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Let's translate BREATH OF FIRE, a fantasy YA book series in which twins are not allowed to live. Please share with friends and family !
Let's translate BREATH OF FIRE, a fantasy YA book series in which twins are not allowed to live. Please share with friends and family !
Let's translate BREATH OF FIRE, a fantasy YA book series in which twins are not allowed to live. Please share with friends and family !
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Breath Of Fire - A fantasy YA Book (Translation in english)

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SYNOPSIS / RESUME.

English.

Aluna lives in the shadows. She's a pariah. She was born a twin, which means not being allowed to live since the Lord Regent arrived in Iriah to reign as a tyrant. However, when she breaks an ancient law by accident and therefore revives a conflict within the neighborhood realm, she finds herself being everyone's new main focus. She will therefore have to make a choice. By doing so, will she manage to maintain peace without revealing her secret ?

Français / French.

Aluna vit dans l’ombre, c’est une paria. Elle est née jumelle, synonyme d’arrêt de mort depuis qu’un être mystérieux, le Régisseur, règne en tyran sur son monde. Seulement, lorsqu’elle brise un interdit ancestral par accident et ravive ainsi un ancien conflit avec le royaume voisin, elle se retrouve au centre de toutes les attentions. Elle devra alors faire un choix pour maintenir la paix. Y arrivera-t-elle sans trahir son secret ?

**FRENCH** Pour plus d'infos sur la version française, cliquez ICI.

La vidéo a également des sous-titres en français, donc n'hésitez pas !

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EXTRACTS / EXTRAITS.

CHAPTER 1.

CHAPTER 2.

CHAPTER 3. (not complete yet)

 Do not hesitate to leave your opinion on those extracts. Things can still be improved! Thank you !

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WHAT WILL BE CREATED? 

One primary thing will be will be made possible upon the success of this campaign:  

 (1) A book (electronic version for this project - and later, a physical book that will be available on Amazon).

Book 1 cover
Book 1 cover

(2) Digitally signed wallpapers (.jpg).

Of course, this is just a combined image of all characters. You'll be able to choose if you prefer a bundle or just one particular character for the signed wallpaper.

Wallpapers all characters
Wallpapers all characters

Here is, for example, the wallpapers representing the character of Beth, Aluna's sister.

Beth - Wallpaper
Beth - Wallpaper

ABOUT THE PROJECT.

Almost three years ago, I self-published a French Fantasy book named "Le Visage de l'ombre", the first book of a serie called "Coeur de Flammes". As my book was slowly getting discovered by readers, I realized I had a BIG problem: most of my friends, whom are English native, could not read my story. I was so frustrated! The idea of translating my fantasy book was implanted. Years later, I finally made the decision to bring the thought to reality, and make my book accessible to the most possible range of readers, through English translation. I was steadfast in my resolve to make it happen, yet nothing got easier from there, even if I’m not bad in English.

 1/ I had to, not only find a translator, but a good one! I obviously couldn't translate the whole book myself – believe me, I tried – as it takes time and English speaker or not, I needed practice at translation anyway, which I didn't have at the time.

 2/ I had to pay him/her (and I'm not exactly rich, lol)

 3/ I had to find enough time to work with him/her (well, even though there is a translator, my experience as a writer taught me that you always need someone to go over everything, at least if you want to produce a clean version… or even one that is actually close to the original story). Well, I knew from my publishing experience in French that it was not going to be easy, although I have to admit: I did not expect it to be so hard. Still, I hang on to my dream: "Coeur de Flammes" or "Breath of Fire" in English was going to be printed and end up in the hands of English readers.

 

WHY KICKSTARTER ? 

 Short version. 

To finish the translation of my book, I need to pay a translator AND a corrector (apart from me), a cost I had not anticipated despite my experience. I also need an English corrector software. If by the good grace of your contributions, I get more than expected, I might be able not only to print some books in bulk, develop an English version of my website, invest to have a better presence on English-speaking social networks, and why not, start translating book two.

 Long version (prepare yourself for a short novel, lol). 

Well, I started the translation a year ago after months of selections, looking for a good but not too expensive translator. I finally found my match when I met Elisabeth Meaney (her contact information will be down this page). She is an American author who wanted to work on translation projects. She is good, but I still had to hire a corrector to help me with the proofing, as she cannot - obviously - correct her own mistakes. That's the moment I realized translating is exactly like writing: The author cannot see his own mistakes, he needs reviewing, lots and lots of reviewing - at least two/three persons from my humble perspective. That's how I decided that apart for beta-readers, I would have to hire a corrector (other than myself). I found one and as she strongly believed in the project, she did not ask for much. I was lucky (thank you Winnie!). Still, all this became slowly hard to bare on my own. 

I needed money. I thought I could manage at first, but life is unpredictable and I'm currently unable to pay both of my helpers (translator and corrector), and I'm not even mentionning the english software we need for the last review. I thought about it for a while and finally realized I needed help – or the project would never succeed. Also, I have to add that this is a personal project I have been working on my free time for more than a year now, when I'm not at my full-day job as a project manager (funny circumstances, right?). 

I enjoy the freedom of working independently without all the marketing charade around. I really believe that art is best expressed when it is personal and honest, and the best audience is the people who simply enjoy it. I therefore reach out to you (Kickstarters) for all there reasons and also because I would like to be able to deliver that particular story the way I believe it should be, with my supporters' feedbacks, instead of a third-party publisher.

 

 The World of Iriah in "Breath of Fire" 

The story happens in Iriah, a world I created in which twins have no right to live. I won't tell you more and recommend you to read the extract of the prologue and chapter one to get a better idea. 

