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Game of Thrones goes to high school in this new fantasy novel series!

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SCHOOL FOR ADVENTURERS

High school drama meets fantasy adventure in our fun, whimsical novel series, School for Adventurers! This Kickstarter is for the first two books, THIEF and WARRIOR.

At Eastridge Academy, the realm's best and brightest learn fighting, magic, and even thieving--in short, all of the skills needed to become a great hero.

And even the best heroes start somewhere... Or at least that's what the Eastridge first-years like to tell themselves...

STRETCH GOALS AND BONUSES

And just in case we hit $12,000...

If we hit $11,000...

THE FIRST-YEARS

Meet Princess Averi, the fourth daughter of the Emperor, who can't stand to stay on the sidelines; as a new first-year, she's determined to become the best in the class, even if that means braving dangerous combat classes and scandalizing the nobility.
Meet Princess Averi, the fourth daughter of the Emperor, who can't stand to stay on the sidelines; as a new first-year, she's determined to become the best in the class, even if that means braving dangerous combat classes and scandalizing the nobility.
Fierce, stubborn, and usually hostile when approached, Wisteria Ling is the best Combat Caster in her year. But while magic comes easy to her, socializing never has.
Fierce, stubborn, and usually hostile when approached, Wisteria Ling is the best Combat Caster in her year. But while magic comes easy to her, socializing never has.
Rai Ravin is desperate to escape his family, even if it means breaking all the rules. But one of these days he's going to get himself into trouble that he can't charm his way out of...
Rai Ravin is desperate to escape his family, even if it means breaking all the rules. But one of these days he's going to get himself into trouble that he can't charm his way out of...
Orphan Fell Farmington never thought he'd have the chance to leave his work on the farm to become a Warrior and soldier of legend, but getting accepted to Eastridge is about to change his life.
Orphan Fell Farmington never thought he'd have the chance to leave his work on the farm to become a Warrior and soldier of legend, but getting accepted to Eastridge is about to change his life.

Together, these four will learn how to work together, how to fight, and how to survive... Especially when the closeness of war threatens their kingdom.

When the war comes right to the school's door, will they be ready?
When the war comes right to the school's door, will they be ready?

ABOUT THE PROJECT

SCHOOL FOR ADVENTURERS (SFA) is a passion project by Kara Loo and Jennifer Young. We've been working on this novel for the last seven years. We wanted to write something that combined two of our favorite genres: high school and fantasy. We also wanted to write a novel that would have positive role models, strong female characters, and a clean, exciting adventure that people of all ages could enjoy. We have a sample of the novel available on our website here.

SFA will be a series of four books. We are running this Kickstarter campaign for the first two books in the series.

The first book, THIEF, has had a long journey. Similar to Kelly Thompson's story (which incidentally inspired us to run this Kickstarter campaign), we've gone through several different drafts--we even self-published the novel a few years ago when we thought we were done with it. But, after that, we were accepted by a wonderful agent who helped us further refine the story in a new draft. That manuscript came close to selling at some impressively big publishing houses, but didn't quite make it. Our novel is written as young adult fantasy, but people felt the multiple perspectives would be too confusing for younger readers. When we scaled back the narrative to just tell one character's story, it didn't quite work. So now we're hoping to take a chance that people are willing to follow our multiple perspectives (hopefully, Game of Thrones has paved the way...) and prove that there is a place and an audience for THIEF.

The second book, WARRIOR, is half written. If we get the funding that we need, we would aim to finish editing THIEF by Christmas and to complete WARRIOR by March 2013.

Kickstarter funding would go towards the printing of physical copies, cover and character art, ISBNs, taxes, shipping, and other expenses related to the costs of editing, publication, and marketing both novels.

So who is this book for? It's for: 

  • Fans of Fantasy

  • Fans of action and adventure

  • Fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and 50 Shades of Grey (just kidding on that last one)

  • Fans of comic books and manga

  • Fans of stories with strong female leads

We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone in advance for visiting our page and supporting our project!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

We are two girls who love writing and do it every day. We've been writing together for the last thirteen years--since we were both freshmen in high school. We stayed in touch through our love of writing even though we were separated by rival colleges: Kara went off to Stanford for Creative Writing and Film Studies and Jennifer went to UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco for her Masters in Teaching.

