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Last updated December 16, 2014

Lasera - Book 1: The Mer Archives (YA Urban Fantasy Series)

After 6 years I'm ready to publish Book One of my Mer series. -- Valerie should've drowned in the pool... But a merman saves her life.

Lasera - Book 1: The Mer Archives (YA Urban Fantasy Series)

After 6 years I'm ready to publish Book One of my Mer series. -- Valerie should've drowned in the pool... But a merman saves her life.

CA$ 1,533
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated December 16, 2014

About

My name is Danielle Mathieson Pederson. 
And this is Lasera - Book 1: The Mer Archives

'Lasera' is the Mer word for their world.
'Lasera' is the Mer word for their world.

** This project needed a longer time frame, so a new one has been made, if you are at this page please search Lasera on kickstarter and go to the newer one. **

THE PROJECT

After a six year long journey I've decided to take the plunge and self-publish my novel and let the readers be the gate-keepers. 

The Book:
Lasera is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel set in Kamloops, BC, Canada. Our heroine, 17-year-old Valerie, a champion diver (as in diving board, not scuba) hits her head during a routine dive at the local pool. She starts to drown but is given mouth-to-mouth and rescued by a merman named Wyn, who's trapped in the pool. 

Initially Valerie thinks she is going crazy and hallucinating a merman. But she learns that her mind isn't making him up; it's because Wyn saved her that she can now see him and others can't. In this world merpeople are invisible to human eyes in water, because of their camouflage, but above surface anyone can see them.

Wyn and Valerie become very close as they get to know one another. Valerie gives Wyn the encouragement to overcome his shyness, and Wyn help Valerie to face the grief she'd refused to confront for over a year. But what's confusing to both of them is why Wyn's captors have trapped him in a public pool surrounded by people. Then Valerie finds out that his captors are moving him to a secure scientific facility in just three days. He's sure to end up pinned and dissected like a frog in some biology class. So Valerie has to save him. It's not until Wyn's stuck in a fish tank bungeed to the back of a beater pick-up truck and Valerie's staring down the barrel of a gun, that she realizes she's in love, with Wyn.

What I imagine Wyn might look like
What I imagine Wyn might look like

This novel is a clean romance. The protagonist is seventeen and there are conversations about some mature situations but there are no sex scenes. See: Clean - Sweet - Romances Are Definitely Not Dead.

If you'd like to learn even more about this world and the book see:
The Lasera Website
Plus you can also read Chapter One of Lasera here:
Read Chapter One

How I'm Going to Accomplish My Dream:
I finished writing Lasera in 2011 and I've been working since then to try and get it published. I spent a year editing the manuscript myself and through beta (test) readers and then sent out more than forty inquiries to agents and publishers over the course of two years. None of them expressed any interest.
 
Even if I don't make it to my goal (which I'm hoping and praying and going to work my butt off to make sure this kickstarter gets funded), I will still publish this book. It will just have to wait until I can get the capital to make the thing properly, and therefore take much longer.

I want to do as much as I can to support local artists and economies. I'm going to be using many people and companies to do so many things. Some of these things are - making a fun family-oriented book launch event, using local artists and camera techs from my community, giving students at the local university a chance to try out the skills they're learning in a practical but paid application, and bringing fun and knowledge about literacy to kids and teens.

This is a book that can pull in a fan base; I've created a world with merpeople who have their own languages, culture, and physical abilities. No matter what happens, this book will become a reality, but it would be amazing if some of you came along for the ride and experienced it all with me. 

WHO I AM

I'm a mother to a four-year-old boy and an eighteen month old girl and I also work part-time each week on my writing.

Everett (4) and Kaia (1.5)
Everett (4) and Kaia (1.5)

My husband of eight years has long since come to accept the overflowing bookshelves we have as a permanent part of our home decor. 

Me and my husband Tim
Me and my husband Tim

I am also LDS. See: My Faith - Being LDS or Mormon.org. Having this faith will always have an influence on my opinions, my life, my writing and how I conduct myself.

