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A gritty street view of murder and mayhem in the church, and everyone from the pulpit to the parking lot is suspect. Includes music CD Read more

Los Angeles, CA Fiction
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A gritty street view of murder and mayhem in the church, and everyone from the pulpit to the parking lot is suspect. Includes music CD

Los Angeles, CA Fiction
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T. Jerome Miller
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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
  • Proofreading
  • Bulk printing
  • Design
  • ISBN numbers, registration fees, and additional online bookstore coasts
  • Postage and packaging 
  • Review copies
  • Marketing

For the CD:

  • Licensing the existing hit product
  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Artwork
  • Distribution
  • 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. 

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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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    Murder By The Collar Book Marks
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    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL download of the book in ebook formats.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD BUNDLE of the ebook and CD,

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    HARDCOVER+DIGITAL BUNDLE: A signed Kickstarter-only hardcover, plus digital download of the CD.

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    ALL HARDCOVER BUNDLE: A signed kickstarter-only hardcover, plus physical CD and your name acknowledged in the back of the book.

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    T-BUNDLE: An All Hardcover Bundle, plus a Murder By The Collar T-shirt and hat. Name acknowledged in back of the book.

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    GIFT BUNDLE: An All Hardcover Bundle, plus Murder By The Collar T-shirt, hat and 2 signed hardcovers for gifts. Name acknowledged in back of the book.

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    THE QUINTET BUNDLE: 5 Hardcover Bundles, Murder By The Collar T-shirts, hats, along with behind the scenes commentary, back-story of the characters. Name acknowledged in back of the book. Perfect for Book club parties.

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    GUMBO BUNDLE: The Quintet Bundle, plus name will be added to the book as a character, plus I will cook you a Louisiana Gumbo, and sit and discuss the book, if we are ever in the same city.

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    EP BUNDLE: The Quintet Bundle, plus you will be named as one of the CD Executive producers. Name used as a character, Invitation to the launch event.

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