About this project
A GREAT BOOK CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
There are books you remember from childhood that had a profound influence on how you view yourself and the world. For me books like The Phantom Tollbooth, The Wizard of Oz, and Catcher In the Rye helped make me who I am.
I know you have a beloved children's story. Everyone does.
I believe my first novel has that potential.
BACKGROUND ABOUT MY BOOK
After decades of saying I had this great idea for a book based on my favorite childhood book, The Phantom Tollbooth, I wrote my first full-length children’s fantasy novel, The King of Average. It was an idea I had when I was eleven years old. It only took 50 years to write.
I had, what on the surface looked like a typical 1950s baby-boom childhood. But in reality, my life was not Beaver Cleaver’s. My parents were mentally ill. I grew up in chaos, with a lot of verbal and sometimes physical abuse. My father, a good man, was bi-polar. Manic/Depressive was the term then. Wild behavior followed by months of near catatonic depressions.
My mother was extremely neurotic and narcissistic, based on a family history of petty grudge holding and scarcity. It led to a nervous breakdown and schizophrenia. As I grew up amidst this dysfunction, I believed I was a burden that caused all the unhappiness in my family.
It took a lot of therapy, but I extricated myself from this mess and found peace, self-acceptance and my true self after much looking.
Now all that is in my first book The King of Average. It is my story in fantasy form, made into a fun adventure. I hope you like it and tell your friends. It is my hope this story will inspire children to better understand their feelings and discover their own truth in an entertaining and fun way.
WHAT IT TAKES TO SELL A BOOK
Movies set a budget to make the movie, keeping more than 50% of that budget for advertising and promotion. It's the only way to reach a mass audience. I'd like to raise funds to properly market this book in a way that major publishers do. Independent authors usually don't get a chance to put their book on the big stage. I'm hoping I can.
- One needs at least 100 sample books - cost $877 + S&H/ $925
- Registration and Booth costs for indie authors at BookExpo - $1900.00
- New Title Showcase - $525
- Travel, Meals & Lodging - $700
- Marketing materials - $300
- Total Cost $4340
My goal is only to cover the cost of the Table, Registration and Showcase. I'll be taking care of my own travel and lodging.
The REVIEWS ARE IN
The good news is my book has garnered great reviews by major publishing sources: The Kirkus Star, awarded to books of exceptional merit.
Midwest Book Review highly recommends it as well as many Amazon reviews. Mostly 4 and 5 stars. So I know the book has broad appeal, and worthy of a look by the majors.
$3000 - If I'm lucky enough to go past my goal: Plans for an ad campaign with KIRKUS REVIEWS. $2900.00 will put three weeks of ads on the website and published trade paper - seen by publishing professionals, libraries, school libraries and literary agents, and seekers of subsidiary rights.
$4000 - buys noticeable ads in Publisher's Weekly, the gold standard of news in the publishing industry.
Anything above and beyond that will be used for financing a country wide book tour, taking myself to bookstores and schools in cities like Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Seattle, New York, Florida, etc.
Risks and challenges
I'm only one guy. There's only so much I'll be able to do at the show, but I'm determined to make as big a noise as possible.
It's difficult to get your book read, and many take a book and never read it.
I've never been to a book convention, but I've been to other types of conventions and I will do my best to make the most of the three days.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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