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Sequel to 'Under My Skin', a web serial-go-novel about gender, sexuality & family - and the chaos that happens when all that intersects
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Overview

‘Family’ is a loaded topic for a lot of people. I mean, who in this world doesn’t have family members that really push their buttons?

But while you’re thinking about who that one person is in your family, spare a thought for people who are sexuality or gender diverse. For them, often it’s not just about their clothes or their partner’s job. It’s not just about arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes. For these people, far too often it’s about the family fundamentally denying who they are, rejecting them, isolating them, and teaching them to hate themselves.

Flesh & Blood is a weekly web serial-go-novel that picks up at the end of Under My Skin (Previous Successful Kickstarter Project Link Here). Themes include gender, sexuality and dysfunctional families, particularly those of gender and sexuality diverse people.  
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Synopsis

Free at last to be herself and explore what she wants from her future, Min Lee is looking forward to learning more about who ‘herself’ actually is. …Or should that be ‘himself’ and ‘he’? Min is comfortable that she’s transgender, but trans-what, exactly? She knows what she’s not—and that’s a typical cisgender woman. But if she’s not a woman and she doesn’t really feel like a man, either, then what actually is she? It's such a complicated question. 

Furthermore, Min has left her conservative Christian mother who lives in South Korea in the dark about the huge changes she’s made in her life. And now, her mother misses her, wants to see her and her ex-boyfriend Henry, and won’t take ‘no’ as an answer. It would be impossible for Min to hide the way things are now without backtracking on all the positive changes she’s made. Min doesn’t know what to do, and everyone seems to have an opinion.

To complicate everything even further, Bree—her new girlfriend—lives with her dysfunctional and toxic family who is still haemorrhaging money as a result of her brother’s addiction. With Bree’s final exams looming and zero support from her family, it’s up to Min to be there for her. Min has no money and can barely support herself, but what kind of boyfriend would she be if she didn’t try to give Bree everything she needs?

With the odds stacked against Min, her past at Frost haunting her, her friends suffering their own crises, and her girlfriend desperately trying to salvage some self-esteem, Min’s support system is crumbling.

And in the end, when everything has fallen completely apart and there’s nowhere left to turn – what happens if you find out you can’t rely on your family, after all? 

Flesh & Blood is a story about the other families, the ones that don't work. It's a story about how the misfit children of these families try and salvage self-worth and find the courage to build lives for themselves without ever having that unconditional family support. 

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Note: while the story doesn't centre around sex at all, all the characters are adults. As a result. this story will have sexual themes and (not graphic!) sex in it, just like Under My Skin.

Release 

As with all my other works, this story will be released chapter-by-chapter on at least a weekly basis. Think TV series, but in text form. Barring minor changes, the story is 30 chapters long.

The first chapter will be posted the week after the funding period has finished - but only if it's successful!

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. Once the story in 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. Most backers will get a free non-DRM copy upon completion of editing and compilation. 

I will link each chapter in my Tumblr so it can be easily found. I will also Tweet releases and news. 

At the end of the project, the book will be available for purchase through all the usual eBook channels and also as a paperback. 

Funding Breakdown (in AUD)

Basic Costs:

$2400 - editing (this was what I substantially underestimated on my last project)

$520 - promo art (thanks, Yue Li!)

$200 - cover art for paperback (by Yue Li)

$125 - Wordpress Subscription

$600 - Further promotional art, commissioned to support small-time 'starving' artists

$105 - shipping of proof copy of paperback

$250 - Extensive counselling and therapy for the author. Just kidding, that's free in Australia. Packing, transport etc of books and misc costs such as editing software subscription for two months and reward-related costs.

$335 - Kickstarter fees.

Stretch Targets:

@$4835 - a nice present for my incredibly generous and talented beta

@$5635 - a selection of further pieces of promo art some of which I will distribute to the correct tiers of backers, all of which will be commissioned to support the 'starving' freelance artist community and providing online marketing and advertising material

@$6336 - this was how much it cost to publish Under My Skin beginning to end so it would be nice to know I have the funds available if costs blow out!

