Greetings fellow fantasy/science-fiction readers, writers, gamers, and fans!
This Kickstarter is the next step in putting my debut novels, Thread Slivers and Thread Strands into libraries, bookstores, and the hands of all the people, like you and I, who really enjoy the smell of books that you just don't get from your faithful eReader (I hope someone is working on this.) These two novels represent twenty years of world building, and thousands of hours of work crafting them for your enjoyment.
The funds raised throughout this campaign will be used to pay for an additional editor for Thread Slivers, and an additional professional proofreader to review both books together. The remaining funds will be used to pay for a dust jacket design, final formatting, and placement into the Ingram Publisher Service catalogs for distribution. Ingram's distribution network is the largest in the world.
The books are already complete and published as eBooks and POD via Amazon only!
Thread Slivers and Thread Strands are the first two books of a blended epic high fantasy and a hard science fiction adventure. Set 20,000 years into our future, the story follows Ticca, a young mercenary woman trying to prove herself and Lebuin, a junior wizard trying to become a master wizard as fast as possible so he can return to his pampered lifestyle inside the guild walls. Lebuin is rich and willing to spend all he has to hasten his journey to master. Ticca fights by the warrior’s code of honor, and yet she is willing to cut corners if it brings her fame.
The two of them get caught in the crossfire of a vast power game being played by rulers, guilds, and gods. With each step, the stakes keep rising, from merely surviving, to stopping an insane elf bent on burning the kingdoms, to dealing with a world shattering mess left untended for far too long by the gods.
The result is an epic journey with a space marine leading the charge to justice, advanced technology being suppressed by the governments, wizards using magic, and gods annoyingly pushing people around but not explaining a thing. In short a really fun roller-coaster fantasy / science-fiction saga. Since 2012, Thread Slivers and Thread Strands have been highly rated stories receiving 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 600 reviews to date.
Can I read an excerpt of the re-edited books?
You sure can. Just as promised I got these up before Feb 28. I've pulled the first bits that introduce Ticca and Lebuin to you at the beginning of each book!
- Thread Slivers excerpt is ready! Read excerpts from the first two chapters of the revised edition by clicking this link.
- Thread Strands excerpt is ready! Read excerpts from the first chapter of the revised edition by clicking this link.
When will the books be released?
The eBooks are already complete. I have already sent Thread Slivers off to my new editors and will get it back shortly. After that, both books will need a pass through the proofreaders, which will take another couple of weeks. While all that work is going on my amazing graphic artist group will be working on the updated covers and dustjacket designs. Once all that work is done, the books will need to go to the publication layout team. In total, the work is expected to take a month before submission to Ingram. Ingram requires another couple of weeks to test the printing layouts and prepare the catalog entries. If there are no issues, the books will be ready for print by April 2015. A test (PROOF) run will be done for me and my team to check for any set up errors. Once approved the first 100 copies will be printed and shipped. The supporters of this Kickstarter will essentially be pre-orderingthe print editions of Thread Slivers and Thread Strands. The books will officially go on sale at the end of April 2015. My intention is to ship any books funded as part of this project as soon as all the professional editing, proofing, and sign-offs are finished. I’m anticipating this will be in early April (it might even be sooner).
Do you know some other gamers, fantasy/sci-fi fans, or avid readers of all genres? We feel you deserve more than just good karma for referring them to our project. We are working on some cool surprises for our top referrers! Right now we are sure will get an amazing rush at having done a good deed.
I set the funding of this project to cover only half of my out-of-pocket expenses because we are in this together! Traditional publishers are not interested in this series. If they had the final say in such matters as in the past, that would be the end for these two books. Except, today we have indie publishing routes allowing you and I to take control of the publishing decisions.
By traditional publishing measures these books are resounding successes. However, that does not mean I’m raking in the cash. These books have helped cover some bills, but I'm not pulling in a steady living wage yet. I’m confident, with your support these great books will do well through indie publishing. Like most of you, I’m married with a mortgage and family, meaning I should be squirrelling away money, instead of making these incredible adventures available to readers. What can I say? I'm an optimist. I believe you are too. So with the deepest of gratitude I thank you for your support and in return I want to give you back something you can treasure.
