Hi there - thanks so much for stopping by my kickstarter.
My name is Kerry Schafer and I am a writer. There are support groups for this problem, but they tend to lead to writing more books rather than helping kick the habit. I'm also a mental health professional and an RN, currently working in a family practice medical clinic. I live in Colville, Washingon (Kickstarter does not acknowledge the existence of this town, but I still believe it to be real) with my own resident Viking. Writing time is hard to come by, and most of mine gets done between about 5 and 6:30 am before I get ready for work.
Like most writers, I've always dreamed about being published. Somewhere along the line this desire progressed past dreaming and wishing to a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears. (Okay, so the blood was nothing more than paper cuts, but there was enough sweat and tears to make that up in both quality and quantity.)
I wanted to be traditionally published. And that wish came true when my debut novel, Between, was acquired from the Book Country author site by a Big Six New York publishing house in 2011. And in January of 2013, the book I had slaved over for years finally appeared on book store shelves. This was one of the most incredible moments of my life.
The sequel, Wakeworld, after similar amounts of sweat and tears and a whole lot more blood (long story) followed in January 2014.
So Why Am I Here?
Which brings us to the sad part of my tale. Big Publishing houses are Big Business. They are full of wonderful people who love books, but they have this weird little quirk about wanting to make money. And as it came to pass, the sales of my books did not meet the expectations of my publisher and they chose not to continue the series.
But here's the thing. I'll never rest easy until I've written and polished the last sentence of The Nothing. I can't just leave Vivian and Zee and Poe and Weston and the others wandering aimlessly through the Between in some sort of unending literary purgatory.
I made a promise to myself and my readers that I would finish the series and not leave everybody stuck on an eternal cliffhanger. I mean to keep this promise, one way or another.
Tell Us About the Books Already
If you're new to the Between, you're probably wondering when I'm going to get around to actually talking about the books. Well, that would be now.
The Books of the Between are a bit of an odd mix between Urban and High Fantasy. They've got some real world 21st century elements, but also dragons and sorcery (not to mention exploding slime toads). They also may be the only fantasy books in print where a penguin serves as totem animal and spirit guide.
"I never expect a series to sweep me off my feet in the first book, which makes it all the sweeter when it happens. . .I can’t wait to read what Schafer comes up with next.”—AllThingsUrbanFantasy.com
"...Vigorously narrated within spectacular and vivid settings, with action that rarely slackens. Best of all, it’s set forth in prose so evocative that it practically leaps off the page." Kirkus Reviews
"Rising star Schafer continues to advance an elaborate mythology that places her heroine at the intersection of worlds. Schafer proves densely plotted and emotionally charged storytelling is definitely her forte!" – RT Magazine
“Wakeworld is a fine adventure. Kerry Schafer gives us heroes we can root for and a world that twists and turns like an Escher print so that nothing is quite what it seems.” – Anne Bishop
“Schafer brings a unique voice to urban fantasy, and her writing has a dreamlike, magical quality. A captivating read, a real page-turner!” – Yasmine Galenorn
Vivian has one chance to save the worlds, and it could cost her everything. In The Nothing, the third and final book of the Between Trilogy, a mysterious illness is killing healthy people in their sleep. While doctors and world leaders scramble to determine the source of the mysterious epidemic, Vivian Maylor travels through an increasingly unstable Between on a quest to stop it. She already knows the source of the disaster: Aidan the dragon queen has poisoned the dreamworlds. Every time a dreamworld dies, any dreamer caught up in that dream dies too. Much as Vivian despises the dark magic of the Sorcieri, they hold the secrets she needs to be able to pursue Aidan through the locked gates into the Forever. She has one chance to save the worlds—if she can persuade the Sorcieri to share their secrets, and if she is willing to sacrifice everything she loves…
Where You Come In
Writing a book costs nothing but time (and the aforementioned blood, sweat, and tears) but publishing books costs money. Every book also needs a lot of help to find its way to the readers who will love it.
Your help is invaluable. If you are able to back the project financially, that is awesome! And if you don't have money to spare but are able to help get the word out about the book, that's awesome too!
Here's where the money will be going:
Developmental Edit: A developmental editor helps to shape the story. When I'm writing a novel it's easy to believe that everything in my head has made it clearly onto the page. This is generally not the case. An editor finds inconsistencies with characters and problems with the plot. She offers up suggestions for things the story needs more of, and can ruthlessly demand that other things need to be cut. Vikki Ciaffone (Editor-in-Chief at Spence City) is on board for this stage of editing, at a roughly estimated cost of $1,000. (It's nearly impossible to know how much of her time will be required until she has the book in her hands.)
Copy Edit: A copy editor makes a manuscript shine. These heroes of the literary world do battle with typos, grammatical problems, and catch inconsistencies that were missed earlier. They also work off of a style sheet to make sure of consistency in things like numbers, time, dates, character names, dragon coloring and such important elements. Richard Shealy is on board for this necessary service, for a roughly estimated cost of $750.
Backer Rewards and the Amazon cut: There is a 5% fee collected by Amazon for every successfully funded Kickstarter project. I've also allowed for the cost of printing and shipping books and other rewards out to you. I've budgeted $1,155 for this. (International people - I've asked for a little bit extra from you for shipping because the costs can be prohibitive.)
Marketing: No matter how wonderful a book may be, it needs help finding its readers. The remaining funds will be used for advertising on Facebook, Goodreads, and a blog tour.
Awesome!! We are fully funded! You all rock! Now let's see what we can do with stretch goals:
You might have noticed the amazing cover for The Nothing. Up to this point, talented cover designer Derek Murphy has been working for free. Next on the wish list for the kickstarter is getting him paid. So - anything up to $1000 above the goal goes to pay Derek.
Formatting: It takes some time and trouble to get a manuscript properly formatted both for print and electronic publication. While I'm confident I can figure this out there will likely be a lot of screaming, throwing of tantrums, and consumption of alcohol involved. At $5500 we can pay somebody to take care of formatting. (My Viking will thank you. He prefers the Not Throwing Tantrums version of me)
Audio: If we make it to $7000 we can bring on the fabulous Hollie Jackson as narratrix for an audio book, at a cost of $1500.
And Beyond: More marketing! Blog Tours! Distribution to book stores! The Viking says maybe a helicopter. Hey, we could do helicopter readings. That would be cool!
My deepest thanks to all who have supported this project. I am committed to producing a high quality book for your reading pleasure.
Risks and challenges
The primary risk involved is delivery by deadline. Writing a novel, for me, is a process of blazing forward, then cutting a lot of what I've written, changing direction, and writing again. This is time consuming.
However, the rough draft of The Nothing is 80% complete and has already been through much of the inevitable cutting and direction changing. I have a track record of never missing a deadline and have a plan to stay on track with this novel as well. The editors I have on board are experienced and professional people who also have a consistent track record of turning projects around on schedule. Barring an act of God, there should be no problem with completing and delivering the project on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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