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A teenage boy discovers a gateway to infinite worlds, and finds a reason to fight for something bigger than himself.
A teenage boy discovers a gateway to infinite worlds, and finds a reason to fight for something bigger than himself.
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(The image of the dragon used for this page is NOT the final cover art. It is a sample of the work in progress by the artist commissioned for the book cover.)

First and foremost, thanks for checking out my project! My name is Eric Jones, and I want to share my books with you!

I wrote The Door to Canellin five years ago, as an attempt in bonding with my young son. Years later, my son is almost grown, I've embarked on other projects, and the Gatehouse series has been on the back burner. But recent developments in my own life have made me feel a renewed sense of urgency to see the Gatehouse published. I’ve recently lost much of the vision in one eye, with the prospect of the same potentially happening in my remaining eye at some nebulous point in the future. Doubtless, the inability to read a computer screen or printed page would make future writing a bit more difficult. When I say I want to “see” the Gatehouse books published, I’m not kidding around! So that’s my sob story. On to what you really want to hear about: the books!

The Door to Canellin is about a teenager, Wes Bellamy, who discovers a shack in the woods behind his grandparents’ house that wasn’t there before. In the shack are wonders beyond his wildest dreams, not least among them the infinite hallway filled with doors to other worlds. When Wes travels, unprepared, through one of these doors, he finds himself in a kingdom besieged by a malevolent dragon and its hordes of followers, and learns that he might hold the key to the salvation of both the kingdom, and himself. Unbeknownst to the boy, his father has followed him through the door, and is now on a perilous journey to find his son and return him to the safety of their own world.

The Gatehouse series lends itself to nearly infinite growth and sequels, by its very nature. Each door in the Gatehouse could lead to any number of worlds, from science fiction to horror to super heroes. In fact, the second book in the series takes place in a dystopian society in which two groups of “super heroes” battle for supremacy.

As I said, the first Gatehouse novel began as an attempt at bonding between me and my then eleven year old son. Along the way, my first readers, and others that I shared my work with, encouraged me to expand beyond my plans and try to get The Door to Canellin published. And so I embarked on a journey that thousands, millions, before me have travelled. After years of positive feedback from editors, close calls and brushes with publication from major houses and small presses alike, I have never managed to make that connection that gets my novel published. But each positive rejection only made me more certain that my work is worthwhile, and should see print.

Now, before this gets into TL;DR territory (assuming it hasn’t already), on to what you can do for the Gatehouse!

The first book is complete, edited, and ready to go from an author’s point of view. What I need is: cover art; layout and design; marketing materials; enough money to print a small print run; publicity and word of mouth; and the various and sundry small costs associated with preparing a book for publication. With estimates and quotes in hand for these, I come to a ballpark figure of around $2000 that I need to raise to accomplish all my goals. I don’t want to count on raising all of that through Kickstarter, though, even though that would be the ideal result. My Kickstarter goal is a slightly more modest $1200. And what do I want to give in return? Check out my list of rewards and kickbacks to the right to see what you, the generous public, will get when my goal is met!

Check back frequently for updates, and don’t forget to check out my blog for updates on the Kickstarter progress, sample chapters, and more! And don't forget to check out my informative website at its temporary location: http://sites.google.com/site/doortocanellin

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    The heartfelt thanks of the author, and a PDF copy of The Door to Canellin! In addition, ALL backers of The Gatehouse will have their name (or if they choose, an alias) listed on a dedication page in the front of the book!

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    All of the above, PLUS your choice of the Kindle or Nook version of The Door to Canellin!

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    A paperback copy of The Door to Canellin! That's cheaper than the projected retail price of $19.95, and I'll pay the shipping! (Due to the potentially high costs of international shipping, shipping costs are only guaranteed paid for U.S. backers. Other locations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. This holds true for all reward levels in which a physical item is shipped.)

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    All of the above! Yes, you get a paperback copy of The Door to Canellin, the Kindle or Nook version, and a PDF copy as well!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    A signed, limited edition hardcover of The Door to Canellin! A maximum of 60 of these limited edition hardcovers will be printed, and each will be numbered and signed by the author! There is no retail price for comparison, because these limited edition hardcovers will never be offered for sale by the publisher! As a bonus, you'll also receive your choice of the Kindle or Nook version absolutely free, AND a signed marketing poster!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Same as $50 PLUS two paperback copies, at least one of which I hope you will donate to your local library! That's right, you get the limited edition hardcover, two paperback copies, the Kindle or Nook version, and a signed marketing poster! What a deal! BONUS: A signed, laser-printed copy of the original manuscript of The Door to Canellin, prepared exactly as it would be for submission to a publisher!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Same as $100, PLUS a THIRD paperback copy for a gift or donation, PLUS a custom printed t-shirt with the cover of The Door to Canellin on the front, and "I helped make it happen!" on the back! BONUS: A signed, laser printed first draft manuscript of The Door to Justice, book two of the Gatehouse series! BONUS 2: A consultation with the author on the prospect of loosely basing a character in a later Gatehouse book on YOU! And, as a final BONUS: If the $250 benefactor lives within a 50 mile radius of Evansville, Indiana, the author will come to your location and give a private reading for you and your friends, family, or any arrangements you choose to make, of at least two chapters of your choice from The Door to Canellin! If the benefactor lives outside the 50 mile radius, a digital audio file or even a video can be arranged of the author giving a reading.

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    Wow, there's not much more I can give to justify such a large pledge, but I'll do my best! The generous $500 backers will receive the same as the $250 level. In addition, if you, the backer, live near or can travel to Evansville, Indiana, on the release date for the book (yet to be determined), you will be invited to a book release party with the author and his family and friends, where your generosity will be rewarded with a meal, the true heartfelt thanks of the author, plenty of photo opportunities, and an in-person presentation of all the rewards earned for this level. You'll be a celebrity at the (admittedly small) event! I'll even arrange to sing a song for you!

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