When I read I love to devour books that help me escape, my favourite genres being fantasy, science fiction or romance, which is probably why I write in those genres. I love my blogs and crafting new posts, in addition to discovering so many new awesome reads through book reviews. See my blog: DanielleWAM On top of the Lasera series (which is six books and five planned short stories) I have at least fifteen other writing projects on the back burner. So needless to say I am in this for the long haul. I've been writing since I was in grade nine, it's something I will always do, and love doing. 

Please note that I specifically chose to use subtitles in my kickstarter video. My son and I both have high-frequency hearing loss. We can function without aid but because of hearing aids, amazing audiologists, and dedicated speech pathologists our lives have greatly improved. There is a certain stigma attached to watching movies with subtitles. If I can, in any small way, help to thwart that negativism, I'm glad.

Just as I was really delving into making this kickstarter happen, I hesitated. Was it right to ask for help like this? Should I really be doing it this way? There's so much work, how could I get it all done? Then I read this quote from C.S. Lewis:

 I have to go after my dream!

Give Help - Get Rewards

I'm so excited to involve others in the process of getting this book into print. Every reward to the right includes all the rewards from the lower tiers. So whatever you might be able to give, every little bit makes this a better book. International backers (outside of the US or Canada) please be aware there may be a small additional shipping fee on top of the $15 above depending on the country in which you live. Please note that this isn't floating money that has to get returned if I don't reach my goal, no one's credit cards are charged until the end of the funding period and only if I make it to amount I've set. 

I want to be up-front, honest, and open about everything throughout the entire process so please feel free to ask any questions and contact me about any aspect of this project. The breakdown of where the money will be going is below. 

BUDGET

  • Structural editing and copy-editing (2 sessions)........$3000
  • Book Cover Design & Formatting...................................$225
  • Interior Print & E-Book Formatting.................................$150
  • Produce a Book Trailer....................................................$300
  • Marketing Materials & Media..........................................$900
                    (Including a Book Launch Event)
  • On-hand Inventory & Kickstarter fees.........................$1150
  • Reward Distribution & Contingencies...........................$600

                                                                           Total = $6325

Wyn and Valerie and the whole world of mer deserve to be out there for everyone to read. I can't wait to get started. Thank you all so much!

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*** For those interested in my geek t-shirts they say (in order):
- "in case of emergency break dance"
- man of steel symbol
- "nerd"
- "Bong. Zoom. Boom. Pow. Pop"
- "Enjoy Chocolate. Brussel. It's the Real Thing."
:D

My hearing aids are from Oticon

And this whole movie and it's 70+ mins of footage was shot with just my cell phone: A Samsung Galaxy S4

Risks and challenges

This is my first endeavour in publishing something myself, so there will definitely be a learning curve. I have previously worked with editors, but working out the timeframe of all the collaborator's contributions will be a challenge. It's a fairly tight timeline with an anticipated release date of Feb 2015.
Other risks might be that editors, designers or those formatting the manuscript will not meet their deadlines, or I won't be satisfied with their work.
I plan on staying on top of all contributors and addressing concerns before they become issues. If delays happen then either the release date may have to be pushed back, or international backers may not get their rewards one week before the release date. Regardless, this book is going forward and all backers will be kept in the loop frequently and throughout the process.

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    The Shinning Shell Backer: You get all of the above. Plus a fantabulous sticker (bumper size) that says: "I Was Hooked by Lasera - A Gripping Tail for All. Book 1: The Mer Archives". Plus another great swag button that says: "I Got Hooked by Lasera"

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    The Swift Tail Backer: You get all of the above. Plus you'll get a 2ND signed paperback copy of Lasera made out to whomever you want. (to give to a friend, a co-worker or a random unicorn) Plus a special thank you in the Lasera e-book (with a link of your choice!)

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    The Diamond Pearl Backer: You get all of the above. Plus a note just for you on your amazing Lasera poster from above. Plus a 30 min phone or video call with me, talking about anything under the sun and rainbow like -- nothing creepy or nightmare inducing. (Please)

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    The Full-Finned Mer Backer: You get all of the above. Plus a minor character within the series will be named after you. No promises on whether your character will be good, evil, or dorky.

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