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What are my other books about?
Who am I?
Hi, my name is Jason Brubaker and I have been working on graphic novels since 2006 in my free time. My first book was called reMIND which took seven years to complete. Now I have been working on a brand new story called SITHRAH.
What is SITHRAH?
SITHRAH is an all-age sci-fi about a seven year old girl who ends up alone when her plane crashes in a unfamiliar land. Trying to locate her missing father, she starts seeing an invisible creature that has been following her. This book will be the first in a series of 5 or 6 books depending on how long it takes me to tell the story. :)
I was inspired by comic artists in the 90's when I refined my drawing style and then was influenced by Miyazaki's movies and storytelling over the last decade.
Feel free to read through as many pages as you want on my website here. I will continue to post new pages online until the full story is complete.
As you can see I'm experimenting with the comic format by mixing subtle prose with the comic panels. My hope is to blur the lines between comics, children's books, and novels without making it jarring for the reader.
SITHRAH will be 96 full color pages in a hardcover book. 1000 copies will include a signed and numbered bookplate. The interior pages will be printed on thick, high quality paper printed with the same care and attention to detail that I put into reMIND Volume 1 and 2. The retail price will be $19.95.
Just so you know some history of my books: The first printing of my first book, reMIND, was printed in spring of 2011 with 2500 copies that sold out in about 6 months. It got much praise from fans on Amazon and has won some awards and achievements during and after the production including:
- 2010 Xeric Grant Winner
- 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List (GGNT)
- 2012 Selected for Arkansas State Reading list.
SITHRAH will be ready to go to the printer in October 2014 if everything goes according to plan. The printing process will take about 3 months for the proofs, printing and shipping to happen. This means I'll probably be getting the books around January or maybe February if the holidays get in the way (which I assume they will)
I put April as the shipping date as an absolute worst case scenario if I can't get the printing started when planned. But I am estimating that the books will be in my garage by January so I can start shipping them out soon after that.
People ask me why I chose to self-publish reMIND and SITHRAH. Well, when I started this my dream was to get the best agent and publisher and take the world by storm with my graphic novels. What I learned is that nobody cares about what you want to do until after you prove yourself. So I started posting pages online in 2009 to try to grow an audience and sure enough a small group started following my progress. Later I applied for the self publisher's Xeric grant in 2010 and won $5000. This convinced me to fully commit to self-publish and it was then that I launched my first kickstarter back in 2010. To my surprise I raised over 12 thousand additional dollars to help print the first volume. Now I HAD to self-publish as well as learn to distribute and sell my books. My original kickstarter campaign has been essential in getting reMIND where it is now and it has opened up doors that I never thought possible. Then in 2012 I launched a second campaign for reMIND 2 and it raised a whopping $107,500! Although it was a crazy big campaign delivering so many books, it all worked out. Better yet, I now have a distributor for my books which was one of the biggest problems to overcome with self-publishing.
The funny thing is now that I have beautiful books published I am approached by big publishers like I had dreamed about. I could easily sign a contract with a good publisher but in being forced to self publish, I have also fallen in love with it. I can make the books exactly how I want them to look and reprint them whenever I want. I can focus on what's important to me instead of a publisher who is mainly focused on the bottom line. It's a ton of work and I still have a lot to learn but overall I love self-publishing as well as owning all the rights to my stories.
My business plan is to get to the point where I can make a living off of my self-publishing by always printing high quality first printing books that are numbered, rare and sending them directly to my customers. The second and third printings will be manufactured more with mass distribution in mind once I figure that part out a little better.
I hope the quality of my books are apparent as soon as you see it on the shelf and even more so when you slowly flip through the pages. My goal has always been to make a coffee table book that also happens to be a comic.
Now lets talk about where the money will go. With SITHRAH I have decided that my goal is to print 4000 copies for the first printing. This will further reduce the printing costs and give me more stock so I don't sell out in 6 months like I did with reMIND. Wait, what am I saying. I'd love to sell out in 6 months! :)
Anyway, so my printer quote is $11,500 for 4000 hardcover copies. In my last campaign I had crazy shipping costs, taxes and unexpected fees and so I'm trying to add some of these fees to the campaign funding goal. If I can raise over $17,000 I will be in a great spot to cover most of the expense of Sithrah Book 1. As usual, I'm always adding my own money to the mix and I will do the same with this one to make sure the book turns out amazing.
Remember that Kickstarter is an All-or-Nothing system. If I can't raise the full amount in the time given then I won't get anything. :(
Thanks for your support in making SITHRAH the best graphic novel set it can be!
THANK YOU ONE MILLION TIMES!
Just like my past publications, I want to include some guest art in the back of the printed book. And so… I'm going to ask for art submissions while this campaign is live to give you a chance to get your art featured in the gallery of Sithrah: Book 1. Send me your amazing artistic version of the Sithrah characters and I will choose some of them to be printed in the book. FOREVER! I will credit you in the book too.
The page dimensions are 6.75 inches (wide) x 10.5 inches (tall). Please make sure all art is 300dpi when scanned. The deadline for submission is the closing of this campaign. Please send all submissions to Jason@remindblog.com for consideration. Once this campaign is over, I will display all the entries for everyone to see and vote on their favorite. Then I'll pick the final winner(s) for the book. :)
Risks and challenges
I have had a bunch of experience with Kickstarter campaigns in the past with my last two successful reMIND campaigns. Together they have raised over $120,000 on Kickstarter and although I have had unexpected expense, I was able to get everything shipped out and completely fulfilled for both campaigns.
The biggest challenges that I see are shipping and distribution of all the books around the world in a timely manner. This time around, I will be dividing up the rewards to other partners who can help so there will be multiple locations where packages will be shipped from and this should considerably help ease my work load and speed up the final delivery of the books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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