You get a hardback copy of the book with color illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing. Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE GLASS BOTTLE: This level contains something special. You get a hardback copy of the book with color illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name appears on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    THE ART OF ALCHEMY: A masterpiece! You get a hardback copy of the book with black and white illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing. Additionally, you will receive a high-quality print of one of the illustrations of your choosing. Also, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website.

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    THE ADVENTURER: Explore Terra Copia by receiving a high quality print of the map (estimated delivery date is early 2016). You Also get a hardback copy of the book with color illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name appears on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    THE DOSE: Now that's dedication. "The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise" is dedicated to my nephew Brayden. For a pledge of $150 you will receive your own personalized black and white hardback copy with a dedication page that has your name on it! Also, you get a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    THE SWIG: I'm getting choked up. For your generosity you get your choice of copy plus your name will be printed in the acknowledgements of the first limited edition. Also, you get a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    BE A LEGEND: You get a place on the map of Terra Copia named after you (no inappropriate submissions) and a high quality print (estimated delivery date early 2016). You also get a hardback copy of the book with color illustrations, plus a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name appears on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    THE EFFECT: You get your choice of copy plus have a plant or ingredient in the book named after you (no inappropriate submissions will be accepted). Also, you get a digital copy in the format of your choosing, your name will be printed in the acknowledgements of the first limited edition, and your name will appear on the 'thank you' page of my website, and in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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    THE RELIEF: I'm sighing with relief. You get a CAMEO in "The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise." The chancellor of the School of Alchemy at the Living Arts Academy will be renamed after you and rewritten so she or he takes after your physical appearance and personality. This will be a permanent change that appears in all first edition copies. Plus your name appears in the acknowledgements, on my website's 'thank you' page, and you get your own personalized dedication page copy! You will also receive a high quality print of the illustration of your choosing (delivered Oct. 2015) and a high quality print of the map of Terra Copia (estimated delivery early 2016). Last but not least, in August 2016 you will receive a drafted excerpt from the first chapter of the next Alchemist's Theorem book!

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