Jennifer and Kara in a tree with swords. Not our safest idea.
Jennifer and Kara in a tree with swords. Not our safest idea.

We've worked together professionally as writers and editors for the past few years on several narrative video games. Titles we've worked on include Electronic Arts' 'Surviving High School', 'Claire Hart: Soul Searcher', 'Cause of Death', and 'Clue: Secrets and Spies'. We also have experience with novels: we were involved in the brainstorming and editing of the novel, Surviving High School by M. Doty, which was recently published by Little, Brown's Poppy imprint.

The beautiful cover and character art throughout the book come from the talented K.M. Ricker.

Jennifer, KM Ricker, and Kara at Disneyland the year SFA was started
Jennifer, KM Ricker, and Kara at Disneyland the year SFA was started

This is the first Kickstarter campaign we've attempted, and we would HUGELY appreciate feedback. We're unusually excited to hear what we're doing wrong so we can make it better.

REVIEWS FOR SFA

"A compelling and unique take on a fantasy universe... Read it now!"
-M. Doty, Author of Surviving High School

"School For Adventurers is a fun, captivating story written by two talented writers. You'll wish you'd gone to high school at Eastridge Academy, where thieving is homework and even adolescent problems are colored with magic and swordplay." -Steph Cha, Author of the upcoming novel Follow Her Home

"With great wit and humor, SFA is a fantasy that brings the swords and magic while leaving you with characters that have a lasting impression. In short, you come for the swords and magic; you stay for the characters and the humor."
-KM Ricker, Illustrator

STRETCH GOALS

We're so excited about everyone's enthusiastic support! We are happy to announce our stretch goals if we reach $6,000 and beyond!

BOOKMARKS

  • Add $1 to any pledge to get a bookmark of your choice--Warrior, Thief, Cleric, or Mage. (Please include $0.50 for international shipping)
  • Add $3 to any pledge to get all four bookmarks. (Please include $0.50 for international shipping)

BOOK OF SECRETS

After you finish book one, you can buy a "page" from the Book of Secrets! For $20, we'll answer any yes or no question about the characters, the SFA world, or what we've got planned. See if you can guess what will happen next, find out about a character's history, or get any questions about the world of SFA answered!

Just add $20 to any pledge level. When all the questions have been asked, all members of the Book of Secrets Society will receive a full copy of the Book of Secrets in digital format with all other questions and answers (with appropriate spoiler warnings as needed). You're not allowed to share any of the secrets with outsiders, lest ye be held an oath-breaker and outcast forever!

You know it's juicy if Annalise is in on it.
You know it's juicy if Annalise is in on it.

STORY CONTENT ADD-ONS

Backers have asked for content-based add-ons, so we're bringing you a collection of short stories about Fell, Wisteria, Averi, and Rai from the year before they apply for Eastridge!

Add $5 to any reward level to receive a digital copy of the Before Eastridge story collection!

MERCHANDISE

  • Add $13 to any package for a School for Adventurers Satchel Bag
    (Please add shipping: $5 for domestic/$7 for international)
An essential accessory for any adventurer traveling more than a couple hours away from home
An essential accessory for any adventurer traveling more than a couple hours away from home
  • Add $14 for an SFA Adventure Stein
    (Please add shipping: $7 for domestic/$10 for international)
Necessary for gathering fresh spring water or sipping adventurer's stew
Necessary for gathering fresh spring water or sipping adventurer's stew

DIGITAL COPIES

  • Add $18 to any pledge to get the digital versions of book one, THIEF and book two, WARRIOR

CHARACTER ART PRINTS 

Available Prints
Available Prints

Add extra to your reward level to get KMRicker's lovely art! Each signed print, sized at 8.5"x11" on archival paper, will come in a plastic sleeve with backing board. Eight prints are available for you to choose from: Averi, Wisteria, Annalise, Dove, Fell, Rai, Torrent, and Lyre. (Please specify which prints are desired in the survey):

  • Add any 1 print for $20.00
  • Add any 4 prints for $70.00
  • Add any 6 prints for $100.00
  • Add all 8 prints for $125.00

(Please add $8 for shipping internationally; this is a flat fee for all prints.)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the challenges is going to be sticking to the aggressive timetable of finishing, revising, and readying the books for publication. If the Kickstarter is a success, we'd have less than two months to revise THIEF and three months after that to finish WARRIOR. However, we're confident that we can meet our goals: in our line of work, we're constantly under pressure to write quickly on a weekly deadline. Rest assured, we take these promises very seriously and will hold ourselves to them.

