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Based on a true story: A British shipwreck, a fearless Argentinian diver and an Australian who wants to know the truth. Now in English!
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Turning El Secreto Sumergido into The Sunken Secret!

El secreto sumergido is the first of my two self-published thrillers. It has done really well among Spanish-speaking readers, and so my next goal is to hire a professional translator and publish the novel in English. That's where you come in: back this project and you'll get your copy of The Sunken Secret plus really cool, exclusive rewards!

The book in Spanish (already published) and English (the reason for this campaign!)
The book in Spanish (already published) and English (the reason for this campaign!)

What's this book about?

The Sunken Secret is a fast-paced historical thriller set in Patagonia, Argentina, and in Newcastle, Australia. It's based on the true story of the wreck of the British warship H.M.S. Swift in 1770 in Patagonia, and its recovery more than 200 years later.

Here is the blurb you would find on the back of the book if you picked it up while browsing at a store:

When amateur diver Marcelo Rosales hears the story of a British warship that sank in 1770 near his tiny home town in Patagonia, his youthful curiosity is piqued. Although it's probably just another of the many rumours circulating in Puerto Deseado, trying to find out a little more can’t hurt... or can it? He begins researching the history of the wreck and making exploratory dives with two of his friends in the murky waters of the inlet where the ship is believed to have sunk. But then a brutal murder turns the search into a dangerous race to find a secret that has been hidden beneath the sea for more than two centuries.

I've had the first two chapters translated for this campaign to help you decide whether you’d be interested in reading the complete novel. Read them here.

What did other readers think about The Sunken Secret?

The original Spanish edition of the novel is doing really well and exceeding my initial expectations! So far it has sold over a thousand copies, averaging 4.63 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com and Amazon.es, and it has been featured in more than 25 blogs. Plus, three schools in Patagonia use it with their students and it has even been transcribed in Braille!

Here are translations of some reviews (by people I don't know at all):

  • "Excellent novel. A trip to Patagonia full of suspense and the smell of neoprene... I recommend it, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. A new Clive Cussler a la Argentina." A reader on Amazon.
  • "The Sunken Secret hooked me to the point of having to fight sleepiness so I could read one more chapter." On one of the most famous blogs about books in Spanish.
  • "I had a great time reading this book. So much so that I now want to visit Puerto Deseado and the museum there dedicated to the Swift." A reader on Amazon.

Who am I?

I am originally from Puerto Deseado in the south of Argentina. This small Patagonian town is located right on the inlet where the Swift was wrecked and forms the main setting for the events of the novel. When I was 23 I moved to Barcelona and lived there for three years. Two incredible things happened there: I got into scuba diving and, more importantly, found the funny lady who appears in the video! Five years ago we moved together to Newcastle, Australia, which is another of the locations featured in The Sunken Secret. I’m currently finishing the manuscript of my third novel. But, for now, let's focus on getting the first one translated!

That's me signing copies of the Spanish edition of The Sunken Secret at the book launch, in Patagonia
That's me signing copies of the Spanish edition of The Sunken Secret at the book launch, in Patagonia

What's the money for?

I will use the money from this campaign to pay a professional translator and proofreader ($2850), and to print and ship paperback copies of the translated novel to supporters who contribute $30 or more. Oh! And also to cover the commission that Kickstarter and the credit card companies take (between 8 and 10%).

Risks and challenges

The book is written and the cover art is done. The only risk that I see is that Steve, the translator, wins the lottery and decides to leave the project. In the unlikely event that he can't complete the project (Steve doesn't gamble), I shouldn't have a problem finding a substitute, as the rate I will be paying for the translation is very competitive.

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    TECHIE: Get the ebook ahead of its official release date, plus have your name in the acknowledgements section at the back of the book.

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    BILINGUAL TECHIE: Get the ebook ahead of its release date as well as the Spanish version for your friend Fernando. Get your name in the acknowledgements section at the back of the book.

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    SPECIAL e-DITION: A Kickstarter exclusive version of the ebook including an unpublished short story set in the universe of the book. And, of course, get your name in the acknowledgements section at the back of the book.

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    THE LOT: Get a dedicated, signed and numbered paperback copy of the special Kickstarter edition including an exclusive short story, plus the ebook (special Kickstarter edition too), plus the ebook in Spanish for your friend Fernando, plus... guess what? Your name in the acknowledgements section of the book!

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    FIESTA FOR FOODIES! (This is my favourite level, because we get to spend some time together): Get all of the rewards in the $45 level plus an invitation for TWO PEOPLE to an exclusive launch party where I personally will be cooking ARGENTINIAN BARBEQUE (ASADO) FOR EVERYONE! Wait... this just in, the funny lady in the video says she'll be preparing sangria and tapas too (no, it doesn't include plane tickets to Newcastle, Australia).

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    HALL OF FAME: Get everything in the $45 level plus an exclusive acknowledgement page dedicated to you at the back of the book.

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    EVERYONE HAS A PRICE: Get everything in the $45 level, plus I will let you rename one character in the book as long as you keep the gender and language of origin of the name (can't replace Fernando with Kate).

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    SOUL FOR SALE: Get everything in the $45 level plus I will write an exclusive short story featuring you as a character in the universe of the book. This story will then be included in a SPECIAL SUPER-LIMITED EDITION PRINTED JUST FOR YOU. You’ll get ten copies to distribute among your fans!

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    THE ONE AND ONLY: Get all of the rewards in the $45 pledge plus I'll sign and dedicate to you the only copy of the Spanish version that I have with me in Australia (the one that appears in the video)

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