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By Catie Cameron
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About this project

Starting from the age of 10, I dreamt of having a novel published, and now that dream is close to being a reality! This is where you enter the picture, you lovely donors. I know you want to read it, right? And you want to help other people read it, right? Of course you do! I'm going the self-publishing route with this one, so a large chunk of the money will go to having the book printed. Yes, I am old-school and want physical copies made. There will be e-books available as well, of course.

The novel tells the story of a young woman who, from her teenage years, is obsessed with music, working in a dive-y punk club in Nashville. Her friends are in bands and love music too. It's part coming-of-age, part celebration of rock n roll and the large role it plays in our lives. Things happen, good and bad. Of course I can't tell you everything; that would ruin the fun of seeing what happens! 

You may be asking why I wrote a novel on this subject. Well, I've been a lifelong lover of music myself. My sister plays music, so I've been around the scene here in Nashville since the age of 13. A large swath of my friends play music, or are music nerds like myself. It's a life and a subject very near and dear to my heart. I've also been a supporter and volunteer for years of YEAH, which puts on the Southern Girls Rock n Roll Camp and TN Teens Rock Camps in Nashville and Murfreesboro. 

Since the novel, Ms. Rhythm and Blues, is about rock n roll and a celebration of awesome music and the awesome people who make it, I'm planning a few different strategies on getting the book onto peoples' radars. The costs will include any travel that needs to be done in conjunction with getting the book into peoples' hands (for review and sale) as well as promotion. I'm also going to have a website created for the book, and good design costs money. I have a firm in mind who will also help with some of the marketing aspects involved.

The last part of the money raised will go to paying for royalties of the songs. Each chapter has a subtitle which is a song lyric. This is important for the chapter itself, and the overall novel, as the quoted lyric has significance within the chapter itself. Gotta pay those songwriters for their amazing lyrics! 

Did I mention there's going to be a "record release" party for the book when it's printed? Details are still being hammered out, but it will take place here in Nashville, with bands, booze, and buds. And the book, of course. It's going to be awesome.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by to take a look at my project! Don't forget, I need to be able to raise all the funds if I am to use any of them. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in all of this is getting the second draft done, I think. The first draft is written and currently being edited, so the major hurdle has been jumped. Hopefully my lovely and talented editor won't think the novel is atrocious and tell me to scrap the whole thing! I kid.

Since this is self-published and I'm doing all the legwork for the marketing while having a full-time job, the promotion part may take longer than I anticipate. Hopefully not, though!

Or, I could be denied copyright to some or any of the songs, which will force some rewrites. Fingers crossed this won't be the case, or that the royalty rate isn't exorbitant.

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    You will receive an e-book copy of the novel. Ooh! Not to mention all of my love and admiration!

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    You will receive a paperback copy of the novel, signed and with a personal message!

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    You will receive a signed paperback novel, plus a dozen cookies baked by me! My heaven cookies are known the world over!

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    You will receive a signed book, a dozen cookies, plus a screen-printed tee (by the lovely Cassandra Laux) adorned with the logo of Helter Skelter, the main character's rock club.

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    You will receive a signed book, cookies, a t-shirt, plus a booklet explaining why the songs quoted in the novel (as chapter subheadings) were chosen, sort of like an annotated bibliography of music. All bound in a CD-sized book by Anna Fitzgerald!

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    You will receive a signed book, cookies, t-shirt, booklet, plus you will get to name one of the bands mentioned in the book! It can be as killer or ridiculous as you want (though I do have veto power). I'll even give you credit for it in the acknowledgements!

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    You will receive all of the things, plus Beth Cameron of Forget Cassettes and Ponychase fame will do a private concert for you and 3 of your nearest and dearest. Nashville area only (may be negotiable. Please discuss with me)

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