The war is over...but for Rosie the Redeemer, the homefront battle is just about to begin!
It's July 1945, and handsome young Johnny B. Goode is home from the war. Reportedly shattered by his experiences, he takes a night shift job at the local factory. It's no surprise that the girls there are smitten with the handsome young soldier, but as they start to leave their jobs--and no forwarding addresses--Rosie Ransom begins to suspect there's more to Johnny's homecoming than believed.
When Johnny tries to turn a vampiric bite on her, Rosie kills him in self defense--and sees his soul, pure and uncorrupted, rise into the ether. Within hours, she's approached by handsome, dangerous Hank Turner, who believes her to be a Redeemer--a rare talent who can save a lost soul even after demonic possession has taken place.
Rosie, facing the loss of her factory job as men--and her fiance Rich Thompson--come home from the war, is eager for any future that grants her the independence she's come to cherish as a working woman. If there are monsters to slay, she'll embrace the opportunity. Because without Rosie's help, the scare started by Johnny may turn into a full-fledged nightmare...
The €8K initial goal is, frankly, a low-ball: it'll buy me enough time to write the novel, which is, of course, the whole point. It's not a get-rich scheme. :)
Consequently, the initial stretch goals are ruthlessly pragmatic: they'll help to cover editing, copy editing, digital formatting and cover art. I'll lay them out below, but excitingly, I've already spoken with artist Lindsey Look, who has done the covers for Tim Pratt's Marla Mason novels. Lindsey is on board for doing the cover art, and her style is perfect for what I have in mind, so I'm VERY HOPEFUL that we'll reach the cover art stretch goal and I'll be able to hire Lindsey as the cover artist.
Ruthlessly Pragmatic Stretch Goals:
at €9500, REDEEMER will undergo professional structural editing (hopefully by my former Del Rey editor Betsy Mitchell), which will make it a Much Better Book.
at €10K, I'll be able to hire a copy editor who will save me frm embarrassing myself. And I swear I didn't type "frm" there on purpose, but I shall leave it for illustrative purposes. :)
at €10.5K, I'll hire someone to do the conversions to DRM-free digital format, which will result in vastly superior quality than if I did it myself. :)
at €12K, we get gorgeous Lindsey Look cover art!
If we reach that stretch goal, I will 1. make incoherent noises, and 2. post some less pragmatic goals. :)
So the Redeemer Chronicles are an idea I had a while back, and I was surprised to discover that 1945 is a really difficult era to sell a book in. Apparently it's too recent to be Historical, too Historical to be Contemporary, and too Politically Fraught to be worth the risk.
Naturally that just made me want to write REDEEMER all the more. I've written a lot of contemporary(urban) fantasy over the past decade, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little burned out on it (which is why you're not seeing a Walker Papers spinoff happening).
But setting the Redeemer Chronicles in a different era opens up a whole new aspect of the genre for me. For me, it's not just writing urban fantasy. It's world building in a whole different way: post-war America was a society undergoing massive upheaval politically, socially and emotionally. It's near enough to us, historically, that in a way we think we know it...but at the same time it's shocking how incredibly different things were.
And really, that'd probably be enough, but of course, I'm a fantasy novelist, so I have to throw monsters in on top of it. So what I have here is--well, heck.
It is your grandmother's urban fantasy...!
(Thanks due to J. Howard Miller, whose iconic "We Can Do It!" poster is in the public domain & has come to represent Rosie the Riveter to generations of Americans.)
Risks and challenges
The perennial risk of being a parent of a school aged child is that schools are germ factories and I can't swear I wont be laid out from sickness at least once during the writing of REDEEMER. This is one of many reasons I'm not promising it'll be delivered to backers by March. :)
Beyond that, and barring personal disasters, there's little doubt I'll deliver in a timely fashion; I have, after all, done this before, both in crowdfunding and in traditional publication. Besides, I'm all excited about the project and want to get writing. :)
REDEEMER is a full-length novel, which means it's something like 3 months of writing, plus edits, copy edits, production, and I have two projects to finish (both of which I anticipate completing by the end of 2014) before I can tackle it full-on. A realistic delivery date is around September 2015, though depending on my editor's availability it could stretch out as far as December 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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