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THE PRIDE is the story of an ancient race of Dragons unaware of their origins and their connection to a young man in modern Los Angeles
THE PRIDE is the story of an ancient race of Dragons unaware of their origins and their connection to a young man in modern Los Angeles
THE PRIDE is the story of an ancient race of Dragons unaware of their origins and their connection to a young man in modern Los Angeles
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The Pride - A Novel By John Campea

About 5 years or so ago I came up with an idea for a story about a race of Dragons who suddenly woke up in the shadow of a great mountain. There were hundreds of them. Some were young, some were old. Some were bright exotic colors, some were dark with blacks and grays. The one thing they all had in common was that they had no memory. They had no idea what they were, how they got there, how they fell asleep or why they awoke here at this mountain. They only thing they knew, was their names. One of the Dragons who awoke was destined to become the greatest among them... AGATHON.

Our story jumps forward just a few thousand years to modern day Los Angeles. A young man named Petros has just graduated college. Petros has skipped several grades in school and ended up graduating as soon as his mother would allow him. He's preparing to head to medical school, preparing to propose to the love of his life and searching for something, anything, that will present some sort of challenge to him. When Petros comes down with a mysterious illness, he discovers the existence of the Dragons and his surprising connection to them.

For the first year or two I struggled to find the time to work on the story between shooting a movie I was working on and doing my full time job(s). I eventually came up with a 20 page treatment that outlined the full story of The Pride. Initially I thought I would develop it as a screenplay, but I eventually let that go realizing it would be too expensive to ever produce as a small indie film. I then decided to develop it as a graphic novel, but the cost of hiring professional artists for such a huge project was cost prohibitive.

So about 2 years ago I decided that The Pride would find its first life as a novel. The only problem was I had never written a novel before. Believe me when I tell you the task was every bit as daunting as you might think. Over these last few years many of the first ideas in that original 20 page treatment have remained intact, while several new characters and story points have emerged through the process of writing it.

I knew that I wanted to self publish when the book was done for several reasons. First (and perhaps most importantly) I knew I'd never get a literary agent or a publishing house to pick up The Pride since I had absolutely no experience. Second, I wanted to maintain control over my story and not get in too much over my head.

I've learned through the process that there are many expenses in brining a book to market that I had never really considered. Things like Editors, Copyeditors, Designers among other things are all pretty much required if you want your book to be the best it can be. These expenses get into the tens of thousands of dollars and that simply isn't money I have laying around. Hence, my presence here on Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacle for me however isn't something tangible that you can touch. It's a fear of failure. Whenever I produce something for people to consume (I produce and star in a daily YouTube show with millions of views every month) I'm always afraid of letting people down. The fear of disappointing those people who entrust their time to me everyday drives me and terrifies me and drives me all at the same time. The support of my social media followers gave me the push to take this project home!

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