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S R JonesBy S R Jones
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S R JonesBy S R Jones
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About

Death's White Hands is a story of eldrich horror and adventure, set in a world that is both familiar and alien.  It is the first full-length novel in the Aegis Immemorial series, and follows the tale of Danika Echo, a hardened hunter racing against time to catch up with a terrible beast before it has a chance to spread its evil across the world.

The iylmin people cower beneath eternally clouded skies, living in fear of shards of dark stone that hurtle down from on high. These are the Falls, and each one carries with it the seeds of madness and death. The nightmare creatures born from these poisoned rocks will devour anyone that crosses their path- but not every iylmin they hunt is willing to be prey.

Under the endless grey, a traveller moves between sparse pockets of civilisation, hunting the horrors born from the skies and seeking out the places where her sword will be of use. Her name is Danika Echo- a hero of the southern lands, now come north- but this land is not like her home. She is viewed with suspicion by the locals, who live in fear not just of roving monsters, but also the archfiend who rules over them and terrorises them with his tyrannical grip.  To help a hunter could mean death, and yet, they are in desperate need of her expertise.

Matters do not improve for Danika when her employer is murdered by a creature from the Falls. Blamed for his death and aided only by Whitviel, a priest who harbours his own dark secrets, Dan is forced to chase the escaped monster, both to clear her name and to keep it from unleashing a terrible horror unlike anything that has been seen before.

Death's White Hands was first completed in 2015, at which time it was entered into Hodderscapes's Open Submission Call.  The open call received over 1500 entries, and even though it was not selected as a winner, Death's White Hands was among the last few manuscripts to be turned down, managing to get right into the last round of rejections!  Since then, it has been polished and honed, and has received excellent feedback from advanced readers on Goodreads.

Hello there!  My name is S R Jones, and I am the author of this book and the (currently) hidden face behind this project.  I decided against appearing in the video clip like some other creators do, mainly due to the limitations of my webcam.  If that concerns you, however, please feel free to reach out and contact me, either here or on my Facebook Page or Twitter.

To date, I have released two short stories in e-book format, The Corpseriders and Mari's Dance, both of which are precursors to Death's White Hands and I would urge you to pick them up (free of charge!) if you would like a taste of what this book will have to offer.  You can find them by searching for 'Aegis Immemorial' on Amazon or Smashwords.

This Kickstarter campaign is my first, and Death's White Hands will be the first work that I have self-published in physical form.

The aim of this campaign is to prepare and produce Death's White Hands as a professional quality physical book, as well as an e-book.

Once the campaign is funded I will be engaging the services of the Self Publishing Partnership, who will provide copy editing and and top quality printing to make sure the book is the best it can be.  In addition, the Self Publishing Partnership will ensure that all versions of the book have ISBNs, and will provide a distributor with access to the soft-back edition so that retailers will be able to place orders for the book directly once it is in print.

The e-book version will be made widely available via a number of outlets, and will be professionally formatted. By engaging the services of an experienced publishing company, I aim to bring you- my readers and backers- the best possible quality, as well as the reassurance that not everything will be in the hands of a publishing novice (ie- me)!  In order to reach these goals, however, I need the help of people like you: book lovers, horror lovers, and people who like to lose themselves in adventures! 

With your help, I hope to share the tale of Aegis Immemorial with the world, starting with this first, full-length novel: Death's White Hands.

Tier 1: E-Book for Backers
A copy of the e-book edition of Death's White Hands, at a reduced price from what it will be retailing for on release.


Tier 2: Physical Edition
A physical copy of the book, which will include a Kickstarter exclusive book-plate (signed) to thank you for backing the campaign.  It will be up to you to decide if you want to stick this bookplate into the book itself, but I am happy to personalise them if you wish!  That option will be included in the backer survey at the end of the campaign.
This tier will also include a copy of the e-book, so you can keep your physical edition in pristine condition, if you so choose!
(INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: please select the International version of this tier.  I will contact you to collect exact shipping costs for your rewards once they are ready to be shipped to you.  I estimate shipping will be around £8-£12, but this could change.)


Tier 3: Earlybird Patch-and-Print Set
Limited to 20 sets overall (10 for the UK and 10 for Overseas) this set includes a special embroidered patch by Angel Cave, as a special reward for people who get in early!
In addition, the set includes a pair of prints by Dechanique, featuring Danika Echo and Whitveil.  They are A5 in size, and are Kickstarter exclusive- they will not be available again after the Kickstarter campaign is over!
(INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: please select the International version of this tier. I will contact you to collect exact shipping costs for your rewards once they are ready to be shipped to you. I estimate shipping will be around £3-£5, but this could change.)

Tier 4: Print Set
Not sure you want to commit bookshelf space to the book, but still want something physical for your money? How about a copy of the e-book with a matching pair of mini-prints by the amazingly talented Dechanique? These prints features Danika Echo and Whitveil, and are A5 in size. These prints will be Kickstarter exclusive, and after this campaign they will not be produced again.
(INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: please select the International version of this tier. I will contact you to collect exact shipping costs for your rewards once they are ready to be shipped to you. I estimate shipping will be around £3-£5, but this could change.)


