Welcome to the Kickstarter for Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth Hazzard. Dead Sea Games is an independently published serial novel in four parts. The first three episodes are available as ebooks on Amazon.com, and have received great reviews. With your help, I can publish the fourth and final episode and bring the compiled series to market as a paperback.
I am raising funds to pay for editing, artwork, proofreading, and formatting expenses. The professionals that take my tired ramblings and polish the prose for mass market consumption are part and parcel of the success of any novel, and they deserve to be paid handsomely for their hard work.
Every pledge is a step forward in realizing an almost two-year long dream. I’m so proud of this series and excited to be sharing it with you. All I ask is your help in funding the final stage of publishing for Dead Sea Games: Scorched (episode four eBook) and Dead Sea Games (the compendium paperback). Spread the word!
So what is Dead Sea Games about?
Dead Sea Games is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a fictional Manhattan Island overrun by zombies. In it, we explore the world of Jeremy Walters, a teenager living with his mother among the survivors of NYC who have taken to the rooftops and penthouses of lower Manhattan as their sanctuary against the undead. The novel is equal parts action, adventure, and suspense and explores the concept of a world where heroes are extinguished by their own self-less actions. How does a new generation of teens learn to face overwhelming chaos and keep their humanity in a world where it’s every man—or woman—for themselves? How do the orphans of the Emergency build a future when there is no hope, no rules, and no escape?
Readers have described it as a human story on a zombie platform, but I call it … fun.
Can I read the back cover?
One and half million people used to live on the island of Manhattan. Used to. Now—after the Emergency—all but a tiny fraction of those wander the streets as the living dead, searching for human flesh to devour. Jeremy Walters is one of the few survivors, living on the rooftops, making every day count adrift in a sea of zombies. The adults may be content just to be alive, but Jeremy knows that the Colony is a cruel joke. To a teenager, just existing isn’t enough. Without hope, without a future, without any chance of escape, they might as well all be dead. When two of their own go missing, this fifteen-year-old boy with a bad attitude and reckless streak a mile wide is determined to go after the lost survivors and bring them home. He’ll teach them all what it means to be a true hero. Zombies, gangs, and treacherous NYC landscape are the least of Jeremy’s worries. He’s got to come back alive—or his mother will kill him.
Wow, sounds great! Can I read more?
Absolutely. The first three episodes are available on Amazon.com for the Kindle, right here:
Episode One, Dead Sea Games: Adrift - http://amzn.com/B009YMTCIQ
Episode Two, Dead Sea Games: Exiled - http://amzn.com/B00BERR4O8
Episode Three, Dead Sea Games: Kidnapped - http://amzn.com/B00G8OGEFM
Erm, not that much. Can I read maybe just a little?
You want me to read it to you? Maybe rub your feet while I’m at it?
I happen to have a handy website where you can read excerpts from all four episodes. Watch those spoilers! The book is filled with juicy secrets, back-stabbing, and double-crossing (as you would expect of any book filled with teenage miscreants.)
What are reviewers saying about Dead Sea Games?
“It's a no brainer, this is a great story!” -CabinGoddess - Amazon.com
“The story sucked me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down until I finished." -RiversideReader - Amazon.com
“By the final scene I found myself bouncing in my seat yelling "Hit him! Hit him, Deathwish!" Excellently written with good characters and fast paced action.” -BrewedBohemian - GoodReads.com
“The book grabbed my attention right from the start and kept me interested throughout.” -Steve K. - GoodReads.com
What about other writers? What do they think?
“The action begins at the breakfast table as he hides the day's plans from his mother, and continues on all the way until... Until you're downloading the next book because you can't stand it any longer! You have to know what happens next!” -Marissa Ames, Author of Minstrel
“The dead sea, of the title, is incredibly clever and was portrayed in horrifyingly descriptive writing, read it and you'll know what I mean!” -Lisa Shambrook, Author of Beneath the Rainbow
“From the beginning it captures you and takes you on a whirlwind of a ride.” -LE Jamez, Author of Kitchen Antics & Other Tales
“The story took off at a fast pace and didn't let up.” -Lisa McCourt Hollar, Author of Bites of Terror
What are you going to spend my money on?
I’m so glad you asked. Here are my proposed expenditures if I meet the minimum goal:
- $200 - Copy editor
- $150 - Cover art
- $60 – Paperback formatting
- $90 - Proofreading
And if I make more than the goal? Well, publishing is a bottomless pit of expenses and here are my priorities for additional expenditures (above and beyond goal):
- $150+ - Interior Artwork (chapter/section sketches, maps, character profiles)
- $90 – eBook formatting (reformat complete series for conformity)
- $150+ - Promotion (reviewers, web site placement, blog tours)
- $100+ - Contest entry fees (Awards)
- $800 - Marketing makeover (website, banners, social media, print bookmarks, video book trailer, author head shots)
How about those rewards? Anything good?
Absolutely. Nothing wrong with a little quid pro quo. I'm offering a ton of ebooks, paperbacks, art, posters, tshirts, and swag. Unfortunately, I can't send you my kick-ass zombie survival kit, as weapons as rewards are against the rules. I know, right!
If you just want to read the story then the best value reward is a $5 pledge, which is the same price you'd pay on Amazon for the four episodes.
If you like artwork, then the $10 pledge is your best bet. Amazon pricing for the compendium will be $8, not too far off.
If you want something to hold in your hands, then $25 and up is the way to go. Paperbacks, signed and personalized copies, t-shirts, posters ... it's all up there with the big spenders. I can't show you what the posters and t-shirts will look like until the artwork is final, but I'll be keeping everyone updated.
Still not sure. Any last words to convince me to make a pledge?
Pretty please? I understand that money is tight with nearly everyone these days. All I ask is that you take a chance on a great project with an author who cares enough about his work to try and make it the best it can be. It's not like this is a kickstarter for a bowl of potato salad! Whether you pledge today, or buy the ebook or paperback when they come out, or share this project on your social media pages, I sincerely thank you for helping out in any way that you can. Thank you for taking the time to visit my kickstarter.
Until the zombie apocalypse, my friends, good night and good reading!
Risks and challenges
The first three episodes are complete and published on Amazon. The fourth and final episode is written, beta read, and is in final revisions and line-edits now. There is no risk that I can’t finish the novel; a select group of readers have already seen the ending and love it. The only real risk is that I’ll be unable to find an artist, or artists whose work matches my vision for Dead Sea Games within a short time frame. I have several picked out but availability is always tricky on short notice. Barring a complete whiff on artists, I’m confident that I can have everything ready within 60-90 days of the completion of the Kickstarter. Thank God for speedy editors!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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