First and foremost MURDER BY THE COLLAR, is a great story. A story that weaves the lives of individuals who just happen to go to one church, and how they interface with the community that surrounds them. Murder By The Collar also follows Detective Bridget Love, as she weeds through the aisle to find murderers, liars and deceivers in a place of worship. What she finds, is that in a church where there’s 30,000 members, there’s no telling who’s sitting next to who, what they did last night, what they are asking forgiveness for, or what they are capable of doing tomorrow.
The current draft is approximately 240 pages long with 77,486 words. You can read a sample of the book and meet some of the characters here. https://www.facebook.com/MBTCthebook
The funds will put this book on the shelf nationally, and give it every chance to be competitive with every other major publication in the marketplace. It will also help you take ownership of a couple of firsts. My first novel, and the first Murder Mystery bundled with a musical component.
Secondly, there has never been a bundle package of literary fiction and applicable music, prior to right now. Now is that time, this is that book, this is the CD, and we all can be a part of turning this idea into reality.
Here are just some of the things the money will be used for:
- Developmental Editing
- Line & Copy Editing
- Bulk printing
- ISBN numbers, registration fees, and additional online bookstore coasts
- Postage and packaging
- Review copies
For the CD:
- Licensing the existing hit product
- ISRC number
I'll be detailing the entire process via backer-only updates along the way.
Why I'm Bundling a Physical Book and a CD
When writing this project, a project with such rich musical innuendoes, I kept hearing the music in my head as I wrote. I heard it all, the church choir, the minister singing/hooping, The First Lady singing, Sam Crystal and the radio station blasting young hip gospel music. It was so alluring and viscid that I had to find a way to audibly share this experience with the reader. I found a lot of success selling and marketing soundtracks from movies, consequently a lot of new artist were discovered on these same soundtracks. The music, is best listened to a part from reading the book. However the artwork will maintain the same brand thus linking the two forever. Perfect for Book club parties where the music played before the reading starts, is music that promotes both the book and maintains the brand integrity. Lastly by licensing hit product, you ensure long play opportunity and word of mouth marketing, the best in the world.
The beauty of this is that it can be bundled both physically and digitally.
My goal for this project is to tell a story that is provocative about very real parts of peoples lives, and tell that story from very different camera angles. I also hope that this will make this a project worth looking for, which gives it a very long shelf life.
Video Credits: Produced by Mark Hill for MarkHill Creative. Background Music is "The Joint," and "Trouble," by Kevin Lipsey
Risks and challenges
As with any artistic project there can be unforeseen risks and challenges. However, this new concept of BookTrack has been discussed with a team of professional entertainment marketing executives. The fact of offering a very interesting story, plus a music component, of hit product that includes independent artist, gives value to the project from the very beginning.
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