About this project
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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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