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Guardians Inc.: The Cypher - A Scifi-Fantasy adventure!

A novel about Magic, Technology and the Power of Family for Middle grade and Young adult readers.

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher - A Scifi-Fantasy adventure!

A novel about Magic, Technology and the Power of Family for Middle grade and Young adult readers.

$707
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 4 2015
Last updated June 4, 2015

About

The challenge is to create the printed version of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher  and bring it to brick and mortar book stores!

  • The Series teaches respect for nature, the unity of family and the responsible use of technology. 
  • Guardians Inc.: The Cypher is not a book I might write after the Kickstarter has been funded... Guardians Inc. is already a series with two more books on ebook stores and I'm currently writing the fourth and fifth books in the series.
  • Please note that this is Not a Graphic Novel but a Book series.

The Cypher is currently free on all e-book stores and has been downloaded more than 180,000 times! 

Reason Behind the Kickstarter Project.

Most kids don't own a tablet, so they should have something that is still precious!

The opportunity to smell the ink and feel the weight of each page as it turns and reveals something new, the feeling of opening a book and finding and living an adventure.

Books are an army of friends, lined up on the shelves, ready to take on boredom and help us visit worlds away.

Help me share that feeling with everyone but specially with kids. 

The Rewards.

All rewards are accumulative, so, if for instance, you should choose reward four, you will also get rewards one through three. 

We also want most rewards to get to you by November this year, well before the Holidays!

We have updated all rewards! Thank you for your emails!

Reward One ($5) 

Your name will be written in a special Thank You section of the Guardians Inc website, an eBook copy of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher in ePub and Mobi formats. You will also get a set of three (3) Kickstarter Exclusive Digital Wallpapers.

Exclusive Kickstarter Wallpapers. Click to visit our website!
Exclusive Kickstarter Wallpapers. Click to visit our website!

Reward Two ($10)  

is Reward One + an eBook copy of the second book in the series, Guardians Inc.: Thundersword, in ePub and Mobi formats and an eBook copy of the Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc.: Book of Beasts.

GI: Thundersword is the second book in the GI series and has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

As Thomas learns in GI: The Cypher, GI: Book of Beasts is an illustrated short story that is required reading for all new recruits as they join Guardians Inc. GI: Book of Beasts is an alternate-history adventure based on real life explorer Ibn Batutta as he joins the Guardians and battle the Namtarii in the late 1300's.

Who are the Namtarii? You will find out in Book of Beasts!

Thundersword and Book of Beasts. Click to go to Thundersword Amazon's page!
Thundersword and Book of Beasts. Click to go to Thundersword Amazon's page!

Reward Three ($20) 

Is all previous + an eBook copy of the third book in the series, Guardians Inc.: The Four-Legged Prophet,  

You will also receive an eBook copy of The Man in the Trench Coat and an eBook copy of Guardians Inc: Explaining the Concept Art. 

 GI: The Four-Legged Prophet is the third book in the GI series and has 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon.  

Evil disguised as friendship is the most dangerous kind. A creature of myth and legend... 

The Man in the Trench Coat is one of Guardians Inc's main antagonists and a recurring character in the books. At one point in the story Doctor Franco mentions that "[The Man in the Trench Coat] even has a children's book!" We managed to find a copy of that book and we now give it to you as a cautionary tale!

The Four Legged Prophet and The Man in The Trench coat Illustrated Books, Click to visit the Amazon Page!
The Four Legged Prophet and The Man in The Trench coat Illustrated Books, Click to visit the Amazon Page!

Reward Four ($25) 

Is all previous + The main reason why we are doing the Kickstarter! You will get an autographed copy of the Guardians Inc.: The Cypher printed book and a set of 4 Guardians Inc. bookmarks.

We will also send you a Guardians Inc. PIN!  

The Cypher in Paperback format! Click to visit My author page in Facebook!
The Cypher in Paperback format! Click to visit My author page in Facebook!

Reward Five  ($35)

Is all previous + a 24 x 36 poster with the new cover art of the Cypher and two 6" x 11" Kickstarter exclusive autographed postcard. One 4" x 6" Kickstarter exclusive, autographed, lenticular postcard with the evolution of the Guardians Inc.: The Cypher's cover will find its way to you too!

  The lenticular postcard will have to be shipped later as we need first to create the new cover for the Cypher.

Reward Six ($50) 

is all previous + your name appears in a special Thank You section in both the printed and eBook versions of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher and you get one Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc T-shirt with the Guardians Inc. symbol on the front and the book cover on the back. 

You also receive one Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. 1.5" x 1.5" golden coin.

