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Andie BarrBy Andie Barr
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Andie BarrBy Andie Barr
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AU$ 484
pledged of AU$ 4,200pledged of AU$ 4,200 goal
14
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 28 2019 12:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello everyone! My name is Andie Barr and I am an upcoming indie author who needs YOUR help! That's right, you, right there, in the cool outfit, with the cute haircut, reading this right now. I need your help. (By the way, love your shoes. You aren't wearing shoes? Well, I love your pants. If you aren't wearing pants, good for you, I'm probably not either, pants are overrated).

I need your help because I'm a struggling student trying to make a career while fairly broke. That's the honest truth. But I wouldn't be asking for your help if I didn't think it was worth it, for me and for you. Publishing books is expensive and when you're taking on that entire cost and workload yourself, it can become overwhelming, so I am admitting to the need for help and I am asking you, because I know you. You have a good heart. You have great taste in books. And you want to help me make my dream a reality.

So, I get to publish books with your help. And what do you get, I hear you ask? Well, you get to read awesome books... if I do say so myself.

Please allow me a moment to introduce myself properly. I'm twenty-four years old, Australian, and queer* and I love to write. I primarily write in the fantasy and romance genres (and their related sub-genres). My first book is being released in March and it's a children's chapter book in the fantasy genre. The novel I am raising funds for here will be my first adult novel, Paper Flowers, and it is an LGBTAIQ* contemporary romance. I've been writing most of my life and I have wanted to be published almost as long. There is nothing in this world that I love as much, or brings me as much joy, as writing and telling stories.

Stories are an important part of our society. Books take us away on adventures and allow us to explore feelings, emotions, ideas, in ways we mightn't have thought of them before. I do love G.R.R. Martin's quote that "a man who reads has lived a thousand lives, a man who doesn't only lives one". I truly believe that and that is why I wish to publish books and share my stories in the hopes that they might touch the heart and mind of at least one person. 

Now, allow me to introduce you to my debut novel.

The Fragile Love Series & LGBTAIQ* Romance

Paper Flowers book trailer

 If that sappy trailer hasn't turned you off, allow me to tell you more about Paper Flowers, the Fragile Love series, and why I write LGBTAIQ* romance novels (and fantasy epics with LGBTAIQ* main and central characters).

Paper Flowers

I have been working on this novel for (approximately) eighteen months. It started out years ago as a fanfiction, and I have since transformed it into a novel with original characters and an extended scope in order to write further novels in this series. Jake and Max are characters that I hold close to my heart, especially as I would like them to be the first characters I release into the world. As you could probably tell from the trailer, their love story isn't pure sunshine and rainbows. None of the romance novels I have planned for the Fragile Love series are easy love stories. Each my characters is a little bit broken and in need of some TLC. They are a bit... fragile. (Yes, I did just do that. Sorry, not sorry.) You can read the blurb for Paper Flowers here. Everybody who has read this novel so far believes it is a beautiful, honest, and genuine love story, something I think is sorely needed.

The manuscript's final draft is about 85% finished. After that all it needs is an editor and internal formatting in order to be sent into the world. And that's what I need help funding.

You can read the first 2 chapters on my website.

LGBTAIQ* Romance

I only write romance novels that are queer* (and all of my fantasy WIPs prominently feature queer* characters). The reason for this is simple: I'm queer*, pretty much all of my friends are queer*, and it is exhausting trying to find books and shows and movies that feature real, 3-dimensional, non-stereotyped queer* characters and real, honest queer* romances. Especially in adult media. I don't know why this is. There has been a surge recently in YA queer* lit but there is still so little available in adult novels, especially adult romance novels. Whenever I try to find LGBTQ* romance novels geared towards adults, I primarily find erotica. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with erotica or erotic romance, but that is not what I am looking for. I am usually looking for a decent length, well-written love story about queer* characters.

Then I figured, if I can't find it, I should write it. I've seen a quote around that you should "write the book you want to read" if you can't find it anywhere. That is what I am doing. I am so proud of my identity, I am so proud of my community, and I want there to be good, well-written stories about queer* people that are relateable, touching, heart-warming, and enjoyable. If they are sprinkled with angst and drama, all the better. Who doesn't love some drama in a romance novel?

That is one of my author dreams and I am so close to making it happen. This is where you, my new best friend, come in!

Why Self-Publishing and Kickstarter?

Self-publishing versus traditional publishing, the sometime heated author debate. Choosing which way to publish is a very personal choice for authors. It isn't just about the method, it's about what is best for them, their life and career, and what is best for their work.

