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Please help me get readers those print editions they've been asking for, for A FISTFUL OF FIRE and A FISTFUL OF EARTH.

About the Project & Its Author:

Hi. I'm Misti Wolanski, and I write odd traditional fantasy for young adults on up. Reader TL Jeffcoat called A FISTFUL OF FIRE "the most different classic fantasy story I’ve ever read," which is an apt description. I take clichés, tropes, recognizable elements of a type of story and mangle them, producing something that's recognizably of the genre while still not… quite… fitting the mould.

I started writing more than a decade ago, and I joined the rank of self-publishers last year. I've always planned to release print versions of my books, along with the e-book versions, but I had some unexpected health issues appear last year. Now that those things are under control, I want to get readers those print editions—and the sequel—they've been asking for.

But I'm feeling a downside to having unexpected health issues last year that left me unable to work for entire weeks at a time and depleted what funds I had with the MRI and medications.

I don't have the money to produce print editions of both books. I barely have the money to e-publish A FISTFUL OF EARTH. (As you might've guessed from the lack of video, I don't even own anything like a webcam, camcorder, or smartphone.)

Can you help me out with a kickstart?

Thank you.

About A FISTFUL OF FIRE:

Tales of loathsome kings and prophesied saviors aren't so appealing when you are a royal bastard of prophecy…

Evonalé Yunan has never cared for tales of loathsome tyrants, seduced maids, and prophesied saviors. She herself is supposed to somehow free her grandmother's enslaved queendom. But she's merely a child, and her father is the powerful fire mage who subjugates the realm.

Evonalé has therefore fled home, her two half-siblings, and the father who really should've been her uncle. (She would flee her lethal but not quite insane faery godmother, too, if she could get away with it, but that's a side issue.)

Unfortunately, it's the middle of winter. Fortunately, following her mother's directions puts her in another king's hunting grounds. To Evonalé's bewilderment, that king picks her up and gives her a place in his palace. The prince seeks her out to tease and befriend. Then one of Cook's daughters starts teaching her magic, and a scullery maid proves herself immune to poison—making Evonalé realize that she isn't the only one with secrets.

About A FISTFUL OF EARTH:

She has the magic to save her friends—but it'll cost their trust to use it, if not her life…

Lallie Nonsire Cobbleson is no stranger to prejudice. Between her heritage as a not-quite-human and her childhood spent in an orphanage, she knows full well how most folks like people they find strange. So when her friend, the illegitimate Evonalé Yunan, gets a crown and a husband, it doesn't surprise Lallie that assassins soon follow.

Assassins that Lallie can assassinate in return, if she wants to. If she dares admit what she's become.

But folks fear and hate what she is with good reason. Protecting her friend the queen will force her to stop playing human and to admit what she is, abandoning the only life she's ever known. And that's only if she lives long enough to escape those friends whose trust she'll shred by admitting her lies.

Your Donations Will Help With:

  • Cover designs: $200 
  • CreateSpace setup for paperback editions: $100 
  • Proof copies: included in above amount 
  • Kickstarter/Amazon fees: $50 
  • Other related fees and expenses: $150
     (miscellaneous items like copyright registration and book formatting)
  • Total: $500

You can read A FISTFUL OF FIRE for free in blog format at http://bit.ly/startAFoF.

If I don't meet this goal, please also consider buying A FISTFUL OF FIRE and A FISTFUL OF EARTH on Amazon, Smashwords, or another e-book vendor.

A Note on the Rewards: I will not often offer signed copies of my books.

Extra Bonuses:

If the campaign succeeds, you'll get the rewards in the sidebar. But if it's wildly successful, I have some special bonuses that I'll produce.
     
  • If the campaign breaks $1,100, I'll produce hardback editions of both books. Everyone who pledged $125 and above will get signed copies.
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  • If the campaign breaks $3,300, I'll produce an audiobook version of A FISTFUL OF FIRE. Everyone who pledged $50 and above will get a copy of the audiobook version of A FISTFUL OF FIRE in MP3 format by e-mail.
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  • If the campaign breaks $5,500, I'll produce an audiobook version of A FISTFUL OF EARTH. Everyone who pledged $90 and above will get a copy of both audiobooks in MP3 format by e-mail.

FAQ

  • YES. Shipping will be a few weeks longer, but international fans can get the mailed items.

    For the paperbacks, adding $5–10 for shipping might make a good month's difference in the shipping times, but it isn't necessary.

    NOTE: I've been made aware of the extra VAT and customs surcharges added in countries like the UK. If you live in one such country, please let me know. I might be able to issue a special Lulu edition for you, since Lulu has a printer in the UK and some other countries.

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    Have a side character's name derived from yours. The character will appear in book 3, A FISTFUL OF WATER. Your name (or username of choice) will be listed in the acknowledgments, and you'll get to pick the character's gender and if the character will be human, elfin, dwarven, or faery.

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