"Monsters in the Dark": YA sci-fi fantasy book cover art
"Monsters in the Dark" is the second book in the "Transhuman" series. It's going to get a cover even better than the first.
The book is written. The cover art will be awesome. I've done it before, and would like your help to do it again.
Tyler and his older brother Zack are back from vacation. Tyler came back with amazing mental superpowers. Zack got a sunburn.
Tyler shares his powers with Eena, a girl whose past is covered by shadows and secrets. A dangerous enemy is chasing them, and the three children scramble to prepare themselves.
They have too much to figure out, and not enough time.
The monsters are coming.
Book #2 in my "Transhuman" series is complete. I'm now churning it through the rest of the publication process. This includes the book cover design and art. I've hired the same artist from book #1:
So you're definitely thinking, "Well, I guess the cover's amazingly cool, and there's no way it could possibly be better. A second book will be more 'meh' than 'omg'."
I see where you're coming from, [insert your name here], but I would politely disagree. There is a difference:
Here there be monsters.
Ponder again the title of the book, "Monsters in the Dark". I'm probably not giving too much away when I say that our heroes run into a monster or two. Some bits of the book scream out to be visualized. While I'm very happy with the cover art you see above, this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my artist's potential.
My artist is Darko Tomic. Check out his art. (Some images may not be safe for work, or for young eyes.) Go. Come back when you're done. I'll wait.
Now that you've seen the kind of work he does, imagine that creativity and skill put to use on my book. I've given Darko applicable sections of the text for ideas, and then he's going to get all creative and turn those words into a book cover.
Who are you, anyway?
I'm Andy! I do stuff like this:
Besides writing "Waking the Dreamer" and "Monsters in the Dark", I've written and published the series "Dev Manny, Information Technology Private Investigator". Dev's books are "Superliminal", "Wetware", and the third book - "Hacking the Naked Princess" - is currently being serialized by 2600 Magazine.
In late 2013, my publisher will release "Ghost in the Water", the first book in the "League of Scientists" series. GitW has received stellar reviews from heavy-hitters in the writing and critical thinking worlds, including Piers Anthony, Ann Druyan (wife of the late Carl Sagan) and James Randi.
My non-fiction work has been featured for years in newspapers and magazines and on high-profile, geek-friendly websites. My favorite topics include technology, science and critical thinking.
What have others said?
Here are some reviews about my other works:
"...I loved this novel, and believe most readers of any age will too. It’s one great adventure with an educational theme, with luck the first of a series.”
-Piers Anthony, Science fiction and fantasy author
“As I read this book, I kept remembering Carl Sagan’s answer to a reporter asking what his favorite scientific TV show was: ‘Scooby Doo!’ For the same reasons I can heartily recommend this adventure in scientific thinking.”
-Ann Druyan, Co-writer of the Cosmos TV series and wife of the late Carl Sagan
“This is the kind of story I wish I could have read as a kid. It would have put me ten years ahead in my understanding of why science is both fun and important."
-Brian Dunning, Science journalist
"I see a great, bright future for the League of Scientists. If this is only their beginning adventure, I can see that they still have so many possibilities of making real sense of matters that are so often seen by the public as deep mysteries and strange ‘truths’ that — if really true — would fly in the face of what we’ve discovered in the last few centuries about reality. Can’t wait for #2…”
-James Randi, Founder, James Randi Educational Foundation
“'Superliminal' was a fun, fast read. Even though I’m no techie, it kept me reading. Your sense of humor made me laugh out loud."
-Rita Pesano, Gradeschool teacher
"You sure have mastered the gritty detective noir genre; your stories are always clever with great texture. I hope they get the audience they deserve!"
- Jeff Ostrander, Web designer and stunt pilot
This project is intended to help pay for the artist cost to generate the book cover, as well as the final publication costs. Any extra money will be used ONLY for the publication costs and artist payment.
Risks and challenges
Oh, boy. The risks and challenges. Yes, here's where it could get embarrassing. This is where I lay out the many reasons why this project could fail:
...There are no risks or challenges.
Yes, I suppose that if I have an unexpected personal crisis, the book will be affected. Otherwise, well, I gotta say honestly, there's nothing else to worry about. Here's why:
I've already got the artist confirmed. He has committed to complete his work in approximately one month.
The book text is complete. It just needs to be wrapped by a beautiful cover.
I've done this before: I currently have 4 completed books under my belt. Getting Number 5 into your hands will not be difficult.
This isn't rocket science: I'm not engineering a new product, I'm writing a book. And while the process is complex in many ways, this particular part isn't bad. I've done it before (book #1 was put through this exact process, including Kickstarter), and I will do so again.
The book will be published. I'm very capable of making this happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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