This was a choice I struggled with. I eventually settled on self-publishing as a way to maintain creative control over my work, in order to tell the stories that I want to tell in the way that I want to tell them. There would be no publisher telling me to change this or that to make my work "marketable". I have no plans to write neutered, non-threatening gay characters. I want them to be real. The other reason I decided on self-publishing and am comfortable with that choice is that, aside from the upfront costs of self-publishing, there is little difference between being a mid-level author with a traditional publisher and being a self-published author. My research had informed me that aside from the financial side of things, I'm going to be in a similar position to a lot of authors out there who go through traditional publishing.

Those upfront costs still exist, however, and that's where kickstarter comes in. I know there have to be enough people out there who want to read the kind of stories I plan to tell that I can drum up enough support to get this ball rolling. Paper Flowers is a beautiful story and I like to think people will find it enjoyable. And it only the first of many planned novels. Some in the same adult contemporary genre, others in the epic/high fantasy genres, but all stories written with care and the desire to be shared with the world.

All I need is for you to help me do this!

My Goal

$4200 AUD is the smallest goal I came up with that allows me to send Paper Flowers off to an editor and then have it published, as well as ordering and mailing off all the reward goodies for everyone who helps me reach this goal. Of course, I would love if we could shoot past it and I could add even more swag to the rewards, maybe order character concept art (I love book art sooooo much!!!) but $4200 allows me to do everything I need comfortably. The reward tiers with physical rewards add on shipping costs that are only about half of what it will actually cost me to ship the rewards from Australia around the world (and even around Australia. Shipping is expensive here). I just know that you can help me make it to this goal and help me push my debut novel out into the world in the best form it can be in!

Finally...

I think that is all you need to know from me! If I've missed anything or you have questions please feel free to reach out. I promise I'm super chill. Too chill, actually. I was going to film an intro video for this but ended up scrapping it because I kept rambling and I hate going off scripts because it sounds too fake. So you ended up with written rambling instead. My point is, I'm happy to answer any and all questions. You can reach out to me here, you can reach out to me on any of my social media accounts, or my email. I love chatting to new people and I would love to hear what you think of my upcoming work.

Thank you so much for checking this out and even more so if you decide to back me and help me reach this goal! You're the best!

Until next time,

Andie (andie.barr.author@gmail.com)

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Risks and challenges

I suppose there are two major risks at present:

1: Finishing the manuscript - this is the final draft and the goal is to have rewrites completed by the 31st of January and to have all self-edits finished by the end date of the kickstarter. These are comfortable time periods to have all of this finished by so I have little worry over finishing the manuscript.

2: The kickstarter failing - this is really the only other risk because if the kickstarter fails, paying for an editor is going to be a challenge so the chances of releasing in May as planned decrease significantly. But I have faith that enough people will want to read Jake and Max's story that I can make my goal. This risk is something I am still planning around but I'm hoping I won't need a Plan B in this regard.

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    Helping where I can

    As someone who needs help to publish this book, I understand that sometimes people only pay what they can. Thank you so much for helping me, and I'll send you a personalised thank you! This thank you will include a note from me explaining how much I love you, as well as a sneak peak at the first 3 chapters of Paper Flowers!

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    Thank you for giving up one coffee to help me publish my book. I understand the tremendous sacrifice that is giving up even one morning coffee to help. I am very grateful! You will receive a personalised thank you, and your choice of one of three bookmark designs.

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    Giving up TWO coffees!

    Two coffees? You're willing to give up TWO coffees to help me? I'm touched! So touched! You will receive the personalised thank you and ALL THREE Paper Flowers bookmark designs.

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    I love cats!

    So you love cats? And you'd like a copy of The Great Escape? Great! That's wonderful! You'll get to read one of my books and help me publish the next! You're the best!

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    I love bookmarks AND cats

    So you love cats, you love bookmarks, and you'd like some bookmarks AND a copy of my children's book? You're too kind to me, so I'll sign your copy of The Great Escape!

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    Ebooks are fantastic!

    So you like ebooks? So do I! Guess who is getting an ebook from me? That's right! You!
    You will receive everything from the previous tiers AND you will receive the Paper Flowers ebook.

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    I'd like to read Paper Flowers first!

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    Can I have an ARC AND an ebook? Please?

    Why, yes you can! For being this generous you can have both the ARC hardcover of Paper Flowers AND the ebook. Just like the others, I'll sign your ARC and you'll also receive a poster of the Paper Flowers cover. And you'll get everything else too, because I love you.

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    I love swag, lots of swag!

    You love swag? You want ALL the swag? Well, it's your lucky day. For being so fabulously generous you will receive EVERYTHING from the previous reward tiers (the thank you, a signed copy of The Great Escape, all three Paper Flowers bookmarks, a poster of the Paper Flowers cover, a signed ARC of Paper Flowers in hardcover, a copy of the Paper Flowers ebook, AND a bag of bookish swag related to my books (including some sneaky peeks of upcoming WIPs)

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