 Until the late eighteen hundreds, this coin revealed the bearer as a Guardian. The coin is mentioned in Guardians Inc.: Book of Beast and it was inspired by a 66 B.C. Roman Denarius. The Denarius was a silver coin, ours is golden and even though it's not made of gold we think it looks cooler. 

Next to the Roman date on the coin (1225), the words engraved on it are Latin for "Balance Keeper", the core belief of Guardians Inc.

Reward Seven ($75) is all previous + A pre-release paper copy of Guardians Inc.: The Lost Columns (Book 4) and a pre-release paper of Book 5: Partisans (when it comes out).

I can offer these books because I am already working on them at the same time! The series is tightly knit so I try to lay the foundations for the story in all previous books.   

Reward Eight ($100) 

is all previous + a military cap with the Guardians Inc logo embroidered on it and a leather pouch with another golden coin.

Reward Nine ($150) is all previous + an Exclusive Kickstarter Guardians Inc. wooden jewelry box and two extra Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. 1.5" x 1.5" golden* coins.

*Please note that "Golden" as in "Gold-like." not "Golden" as in "Made of Gold"... ;) 

Exclusive Guardians Inc. Wooden Jelwelry Box and Golden Coins
Exclusive Guardians Inc. Wooden Jelwelry Box and Golden Coins

Reward Ten ($300) is all previous + One Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. pocket watch like the one Doctor Franco carries around in the book series. 

Guardians Inc. Pocket Watch
Guardians Inc. Pocket Watch

Reward Eleven ($500) is all previous + A Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. old style leather bag (16", 11”, 3.5”). 

Guardians are primarily scholars, so these leather bags carry their books and study materials, just as we would expect you and your kids to use them!

Messenger bag
Messenger bag

Reward Twelve ($1000) is all previous + a symbol of office as CEO of one of Guardians Inc. holding companies with your name engraved on it. 

The symbol is a 10", 10", 0.25" steel plate hand cut with a plasma torch by the author! One of those things I picked up along the years... ;) The steel plate rests on a granite base. 

Also your name becomes canon as the name of a character in the Guardians Inc. series first appearing in book four, Guardians Inc.: The Lost Columns (Although the character might...uhmm... kinda die from not so natural causes).

(Oh! And also you will have to sign a consent form... just saying).

Fornax Biofuel Research Symbol of Office
Fornax Biofuel Research Symbol of Office

About the GI Symbol.

The Guardians Inc. Symbol
The Guardians Inc. Symbol

As described by Doctor Franco, from the outer rim to the center of the symbol.

"The six circles and their respective orbits represent the carbon atom. Since carbon is the basic element of all organic life, it seemed fitting to make it a part of the symbol of a company that values scientific research for the advancement and betterment of the human race and the protection of nature.

"The ancient writings orbiting the center of the symbol are messages left by previous cyphers to help new ones in their quest to find the Book of Concord. They are readable only by a Cypher, so if you can read them, you have to come and work for us!

"To the right of the all seeing eye, indicated by dots of various sizes is the constellation of Ophiuchus, associated with Aescupalius, the noted healer of Greek legend. To the left, the constellation of Lacerta which Augustin Royer called 'Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae' (the Hand of Justice and Sceptre) in 1670.

"At the center is the all seeing eye of Ra, for the Guardians, the eye is almost like a job description, since the Guardians are the one secret society/multinational corporation, that, always watchful and alert, keeps the balance between magic and technology."

Now, and this is important, most of the rewards wont have the strange (and really, really small) writings on the symbol, since they are -you guessed it- too small to be engraved correctly.

Why not use the words "Guardians Inc.: The Cypher" next to the symbol on the rewards?

Branding is important, but I thought "Why not make this project's rewards not just beautiful, but also discreet, making the backers a part of a secret society, just like the Guardians?" I know, marketeers all over the world will say it's wrong, but seeing the final rewards, I don't regret it.

Risks and challenges

The challenge is to bring Guardians Inc.: The Cypher to book stores.
I believe it should be in paper for kids (and parents) to join and share in the adventure.

1. Guardians Inc.: The Cypher's cover will need a new look. I'm planning to have it re-made by a renowned artist.

2. Even though it has been edited, re-edited and proofread, I want to go through that process again.

3. I need to have it formatted with a new look for the printing process. A few tweaks here and there and some more artwork to make it look beautiful.

4. Then there are the printing and distribution processes, which are not as tricky as they sound, but they still need a whole lot of attention and enough copies to get to stores in a meaningful way.

5. Last but not least, I will need to advertise the book. Maybe even put up some posters inside book stores, advertising and promotion aren't cheap, but they can be managed as part of a stretch goal (if we are really lucky and get enough sponsors!)

Thank you very much for your support and happy reading!

Julian

P.D. Please send me all your questions. I'll be happy to answer!

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