What is this project?
This Kickstarter will fund my upcoming book cover art. I have the initial concept for the book below. But I want to get the cover art done by a terrific graphic artist.
It will also fund the editing. Before I can get this book published, it will need to be professionally edited for any conceptual flaws or grammatical mistakes. This way the final product is worthy of your time. I refuse to put out a product that is not up to par, so I want to create a book that is worth reading.
Here is part of the product that I am interested in getting for the cover. However, it is a cheap version. My goal is to get a professional to take this concept and create a great cover for the book.
How it Started
This project started as a short story lesson for my fourth grade class. So I wrote a short story to model the elements of a story. I greatly enjoyed the writing and when my students heard it, they loved it too. Many of them begged me to publish my work. So after some time, I started writing the book version and took from the short story.
The story exploded as I began writing and eventually became a six part series with a possible second installment of another six books.
My hope is to create wholesome, enjoyable reading material for all students. So often I hear my students say they can't find a good book to read, even though I have a bookshelf full of books for them to explore. I want to encourage my students to be readers. I hope you will help me in this project. My degree is in literacy education, to that end I want to encourage all students in reading.
About the Book
Years after C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, the books that some say started it all when it comes to modern children's chapter book adventures, I am ready to take the genre to new heights. To do so, we are launching an innovative crowdfunding campaign that will allow you to participate in the creation of a new world of magical fiction.
Gabriel Green is a member of a group known as “The Gifted.” Because of his powerful abilities, he is selected to attend a unique college where he can learn to make use of his abilities for the greater good, and avoid turning his abilities against the people he cares about most.
But when Gabriel arrives at the college, even though things seem as they should be, something isn't quite right. Now Gabriel must use his Gift to not only rescue his fellow Gifted, but defeat the forces that threaten his future and everyone like him.
You can participate in the development of this story world by joining L. Danny Valencia's Kickstarter campaign. You will receive awards for your contributions and have a chance to preview the world of Gabriel Green before the books are made available to the general public!
Here is a small sample of the book. It contains the prologue, which gives you a quick glimpse into the world you are going to be entering in these books. It then moves into the first chapter, which is designated File #1. I hope you enjoy.
Risks and challenges
As a teacher in a small school, I do not make a ton of money. I am hoping to use this as a means of helping fund this dream. I have purchased the most basic package for self-publishing my book. I am working with Westbow Press, the self-publishing branch of Thomas Nelson.
However, in order to really reach the audience I want to, I will need more marketing and other features to enhance my book, such as a great cover. I am hoping to have this Kickstarter help to bolster how much I am able to add to my current book package.
One challenge might include publishing delays. But hopefully with both myself and the publishers working together we will be able to have a finished product by the end of this year. Because I work full time and I'm so involved in my school, I am hoping to use the summer break as a chance to jump start the project.
This project will happen no matter what. I am determined and committed to this goal, and I will complete this project on my own if need be. Aside from being hard worker and having a love for writing, I am very passionate about this now that I have committed almost 5 years to this world and these characters, there is no way that I won't create this book.
With your help, I will be able to add great editing and content in order to make the best possible book. I don't want to put out something that is only part of what I want, or have to scale back my vision, so I am hoping that you will partner with me to make this dream come true.
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