In 2011, the play "Cryptos" made a big splash with its premiere at Hanover college, and since then the author has been getting request after request to put the play into print so it could be read, shared, and produced anew. Finally, that time is at hand. But James, who has already run two successful Kickstarter campaigns had a better idea: why not put out everything people had been asking to see he already had done in one fell swoop?
This Kickstarter will produce print versions of five books James has already had completed for some time, each with fantastic cover art designed by a different talented artist.
FOR A LIMITED TIME CRYPTOS IS AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING ON YOUTUBE AT THIS LINK! ENJOY THE FULL 2011 PRODUCTION FOR FREE!
Cryptos: (click here to read a sample scene!)
Two Cryptozoologists, Adric Ramses and his spunky assistant Wendy, are hired to track down a monster that has been stealing children from a cult town in the middle of nowhere, that may or may not exist. A mystery box filled with suspense and enigmas, Cryptos was a hit during its 2011 run at Hanover College.
Olivia Hinkel will be creating the art for this book.
Features an introduction by the play's Director former Professor Mark Fearnow.
God Save the Pres.! (click here to read a sample scene!)
Zoey Hartnell was just an ordinary girl, loyal to the King of England, in pre-Revolutionary Amercia, before an accident sent her forward in time to the modern age where two political schemers run the 200-some year old teenager for President of the United States. This biting political comedy will make its premiere in print through this Kickstarter.
Emily Hempstead is creating the art for this book.
The Dark and Splendid Diary of Danielle Simpson (and other tales):
(click here to read an piece of flash-fiction from the book!)
A young girl is dealing with a pain she can't admit, and her only release is the stories she can tell in her diary. A powerful novella about overcoming trauma heads this collection of short fiction.
William Pruit is creating the art for this book.
Features an Introduction by Professor Kathy Barbour of Hanover College.
One-Act Septology (click here to read an excerpt of each play!)
Featuring the produced plays, "Rex Stout Rings Again!", "Butterfly Machinery", and "The Tragedy of Hilarius, A Comedy," this collection contains seven great one-act plays ranging from mystery, to comedy, to tragedy.
Yi Shi is creating the art for this book.
Features an introduction by the director of "Rex Stout Rings Again!" Brandon Derk.
Death and Doubling Cubes (read a full chapter of the novel here!)
Years ago, Jhe Aladdin's father accidentally learned how to merge his mind with another person's, and now a strange and malicious alien is out hunting for him hoping to learn how to gain the wisdom of every living being. A Science-Fiction thriller featuring deadly manipulation, strange alien beings, hidden secrets, and an exploration of memory, Death and Doubling Cubes will be James Wylder's first novel if this Kickstarter is successful.
Kala Farineau is creating the art for this book.
Introduction by "Eloquence of Time and Space" collaborator Taylor Elliott.
Who Are We?
You might be wondering who all the fine people working on this project are, so we've made you a handy dossier:
James Wylder is the author of the books "Cascade!" and "An Eloquence of Time and Space" as well as his 2011 play "Cryptos" and his three produced one-act plays "Rex Stout Rings Again!", "The Tragedy of Hilarius, a Comedy" and "Butterfly Machinery". James is a substitute teacher for Elkhart Community Schools, as well as the Co-Owner of Shotgun Angel Games LLC.
He has been covered in the Elkhart Truth Newspaper, on the New York Daily News website, on the Barebones Entertainment blog, on Kasterborus, and Mediabistro.
Olivia Hinkel is a graduate of Hanover College with an enthusiasm for both art and literature. She jumps at any opportunity to combine these two loves (by, say, illustrating poems or designing covers for plays), but can otherwise be found behind her camera or slice-and-dicing paper. She has exhibited in multiple galleries in Indiana, including the Swope Museum of Art, but is still looking forward to getting off the ground as a professional artist by either exhibiting solo or running a photography studio.
Emily Hempstead is an illustrator and writer living in the United States. She writes fantasy comics and enjoys character design. She is 23 years old and graduated from Hanover College in 2013 with a degree in Studio Art. She regularly posts at her art blog, wizardtelemain.tumblr.com.
William Pruitt is an Electrical Automation Technician by day and a Graphic Designer by night. A Virginia native and a U.S. Navy veteran, he now lives in Madison, Indiana with his lovely wife, beautiful daughter, large puppy of a dog, and two of the neediest, most affectionate cats in the world. He has always fostered a love for incredibly geeky hobbies such as computers, retro and new video games, and reading science fiction and horror. He is finishing his degree in Graphic Design online through Bellevue University, and is on target to graduate in 2015.
Yi Shi is a China-based to-be artist currently studying in Toronto, Canada. She learns and explores techniques in art and design mostly for her own interests. Recent university life has been constantly influencing her style. It's difficult to tell what exactly she does for art but she has just started her experiments.
Kala Farineau is a Studio Art Major and Art History Minor at Hanover college. She aspires to be a Museum Exhibition Designer and do graphic design work on the side. She recently wrote a grant through Hanover College to study Museum Exhibition Design at all the major and some minor museums in Paris, France. She also recently went to Vietnam for her Spring Term class at Hanover to study watercolor and ancient art. This past summer she interned at the Florida Maritime Museum in Bradenton, Florida where she found her love for graphic design from designing logos for the Museum’s Maritime Mythologies Exhibits and other exhibits. In her spare time she watercolors and composes songs on her guitar. The world is a a work art she tries to capture in many ways.
Where is the Money Going?
This is fairly simple: around half the funds are going towards paying our five artists, around half the funds are going towards the actual printing and shipping of the books. There is also a small percent which is subtracted for Kickstarter fees.
When you back this project, you can add on extra copies of any books from this Kickstarter, or either of James Wylder's other books. Its simple: just back at the level you want, and then to add on extra copies pledge OVER the level you've backed at by the amount below:
- One extra copy of any of the five books you've already pledged for (up to a maximum of ten copies of any book): $15
- One copy of "An Eloquence of Time and Space" (Max of 10): $20
- One copy of "Cascde" (Max of 10): $10
The $1 Story!
Everyone who backs at any level with this Kickstarter, even for just a dollar gets the chance to chose a word which will be used as part of a story that will be written and included in the print edition of "The Dark and Splendid Diary of Danielle Simpson" and posted as an update for all backers to read! To participate you just need to back this project at any level, and you're all signed up to give me the weirdest word you can!
Risks and challenges
As I've learned with past projects, no matter how much you plan, there will always be something that goes wrong and causes a delay.
That being said, this is the safest of all the Kickstarters I have run in that aside from the additions/editing needed to be done on Death and Doubling Cubes, these projects are essentially "in the bag" aside from artwork and formatting.
There is no way at all this project will not happen if funded, there is only a chance something bad happens and something gets pushed back. Delays are this projects biggest risk, and its entirely possible a book might get pushed back.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (34 days)