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About this project

 UPDATE #2:

We're halfway through our campaign, and though there's still a way to go, we're thrilled with the support we've received to date, so a big thanks to everyone who's backed us so far. 

To give you all a look at the inner workings of Ryan's brain, we've posted a video interview on the Update page, in which he talks zombies, writing, and...gnomes?

 UPDATE #1: 

It's one week into our project, and we just wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to our first backers. We really appreciate your support and encouragement. 

For those who haven't pledged yet--we've posted an excerpt from Dead New World on our Updates page, to give you a little taste of the book. Nom. We hope you enjoy it!

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore. 

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

Hi, we’re Danielle Fine (@DanielleFine1) and Karen Bynum (@karenYbynum), owners of Definition House. We’re an indie publisher that dreams of bringing authors and readers closer together, and we feel Kickstarter is an excellent way to do that. It allows the reader to actually walk the publication journey with the author from the ground up. We believe in every project we take on and, with your support, we'll get to share the imaginations of our fantastic authors with you! To learn more about who we are, check out our site: http://www.definitionhouse.com/

Ryan Hill likes to keep zombies in a safe place—his head. If zombies ever do take over, the thought of living off canned beans is not enticing. At all.

Ryan uses a healthy dose of real life and imagination to come up with stories, and typically spends his time, reading, writing, and watching movies or TV shows...anything involving a good story. Drop him a line on Twitter @J_Ryan.

The book is complete, but needs to be polished and readied for publication. Your pledges will go toward extensive editing, line editing, cover design, creating the paperback, marketing, and more.

If we go over our target, we will add stretch goals--including an audio version of the book, a print run, and possibly even a book tour.

Thank you so much for investing in Dead New World. Every pledge counts, and we really appreciate your support!

Below you'll find pictures of some of the rewards being made by our collaborators. Pick from these and the other amazing incentives listed on the right-hand side of the page. 

A custom lip balm made from a natural soy base with vitamin E, cocoa butter, and shea butter--the perfect combination to soothe undead chapped lips. They will be customized with Dead New World artwork.

Running from zombies is hard work. Kick back, grab a cold beverage, and pop the top with this handmade bottle opener, custom-designed with Dead New World artwork. Made from metal, paper, ink, mylar, and awesomeness.

Killed a lot of zombies today? Wash off the blood and brains with handmade, squeaky clean soap.

Keep this custom .38 Special bracelet close, as a reminder of the zombie you put out of its misery. You can personalize your trophy with the birthstone of your choosing.

It's been a long day of zombie killin'. Sit back. Relax. And knock down a drink in this hand-crafted stoneware shot glass.

Can't beat 'em? Join 'em! This is a head-to-toe personalized figurine. Send in a picture of yourself and you'll become part of the undead...forever.

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to release Dead New World digitally in July of 2014 and in print in September 2014, but this is our debut book as a publishing house and, as such, there could be unforeseen delays. We are also working closely with our reward vendors and estimate we’ll have all our rewards delivered no later than September 2014. We will definitely keep you updated if there are any hiccups along the way, but we’re doing our best to make sure everything runs smoothly.

It is extremely important--not only to us as the publisher, but also, obviously, to our author--to be fully funded. If we don’t meet our goal, we won’t be able to bring Ryan’s vision of a dead new world to life. Each and every one of our backers is a vital member of the production team.

Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate it from the bottom of our (undead) hearts.

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    PLEASE FEED THE ZOMBIES - Your support will provide brains to the starving undead.

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    EULOGY - You'll receive a shout out on our blog as you transform from human to zombie.

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    SUICIDE NOTE - Get Ryan's last words before it's too late. You'll receive a personalized email from the author thanking you for your support.

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    KISS OF DEATH - You'll receive a PDF of Dead New World, and lip balm, cos you know, being undead makes your lips really chapped!

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    BOOK OF THE DEAD - You'll receive a PDF and an e-book copy of Dead New World.

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    BOTTLE NECK - Traffic is gridlocked as zombies run amok. Sit back, pull out your e-reader (the BOOK OF THE DEAD level) and pop open a drink with your custom bottle opener.

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    THE UNCLEAN - You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level and your very own brain soap to ensure your zombie is squeaky clean.

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    OBITUARY - So you're dead, now what? Spend your afterlife wisely with this paperback version of Dead New World. You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level and the print edition.

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    SHROUDED - Cover up your wounds with the latest in undead apparel. You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level plus a custom-made Dead New World t-shirt.

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    POST MORTEM - Writers, take your life in your hands and brave a critique from Dead New World's editor. You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level and a complete manuscript analysis.

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    COVER ME! - Stay a step ahead of the crowd with the PDF and e-pub from the BOOK OF THE DEAD level with an exclusive limited edition digital cover. This edition will only ever be available to Kickstarter backers.

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    READY, AIM, FIRE - Make your last resort a statement piece. You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level, a custom-designed bracelet with your birthstone, and a mention on the acknowledgment page in Dead New World.

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    BRAIN DAMAGE - Liquid courage has never been so stylish. You'll receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level, a custom-designed zombie shot glass, and a mention on the acknowledgement page in Dead New World.

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    SKINNED ALIVE - Get your very own paperback print edition with special patron cover...in the flesh. You'll also receive the BOOK OF THE DEAD level, digital wallpaper designed by our cover artist, and a mention on the acknowledgment page in Dead New World.

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    DEAD RINGER - Get a peek into your future...with your first ever zombie selfie. You'll receive the OBITUARY level, an undead portrait of yourself along with a description of your untimely end, Dead New World digital wallpaper, and a mention on the acknowledgment page in Dead New World.

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    NAME THAT DEAD PERSON - Stay forever undead as a character in the sequel. You'll receive the OBITUARY level and be able to name a character in the follow-up to Dead New World.

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    UNDEAD MEAT - If you can't beat 'em, join the army of the undead with this zombie figurine custom-made to look like you. You'll receive the OBITUARY level, an undead action-figure, and a mention on the acknowledgment page in Dead New World.

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    HYBRID - Have the best of both worlds. You'll receive the PDF, e-pub, and paperback version of Dead New World with the limited edition cover. You'll also receive the zombie brain soap, Dead New World t-shirt, bracelet or zombie shot-glass, zombie figurine, Dead New World digital wallpaper, and a mention on the acknowledgment page in Dead New World.

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