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A scientist mad with grief; a mother trying to escape guilt; a little girl's worst nightmare; a mistake with unforeseen consequences.
A scientist mad with grief; a mother trying to escape guilt; a little girl's worst nightmare; a mistake with unforeseen consequences.
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The Premise

A scientist mad with grief; a mother trying to escape guilt; a little girl's worst nightmare; a mistake with unforeseen consequences.

What if your lifeyour worldyour memorieswere a lie?

This is the premise for Untold Memories, a fantasy book series. Along the way, readers are invited to unravel characters' motivations, identify the causes that set the story into motion, and put together the pieces while immersed in a fantasy world where any false move could have dreadful ramifications. 

The characters in Untold Memories must work with limited information, deal with the consequences of their assumptions, and struggle to cooperate despite drastic differences in their own perceptions of their world and situation. The setting of the first book is a highly regulated and controlled society that utilizes the inherent magic of different castes to maintain a rigid, hierarchical order. 

Although the first book can be read on its own, it is a part of a four book arc that uncovers many of the mysteries and unanswered questions set up by the first book. There are four follow-up books that further build on the world and delve into the lives and stories of other characters while tying up loose ends. All lingering questions should be answered by the end of the book of short stories, which cover the lives and histories of most of the characters in the series.

Sample

The heading above links to a preview of the first seven chapters of the current draft of Untold Memories I: Rayai. Although I will be giving it a final sweep prior to publication, it is fully written and being edited. In fact, the first four books are all close to their final stages of completion.

My Goal

To share Untold Memories with readers around the world. I want to make Untold Memories the best product I can and make it accessible to as many people as possible. 

Unfortunately, I don't have the capital I need. For the first print run, ISBNs, and expanded distribution, I decided to come to you.

Also, if the stretch goals are not unlocked, Untold Memories may never get an audiobook, as it is prohibitively expensive at this time (without your help).

Finally, my goal is to make this process as transparent as possible. I want you to know exactly where your money is going, and I want to make sure that nothing I say is misleading. If you want clarification on anything about this project, please feel free to contact me.

Stretch Goals and How They Work

If we hit the base goal ($1,500) in the upper right corner—awesome! That lets me buy the ISBNs that I need to self-publish the series, as well as the distribution package that I'll need to get the books to potential readers. It also enables me to fund ten pieces of interior art for the first book.

But what happens if we overshoot that goal? At $5,000every backer’s rewards go up. Not only does it fund everything above, but it also funds an audiobook. Based on my research, the audiobook will probably sit at around ten to twelve hours, and it will be professionally recorded and edited. Every backer who has pledged $5 or more will be able to download this audiobook.

Any extra money will go toward commissioning background music and sound effects for the audiobook, production of the books, or additional art. (I plan to confer with readers on all of these points.)

If we manage to go past this and hit $10,000, we will unlock the second book in the series. It will be enough to fund ten pages of interior art for both books AND commission an audiobook for the second book.

Every ebook pledger will get to download each unlocked book. At this stretch goal, all those who pledge $5 or more will get books one and two in both ebook and audiobook format. 

At $15,000, book three is unlocked, giving every person who pledges $5 or more three ebooks and three audiobooks; at $20,000, book four is unlocked. This means that everyone who pledges $5 or more will receive downloads of all four books—the entire first arc—in ebook AND audiobook form.

To put it another way, if 4,000 people pledge $5, all 4,000 people will get four ebooks and four audiobooks for their five dollars. I will funnel any additional pledge money into upgrading the audiobooks to have background music and effects, add more interior art, or in some way use it to improve the final product that you all receive. I'm not planning to profit from this; I'm planning to take this opportunity to make sure my readers get the best quality product that I can afford.

The final stretch goal is the real target for additional material, though. At $25,000, not only will everything above get to happen, but it will also let me commission artwork of every major or minor character that appears in the first arc of the book series (a total of 46 characters). Depending on the specific artists I commission, I may be able to pay for larger or more detailed character commissions.

These illustrations will be paired with character bios that give context to their role in the story and the motivations that guided their actions. This may include short snippets of story, an overview of the character’s life, and/or a general fact rundown, depending on what readers want. Every character in Untold Memories has a story, down to the least visible background character. 

In addition to this downloadable work with copious amounts of information on background characters, which will be available to everyone who pledges $5 or more, this stretch goal will allow me to commission a proper map of the story’s setting. This map will be available with the character bios (which will also pinpoint where these characters live or lived) and will be included with all of the books.

Throughout the series, I have referred to my trusty eyesore of a map. I understand everything on it, but it’s a mess that—with any hope—none of you will ever see. This money would give me the opportunity to commission the map from someone more capable.

What does this mean for you?