FAQ

  • Students at Eastridge Academy enjoy a specialized set of courses for their field. The Course Catalogue gives information on the required and elective classes of each major (Thief, Cleric, Warrior, and Mage). The Book of Runes is a primer that describes the basic set of of spells that Mages and Clerics can cast.

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    ACCEPTED. In addition to our heartfelt thanks, you will receive the electronic versions of both THIEF and WARRIOR. You will also be recognized in the 'Thank You' pages of the book as well as listed as a 'Patron' on the SFA website.

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    WELCOME PACKET. You will receive a signed physical copy of just the first book THIEF, a bookmark of your choice (Thief, Warrior, Mage, or Cleric), and a certificate of appreciation (a personalized thank-you). Note: All packages include shipping in the US.

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    FIRST-YEAR. You will receive signed physical copies of THIEF and WARRIOR, bookmarks for all four majors, and an honorary degree from Eastridge in the form of an official diploma.

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    SECOND-YEAR. In addition to the 'First-Year' rewards, you will receive a bonus, never-before-seen exclusive short story from the SFA world.

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    THIRD-YEAR. In addition to the 'Second-Year' rewards, you will receive digital copies of 'The Book of Runes' and the 'Course Catalogue'.

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    FOURTH-YEAR. In addition to the 'Third-Year' rewards, we will create a custom character based on you or someone of your choosing in the SFA world complete with a 500-word biography. This character will earn a place in the 'Hall of Heroes' page on the SFA website. This makes a great Christmas gift!

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    RENT-A-BARD. This reward includes everything covered in the FOURTH-YEAR rewards. In addition, we will write an epic ballad about you or someone of your choosing. Add $50 to this reward and Jennifer will sing it for you in a video that Kara will edit. We'll even deliver the ballad and video early if you want that portion as a holiday gift. Also makes a great Valentine's Day gift. Potentially.

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    ADVENTURER-IN-TRAINING. For this reward level, Kara or Jennifer will provide a full critique with detailed notes and edits on the first two chapters (up to 6,000 words) of your manuscript. (Note: This reward does not include copies of the book.)

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS. This includes everything in the RENT-A-BARD reward with the singing upgrade plus all eight prints of KMRicker's character art.

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    PROFESSIONAL ADVENTURER. For this reward level, you will receive a custom character with a biography, a 2,000-word short story, and a custom-drawn sketch of your character by KM Ricker. This character will earn a place in the 'Hall of Heroes' page on the SFA website. This reward also includes two copies of the book in your choice of format (digital or physical) and all four bookmarks. This also makes a great Christmas gift!

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    HERO OF LEGEND. Become a heroic upperclassman in the novel! For this reward level, you will receive a custom character complete with a biography, a KM Ricker color drawing, a 5,000-word story, AND your character will be written into the novel as an upperclassman in a major of your choosing (within reason and with author approval). This reward also includes two copies of the book in your choice of format (digital or physical) and all four bookmarks. This makes an even better Christmas gift! (If you're doing this as a Christmas present, we can send you an acceptance letter and some questions for the recipient, so they have something to unwrap.)

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    HERO OF THE AGES. Become a legendary hero in the novel! For this reward level, you will receive a custom character complete with a biography, a KM Ricker color drawing, a 30,000-word novella starring your character, AND your character will be written into the novel as a hero in a major of your choosing (within reason and with author approval). This reward also includes two copies of the book in your choice of format (digital or physical) and all four bookmarks. This makes the ultimate Christmas gift! (If you're doing this as a Christmas gift, we can send you an acceptance letter and some questions for the recipient, so they have something to unwrap.)

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