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You and Norwood Press are publishing the limited hardcover edition of SPECTRUM (a Karen Vail novel) by Alan Jacobson

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Thank you!  Your voice has been heard!

Last year we successfully funded the Kickstarter campaign to publish Alan Jacobson's thriller NO WAY OUT.  Now we are back with Alan's best Karen Vail story yet - SPECTRUM.  

"Authoritative, compelling and crisp,  SPECTRUM moves with a velocity that seems to make the pages turn themselves.  Alan Jacobson creates a textured narrative which satisfies the reader on every level, placing vivid characters in an utterly convincing and dangerous world.  A pleasure to read." - Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

HERE'S THE STORY

New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who’s terrorized The Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie’s first day on the job is anything but uneventful, however, when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she’s looking at or what it means—but it’s a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail’s career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that’s come to be known as “Hades.” Now a skilled FBI Profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail's hell on earth? The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.

Michael Connelly calls Karen Vail "My kind of hero."

"A hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable" - Nelson DeMille

“Compelling” - James Patterson

YOU ARE KEY TO THIS PROCESS! 

Work with talented authors and an experienced publisher to have your voice heard. 

You have a RIGHT to determine what you read!

These are Norwood Press limited edition books we've printed for adventure writer Clive Cussler!

Norwood Press Limited Editions
Norwood Press Limited Editions

HOW WILL WE DO IT?

After the manuscript is completed we take it through the production process, working closely with industry leaders. The book is printed using state-of-the-art technology and the finest materials available. Each book is a hand-crafted, Smyth sewn hardcover with linen boards and matching end-papers, with a foil stamped spine. A high-gloss, full-color embossed dust jacket wraps the finished book.

Limited editions receive additional special handling and include 1/4 leather covers with marbled paper boards and matching slipcases - all created by master craftsmen.

Alan Jacobson's SPECTRUM will be produced in three states (editions):

SIGNED AND NUMBERED TRADE EDITION

Handcrafted hardcover with matching endpapers and full color dust jacket, signed by the author.

SIGNED KICKSTARTER EDITION

Includes a special dedication page listing all backers over $30. Handcrafted hardcover with matching endpapers and full color dust jacket, signed by the author. 

DELUXE LIMITED LETTERED EDITION

Handcrafted 1/4 leather edition with marbled boards, matching silk endpapers, deluxe slipcase and signed by the author, limited to only 50 copies.

Norwood Press Editions of INMATE 1577 (given at several pledge levels)
Norwood Press Editions of INMATE 1577 (given at several pledge levels)

WHY ALAN JACOBSON?

We have known bestselling author Alan Jacobson for many years and have had the pleasure of selling all of his previous books.  More importantly, he is an incredible storyteller.  His research is second-to-none, resulting in stories as fresh as the headlines.

Uniquely, Alan has a working understanding of how books are sold today.  He has a dynamic website and posts to Twitter (@JacobsonAlan), Facebook (facebook.com/AlanJacobsonFans), and his blog.  He offers interviews - with videos - a MUST in our social media world.

The first three volumes in the Karen Vail series (given at several pledge levels)
The first three volumes in the Karen Vail series (given at several pledge levels)

Alan Jacobson is the National Bestselling Author of eight critically acclaimed thrillers. His two decades of research and training with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the US Marshals Service, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the military have helped shape the stories he tells and the characters that populate his novels.

Alan's books have made numerous “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” lists and five have been optioned by Hollywood. The book we published through our successful (104%!) Kickstarter campaign was named to Suspense Magazine and The Strand Magazine's "Best of 2013" Lists.

Norwood Press Edition of HARD TARGET (given at several pledge levels)
Norwood Press Edition of HARD TARGET (given at several pledge levels)

WHY NORWOOD PRESS?

Norwood Press is a recognized publisher of collectible modern fiction, producing specialty bound limited editions of bestselling titles, and exclusive hardcover releases.  These books are distributed through independent booksellers and directly to collectors worldwide.

Working with Norwood Press, authors deliver new titles not available in traditional print editions to collectors and readers who prefer the printed page.

Norwood Press facilitates all phases of book design and production, marketing and publicity, sales, warehousing, distribution and fulfillment.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

We are counting on YOU to see the value in a reader-driven publication. Join the publishing revolution! Help us promote the mission by: 

TWEETING @jacobsonalan or @vjbooks using #Spectrum

SHARING this on Facebook and telling all your friends

STRETCH GOALS?

You bet!  This is just the beginning of our revolution to take back the printed word from the "suits in New York."  As of this count, at least 15 bestselling authors have contacted us to do similar projects.  They simply want to write their stories and want us to connect with the readers to get them in print.  With your help we can do it!

For too many years an elite group in New York City have determined what will and, more importantly, what will NOT be published. It is time for the READER to have a voice in what and who gets published.

