Wrote a book. Wanna read it?
Writing the book turned out to be the easy part. Getting it published, way harder. So a little bit of help + a lot of people = magic!
Hello family and friends and all around awesome people,
So to jump right in, I have written a young adult novel, it's been sitting on my computer for 5 years while I've been trying to make agents and publishers see it as worthy of publication. Until the realization that I can make that determination myself, it's my book, I know it, love it and see it as worthy right now, so who better to publish it than me! (I know it seems pretty simple once it's actually said), and…that's also where I need your help.
But first things first before the giant ask, my book is a new take on the apocalypse, a young woman's attempt to hold herself together in the face of things not easily explained (cue a little bit of magical realism here, no vampires, werewolves or witches, just, well, a wee bit of the paranormal mixed in with the normal), and her acceptance that only she can save the world, by killing her best friend, and being really pissed off about it. I've been blogging bits of the book here: https://writerreed.wordpress.com, check it out, and if ya dig it, just know the final book will have all those bits, plus the missing parts, and, you can be instrumental in making all that happen! (also if you just want a quick overview, you can scroll down to the bottom and read a more detailed book blurb describing the story)
So now, the big ask. $10,000 is a lot I know, but the money will go towards editing and formatting services (for both ebooks and paperback books), cover design, distribution, promotional materials (to be used during the book launch party), the purchasing of an ISBN number (the number all books have facilitating their sale to bookstores) as well as some marketing materials to help launch the book and get it out there in front of readers.
I was going to try and insert here some more selling point-type hoopla, but that's not my strong point, (further proof as to why I'll need to pay for some help with marketing), the honest thing I can say is that this is a book that I wrote because I wanted to read it, the characters are multi-cultural, the girls are smart and strong, and though love and heartbreak are in it - because really, what good story doesn't have those things - it has nothing to do with a girl finding her best self thru her relationship with a boy, but rather a girl realizing that love can come from a number of places, and your best self crystalizes when you finally accept who you are, and who you were created to be.
Writing can be a very solitary process, so I say with all sincerity thank you, first for reading this very long description, and second for partnering with me in living out who I was created to be - a person who writes books, and then asks for help. :)
Everyday there are two groups secretly fighting for control of souls. It is a control tipping the scales for the Final Battle by powering the Kachina – the only ones able to fight for the last soul and the fate of the world.
Yeah, it was hard for Velma to understand too. But a former foster kid recruited to fight, she’d already given up on the idea of a regular life, and found this new one full of ritual and lore coupled with punching and saving right up her alley.
Until against every logical bit of prophecy she discovers she is Kachina, though she never should be. All made blindingly clear in the face of the ultimate betrayal. All of it infuriating enough to make her think she can hide from a life no-one would believe, and build the normal life she never thought possible.
Until he comes back, because there’s always a he, even for her. Josh. Her best friend. The other Kachina. With him comes every reason to remember skills she’s run from, and accept new ones giving her powers she never expected. All while trying to forget that she loves him - and that he's shown up with the one girl who just might make her run again. Though running won't matter. He will always find her, because it's his destiny to kill her. And he’ll be damning the whole world if he does.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges I anticipate are all centered around the fact that I've never done this before. This is my first foray into self-publishing so I'm sure there will be a learning curve when it comes to understanding how this thing will work, how to brand this book and how to get it in front to people so that it can speak for itself. I've tried to balance that by doing as much research as I could, and coming up with what I believe to be fair costs in outsourcing those things that are not my strengths. I trust that whatever blunders I make this time around, will just work to make the process that much easier when it comes time to publish and promote the next book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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