Tier 5: Book and Prints
This tier has it all: the soft-back physical edition with a signed bookplate, the e-book, and the A5 prints!  If you would like your bookplate personalised, you'll have a chance to let me know when the backer surveys are sent out.
(INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: please select the International version of this tier. I will contact you to collect exact shipping costs for your rewards once they are ready to be shipped to you. I estimate shipping will be around £8-£12, but this could change.)


Tier 6: Hunter's Set
This package contains a copy of the e-book, a soft-cover physical edition (with signed bookplate), a pair of A5 prints (one each of Danika Echo and Whitveil), a large scale embroidered patch by Angel's Cave, and a hand-made grey-and-black reversible scarf, designed and knitted by the very same hands that wrote the book!  That's right- each scarf will be made by me, S R Jones, as a special thank you for backing Death's White Hands. *
Knitting takes time, however, so there will only be two of these packages on offer!
This package has FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the world!


Tier 7- Blessed of Aegis Set
This package contains a copy of the e-book, a soft-cover physical edition (with signed bookplate), a pair of large scale A4 prints (one each of Danika Echo and Whitveil), a large scale embroidered patch by Angel's Cave, and a unique, one-of-a-kind, black-and-red reversible scarf, hand-knitted by me!*  There will only ever be one of these scarves made, making it a truly exclusive item, and if that wasn't enough, I will also add in a hand-drawn sketch, by me, of your favourite type of monster!
I will contact you once the campaign is over to find out which monster you have chosen!
This set has FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the world!

*Each scarf will be made from high quality 65% wool, 35% alpaca yarn, and features a design based on the book's cover.  They will be double-knitted, making them extra warm and giving them a stylish two-colour design that is completely reversable.

 

Here is a breakdown of how the funds generated by the Kickstarter will be allocated and used in order to bring Death's White Hands to the market. These have been estimated to the best of my ability, and I will keep backers updated if there are any significant changes.

Book and backer reward preparation: 60%

Shipping costs: 20%

Packaging and emergency expenses: 10%

Fees: 10%

A Note on International Shipping:

SHIPPING COSTS FROM PLEDGES COUNT TOWARDS THE TOTAL FUNDING OF A PROJECT.  What that means is, when you pledge for an item that needs to be shipped, the cost of postage is counted towards the total pledged to the project.  Because of this, I have had to estimate how much of the total amount I am asking for will actually be shipping costs, rather than money that I can allocate towards the rest of the project.  And the real kicker on this is that international shipping (which I want to encourage) is not something I can accurately determine before the book is printed- or before I know exactly where international packages are going!  Costs for shipping to the USA are not the same as shipping to parts of the EU or Africa, after all!

So, I have had to come up with a compromise- a way to offer international shipping without accidentally under-funding the project by inaccurately estimating how much each package will cost.  And here it is: if you do not live in the UK, and select an International tier for a backer reward, I will contact you after the campaign when your package is ready to ship, with the exact shipping cost that will need to be paid.  Shipping payments will be collected either via Paypal or Bank Transfer (which ever works better for you).  I have tried to estimate a rough shipping cost for each tier, but please be aware that it might be more, depending on exchange rates and the exact weight of your items once printed and packed.

If you have any questions about this before you pledge, please contact me!  I will always do my best to help you out.

Acknowledgements:
Like many people who bring their ideas to Kickstarter, I have already employed the services of several talented individuals to help me make this book a reality.  
In particular, I would like to thank Becca Carey for her amazing work on the book cover, Angel's Cave for the patches, and Dechanique for her stunning work on the mini print backer rewards.
The music in the video is 'Awkward Meeting - Supernatural Haunting' by Kevin MacLeod and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.  It can be found here:   http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100574 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Risks and challenges

As previously mentioned, I am new to the world of physical book publishing- although I am not entirely inexperienced with large-scale distribution of things with pages. My mother was the editor of a writing magazine, and I grew up surrounded by stacks of envelopes and took part in the regular posting of the magazine's subscriptions. I learned a lot from this, and while the printing side of this campaign will be handled by the Self Publishing Partnership, I am fully ready and able to handle the shipping side of things.

That said, the main challenge ahead of us is production time. The manuscript is ready, but copy editing, preparations and printing all take time. At present, I have been given an estimated production time of 10 weeks from start to finish, which means I would hope to have your rewards sent out to you by June/July 2018. This is of course just an estimate- but I will always be on hand to answer questions and keep you informed.

For the three lucky backers who will be receiving hand-made scarves, there may be an additional waiting period simply because knitting takes time! I will keep you updated with progress, but each scarf will contain around 30 hours of work, which I will need to fit in around organising the rest of the campaign. The scarves may contain small imperfections, which is typical of hand-made goods and should not be noticeable unless you are really looking for them. I am a skilled knitter, and I am sure that you will be pleased with the final product!

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