In another time, Rome never fell.
Could you even imagine what the world would be like if Rome had not fallen? No dark ages, no rampaging barbarians? What would the world be like? How would we have changed, and what would have happened?
I first introduced this idea with Brass Legionnaire, my prior novel that I funded with help from Kickstarter. Now I return to explore more of the world of Julius Brutus Caesar, newest Centurion of the XIII Germania Legion, and his commanding officer, Tribune Constantine Appius, heir to the Imperium and all its lands.
Originally, my goal was to be able to use Kickstarter to help me start the series, then continue under my own power, but a lot has happened since then! Prices of editing, cover art, formatting, interior artwork, maps, etc go up, and I don't want to sacrifice quality due to short funds. I've definitely made a few compromises to try and wring out more bang for the buck, but I could use your help.
The good news? The book is already done - That is, the writing of the novel. The editing, cover art, formatting, that all is in progress or about to happen. So what will your money help do? Ensure that I've got great interior formatting, help me create a paperback novel, not just an ebook, and assist with adding more illustrations to the novel. Kickstarter funds will also go towards some promotional things, and (if enough extra money is promised) I may be able to get an audiobook in the works! Who knows!
The rewards are pretty cool as well. I got a nice set of back up short stories that I've been waiting to send out, and the books, posters, and other things are great deals as well (if I do say so myself!)
I'll be posting a video later on explaining a bit more. Thanks so much for your support, time, and belief.
Reach Goal #1 - $800 - Add another illustration to Copper Centurion, and use that artwork on the card to send to you guys! (Plus a digital copy of one illustration in Copper Centurion.)
Reach Goal #2 - $900 - I've been in touch with the artist who created the awesome poster illustration used for this Kickstarter and my promotional pages, and I'd love to get another one in a similar style. If we hit $900, I can have one designed and send everyone a digital copy! (plus it would be featured on the handwritten thank you note!)
Reach Goal #3 - $1000 - I can add additional illustrations and maps to Copper Centurion (One of each) Every backer will receive a digital book with all Steam Empire Chronicles artwork from the old book and the new book - Covers, Maps, Illustrations, promotional posters, etc.
Reach Goal #4 - 1250 - So you like short stories? How about an additional short story for all! (Every single backer!) (Cover art, name TBD)
Risks and challenges
My biggest worry for this project is simply unanticipated delays. Fine tuning the editing, tweaking parts of the interior formatting to make sure the illustrations sit properly, all can add unplanned time to a release date. The only way to tackle such problems is to a.) hopefully catch them before they start or b.) Smile, take a deep breath, and keep working at it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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