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Under My Skin is story that explores one woman's journey through her sexuality and gender in an entertaining narrative.
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Synopsis

Under My Skin is the story of Min Lee, a young woman who has everything. She has a great job with a great salary, a great boyfriend, a great house and a great family. Her future looks bright. Still... she can't help noticing the cracks in her life and privately wondering if this is all that there is. It's not until she meets Bree, a headstrong schoolgirl hellbent on anchoring herself in Min's life, that she allows herself to recognize that her perfect life isn't so perfect for her.

And that's when everything starts to get really f*cked up.

The story follows Min as she tries to reconcile how she feels inside with how she looks outside, how it impacts her work and her relationships, and what it all ultimately means for her future. 

Under My Skin is intended to explore sexual and gender diversity. It would be unusual (and, like, way less fun) to explore these topics without relating them to sexual activity. As such, there will be (non-explicit) sex scenes in this story.

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 25 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 five days after it's finished, but supporters will get access to the chapters 24 hours before the general public, as a locked Backer Update. The day after the chapters are released as Backer Updates, they will be loaded onto Wordpress for everyone else to read. Once the story in complete and before it goes to the editors to be consolidated into a novel, it will no longer be available to the public to read. 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.

Funding breakdown

The breakdown for the basic target is as follows:

Basic Costs:

$720 - Final Editing

$480 - Promo Art, Graphics and General Layout

$250 - ISBNs for several different release formats.

$75 - Kickstarter Fees

$40 - For emergency supplies to assist me when I just can't go onnn..... Stretch Targets

Stretch Targets:

$375+ - Paying my poor beta for her generous services (achieved!).

$425+ - Taking my poor girlfriend out to dinner to remind her that she has a partner (achieved!).

$1425+ - I will choose two new artists (preferably from fandoms I am familiar with, and preferably from groups who typically face discrimination) and commission them for more promo art. Donors of more than $100 will receive these printed on post-cards and mailed if they wish to (achieved!).

$3425+ - I will choose an artist (preferably from fandoms I am familiar with, and preferably from groups who typically face discrimination) and commission them to do a proper fully illustrated professional cover for the story. Donors who have selected the right reward to receive a physical copy of the book will receive it with this cover (currently in progress).

Any additional funds will be used to support future projects I may choose to do without funding, and to support other aspiring professionals in the fandoms I am familiar with. Further reward tiers may be added if the limited ones are exhausted.

P.S. - If you like the promo art for this project, you can visit the artist Yue Li's gallery in my links page.

Risks and challenges

I have a very consistent history with posting chapters on my previous works. If you visit my fanfiction.net account or my Tumblr, you can view other stories with up to 250,000 words which were completed on schedule.

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 June, but in the event that my editor is not able to reach this deadline, I will communicate this with backers.

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    Early access to each chapter before it's posted to the public, and a code for free download of the eBook after it has been edited and compiled. If you choose, your name will appear in the front of the book as a major supporter.
    When the project is complete I will send you a copy of my plot file, the chapter outline file and a 'the making of' audio file explaining the process I go through when I write long serialized stories.
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    Early access to each chapter before it's posted to the public, and a code for free download of the eBook after it has been edited and compiled. If you choose, your name will appear in the front of the book as a major supporter.
    When the project is complete I will send you a copy of my plot file, the chapter outline file and a 'the making of' audio file explaining the process I go through when I write long serialized stories.
    When the project is complete I will send you a physical copy of the book and write a letter thanking you for your support in the front of it.

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    Early access to each chapter before it's posted to the public, and a code for free download of the eBook after it has been edited and compiled. If you choose, your name will appear in the front of the book as a major supporter.
    When the project is complete I will send you a copy of my plot file, the chapter outline file and a 'the making of' audio file explaining the process I go through when I write long serialized stories.
    Additionally, I will mentor you through writing a serialized story of your own and offer you my thoughts on your plot and your writing.

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    Early access to each chapter before it's posted to the public, and a code for free download of the eBook after it has been edited and compiled. If you choose, your name will appear in the front of the book as a major supporter.
    When the project is complete I will send you a copy of my plot file, the chapter outline file and a 'the making of' audio file explaining the process I go through when I write long serialized stories.
    Furthermore, when the project is complete I will write a ~5,000 word story on a topic of your choice (topics to be discussed, and I reserve the right to ask you to choose a different topic if I deem what you're asking to be inappropriate. If we are unable to come to an agreement on the topic, you can select a topic on my prompt list and I will dedicate it to you).

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Funding period

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