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About this project

The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise $2,000 for the reprint and re-launch of a quick paced fantasy novel that received critical nods, but gained no exposure due to the vast limitations of its original publisher. Now having regained control over the book, I, Jake Elliot, would like to invite you to read this refined version.

The Wrong Way Down and its sequel, Crossing Mother’s Grave, were both originally published through Damnation Books. With good fortune, The Wrong Way Down has gone out of print and this is why I’m here at Kickstarter.

The cover was designed by Carter Reid, who has done fabulous work for both Angelic Knight Press and several covers for dark fantasy author Tim Marquitz.

The Story:

"Katia is an accomplished thief. She accepted a job with a heavy price for failure; her life. Popalia, an acolyte priestess, has vowed to return her church's stolen treasure. Ambitious and impetuous, she'll go to any means and pay whatever cost. Wynkkur is a self-taught sorcerer who miscasts as much as he evokes. He's been conscripted as a bodyguard and sent on a hopeless mission. This is not the path to their victories, but the story of their fall. This is The Wrong Way Down."

To ensure the editing was good, I hired two editors. Tyson J. Mauermann critiques fantasy novels for Speculative Book Review and I liked his editing on the anthology, Manifesto: UF which was published in September of 2013 by Angelic Knight Press.  The other editor, Becky A. Johnson, has edited several works of non-fiction, and did an awesome job with copy edits.Together, they made this revised edition look very professional.

Below are professional reviews of the first edition. Each of these reviewers also reviewed the sequel, Crossing Mother's Grave.

Portland Book Review

Fantasy Book Review

Author D. Robert Grixti

Author Jeremy Kline

Remember, these reviews are about the original version of The Wrong Way Down, not the one I'm offering to you. I invite you to read the revised prologue of The Wrong Way Down on my webpage at JakeElliotFiction.com.

Milestones and Reward Tiers

Just in time for the holidays, guess how many people I'm sending this book for Christmas? If we reach funding, I’ll send out e-books and paperbacks near Dec 1, 2014.

Tier one begins at $5 with an E-book in MOBI or PDF format. (Because I’m publishing through Amazon, this book will not be released on any other platform until after March 1, 2015.)

Tier two is $20 for one signed (or unsigned) paperback copy of The Wrong Way Down.

Tier three is $25 for a copy of each version, paper and electronic.

Tier four is $50 and where things begin to get really cool. The other two publishers I've worked with gave me permission to use their anthologies as rewards. (I have a story in each of these volumes so this is still my work, but now you can see other fabulous writers and read stories from other great authors you may already know.) You get all the above rewards PLUS your pick of one anthology from this list---

a) Fading Light; Anthology of the Monstrous includes rare stories by William Meikle, David Dalglish, and Mark Lawrence.

b) Manifesto:UF features stories by Jeff Salyards, Theresa Frohock, and Zachary Jernigan.

c) That Hoodoo, Voodoo, You Do includes Tim Marquitz, Edward M. Erdalac, and Timothy Baker. (Not in stores yet, expected release in October 2014.)

d) AMOK! features the work of Glynn Owen Barrass, Konstantine Paradias and Thomas Logan. (Not in stores yet, expected release in late September 2014.)

Tier five is for $100 (Only 20 spots are available.) You will get all of the above rewards PLUS a paperback copy of Crossing Mother’s Grave, the sequel to The Wrong Way Down, and a personal acknowledgement expressed within the first pages of the book. (My name appears in both Michael J. Sullivan’s Hollow World and in Tim Marquitz’s Witch Bane.)

[This amendment was made on Sept 18th 2014 --- I have decided against limiting acknowledgements. All backers will be acknowledged in the book whether this project reaches it's mark or not. More information inside. To boost Tier Five, everyone at this level will get two anthologies as well as both novels.]

but most importantly...everybody gets Guacamole!

Anybody at every tier level will receive a 'never-seen-before' copy of the recipe for Jake Elliot's almost famous guacamole. I'm not lying---it rocks like The Rolling Stones, only with a Latin flair. Upon reaching 30 backers, I'll post the proof pic of me eating my yummy guacamole on a tasty tortilla chip. You will be able to see the pure bliss on my face as I chomp down on the tried and true recipe of addictive green stuff. Then you'll want some---because it is good.

Sure...everybody has a book to write...but who has a book AND awesome guacamole to offer?

That's right---I'm the only one.


Thank You
I want to thank everyone sincerely for looking at my project.I hope to have created something you will enjoy, share, and tell your friends and family about. This project would not be possible if not for you, and I commend your courage in supporting a wayward author and his crazy idea for a story.

Here are external links.

My Webpage/Blog

Twitter

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Risks and challenges

Obstacles to be Wary About

I. Writing style.
Did you check out the free sample on my webpage? You’ll know if you like what I can do or not. here is the link-- http://jakeelliotfiction.com/2014/09/03/the-kickstarter-has-launched/

II. Timing Delays
I think December 1, 2014 is a very realistic goal considering how close to finished this project is. The book is written, the cover art completed, ISBN and Copyrights will soon be in place, all I need to do is put everything together and make proofs. Once proofs are accepted, I’ll buy everyone’s books and ship them. I should be able to send out books by December 1, but delays can happen, hopefully not.

III. International Books (Tier Five)
I will send international copies first because I really don’t know how long it takes to send a book to Australia, or South Africa, or India. Also, because I am sending books at a high volume time in the U.S. there could be unforeseen delays. This will be outside my control but I will be sure to include tracking numbers to insure all books get where they need to go.

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    One PRE-RELEASE ebook version of The Wrong Way Down: Book One (2nd Edition) Options will be MOBI (Kindle) or PDF.

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    A paperback and e-book of 'The Wrong Way Down' PLUS your choice of one of the following short story collections (I have a story in each one.)
    a) Fading Light; Anthology of the Monstrous (Horror)
    b) Manifesto:UF (Urban Fantasy)
    c) AMOK! (Horror)
    d) That Hoodoo, Voodoo You Do (Dark Fantasy/Horror)

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    All of the above rewards PLUS a copy of The Wrong Way Down's sequel, Crossing Mother's Grave AND an acknowledgement in the front of the book as 'an irreplaceable supporter and cornerstone of my fiction.'

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