Boy out of Bounds
Boy out of Bounds
A young adult LGBTQ novel by award-winning author Amber Lehman. A boy's story about bullying, redemption, courage and self-acceptance.
A young adult LGBTQ novel by award-winning author Amber Lehman. A boy's story about bullying, redemption, courage and self-acceptance. Read more
About this project
It seems it’s hard to find publishers willing to take a risk on an indie author with a subject matter that some simply find controversial—but which I believe needs to be heard. For the sake of those teens who may identify as LGBTQ but have fewer resources than your average teen. Every voice, every story is important and needs to be heard. And I intend to take this book to LGBTQ outreach programs and centers wherever they will have me! In fact, my hope is that those of you who decide to pledge at the "ten book" reward level, will choose send those books to the LGBT youth center of your choice. Of course, it is ultimately up to you, but that is my hope. I believe it is so important to share our resources with those who need them!
About the book:
Phoenix isn’t your average teen. With an unearned bad-boy image, he’s a loner
by choice who avoids making new friends for the sake of keeping his secret—a
secret he won’t even face himself. But when his sister’s boyfriend Evan shows
up in an annoying fashion, Phoenix will be forced to face all he’s been
avoiding. Through an unlikely bond, a friendship is forged and new
possibilities seem within Phoenix’s reach. But will this ultimately lead to the
rejection he’s always feared, or has Evan shown Phoenix a window to a whole new
world? A story of bullying, redemption, courage and self-acceptance, Boy Out of
Bounds is a tale of triumph.
I've written a young adult LGBTQ story that's an enticing read, with a conflicted main character full of genuine emotions and compelling supporting characters. You'll want to be on this journey! And I hope every teen that reads this will realize that it does get better.
Check out the first 4 chapters, and see for yourself!
Why Kickstarter? Why I'm here:
In the past I’ve navigated and funded the entire publishing process by myself.
Hiring the editor, interior designer, typesetter, cover designer, approving the
proofs, ordering ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) given out to reviewers, ordering
all the books after selecting a printer, securing distribution and fulfilling
custom orders from my home. Believe me . . . writing is the easy (and fun)
part! Don’t get me wrong—I love what I do, especially all the creative aspects
of the process, but it is a challenging combination of hats to wear.
But I still need the assistance of a professional editor, interior designer, typesetter, and cover designer. Then it will be up to me to print the books and get them into your waiting hands. I’m hoping that you can help me fund these portions of my project so I can put out a first-rate, professional-quality book. And all of the printing will be done by Worzalla, a 100% employee-owned business in the USA!
Where's the money going?
I need approximately $8000 to print Advance Reader Copies, pay the editor, interior designer, typesetter, the cover artist, print the final books, and fulfill rewards. I take pride in my ideas and love bringing them to fruition through collaborating with others. Each paperback book has a unique feel to it according to theme, often with graphics that I personally design.
I've decided to print ARCs so that it can get the kind of reviews that will give it the recognition it needs before going to actual print. This is usually a 3-4 month lead time before publishing the book. So with your help, once those reviews are in, nothing will stop me from going to press with an initial run of 1000 books. This may sound like a lot to some people (or not to others), but TORN in print version also was a print run of 1000 and only 240 copies remain—and orders are still coming in. And if I do as well as I suspect with Boy out of Bounds, the beauty of it is I can always do a second print run. So, am I making much money at this profession? Truthfully no— (at least not yet)—but I do it for the love of my work, and my passion for creativity.This doesn’t even take into account the eBook versions of the novels I need to have professionally formatted because of my graphics. My distributor will take a 55% discount off the cover price of the print version. Kickstarter and Amazon are going to get 10% of the total I raise. $8000 is my best estimate of what it's going to take to put everything together, send out rewards, and print enough copies for everyone who wants one.
For those of you who are “numbers” people, I have the following information for you. I have already submitted my manuscript to my editor for review, who will handle most facets of the book’s creation. I have also contacted the highly reputable Worzalla for an estimate on my print run, and this is what the breakdown looks like:
• ARCs design: $300
• ARCs printing: $1200
• Editing: $700
• Interior layout design & typesetting with graphics: $750
• Cover design: $700
• Perfect bound paperback printing (final book): $2250
• Professional eBook conversion with graphics:$250
• LCCN &CIP data block bundle: $200
• Unique prints from cover shoot for backers: $500
• T-shirt's for backers: $700
• Shipping supplies- envelopes,cardboard inserts,boxes etc: $450
Thank you for your investment and involvement with my project. I hope that together we can help make young LGBTQ readers know that their experiences, hopes, and fears are wonderful and beautiful.
Risks and challenges
Boy out of Bounds is, right now, a finished second draft and ready for an editor’s eyes. After the reviews from the ARCs are received, I can’t see any reason for any obstacles to prevent me from putting out a really amazing product and getting it into your hands within a few months. My goal date for backers is March 15, 2014—one month before it's released to the public! I have figured in the cost of fullfilling rewards—that is the only new thing for me. I am already familiar with how the rest of this process works. It's just a matter of diligence, time and patience.
It is likely that the backer rewards may actually be available as early as January but I am saying March to err on the side of caution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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