If 5,000 people donate $5 each, we get everything I just described. Each backer will get four ebooks (each with ten pages of interior art), four audiobooks, the character bios, and the map for five dollars. If I have money leftover for whatever reason, I will put that money into the audiobooks, the character bios, additional maps of different cities, and other rewards for each and every one of you. (I plan to confer with readers while making these decisions.)

I do not plan to make much—or possibly any—money from this campaign. I plan to make my books as excellent as possible, and I plan to get this series off the ground.

Although these rewards will not be exclusive to KickStarter, the price certainly will be. The character bio download may later be incorporated into a book of background character stories that includes characters from all eight books of the series and spans almost a century of story from beginning to end, but that book will not be available until all eight books are released, meaning that you’ll have that snippet four or more years in advance.

But wait! Why should I pay for short stories if I'm going to get them anyway?

Several of the rewards to the right are requesting the background story of any background character. The difference between that and the character bios is that the background stories will range from seven to thirty (7-30) pages, while the character bios will be no more than one page long. The amount of story that you get is vastly different. For those pledging for the 100~1,000 word moments, it gives you control of which moment you want to see in print.

However, if these backers want their story included in the character bios, I will include that story, making that section significantly longer. If that backer does not want the story included, with their name listed optionally as the story's patron, I still reserve the right to include it in the future book of short stories. (But, again, that still gets them in your hands far in advance of anyone else, and you can be assured that that particular story probably wouldn't exist without you! After all, I'm not writing stories for every single character even for that book of short stories.)

What if I want to pledge for a paperback copy?

The costs involved in printing and shipping paperbacks make it harder for me to make sure that I can meet my other goals. I don't want to promise anything that might end up putting me in the red. If I'm successful, you'll be able to buy my books in December, after the ebooks are sent out. 

If backers want paperbacks, however, I'm willing to change this. One possibility is limiting the reward to 100 copies, all of which would be numbered, signed, and include an optional, handwritten note from me. These would be KickStarter exclusive, and I would probably set them at around $50 (although they will retail for much less).

I'm open to other ideas, though! I tried to think of prizes that would be KickStarter-exclusive, but there are bound to be things I didn't consider. If there's anything that you would like to see as a pledge reward, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Planned Release Schedule

If we hit the stretch goals and I have the funding to produce all four books in the first series, I plan to release one book every six months while rewriting and revising the second arc of the series. This is so that I can then release one of those every six months after that. (As I will already have the ISBNs I need to print them, I will not have the same start-up costs unless I also want to have them illustrated and turned into audiobooks.)

As a result, this is my planned schedule for releasing the books:

December 2012: Untold Memories I

June 2013: Untold Memories II

December 2013: Untold Memories III

June 2014: Untold Memories IV

December 2014: Untold Memories V

June 2015: Untold Memories VI

December 2015: Untold Memories VII

June 2016: Untold Memories VIII

December 2016: Untold Memories - Short Story Compilation

The books have been written, and many have been rewritten one or more times, but I want to leave enough time to make sure that they are immaculately edited, the layout is well-organized, the illustrations and cover are spot on, and I can compare proof copies from various printers to be sure that I'm providing the best product that I can, not just the best story I can write. Also, if I release the books more frequently, some of the wonderful anticipation that comes with waiting for a sequel seems to evaporate. Or maybe that's just me.

Two years is a long time to wait for the last of your KickStarter rewards to trickle in, even if you have a new book every six months to keep you occupied. As a result, my current plan is to maintain a blog with regular updates to keep in touch with you throughout this process. The blog might include sneak previews, ask for opinions when I make book-based decisions, or just write about where the production process currently stands. I will be available via email if anyone has any questions or concerns.

Note on Release Dates (if stretch goals aren't met)

If you decide to order the full book series, or choose a pledge with a book that is not yet unlocked, understand that I do fully intend to release these books, and you will receive them as soon as possible. However, if the stretch goals aren't reached, then they may be delayed. I will still send them to you upon completion, and I will do my best to do so by the deadlines listed beneath them.

Where Your Money Goes

These are my current projections:

