Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
My thrilling fiction novel is ready to go to print. Written, Professionally Edited and Designed. The only thing left is to read it.
85 backers pledged £3,212 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

When the Mask Falls; A Crime Thriller Novel project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

£3,212

85

        

When the Mask Falls Cover Art
When the Mask Falls Cover Art

Meeting a stranger in a bar; Alice grabs a rare opportunity to reinvent herself and quickly slips out of her tedious ‘married-with-two-kids’ life and jumps into a new, more exciting life, with Jonny.  

But, what starts out as a bit of fun quickly turns sour as her true identity starts to unravel and she realises there are dangerous consequences when you cheat on ‘Mr Mundane.’  

Caroline’s latest thriller will keep you hooked to the end as Alice's exciting new life quickly turns into a nightmare and she discovers she is not the only one lying about who she is.

         The Project

The idea for When the Mask Falls came part way through another project I had been working on. At the time, I was experiencing quite severe writers block and had come across a writing exercise that was supposed to re-energise the creative process. 

I gave it a go and a couple of hours later I had written a short story about Alice, a girl who meets a stranger in a bar and for fun, creates a new identity, and a new life for herself. 

"[When the Mask Falls] was exciting, gripping... I've been completely hooked. I'm not sure how any book I read is going to compare to that! Absolutely brilliant."
"[When the Mask Falls] was exciting, gripping... I've been completely hooked. I'm not sure how any book I read is going to compare to that! Absolutely brilliant."

Alice never left me alone, she was literally begging me to write her story, and when that happens you know you have something really special. 

I never finished the other project. I was totally hooked on Alice and that short piece of writing quickly became chapters two and four of When the Mask Falls, and the inspiration for a thrilling novel that I had no trouble finishing, and am still excited by, when I read through it - even after so many drafts, edits and proof reads. 

So, the book is finished. It was drafted and edited thoroughly by me before I felt happy enough with it to enlist a team of beta readers to give their opinions. Then, under their trusted advisement I edited it again before sending it to a literary agent, Susan Feldstein, who thoroughly evaluated it for me. She gave me great feedback about the manuscript and advised me further about the publishing process.

Following that, the manuscript was professionally edited by the very talented Paul Feldstein. A specialist in crime thrillers, he worked his magic and really polished up all 97,000 words of my story. The artwork was produced by Chris Mitchell Photography; an up and coming talent in the world of photography, he did a fab job and people can't help but comment on how awesome it looks when they see it. The first proof copies were ordered and aside from a few tweaks I am thrilled with the way they look and feel.

Live Reading at the Launch
Live Reading at the Launch

The book has attracted quite a lot of attention too, and not just amongst book bloggers and fellow authors - I have had some great reviews which are in the updates, but also a local book store and publisher has offered to stock a copy or two once it is in print. I have also had requests to do book events in coffee shops which is very exciting. But, I have to get the book printed.

I have considered taking a more traditional publishing route, but I love the fact that you can offer so much more through kickstarter. You can get a paperback in any shop, but only through kickstarter will you be able to get limited editions, signed copies and even get your name used in my next book, and all well in advance of any store release. 

 

Risks and challenges

There is not much that can go wrong with this project, so far as I can see, anyway.

The book is as good as finished; its been professionally edited, the cover has been expertly designed and the proof has been signed off.

It's essentially ready to go to print and distribution, which is why you should expect to get your copy at some point during March.

Essentially, I'm just waiting for the funding to OK the first print run.

Having run a business for ten years, and published a non-fiction title in 2009 - How to be the Perfect Pack Leader by Caroline Jenkins (married name) means I have experience, not only of running a business, but also the self publishing process as a whole, which is why I feel this is virtually risk free.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Paperback

    One advance release, exclusive, first edition copy of When the Mask Falls in paperback format, and a promotional bookmark.
    First Editions will not be available via amazon. Second editions not anticipated until mid/late spring.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    52 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Limited Edition, Signed Hardback

    One numbered, limited edition, hardback copy of the book, with personalised autograph. These will be numbered, by hand, starting at 29. Reward includes a promotional bookmark.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 15 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    Gift Pack - Five Paperbacks

    Perfect for a book club or as gifts. Five advance release, exclusive, first edition copies of When the Mask Falls in paperback format, and 5 promotional bookmarks.
    First Editions not available via amazon, second editions are not anticipated until mid/late spring.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £45 or more About $58

    Signed Hardback with Personal Thank You

    One numbered, limited edition, hardback copy of the book, with personalised autograph, autographed photo and personal mention in the thank you section of the book. These will be numbered between 4-28, by hand. Includes a promotional bookmark.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 11 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £85 or more About $109

    Signed Hardback plus Name in Next Book

    One numbered, limited edition, hardback copy of the book, with personalised autograph, autographed photo and personal mention in the thank you section of this book. These will be numbered between 1-3, by hand. You will also have your name (sensible names only) included in the next book. It could be used as a minor character, the name of a business or pet, or the name of an author or book title mentioned in the text, this reward will also include a paperback copy of the next book. The next book has been drafted for publication but there is no expected release date for that as yet. Includes promotional bookmark.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £95 or more About $122

    Editors Proof Paperback Copy

    One of only five editors proof copies, the other four were given away as competition prizes. This is the only copy available to purchase and will be signed with a personal message to the backer, it will also include a signed photo of the author and a personal mention in the thank you section of the published book. Includes promotional bookmark.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £99 or more About $127

    Gift Pack - 5 Signed Hardbacks

    Perfect as gifts. Five limited edition, hardback copies of the book, with personalised message and autograph. Reward includes 5 promotional bookmarks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £600 or more About $766

    Signed Copy of this and all Future Books

    A signed hardback copy of When the Mask Falls, and a signed copy (hardback where available) of every subsequent book published by Caroline O'Breackin. This reward includes a signed photo and a personal thank you in each book published.
    No further postage charges apply. No guarantees are offered for release dates or quantity of subsequent books. Includes promotional bookmark.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)