Since I have been writing, I have always done long-form fan fiction. I made the decision to write something completely original, but since becoming a dad, I wanted to write something I could read to my kids as well.
Rekindling my love for dragons, I decided to create something I could read to my two sons, and that involved dragons. But instead of going back to the times of knights and swords and wizards, I thought to turn the idea upside down and asked the question, “What would happen if dragons came back now, in the 21st century?” And, thus, Jason and the Draconauts was born.
Jason and the Draconauts is a witty, adventure filled story that introduces us to a fifteen year old boy named Jason Hewes, whose life is unexpectedly turned upside down when a strange, and very large visitor literally drops into his life on an old farm in Montana. There is action, intrigue, mysterious villains, magic, teenage angst, and definitely dragons.
The book has already been through two edits, and several people have read all or parts of it. I even self-financed and submitted the book to a professional editor for an overall review. Some really good feedback was received, so that was when I made the decision to take the next step and self publish the novel.
This project will fund all the services I need for a well packaged novel. CreateSpace.com will handle the publication of a physical book, while Kindle Direct Publishing will be the resource for the digital download. This will include a very thorough line-by-line edit, a marketing package, appropriate ISBN and Library of Congress numbers, and cover design. When all of this is done, the book will be ready for the public at large!
Risks and challenges
One of the drawbacks to the potential completion of this project will be a time delay. CreateSpace says that it takes up to five weeks for the line-by-line edit, so there will be some time that goes by before a finished product is in the backers' hands. However, CreateSpace did meet their deadline in getting me the editorial evaluation I paid for, so experience shows they are good at meeting their deadlines.
Another potential risk is how many people pledge at the level where they get a personal reading. This will be a scheduling issue, but I am fairly sure I can manage it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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