Spireseeker is a fantasy novel by first-time author E.D.E. Bell about identity, friendship, and the search for destiny. It is currently in the editing stages, with a tentative publication date of Fall 2013.
It follows the story of Beryl, a young elf who discovers that she is not who she thinks she is but instead is looked to as the one remaining hope, based on the prophecy of a magical creature. Beryl gets a lot of help along the way from her grandparents and her unlikely best friend. It is a classic fantasy tale with many twists, that focuses as much on the relationships between the characters as on the storyline itself.
We have chosen to self-publish this book for several reasons. First, the finished manuscript will be approximately 200,000 words. This is longer than most traditional publishers are comfortable with for a first-time author. Self publishing also allows the author to tell the story the way she wants it told.
We are working with two very talented artists to do illustrations for the book. Anna Rettberg in New York (http://annarettberg.blogspot.com/) is creating the front and back cover illustrations, and Kyle Walblay in Ohio is creating 52 individual chapter title illustrations. We are excited to be working with these women.
Kickstarter funding will be used to complete the illustrations, pay for professional editing services, and to offset the cost of the initial hardcover printing. We hope you like the rewards offered, including signed books and artwork from the illustrators.
It is a dream of the author's to write fantasy. She is excited to share this first novel with you, and hopeful you will enjoy it.
Thanks for your time and consideration!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges to this project are schedule related. The author has completed a second rewrite of the manuscript, which is now ready for a round of editing by a professional editor.
Risks to the schedule include completion of the illustrations (including the map, for which we are still looking for a cartographer for this work), time delays in the professional editing and rewrites from this edit, and finally typesetting and printing delays.
Given these challenges, we are currently on schedule and fully expect to have the book completed by the end of the year. We will keep regular updates to the book project on both this Kickstarter project page, as well as the book's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Spireseeker).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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