@ $12,000 - I also work a full-time day-job on top of writing full-time. It's crazy - sometimes I get only 4 hours sleep a night as a result. If I make it to $12k, I can drop a day a week of work to focus on writing this story. 

Any funds on top of this I will use to promote and market Flesh & Blood. Help me tell everyone about it - I don't have the money to resource this by myself!

FUNDING WAS SUCCESSFUL - CHAPTERS WILL BE POSTED WEEKLY FROM 11TH FEBRUARY HERE!

PS - if you like the promo art, it's by the very talented and lovely Yue Li!

Risks and challenges

I have a very consistent history with posting chapters on all my previous serials. If you visit my website, my fanfiction.net account or my Tumblr, you can view other stories with up to 285,000 words which were completed. My previous Kickstarter project was only delivered late because it was twice as long as planned! Each chapter was posted weekly, as advised.

In the unlikely event I am not able to post at least one chapter a week, I will provide a backer update with an ETA of when it is due and a reason why it is not on time.

The anticipated release date of the eBook is September/October. Anything that interferes with this deadline will be very well communicated to backers.

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    Early access to each chapter the day before the general public can read it, and a copy of the eBook after the story has been compiled and edited. Formats are PDF, MOBI and EPUB.

    Additionally, I'll send you a postcard of one of the commissioned pieces of promo art thanking you for your support.

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    Early access to each chapter the day before the general public can read it, and a copy of the eBook after the story has been compiled and edited. Formats are PDF, MOBI and EPUB.

    A copy of some of my favourite (unedited) scrapped scenes, dialogue and material that didn't make it into the Flesh and Blood final story. This will be at least 5000 words, but may be up to 25,000 words.

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    Early access to each chapter the day before the general public can read it, and a copy of the eBook after the story has been compiled and edited. Formats are PDF, MOBI and EPUB.

    A copy of some of my favourite (unedited) scrapped scenes, dialogue and material that didn't make it into the Flesh and Blood final story. This will be at least 5000 words, but may be up to 25,000 words.

    The same type of file but with my favourite scrapped scenes from Under My Skin, as well. This will be at least 5,000 words, but is likely to be much more.

    You have the choice of having your name in the FRONT of the book thanking you for your support.

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    Early access to each chapter the day before the general public can read it, and a copy of the eBook after the story has been compiled and edited. Formats are PDF, MOBI and EPUB.

    A full 'behind the scenes' package:

    A copy of some of my favourite (unedited) scrapped scenes, dialogue and material that didn't make it into the Flesh and Blood final story. This will be at least 5000 words, but may be up to 25,000 words.

    The same type of file but with my favourite scrapped scenes from Under My Skin, as well. This will be at least 5,000 words, but is likely to be much more.

    A plot file (from Microsoft OneNote) with a substantial amount of plot work in it. This file contains a lot more info than the last excel one!

    Other information I used to write: scraps of research, photos, commentary, etc. Whatever writing this story generates.

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    When the book is complete and I have finished editing it, finished working with the artist/graphic designer on the cover art, I will send you a signed copy of it.

    Postcard-sized prints of all of the official promo art will be included with the book.

    Apologies about the awful cost of shipping - I'm located in Australia.

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    When the book is complete and I have finished editing it, finished working with the artist/graphic designer on the cover art, I will send you a signed copy of a HARDBACK version of it.

    Postcard-sized prints of all of the official promo art will be included with the book.

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    A copy of all the previous rewards except the $2500 tier, plus a full page of dedication in the book.

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    Rent me to write for you for a 40-hour work week. Subject to strict negotiation (and I suggest you do this prior to pledging, because I reserve the right to refuse certain types of content and adjust terms), you will own certain rights to whatever I produce in that 40 hours (including the right to use it to generate income), provided you credit me as the writer. Further hours if required are by negotiation.

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Funding period

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