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What if John Hughes’s She’s Having Baby and Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online had a schizophrenic love child?  It would be Gunsmith.
What if John Hughes’s She’s Having Baby and Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online had a schizophrenic love child? It would be Gunsmith.
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Like the video above, I’m going to make this quick because I know everyone is busy. I’ve written or edited seven novels and anthologies on Kickstarter since 2012, and I’m looking to publish my 8th, Gunsmith, over the next seven days.

Gunsmith is a light novel, much like you find popular in Japan today, and what was once called a ‘Dime Store’ novel back in the 1970s in the United States. That means it roughly comes in between 150-200, is a quick read without all the clutter of epic fantasy and science fiction. The concept for the novel was born from the Massive Multi-Player Online games that bloomed into popularity at the turn of the millennia, and expanded upon by works like Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Riki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online.

I blend elements of modern day pop culture with aspects of William Gibson’s Neuromancer in the otherworldly setting of ASH. Here, personalities must face the challenges of depression, the concept of second lives conflicting with lives in the real world, and the pressures of an extended ‘deep dive’.

I hope you will help me produce this first volume as I use some talented artists from the Art of the Genre stable to illustrate. In this way, you get an even better feel for the characters and the universe. As always, thanks for taking the time to check out my work, and I hope to see you on the other side!

What are we hoping to achieve? I’m looking to produce/print an already written light novel. I also want to put a Michael Wilson illustration in each chapter. Base costs for printing, editing, design and artwork will run more than $1000, but I’m willing to cover the extra costs if I can get the help I need to complete the project as it currently stands. Delivery will be fast, as most of the work is done, and as always AotG likes to get things to you ASAP! 

Just a few of the great books and games produced by AotG through Kickstarter
Just a few of the great books and games produced by AotG through Kickstarter

 

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As a fantasy fiction imprint working exclusively on Kickstarter, Art of the Genre has produced and fulfilled 7 novels using this platform as well as delivering 9 Folios early to all backers!

This is a personal passion project for all the authors and artists involved, so we are as anxious as our backers to see these volumes become a reality as quickly as possible

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