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A publisher's move from hand sales with a smile to a campaign of total world domination—with perhaps a step or two in between.
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If you are one of those who has purchased a copy of Ghosts in the Yew, you likely have a tale to go with it. Accosted by the author with a smile, a handshake, and a 600-page monster, perhaps at a convention, online, or on a random street corner in Chicago or New York—you met Blake Hausladen and were convinced to give his debut novel a try. He spoke of magic, murder, and statecraft. He told you of horses, and maps, and perhaps teased you with an excerpt.

A journey to distant lands
A journey to distant lands

If you are a fan of fantasies with daring escapes, sword-wielding heroes, and the intrigues of statecraft, magic, and murder, you will be interested to know that Book Two of the Vesteal Series, Native Silver, is due to be released in early 2014, and we here at Rook Creek Books would love for you to read it.

What we are asking you to fund is not the endeavor of writing, cartography, or even editing. These components of this labor of love are accounted for. What you are funding is the creative endeavor of publishing. You are allowing us to reduce production costs, to add color maps, and maintain the same production quality you have come to expect from Rook Creek Books.

Your support of Rook Creek today means as much to us as five hard-fought hardcover hand-sales, and will hurry this a fantastic book into your hungry hands.

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Once funded, there are few risks to the delivery of this project's rewards. The content, book block, and cover design are ready. Printer, distributor, and retail arrangements are all in place.

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    You support indie authors and publishers and are an all around fantastic person. You'll be included in all announcements and updates to the projects.

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    A DRM-free ePack for Native Silver, Book Two of the Vesteal Series, that includes a PDF, EPUB, and MOBI.

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    A DRM-free ePack for Ghosts in the Yew and Native Silver, Books One and Two of the Vesteal Series, that includes a PDF, EPUB, and MOBI.

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    Signed hardcover copy of Native Silver, Book Two of the Vesteal Series, with a full color insert of the maps of Zoviya, Bessradi, and Havish.

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    One signed hardcover copy of Ghosts in the Yew, and one signed hardcover copy of Native Silver, Books One and Two of the Vesteal Series, both with full color map inserts.

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    Have yourself Tuckerized in Native Silver and receive a signed hardcover copy. Your name will be altered to fit Zoviyan etymology, and it is not guaranteed the character will survive.

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    Some have asked for a way to receive more than one copy. This one is for you. Four signed hardcover copies of Native Silver, each with the full-color maps.

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    Library lovers, in addition to a hardcover copy of both books for yourself, the author will donate both books to three libraries of your choice.

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    One signed hardcover copy of Ghosts in the Yew, one signed hardcover copy of Native Silver, and one wall-sized hand-painted linen world map of Zoviya.

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    Reading Group Appearance: Nine hardcover copies of Native Silver with maps and an appearance by the author at your event. (established Chicago or Minneapolis area groups only)

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    An annotated hardcover copy of Native Silver.

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    Your package will include all of the rewards, plus a half-day in-character photo shoot with the author and pure-blood akhal-teke (akal-tak) horses as featured in the Vesteal Series. Argamak Photography (http://www.kerri-jo.com/), whose photos are featured in the series, would be doing the shoot. Possible shoot locations include British Columbia, Michigan, Florida, Iran, and Turkmenistan. Groups are welcome. Costumes will be provided. Travel and lodging not included.

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