~~ Check the bottom of the page for a fun stop-motion animation about The Scourge, created by Tyson Richards! ~~
Hi there. My name is Roberto Calas and I am an author of fantasy and historical fantasy novels. In 2012, I wrote a novel called The Scourge, which was published by 47North.
The novel was about a 14th century knight named Edward Dallingridge (a real historical figure) searching for his wife amid a plague that turns its victims to mindless demons. Sir Edward takes two of his knights with him and ventures northward, into the thick of the plague, encountering terror, madness and a danger more harrowing than any he has faced in war.
The Scourge has sold very well and has reaped critical praise. So far, it has gathered roughly 150 reviews, most of them 5 or 4 stars. My publisher was happy. I was happy. My readers were happy.
In 2013, I wrote the second book in the trilogy, The Scourge: Nostrum. Sales have been good and reviews have been even better than the ones for the first book.
And now, on the cusp of 2014, my publisher has declined to publish book three. I hold no ill will for 47North. They have been wonderful to me. But The Scourge story is not over. I would like to finish my trilogy, and I think a lot of readers out there want to find out how Sir Edward's story ends. You have a chance to personally help Edward finish his quest.
So . . . I am asking for help from my readers and for anyone out there who loves history, fantasy, or just a great story about friends pulling together amid adversity to help a man find his wife.
I make my living as a writer. I have no other "primary" source of income. Writing is my day job, and it doesn't pay well at the moment. So to put together a novel of the same caliber as the first two, I will need help. A content editor and a copy editor for starters. I am fortunate to have gone to art school after my first career as a reporter, so I think I can design a suitable cover. But I will need to purchase stock images. (I plan to share my ideas about the cover on my blog and on Kickstarter to get input on what you guys think, and which variations you like best.)
There are also a myriad of smaller costs: buying an ISBN number, registering with the Library of Congress, that sort of thing. Lastly, because my publisher will not be handling the novel, I will need to market it myself. So I will pay for advertising.
The amount I am looking to raise in the project is the bare minimum. It does not include other marketing materials (bookmarks, stickers, posters and such). If the goal is exceeded, I will provide my pledgies with whatever marketing materials I make. Additional stretch goals include - a hard cover version of the book, a Scourge calendar of the places Edward visited in the series, a "making of" The Scourge book, and many others. I'll keep you posted on them if the campaign is doing well.
As a last note, I want to say that I appreciate your support immensely, and I will always remember your assistance.
Now, here's a stop-motion animation about The Scourge by 12-year-old Tyson. If you are interested in his work, please visit his website at http://epictjcreations.blogspot.com/. (my favorite is "Life of a Pig" under Mine-imations.)
And lastly, here's the first paragraph of The Scourge, book 1:
At first, the priests and bishops called it a scourge from God. They preached that only the impure needed to fear it. That the holy hand of the Father was purging the wicked from the earth. But the holy hand of the Father started purging priests and bishops too. They call it a plague now.
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks in this project. If it is funded, the book will be published and will complete the trilogy that began in The Scourge. Your help will have allowed Edward to finish his quest, and you will always have a share in the glory of the entire series.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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