  • Base Goal: $1,500 ($1,350 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish book 1
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations
        • Cost: $1,000
    • Total Cost: $1,300
  • Stretch 1: $5,000 ($4,500 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish book 1
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations
        • Cost: $1,000
      • Audiobook downloads for everyone!
        • Cost: $3,000 (if I have it professionally recorded and edited; more if I commission background sound effects and music)
    • Total Cost: $4,300
  • Stretch 2: $10,000 ($9,000 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish books 1 and 2 (all ebook buyers will get all unlocked books)
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations in each book
        • Cost: $2,000
      •  Audiobook downloads for everyone!
        • Cost: $6,450 (if I have it professionally recorded and edited; more if I commission background sound effects and music)
    • Total Cost: $8,775
  • Stretch 3: $15,000 ($13,500 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish books 1, 2, and 3 (all ebook buyers will get all unlocked books)
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations in each book
        • Cost: $3,000
      • Audiobook downloads for everyone!
        • Cost: $9,900 (if I have them professionally recorded and edited; more if I commission background sound effects and music)
    • Total Cost: $13,250
  • Stretch 4: $20,000 ($18,000 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish books 1, 2, 3, and 4 (all ebook buyers will get all unlocked books)
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations in each book
        • Cost: $4,000
      • Audiobook downloads for everyone! (all books)
        • Cost: $13,350 (if I have them professionally recorded and edited; more if I commission background sound effects and music)
    • Total Cost: $17,725
  • Stretch 5: $25,000 ($22,500 after Amazon and KickStarter fees)
    • Covers:
      • 10 ISBNs
        • Cost: $275
      • Publish books 1, 2, 3, and 4 (all ebook buyers will get all unlocked books)
      • Unlimited ebooks
        • Cost: $0
      • 10 illustrations in each book 
        • Cost: $4,000
      • Electronic copies of character bios (with pictures) and maps for everyone!  
        • Cost: approx. $50 per character bust. If I commission all 46 of the characters who physically appear in the first four books: $2,300
        • Cost: approx. $300 for the map
    • Audiobook downloads for everyone! (all books) 
      • Cost: $13,350 (if I have them professionally recorded and edited; more if I commission background sound effects and music) 
      • STRETCH Cost: + $2,000 for music ($500 per book)
  • Total Cost: $22,325

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    NEW! Letters from your favorite character (from Untold Memories): After the release of the first book, I'll send out a survey asking for your favorite character. I'll then send you a personalized letter from that character once a month for an entire year! These may include handwritten text, drawings, diagrams, cryptic codes, or anything else your favorite character might say--addressed directly to you! (This reward includes all unlocked ebooks and audiobooks.) INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: Please add $15 for additional shipping if you want them month-to-month. [If you want them all at once, please add $8 instead.]

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    The ORIGINAL Untold Memories I: Rayai--prior to the rewrite! Laugh at it, mock it, then enjoy the new-and-greatly-improved ebooks and audiobooks that get unlocked. This original book is now out of print, aside from the handful of copies that I still have; you'll get it signed, with a personalized note included (either as a separate page or on one of the blank pages within). If you're interested, I'll also add commentary and/or doodles in many of the margins. (NOTE: Deadline accounts only for the first ebook and the shipping of this book, but you'll still receive all unlocked digital content as it comes out!) (International orders, please add $10 to cover shipping! I apologize for the inconvenience!)

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    Get an advance download of the 1st book so that you can get your review printed on the back of the final copy of the 1st book (tweet-length; must be approved before publication); get credited in the Acknowledgments section by name; get all of the unlocked ebooks and audiobooks.

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    Request and receive the background story of ANY character of your choice; in addition, you'll get credited in the Acknowledgments section by name and receive ALL of the unlocked ebooks. DETAILS: Stories will range from 7-30 pages, depending on the character chosen. Backers may wait until all books have been released before choosing their character. (Hence the delayed delivery date to account for stragglers.) (NOTE: There are currently 143 major and minor characters that appear directly or indirectly in the book series. Some of these characters do not appear until the second arc. If you select a character whose back story will be revealed in a later book, I will let you know so that you can change your request, in case you do not want to wait for that book to be released.)

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    An hour-long discussion with me about the books (where I can answer questions, give the dirt on minor characters, and offer details on obscure places and people in the series); all of the unlocked ebooks and audiobooks.

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    A write up that details my writing and editing process, a comparison of all of the drafts that it took to reach this point, and regular (optional) updates about my writing process as I revise and publish the rest of the series. (Also includes all of the unlocked ebooks and audiobooks.) [Deadline accounts for the ongoing nature of the reward; it will persist through the revision of the second arc if people opt in.]

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    YOU GET: Early previews of the books before they go to print (to be kept top-secret, or I'll revoke this privilege); paperback copies all of the books, signed with a personal note, each with a trivia fact about that book written on a handmade bookmark within; an hour-long discussion with me about the books; the write up describing my writing process that sets the various drafts side by side (as well as the optional progress emails); mentioned in the Acknowledgments section by name; all of the unlocked ebooks; all of the unlocked audiobooks; the background story of a character of your choice; AND a say in which scenes to have illustrated, since you'll have read an advance copy of the book. (NOTE: The delivery date will be pushed back if the bonuses are not unlocked.)

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    NEW! YOU GET: Everything in the $500 package, 50 trivia facts about the book, short vignettes about 5 characters (up to 250 words each), the ORIGINAL Untold Memories pledge reward, AND the monthly postcards! If you opt to have all physical rewards delivered at the same time, I will send you 12 personalized postcards from each of 3 characters of your choice (rather than from a single character). (NOTE: The delivery date will be pushed back if the bonuses are not unlocked.)

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