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This exciting novel has been accepted by Inkwater Press, but some additional funding is required to bring this mystery to print.

My project goal is simply to achieve publication of my new mystery, The Blood Cries Out, through Inkwater Press. As a published children's author and essayist, I've come to the conclusion that going it alone would be a mistake.  If I want to see the most polished final product combined with a successful marketing strategy, I need to find the right publisher with which to work. I'm not a natural at marketing, and I've decided I likely need some professional guidance when it comes to promoting the book to my new audience. While I have had contact with traditional publishing houses as well as literary agents, I have not had any "bites" from these traditional avenues. Inkwater is a hybrid press; it incorporates elements of both traditional press and a vanity (or self-publish) press. While an investment of capital is required to bring the title to publication through this press, ($3,999 inlcudes both Inkwater's Standard Publication Package as well as a full edit of my first novel), the royalty rates are higher than traditional press, and there are also other advantages. Depending on the selected package, there are more options available when it comes to promotion and marketing efforts. This is very important to me; I don't want to limit my potential readers to a small demographic. I want my novel to be welcoming to all readers, and I want people to hear about the title, too!

After receiving the offer of publication from Inkwater (contingent upon funding, of course), I asked for a sampling of their editorial work. I was surprised when their editor delivered some remarkably good suggestions with regards to my novel. While nothing too shocking, it made me consider the press even more seriously than before. It's difficult for any writer to edit his own work, but it seems even harder for me to see my work as if it were brand new, fresh. In my own editorial reviews, I skimmed over one word choice, for instance, that seemed to contradict a description offered later in the novel. It's critical that authors avoid this kind of error, and this is the level of quality that comes of hiring a professional editor: a second pair of eyes.

 I'm confident, with the level of funding I am seeking, that this book will hit shelves as a polished and professionally marketed novel, something of which I can be truly proud--and thankful.  When I finish my next novel, I believe I will reflect back on this process as instrumental in my professional development as an author and storyteller.

Lastly, while my book is never guilty of being "preachy," there is a theme running through it which I hold close to my own heart: justice for the downtrodden and exploited. There is no mystery, for instance, in the power and allure of gold, and the tale incorporates a shocking secret, based largely upon the experiences of the family of a colleague. I greatly appreciate the family's willingness to allow me to weave elements of this real life tragedy into my own novel, and it's part of the reason why the book means so much to me. It's not just mystery, but it's a reminder that we're all in this together. No one, even should they hide on the fringes of society, is undeserving of love, care, and respect. 

Please see my video for more details--and an excerpt from The Blood Cries Out!

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As the book stands completed, the option offering the least risk is clearly Inkwater Press. The publication package I'm seeking includes the editorial, marketing, and distribution assistance I need to make this book's release as successful as possible, and I believe Inkwater is the way to go.

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    This donation level places your name on the "Blood Cries Out" newsletter list--arriving monthly via e-mail. My newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers.

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    This donation level places your name on the "Blood Cries Out" newsletter list--arriving monthly via e-mail. My newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers. (2) This donation level also offers something different. I'm a photographer on the side of my writing (which is on the side of my day job). I'm offering a free 8x10 print of any one of my photographs that you find online--either at karlerickson.com or Flickr. I'll mail the photograph to you along with a thank you card. (3) You will also receive a free PDF version of "The Blood Cries Out."

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    (1) This donation level places your name on the "Blood Cries Out" newsletter list--arriving quarterly via e-mail. My newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers. (2) In addition to being added to our quarterly mailing list, we'd like to send you a free 8x10 print of the content dwarf hamster and his canned cheese from "Toupee Mice." This colorful Kimberly Erickson print will also be singed by the artist. (3) You will also receive a free PDF version of "The Blood Cries Out."

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    (1) Author will send a signed paperback edition of "The Blood Cries Out," as well a personal letter of thanks. (If desired, author will also make available one signed edition of "Toupee Mice.") (2) This donation level also places donor's name on the "Blood Cries Out" newsletter list--arriving quarterly via e-mail. My newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers. (3) You will also receive a free PDF version of "The Blood Cries Out."

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    (1) Author will send a signed paperback edition of "The Blood Cries Out," as well as a personal letter of thanks. (If desired, author will also make available one signed edition of "Toupee Mice.") (3) This donation level also places donor's name on the "Blood Cries Out" newsletter list--arriving quarterly via e-mail. My newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers. (4) You will also receive a free PDF version of "The Blood Cries Out."

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    (1) Author will send a signed paperback edition of "The Blood Cries Out," as well as a personal letter of thanks. (If desired, author will also make available signed copies of both his children's books.) (2) Author will also assist donor with a writing or editorial project of donor's choice. (Some exceptions and limitations apply.) Alternatively, we'd be happy to substitute a print. This free 8x10 print features the content dwarf hamster and his canned cheese from "Toupee Mice." This colorful Kimberly Erickson print will also be singed by the artist. (3) In addition, the designer of the book's cover art (Kimberly Erickson) will give one painting to the donor. There are three paintings by Kimberly from which to choose: the original cover art for "Toupee Mice," the heron painting featured in the background of the author's Kickstarter video, or a painting featuring the Southern Oregon Coast. (first-come first-served as to painting availability) (4) This donation level also adds your name to the new "Blood Cries Out" newsletter--arriving quarterly via e-mail. The newsletter will highlight book events as well as some of the novel's backstory. We also are planning some contests and prize opportunities for our readers. (5) You will also receive a free PDF version of "The Blood Cries Out."

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