 - The Map: Yes, there is a map! And I'm proud to say I did it myself (even though I was enough of a newbie to destroy by mistake my whole work, which forced me to re-create a whole file from scratch... Yeah, it happens to everyone!) And for the second time now, I'm working with a graphic designer to "professionalize" my previous work.

Here is the original french map, for you to get a quick idea (the english one is currently under realization)
world map of Iriah - french
world map of Iriah - french
UPDATE ! Here is the final map, ready at April, 19th !

Final map of the world
Final map of the world

 

Where will you find this book ? 

Basically, on AMAZON, as I do not know yet better distribution targets for the English-speaking market:

- Electronic version

- Paper version (online and in physical retailers provided by the createspace Amazon services)

 Financing the project 

I need 2500 euros for this project, including translation, correction, designing (partly), taxes and the platform’s fees (kickstarter).

However, don’t feel constrained by the target amount posted. Feel free to give more, as I have plans to do much more if this is a success and I get more contributions than expected. I would appreciate your feedbacks on the listed additional priorities and the order you would attribute on each of them:

a) Add an exclusive short story (prequel) that happens before the beginning of book #1 of the series

b) Add and develop an English section on my author’s website

c) Invest in increasing visibility and presence on social networks 

d) Start translation on book #2 right away :)

e) Realize one exclusive wallpaper image that will only be released later and realized by Patricia Lo (check her Facebook page to see what she can do). Trust me, it would be great. And of course, each of you would get a signed version as a bonus (.jpg) !

f) Any other great ideas you might have for this project! Feel free to share, really!!!

Together, let’s make Iriah available and known all over the world through English translation! The "Breath of Fire" book series and its sequels shouldn’t be constrained only to the French literature world. Thank you very much for being here.

 

 Credits & Press. 

I could cite lots of people regarding this project who contributed in different ways, but I'll only stick to those without whom it would have probably not start. To the others, rest assured I do NOT forget about you!  

- Elisabeth Meaney : the main translator of the book
- Winnie Agossou : the main corrector of the book
- Olusegun Goutondji : the graphic designer who made the character designs you can see on this page.
- Patricia Lo : another graphic designer who worked on the project as well (she's actually the one working on professionalizing my map).

For those who are curious about my book coverage in French, HERE is the amazon link where you can find it. If you have any question, do not hesitate. 

I have a french Facebook page as well as an English Facebook page. Feel free to visit or say hi !



Timeline.

You want a quick look of the project's timeline ? Here is it !

Timeline of the project
Timeline of the project
 

Risks and challenges

Here I will outline the main challenges, what has been done so far and what I still need to do.

What I have done so far:

The translation is going on well. We translated the whole book and are going through beta-reading and correction. Let's say 1/3 of the final book is ready so far!

Vendors:
The book will be available on Amazon, a platform I know quite well as I've already published three French books on it.

Me:
This project means a lot to me and making sure you (the backers) receive the best possible product is my top priority. I am confident that I will be able to deliver the prizes as described in my campaign details (if not better). If any issues arise, I will communicate them directly with you as I work to resolve them.

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    – Dedicated to your name: I’ll do that by generating a special and exclusive ebook file with your name and my signature. AND, you'll get it a week before the official release date of the book.
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    THE PRINTED SIGNED BOOK + THE SIGNED EBOOK + 3 POSTCARDS ! (french or english)

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    + A SIGNED PRINTED BOOK, delivered in the whole WORLD !
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    + Exclusive pack of 3 POSTCARDS (Beth, Willan and Siruth), signed too.

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    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL SIGNED WALLPAPERS FOR COMPUTER, TABLETS and PHONES (of my characters, covers or the map) !

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    – Dedicated to your name: I’ll do that by generating a special and exclusive ebook file with your name and my signature. AND you'll get it a week before the official release date of the book.
    + Your name in the special contributors list that will appear at the end of the book!
    + I'll follow you on Twitter or Instagram (of course!)
    + An exclusive vlog and backstage video of a translation/correction session, including me and the corrector.

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    LET’S TAKE A COFFEE IF YOU LIVE IN PARIS! IF YOU DON'T, WELL, LET'S HAVE A VIDEO CHAT ON SKYPE!

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    – Dedicated to your name: I’ll do that by generating a special and exclusive ebook file with your name and my signature. AND you'll get it a week before the official release date of the book.
    + Your name in the special contributors list that will appear at the end of the book!
    + I'll follow you on Twitter or Instagram (of course!)
    + An exclusive vlog and backstage video of a translation/correction session, including me and the corrector.
    +A series of SIGNED (with my scanned signature and/or your name) wallpapers of my characters or Iriah's map, for desktop or mobile devices (.jpg).

    + Here's is actually your first and last opportunity TO BE PART OF IRIAH's WORLD, in the main story at least! You can give a name/your name to a character for a short appearance, a meal, a neighborhood, anything that we can come to agreement with. HOWEVER, it will only appear on book 4 (book 3 is already being written in French), which is the last book of the main series. So a once in a lifetime opportunity for this series. I might say. Let's do it!

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    – Dedicated to your name: I’ll do that by generating a special and exclusive ebook file with your name and my signature. AND you'll get it a week before the official release date of the book.
    + Your name in the special contributors list that will appear at the end of the book!
    + I'll follow you on Twitter or Instagram (of course!)
    + An exclusive vlog and backstage video of a translation/correction session, including me and the corrector.
    +A series of SIGNED (with my scanned signature and/or your name) wallpapers of my characters or Iriah's map, for desktop or mobile devices (.jpg).

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    + I'll follow you on Twitter or Instagram (of course!)
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    + Coffee time in Paris! OR 1 exclusive video skype conference of thirty minutes!

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