Many people have already seen some of the incredible artwork done for these books, and expressed an interest to having copies to hang on their walls. This seems like the perfect thing to provide to others so I'm making it a part of the early stretch goals, with larger sizes for higher goals reached, and more of them the further we go.
All Stretch Goals are Additive (Meaning once unlocked, they continue to apply, unless they are upgraded by another stretch goal.)
Kickstart!: $2,000 - 50% Publication Covered - UNLOCKED
- Project will be funded! Everyone gets their backer level
- Huge Thank You!!
Stretch #1: $4,000 - 100% Publication Covered - UNLOCKED
- Blooper Reel One Released to all backers!
- Anyone who has purchased a printed editions, I’ll include two full color prints of the maps 11" x 17" (30 cm x 43 cm), which will be included with order (Dagger officers get all posters in a tube; all other supporters will get quarter folded posters in an envelope.)
Stretch #2: $6,000 - 10% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
GRAND GIVE AWAY #1 : Everyone who backs this Kickstarter (even for just $1) gets the DRM free copy of Thread Slivers, book one.
- Thread Slivers bookmarks will be created, printed, signed, and mailed with your other items. For each person getting a poster, they will also receive three bookmarks (one for them and two for friends).
Stretch #3: $8,000 - 20% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
GRAND GIVE AWAY #2 : Everyone who backs this Kickstarter (even for just $1) gets the DRM free copy of Thread Strands, book two.
- We'll make a one time first Kickstarter 11" x 17" (30 cm x 43 cm) poster from the book covers. I'll sign these and included them with your order (Dagger officers get all posters in a tube; all other supporters will get quarter folded posters in an envelope.) These posters will only be available to supporters.
Stretch #4: $10,000 - 30% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
- All posters will be shipped in tubes for everyone (no folding!).
Stretch #5: $12,000 - 40% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
- I'll put up a complete private gallery of all the illustrations for backers to vote on. The illustration with the most votes will be professionally enhanced and colored making a one time 11" x 17" (30 cm x 43 cm) poster for all backers who ordered the hardback editions.
Stretch #6: $16,000 - 60% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
- We'll have one more illustration (that's two total) turned into a full color 11" x 17" (30 cm x 43 cm) poster. (Same delivery as all other posters.)
Stretch #9: $20,000 - 80% Audio Books Production - LOCKED
- We'll have one more illustration (making it three total) turned into a full color 11" x 17" (30 cm x 43 cm) poster. (Same delivery as all other posters.)
Stretch #11: $24,000 - **100% Audio Books Production** - LOCKED
- All Dagger Generals, Dagger Historians, and Dagger Commanders will receive Audible.com coupon codes for both books. (Rough estimated October 2015.)
I have a lot of fans that aren't based in the United States, and I, of course, want to make the books available to them. Unfortunately, overseas shipping can be expensive, and so international orders require additional shipping fees to cover the shipping cost. In most cases the estimated cost is near the actual price. I'll cover any additional shipping fees up to $20 U.S.D. If the cost is more than that I'll contact you to determine how best to get your copy of the book to you. Don't worry I'll get you the book. I have done some fun twisty things mailing books to difficult locations in the past.
Risks and challenges
Unlike many publication projects asking for funding of a book, Thread Slivers and Thread Strands are already completed and published as eBooks. Also, I am experienced with indie publishing having worked through what is needed with Ingram Publishing and talking with bookstore buyers. Feedback from the editors and proofreaders has been very positive with only minor corrections to punctuation and capitalization. The books themselves have a very positive set of over 600 reviews across Goodreads and Amazon. The final publication effort will focus on resolving any importing and typesetting issues and should require a minimal amount of time.
I see the main risks to this project to be very small, if at all. I have backups of the books and there are many people with copies I can fall back on in the event of some really catastrophic issue with my computers. If there are any final printing issues, they will delay the release by weeks, but not block it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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