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This sailpunk adventure, The Agility of Clouds, is Jane Austen meets James Bond, but the improbable airship needs your help to launch.
This sailpunk adventure, The Agility of Clouds, is Jane Austen meets James Bond, but the improbable airship needs your help to launch.
9 backers pledged $290 to help bring this project to life.

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If we can fund this at $300, let's party. I mean, let's have an actual launch party for the sequel, Volume Two of the Helleborine Chronicles, The Fury of Storms! I'm sending an Advance Reader's Copy of the sequel (expected March 2015) to the Tattered Cover Book Store today, so I might as well ask them to consider a book signing/book launch event!

Wouldn't that be cool? I think it would be cool. Much in the way bow ties and fezzes are cool. Okay, back to this story...

I've been making up stories since I was a kid... Wait. That sounds bad. Let me start over...

I know how to write a novel, and I know how to publish one. But I need your help on how to market one. I'm ready to launch my new novel, The Agility of Clouds, but I have no idea what to do.

Back this kickstarter, and I'll ask you in a survey what you think!

Almost three years ago, I thought of a story featuring the worst antagonist any one has ever, or will ever face: Father Time. Then I started developing a story about Father Time's mentor, the formidable Seramis Helleborine. The character came to life in a dark and brooding outline, but her story soon superseded his, and the novel The Agility of Clouds came to life in a mad rush during National Novel Writing Month.

Here's the audio I created for the upcoming book trailer, recorded by the super talented voice artist, Kristine Shafer: [https://soundcloud.com/chris-pitchford-pub-ltd/traileraudio]

I'm a programmer lucky enough to create apps that I love, and so I knew I could publish this novel. I also know some hugely talented collaborators, like the professional editor who polished the story, Karen Conlin, and the professional illustrator who gave Seramis Helleborine shape and form, Marjorie Schott. But I don't know how to market this amazing new novel, and that's where you come in.

Your support determines the future marketing path of The Agility of Clouds, the first volume in the Helleborine Chronicles. Will there be Facebook Ads? AdWord campaigns? Traditional media? What do you think is the most effective way to market a book? Vote with your dollars and back this project and you will determine the course of how The Agility of Clouds, and its sequel, The Fury of Storms, as well as the rest of the planned series will be marketed.

This is huge! And I want you to be part of it. Exclusive rewards that are only available here await your support.

In the meantime, you can check out the free game I created for iPhone and iPad, "Airship Agility Free" to promote this novel at the iTunes App Store.

Risks and challenges

The book is written! All that is needed is you! The digital files already exist, they just need a home. The printing company cranks out books as soon as I order them, just waiting to sit upon a shelf!

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    Dip in that toe! Test that water! You will get our gratitude for just backing this project with one US Dollar! AND THAT'S NOT ALL! You will also get your name in electrons on the website! Thanking you! Honoring you! What else? You get to help decide how to market this novel TO THE WORLD!

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    Check it out! For backing this launch with $5, you get a DRM-free PDF of the ePub edition of the completed novel, The Agility of Clouds! And you get your name in electrons with A HUGE THANK YOU! And, of course, your backing comes with the chance to decide the course of marketing this novel!

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    Get the idea that started it all! For backing this launch with $10, you get a DRM-free PDF of the ePub edition, The Agility of Clouds AND a digital version of the illustration of the improbable airship itself larger than it appears in the book! And you get your name in electrons with A HUGE THANK YOU! Every dollar you back this project with is a dollar (minus fees) towards determining how this novel will be marketed HENCEFORTH! ALSO, get a digital ARC of the sequel, THE FURY OF STORMS!

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    See the story come alive! At this level, you get the same rewards as above, but all of the brilliant illustrations by Marjorie Schott! And a DRM-free ePub-compatible document, to boot! Read at home and on the go! You will also be thanked most profusely at the website, and determine the course of marketing The Agility of Clouds with your dollars! ALSO, get a digital ARC of the sequel, THE FURY OF STORMS!

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    Every detail, down to the letter! You get the complete, DRM-free PDF of the printed book, complete with illustrations exactly as they appear in print. But you also get the ePub and PDF versions of the eBook, and all the full-size illustrations as well. Expect to see your name in BOLD as you are gratefully appreciated, and help decide the future fate of marketing The Agility of Clouds.

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    This is the sweet spot, and at this level, it is also the gorgeously PRINTED BOOK ITSELF. The book is written, the ink isn't even dry, but you won't have to wait. But you will have to hurry, as there is a limited quantity of this reward (due to my limited quantity of arms and hands). Expect to see your name in BOLD as you are truly appreciated at the website, and help decide the future fate of marketing The Agility of Clouds.

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    The completist, and you're going for it all: all the DRM-free digital files as well as the printed book itself. Also in limited quantities, but your bookshelf will love you, as your computer radiates pride in storing the files you will receive! Your name will be as bold as you as you are honored at the website for your contribution in marketing The Agility of Clouds. Like at the $20, $25 level, get a digital ARC of the sequel, THE FURY OF STORMS!

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    This is pure gold (of a sort, but not real gold, sigh...) and you get all of the digital files mentioned above, plus your printed copy of The Agility of Clouds is signed and personalized by the author. Only 20 of these will be available, so go for the gold! You will get to see your name both in the book and in the website, and you will be thanked EACH TIME! Help market The Agility of Clouds, and determine the future of publishing! ALSO, get a digital ARC of the sequel, THE FURY OF STORMS!

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