Bone to Pick
The final novel in a series exploring gender, sexuality and being true to yourself in situations where that feels almost impossible.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 25 2019 6:45 PM UTC +00:00.
Min only wants to put her ordeal at Frost behind her, but what if going public with what happened would protect the people she loves?
It's been nearly a year since non-binary artist Min Lee's harrowing last month working at Frost International, and she's finally free of them.
Well... except for the fact that her best friend Henry is still in upper management at Frost HQ. Oh, and that her housemate and her housemate's boyfriend still work for Frost. Furthermore, Min is anonymously contracting graphics to Frost Marketing so she can save up enough money to pay off her credit card debt and finally return to university to study fine art.
It seems that everywhere Min turns, she can't get away from Frost. To make matters worse, one of the CEOs has it in for her best friend.
Henry's friend and union lawyer Natalie Heiser proposes a solution: launch a lawsuit and public campaign against Frost for Min's wrongful dismissal, promising that a successful outcome would mean a culture change at Frost and a better work environment for her friends.
Even though Min is still figuring out the finer details of her non-binary identity, she's comfortable enough with who she is now. But as comfortable as she is privately, is she ready to defend her complicated identity against the devious & charismatic 'True Blue Aussie' CEO who's in bed with most of Australia's media?
Bone to Pick is the tense, dramatic conclusion to Min's long journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and living authentically.
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Overview of Project
This project is a web-serial that is released chapter-by-chapter and then compiled into a novel once it's done.
Historically, I've written my books as a weekly web-serial and released a chapter each week. However, after 3 years of writing like this and a 2-year break afterwards, I've realised writing for 30+ hours a week on top of a day job is not a healthy approach for me. So, instead of this being a weekly web-serial, it will be a bi-weekly web-serial (what an appropriate medium for a book with gender and sexuality themes!).
Bone to Pick is the 4th book in a series I've written (Under My Skin, Flesh & Blood and Solve for i are the first three books and also successful Kickstarter projects). However, this book will be written in such a way as that you can read it without reading the others if you wish. Despite that, I recommend reading the others first as the events will be more impactful and you will have a much richer understanding of the characters.Please note, like most books for adults, this story will contain some sexual content and lots of adult themes.
As with all my other works, this story will be released chapter-by-chapter as a web-serial. Think TV series, but in text form. Barring many changes, the story is 28 chapters long.
Anyone will be able to read the story while it's being published and for at least five days after it's finished, but supporters will get password-protected access to the chapters the day before the general public. The following day, the chapters will be unlocked on my website on Wordpress for everyone else to read. Chapters will also be linked to from my Tumblr, my Twitter and my Facebook. Once the story is complete and before it goes to the editor to be consolidated into a novel, it will no longer be available to be read for free. When it has been edited, I will release it as a paperback novel and an ebook in a number of popular formats.
Basic Costs (in Australian Dollars):
- $3,800 - for for editing & sensitivity reading.
- $1,280 - for the promo image (by the wonderful Yue Li) other promotional, marketing material and graphics related expenses.
- $900 - for other promo art. Preference is given to queer artists.
- $130 - website hosting costs
- $250 - packing of books, misc costs such as transporting them, software subscriptions and other boring writing stuff like that.
- $295 - cost of ordering and reviewing proofs for both the paperback and the hardback
- $554 - Kickstarter fees
- $3,000 - I'm going to pay myself a salary this time as part of the built-in costs. This is about $3 per hour.
Stretch targets (in Australian Dollars):
- @$13,209 - brings my hourly salary for writing this story up to $6 per hour.
- @$13,909 - I will commission more art from artists that I will let supporters help me select.
- Any funding above that I will use as a mixture of paying myself for writing and for big online marketing campaigns (without a publishing house behind me, this is expensive!). Writing while working a full-time day job is crap. If I make enough money, I can drop days of work to focus on writing.
Thanks again to Yue Li for the great promo image you see on this project, and for all his work on the other book covers so far!
Risks and challenges
My three previous Kickstarters have lead to successfully published books and a bestseller. I don't anticipate this book will become a bestseller, but I don't anticipate any barriers that prevent me from publishing it, either.
In the unlikely event I am not able to post at least one chapter every two weeks, I will provide a backer update with an ETA of when it is due and a reason why it is not on time.
Writing books always seems to take longer than I expect it to, even when I run pretty close to schedule. Sometimes there are more chapters then expected, sometimes my editor is not available when I need her, and sometimes I get married to the woman I love and need a couple of weeks off (hey, it happened during my last book!). I anticipate a conservative release date for this book is about 18 months after funding it. Anything that interferes with this deadline will be very well-communicated to backers.
At worst, it might take me longer than expected to finish the book.
- All gone!