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CA$ 352
pledged of CA$ 6,000pledged of CA$ 6,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 26 2018 3:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

My next novel, "A Western Gentleman", is a dark western with themes of societal corruption and an LGBTQ sub-plot.

Unfortunately, the subject matter and the fact that this is my first western novel means that traditional publishers are too scared to take the financial risk to properly publish and promote it.

I'm willing to risk my career and reputation as a professional author in order to prove that there is a market out there for this type of fiction. I hope that idea will resonate with readers and the gamble will pay off.

Money raised by this campaign will go towards printing and publishing, art and design expenses as well as distribution and promotion.

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A Western Gentleman Description  

A mysterious stranger happens upon the town of Burlton, Arkansas and is greeted with hostility by local law enforcement. The community has shut its borders to outsiders, for public safety.  

The man embodies some strange contradictions. He dresses as a British aristocrat, talks with a southern accent, exhibits keen gun skills, and outsmarts the local powers-that-be at every turn. He also lives by a code: the code of a gentleman, which he enjoys vehemently teaching to the local townsfolk whenever the need arises.  

As the man familiarizes himself with the town, he sees corruption and exploitation in every facet of life there. He sees a stranglehold on the townsfolk coming down from those in power, keeping those below them in place. The mayor, the sheriff, the deputies, the priest, the landlord, the doctor and the banker all belong to the same family that has insinuated themselves into positions of power and taken control of the town.  

Tensions reach a boiling point as the dapper stranger challenges the control of the Behen clan, resulting in his imprisonment until the stranger reveals himself to be a U.S. Marshall. The stranger didn’t happen on the town by chance. In reality, the peculiar stranger has a bloody connection to the past of the corrupt clan ruling the town.  

In spite of his dandy demeanor, the well-groomed stranger may have no other option but to dispense justice to the lecherous leaders of Burlton from the barrel of a six-shooter.  

In the haze of dust and gun-smoke, the Marshall reveals himself to be a former resident of the town, a child whose family was murdered by the Behens when they came to town. The man has come to avenge the death of his family, the murder of the kindly men who raised him afterward and reclaim the love he had to leave behind when he fled the town.  

In the process of his revenge, the Marshall finds allies in the oppressed townspeople, including the local barkeep, as well as the childhood love that he left behind. Together the victims of the Behens, achieve violent retribution and freedom from oppression.

Risks and challenges

As a bestselling author, I strive to bring unique and original stories to fans by making my own mark on traditional genres. When I decided to make my mark on the western genre, I chose to use a traditional tale of violence and murder in an 1800's desert town as an allegory for modern day issues such as gender, societal corruption, social justice and alternative lifestyles.

Unfortunately, the subject matter and the fact that this is my first western novel means that traditional publishers are too scared to take the financial risk to properly publish and promote it.

That's where you, dear lovers of modern speculative fiction, come in.

It's readers like you that can make this book a success. With your help we can show the larger publishing institutions that readers want edgy fiction that we can relate to. As a supporter you can help make this project come to life, setting an example and showing the larger entertainment industry that we want them to take the risks necessary to produce books and entertainment like this.

I truly feel that modern, progressive fiction needs to have a cast of characters that is varied and diverse, reflecting the reality of the varied and diverse people we are, with characters that readers from all walks of life can relate to.

I understand that such a proposition may be a risk in today's turbulent socio-political climate, but if people of all walks of life don't find some way to take that risk and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion, however they find a way to take that risk in their daily life, we may never move forward.

I'm willing to risk my career and reputation as a professional author in order to prove that there is a market out there for this type of fiction, and I hope that idea will resonate with readers. and the gamble will pay off.

Money raised by this campaign will go towards printing and publishing, art and design expenses as well as distribution and promotion.

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