When my nephew was 9, he asked when I was going to write some books for little boys. I started the Guildmaster Saga then (and now he's 15 and I've still got one book left to write, augh!). It's epic fantasy for...well. For almost anyone, really.
It's for kids like we were, voracious readers blowing through "books above our reading level" at ages 8 and 9. It's for young teens who are less confident in reading but love a good adventure. It's for older teens who aren't jaded against reading a book with a protagonist younger than they are, and it's for us, we who read Lloyd Alexander and Susan Cooper and a hundred others as 9 and 10 and 12 year olds, and still love them.
I've loved writing these books. The kids I've given them to have loved reading them. My sister thinks they might actually be her favourites of everything I've written, and last year when I published SEAMASTER, I got an awful lot of emails from grown-ups saying OH NO I FINISHED IT WHEN'S THE NEXT ONE OUT!?
Well, that's what we're doing here. This Kickstarter will cover (ha ha ha) the cover art and editing for STONEMASTER, and perhaps if it goes outrageously well, for SKYMASTER, the already-written book 3.
Let's make it happen! <3
STRETCH GOALS ANNOUNCED!
Now, here's the thing. Obviously the, er, obvious, stretch goal is book 3, SKYMASTER, which is already written, too. HOWEVAH:
Another book is exponentially more costly on my end, mostly due to postage matters: it's not possible to get SKYMASTER ready at the same time as STONEMASTER, which means I'd be shipping it separately, later, and as most people know, shipping costs are pretty appalling. So I'm willing to put that up there as a pie-in-the-sky goal, but I want to offer some short stories and other bits, in between:
€3250, Story #1: Isidri, Guildmaster and venerable Ilyaran elder who is *suspected*, half seriously, by the youth of the Seamasters' Guild to be THREE HUNDRED YEARS OLD.
€4000, Story #2: Asindo, Seamaster, captain of the Ilyaran flagship Waifia. The sort of man who does not start a fight, but definitely finishes one. He is absolutely not 300 years old.
€4750, Story #3: Kisia and Desimi, our hero Rasim's age-mates, will get an adventure that...I don't know yet if it'll be pre, during, or post-series. Well. It won't be post, because SPOILERS, SWEETIE! :)
€5500: a WORLD MAP is unlocked!
€6750: at this point you will have all read SEAMASTER, book 1, which I will be sending out shortly to backers. You will have opinions on who should get a short-story-bordering-on-novella. I will seek those opinions, and attempt to fulfil them. :)
€8000: BOOK THREE, SKYMASTER is unlocked!
Risks and challenges
The good news witht his project is that the book is already written, whichmeans there'll be a short window of revisions and cover edit work, and then BOOM,it'll be ready to go. Even the plagues brought home from school shouldn't stop it from coming out on time, because boy howdy do I want to get this into the world for y'all.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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