The literary landscape is rapidly changing. In recent years we have watched demands from superstores push the big publishing houses toward books that guarantee giant returns, without respect for the value of a good read. As a consequence, many talented, respected authors have been dropped, forcing them out of print. Many have escaped to the world of e-publishing, but collectors and readers overwhelmingly prefer the printed page.

The mission of Norwood Press (an imprint of VJ Books) has been to work with authors to keep them in print. The number of quality manuscripts at our disposal exceeds our ability to fund their production. We are here, at Kickstarter, to test a model that will allow YOU to join with us and the author(s) to bring many more exciting stories into print.

YOU ARE KEY TO THIS PROCESS! Work with talented authors and an experienced publisher to have your voice heard.

Risks and challenges

We've self-funded this type of project many times before, most recently a successful (104%) Kickstarter campaign with Alan's 2013 book NO WAY OUT and over 30 times before that! The book is written, edited and ready for press and the jacket design is complete. We already have working relationships with reliable vendors who are excited to begin production.

Like any printing project, paper shortages, supplier slow downs or shipping delays could affect delivery dates.

For the reader the risks are much greater... your voice demanding a choice in what you read won't be heard.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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    1 backer Limited (999 left of 1000)

    EASY PEASY: Pledge $10 and receive an eBook edition of Alan Jacobson's Karen Vail short-story FATAL TWIST and a signed Thank You card from the author.

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    56 backers Limited (69 left of 125)

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The first 100 backers pledging $30 receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson, with their name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor. (US shipping included).

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    5 backers Limited (2495 left of 2500)

    READ WHAT YOU WANT: Pledge $40 and receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson, with your name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor. (US shipping included).

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    5 backers Limited (495 left of 500)

    LOOKING GOOD: Pledge $50 and receive the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson, with your name listed in the book as a supporting sponsor, (US shipping included) and receive a large or x-large SPECTRUM t-shirt.

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    7 backers Limited (93 left of 100)

    TWO FOR YOU: Pledge $65 and receive two books: the signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor) and your choice of a signed hardcover of INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET or NO WAY OUT (US shipping included).

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    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    NOW WE'RE TALKING: Pledge $90 and receive three books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), and your choice of two of the following: a signed hardcover of INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET or NO WAY OUT (US shipping included).

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    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    IT'S GETTING GOOD: Pledge $125 and receive four books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), and the rest of the Norwood Press Alan Jacobson catalog, the following signed hardcovers: INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET and NO WAY OUT (US shipping included).

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    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT: Pledge $150 and receive the KAREN VAIL COLLECTION VOL. II (this collection contains all three Norwood Press/Karen Vail limited editions): SPECTRUM, NO WAY OUT and INMATE 1577 signed, in a deluxe slipcase. (US shipping included).

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    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    YOU LUCKY DUCK: Pledge $175 and receive seven books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), signed editions of: NO WAY OUT, INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and signed hardcovers of the first three Karen Vail novels: THE 7TH VICTIM, CRUSH and VELOCITY (US shipping included).

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    INSTANT COLLECTION: Pledge $200 and receive the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), signed editions of: NO WAY OUT, INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET and the special slipcased edition of the KAREN VAIL TRILOGY (7TH VICTIM, CRUSH, VELOCITY) (seven first edition signed books; US shipping included).

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    YOU HAVE GREAT TASTE: Pledge $500 and receive a special Norwood Press limited edition of SPECTRUM, a signed and lettered edition, bound in 1/4 leather with marbled boards and deluxe slipcase. Additionally, choose two of the following a signed and numbered limited edition of INMATE 1577, in a deluxe slipcase, a signed and lettered limited edition of HARD TARGET bound in 1/4 leather with marble boards and deluxe slipcase or a signed limited edition of NO WAY OUT in bound 1/4 leather with marble boards and deluxe slipcase. (Three Limited Edition signed books) (US shipping included) Retail value over $750.

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    1 backer All gone!

    BE FAMOUS (SORT OF): Become a named character in Alan's next novel, due for publication in September 2015*. And receive: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM (with your name as a supporting sponsor), and signed hardcover editions of NO WAY OUT, HARD TARGET and INMATE 1577 (4 books, US shipping included). (*A publishing release will be required. The choice of character is part of the creative process and at the author's discretion.)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN: Pledge $10,000 and you and your guest will be flown to Wine Country (Napa Valley) California, for an all-expense paid Get-Away Weekend. This package includes US domestic airfare for 2, hotel accommodations for two-nights, airport transfers, and an elegant dinner with Alan Jacobson and Norwood Press publishers, John and Virginia. BONUS: You will receive The Alan Jacobson / Norwood Press Collection including 4 books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), and signed hardcover editions of INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT. (US shipping included)

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