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Donald ReeseBy Donald Reese
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Donald ReeseBy Donald Reese
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About

I have read a lot of science fiction/fantasy novels.  I have played a good amount of AD&D, EverQuest, World of Warcraft, and other fantasy-styled games.  I have a story I wanted to tell, so I wrote it.

I started writing my book in 1982.  The idea came to me after a session of playing AD&D while on deployment while in the US Navy.  Originally, the beginning started with the main character, Rega, being rolled into existence by random die rolls.

Eventually, I created a real beginning to the book and stopped using the die roll one.  I wanted my world to have more history and not be created all of a sudden by an AD&D campaign.  This helped with the story.

Every so often, I would add more to the story.  Some of the characters went through revisions and the world began to become more detailed.    In 2015, I took the time and finished the book.  It is currently at 31 chapters and has around 75,000 words.

The story is about good versus evil.  It has humans, elves, half-elves,  halflings, brownies, dwarves, orcs, half-orcs, giants, magic weapons and items, and lots of dragons.  There are theives, wizards, fighters, druids, kings, queens, and even Redbottom Leaf farmers.  You will follow the adventures of Rega, a thief for hire.  He will have others join his group.  They will be front and center in this battle of good and evil.

Additionally, I have always been interested in magical weapons.  Glamdring, Orcrist, and Sting were created by J.R.R. Tolkien in his books.  Better yet, Fred Saberhagen came up with twelve swords of power in his Book of Swords series (I highly suggest reading them).  Shieldbreaker, Coinspinner, and Woundhealer are my favorites.  However, I wanted something different in my world.  I started with the AD&D sentient weapons and created special swords.  You will get to read about Akrun, the Sword of the Warrior, and Valhaakon, the Sword of the Forest.

I tried to find an agent, but have not had any success with that.  Getting an agent would mean I would have the editing help needed in the book.  So, I looked into self-publishing.

My manuscript needs content editing.  I need cover art for both print and e-books.  I also need an interior layout formatting template.  There is an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) fee.  I also need to pay the initial copies of the book I want printed.  All of this has to be paid for.

One advantage that I have is I know how to build web sites.  I have been doing this for over 20 years.  This helps keep expenses down.

Your backing will help me in achieving my goal of telling this story.  I have 3 sequel stories in mind and have already started working on the next one, Meric the Storyman: Marissa and the Black Pearls.

Thank you.

https://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, the rough draft of the book is already completed.

I have been in contact with an editor willing to work with me. If this campaign is fully funded, I will get my manuscript to her. After making revisions, my goal is to publish in July 2018.

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