Books & Bone is 100% complete, written, and edited. It just needs your support for the final push to cover the costs of publishing! You can read the first chapter of Books & Bone here.
A Librarians-and-Necromancy Fantasy with Small Town Charm in a City of the Dead
The others believe in blood and bone. Ree believes in books.
She manages the libraries and draws maps for the denizens of her hometown, a secret society of necromancers hiding in a sprawling underground crypt. Though they look down on her for not practicing their craft, Ree has bigger ambitions than raising the dead. She’s going to resurrect therianthropy, the ancient magic of shapeshifting. Or at least -- she’ll do it if it really exists. And if she can find the books that prove it.
But Smythe, a chatty historian from the world above, stumbles into the crypt and takes a curse meant for Ree. Now she has to find a way to save him, keep the townsfolk off her back, and convince her necromancer parents that shapeshifting is a viable career path.
Ree is certain that if she and Smythe combine their scholarly skill sets, they’ll find the right books to solve their problems. But Ree’s search for power might put the entire town in danger, and her father and the other townsfolk want Smythe dead lest he reveal their home to a world that hates them.
You can read the first chapter of Books & Bone here.
About the Book
Books & Bone is the story of those classic fantasy villains: necromancers and their undead armies.
A secret settlement nestles in the heart of a sprawling underground crypt. Populated by necromancers driven from the sunlit lands by angry or jealous upworlders, it has only one currency: power.
The denizens of this settlement are bitter at a world that shunned them, fearful of the priests and holy paladins allowed to hunt them without repercussion, and consumed by ambition.
Except … so far from the people that hate them, they find that they are able to start new lives. Still desperate for power, of course, but more out of obsessive interest and passion for their craft than a desire to cause harm. And they’re too busy researching immortality, spying on their neighbours, and settling disputes at the town meetings to properly muster an army -- and even if they did, the extremely powerful town council would surely crush them before they could manage it.
They are people. People with families and neighbours and friendships they are too vulnerable to acknowledge, but people nonetheless.
But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous.
Books & Bone is complete at 98,0000 words, which will come to 350-400 paperback pages.
You can read the first chapter of Books & Bone here.
About the Cover Artist
I’m commissioning artist Anna Pazyniuk to illustrate the cover. They’re a talented artist with a stunning portfolio. I’ve included some examples of their work below, and you can see more of their work at deviantart and artstation.
My name is Victoria Corva and I write a lot. I graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Creative Writing and now work as a professional audiobook narrator. I'm an autistic writer who prefers to write books about people motivated by their passionate interests rather than saving the world. I also have an anxiety disorder. This has had a huge effect on my life and the kind of work I can do, but it has never diminished or impeded my love of writing.
Books & Bone is not my first book, although it’ll be the first I publish. I’ve written several books to completion, including editing, but found that my conviction was not strong enough to carry me all the way through the hard work of publishing.
Not so with Books & Bone. I believe in this book. It’s the product of more than ten years of writing, training, and hard work. Creating it was a grueling and lengthy process that took me far outside my comfort zone, but I have never tired of working on it. I love this book and I believe there are other people who will love it too.
It’s actually kind of funny that I’m writing it. Though I have become known as the necromancer girl in writing circles, I’ve always been squicked out and frightened by the idea of necromancers. I have a muscle-freezing terror of death and the dead, and find the concepts of zombies and ghosts truly horrifying.
But fear is very close to fascination, and when I was challenged to write a story about a necromancer, the first seeds of Books & Bone were born.
I’m still not comfortable walking through graveyards or even thinking about death and dying, but I’m a lot more enthusiastic about fictional necromancers. Hard to be frightened when you wrote a book about how they’re just a bunch of power-hungry dorks with an unusual passion.
What you can expect from this campaign
In addition to backer rewards, I’ll be hosting writing Q&As, videos, and other events over the course of the campaign. I want to get to know my backers and answer any questions, and I’m very happy to offer writing advice and discuss the crowdfunding process for anyone who’s thinking of doing the same.
I’ll make regular updates both during and after the campaign, right up until the book is published and rewards are fulfilled. Expect excited updates when the proofreading is done, previews of the cover, and weekly updates of the process of getting the book formatted and put together ready for release. This book couldn’t be made without your help and I want you to be involved every step of the way.
The book is finished. It’s been thoroughly revised and carefully edited. It has passed under many critical eyes and felt the sharp jab of red pens. It’s complete and ready to publish, but publishing is expensive (as I’ll break down below) and honestly I can’t afford it alone.
But publishing isn’t just for the rich, right? Or it shouldn’t be. So that’s why I’m coming to you. The book is complete and I’ve covered the cost of the editing, but I need your help for a final push to get it published.
£690: My biggest cost is proofreading -- which comes to £625. Kickstarter fees and payment processing combined will come to about 10%, so we’ll call this £690 to ensure that I can publish this book.
The planned release date is 22 April 2019.
UPDATE: We did it! Our goal has been reached and BOOKS & BONE is going to be published! Now onto the stretch goals!
£1165: This will pay for the cover art and ISBNs which will enable me to sell the paperback and other editions outside of Amazon (huzzah!). All backers will get digital artworked character profiles of the four main characters in addition to their reward tier.
£1550: This covers audiobook production (I’ll narrate for free but still need to pay a producer) and expanded distribution so that the paperback can make it into bookstores. All backers will receive a DRM-free copy of the audiobook in addition to their reward tier.
£2000: More digital artworked character profiles for all backers! Books & Bone is full of strange characters with mysterious and dramatic backstories and you’ll get even more of them.
(Video & Header Credits: Music is Magical Theme by Remaxim, used under CC BY 3.0. Candlelight Ceremony Occult header image by Pexels, Space Galaxy Abstract video by Tommyvideo, and Background Clouds video by John2306, all used under Pixabay Licence.)
Risks and challenges
There aren’t many, thankfully, though publishing is bound to have its up and downs. The planned release date is 22 April 2019. The book is already written and complete -- it’s all there and waiting to be published.
There might be delays if the proofreader or artist’s schedules are full (which I don’t anticipate) and there could be hold-ups if the typesetting or ebook formatting go awry, but nothing more than a few weeks. As the rewards are all digital, there shouldn’t be any delay in receiving them as long as proofreading and illustration go smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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