Michiko Bates Chronicles - Staff Pick! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$462 pledged of $800 goal
backers
By Janeil Harricharan
$462 pledged of $800 goal
backers

About


About the Project

"I always liked adventure stories. When I was younger I discovered a lack of "travelling to other worlds via magic" stories that were not Medieval in tone missing from my local library. I decided I would write something better and more diverse for these bookshelves when I got older in hopes of providing something new to read.

One story I’ve wanted to write was an adventure of a young girl discovering a mystical place and wanting to explore it deeper. The story would have an old-fashioned flair and yet be connected to modern conveniences, as sometimes portrayed in certain Japanese manga. I was inspired by many things which show through the appearance of the main character and the vistas she would encounter. Exploring anachronism and the interactions of different peoples she would run across. Something that left the reader wondering 'what if" when they put the book down and looked out the window.

I have doodled things for this project and had the tone I wanted to portray but it remained doodles and drawings, never venturing further. I entered college and it was soon a forgotten idea that I barely remembered.

That's when I met Tanya Rodgers. She had published eBooks before and agreed to help bring my idea to life. Taking my concept, ideas and guiding hand, Tanya has crafted Michiko's story from the idea that I've long held in my head. This project comes to life even more with the help of Katarzyna, an artist who’d do work for me over the same summer.

Together, the three of us are working together, to realize this idea and dream that has lain dormant for so long." -Janeil H. 


The Story

Meet Michiko, a 17-year-old teenager that mixes with the social crowd but likes her own space, having a knack for tech and using her head. After a trip with her friends to the movies one night, she finds a pendant that allows her to visit a mysterious world with massive trees, each leading to yet another different world. After a harrowing first contact through one of these trees, Michiko is determined to go back with gadgets in hand. As she explores this new place, she will learn that her help is needed as well... 

Kickstarter promo image done by Katarzyna
Kickstarter promo image done by Katarzyna


Who's Doing What:

Janeil Harricharan is the creator of Michiko and her adventures, as the story idea is his brainchild. Coming up with concepts about the characters, situations, environments and so on, he provides the framework for Tanya to write. He also is responsible for the entire production process of supervision and coordination.

Tanya Rodgers is the writer who is bringing Michiko's tale to life. She handles the majority of the writing and is responsible for some of the ideas involved. She uses her creative writing skills to incorporate Janeil's ideas, ensuring that Michiko’s story will be consistent and well-written.

Katarzyna Kruszyńska is an artist/illustrator. She is responsible for chapter illustrations and any other artwork related to the project. She works in conjunction with Tanya's writing to get a sense of the environment for the moment she illustrates, confirming and clarifying certain elements with Janeil for continuity. 


Funds

Developing this story has some financial needs. Janeil is commissioning Katarzyna for the art and Tanya for her writing. The money raised from this Kickstarter is to compensate both of them for their work on this project. 


Progress

As of July 2014, a year after this project has started, it's estimated that 2/3rd of the written content is done. Tanya has anticipated that her productivity should increase greatly over the summer and early fall. It's estimated that this project may be complete by the end of this year, allowing some for any problems that may arise. 


Distribution

Michiko's story will be available as an eBook, and will be available to purchase from Amazon Kindle and iTunes stores shortly after the initial release date.

*Update: Print quote to bring this story to mass-market paperback is $2500. If a stretch goal of $3300 is met, an option for backers to receive a copy will be made available.

Rewards

Group 1 Rewards
Group 1 Rewards
Group 2 Rewards
Group 2 Rewards
Group 3 Rewards
Group 3 Rewards

 Sample

Janeil has put together a small sample that you can read; works on both Kindle and Nook/iPad devices. Visit the Wordpress post on his personal website for the download link.

Risks and challenges

This project has gone through a lot of production and is well on its way past the halfway mark. Things that can go wrong is delays in Tanya finishing the story, editing issues and scheduling conflicts with Katarzyna.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    DRM-free version of the eBook in Kindle and EPUB formats.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    DRM-free version of the eBook in Kindle and EPUB formats, plus a wallpaper pack of some of the art from the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    This includes the eBook files, wallpaper pack and a beautifully printed 18"x24" poster of an illustration of the main character, Michiko.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    This is the same as the $50 reward, except each poster is signed by both Janeil Harricharan and Tanya Rodgers.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    In addition to getting the eBook, wallpaper pack and signed poster, backer is listed in the acknowledgement section of the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Aside from the goodies you get in the $150 tier, you get to meet Janeil Harricharan in person for dinner!

    Backer must be able to travel to Knoxville, TN for this reward. Travel expenses are on the backer and is not covered by their pledge. Tangible items such as the eBook and poster will be released on their later scheduled date when production finishes.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)