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Often described as "Lord of the Rings meets Sin City," 'The Written' is an epic and gritty fantasy book, part mystery, part thriller, crammed with bloody and brutal action, more magick than you can shake a sword at, and twists and turns that will keep the edge of your seat firmly occupied. It's the first book in the Emaneska Series, and has hit the top of the bestseller lists for epic fantasy more than once in the past few years.
So why are we here on Kickstarter? Well, we're glad you asked! The time has finally come to realise the "Sin City part" of its description. It's time turn the Emaneska Series into its own series of graphic novels, and we're kicking off with the first book - 'The Written.'
Myself (the author) and artist Mike want to take the book, rip it apart, and stick it back together in an all-new format. The action and pace of 'The Written' makes it perfect for a graphic novel, as does the grand, sweeping Nordic world of Emaneska itself - its cities, its mountains, its creatures, its magick, its fight scenes, its mythology, and its wild people. Aside from the blistering action of the book, there's also a lot of poignancy too, and subtext. 'The Written' is also about struggle and change, one man's fight against another's ideas, splashed against a world that is vast and varied. Essentially, we have the license to go crazy, and make the best damn fantasy graphic novel we can. We'll also be building a mobile app, which will be an enhanced eBook version with interactive capabilities - with maps that you can hopefully interact with, frames and panels that you will be able to zoom in on, manipulate, and even record to play back in your own style and speed. Exciting stuff all 'round.
To do this, we would like to raise at least £5000 to fund the art, design, publishing, distribution, app, and print costs. The £5000 will also go to rewarding you fine people for getting involved and being a part of the project.
The first goal we would love to hit is £5000. This will enable Mike to complete the design and drawing work and enable me to organise the publishing and printing: a limited print run for the rewards, marketing copies, and initial distribution. We will be aiming for a big, global release of the graphic novel once it's finished, across multiple platforms and across many retailers and bookshops. This amount will also help with organising marketing, press, and of course designing and building the mobile app ready for a (hopefully) simultaneous release.
The graphic novel, when finished, will be around 100 pages long. We'll be printing it in large-size paperback, around 7x10 in dimensions.
Of course, we are looking to go raise even more. In the words of Oliver - "MORE?!" Absolutely. The more we can all raise, the more things we can achieve, and faster too. By hitting higher goals, we'll be able to push the graphic novel out into more countries, more bookshops, do more marketing, organise a larger print run of initial copies, and make the eBook app even better. Why should this be exciting? Well, the standard reward for pledging is having your name in the novel's dedication. Think how amazing that is, seeing your name in a published graphic novel, right there in a bookshop or in an eBook! So the more we raise, the more chance there is of this happening.
Here are our Stretch Goals, and the rewards for hitting them. (See below to find out how these correlate to the standard rewards!)
As we couldn't do this without your help, we want to pay you back accordingly. Crowd-funding is symbiotic. Karmic. You're as much a part of the project as we are. Hence it's important to us to thank everyone involved, from the very smallest pledge to the very biggest. So, as we said above, this is why everyone who pledges, no matter how much, will see their name in the graphic novel (and at the front no less!) and also listed on a dedicated graphic novel section of www.bengalley.com.
But that's not all. Here is what we'd like to share and give away besides that:
At 25, I'm one of the youngest self-published authors in the UK, and if you don't know by now, the author of the dark and gritty fantasy series - The Emaneska Series. My debut, and first in the series - ‘The Written’ was unleashed on a snowy January in 2011. The sequel - ‘Pale Kings’ was released to an eager audience in February 2012. Grittier and colder, it leaves 'The Written' somewhat aquiver in its shadow. The final chapters of the Emaneska Series, 'Dead Stars' Parts 1 and 2, will be out in May 2013.
I also run SHELF HELP, a website dedicated to helping other writers to publish and market their books. It's something I'm very passionate about. I see the love that I have for my books echoed in other authors and their own books, and it makes me want to help. SHELF HELP, my books, and my advice have been featured on Forbes.com, in The Guardian, the Sunday Times Magazine, on Radio 2, and in The Bookseller. If you're curious, you can find it HERE.
Mike is an artist, indie game developer and self taught mead brewer from the west country. Mike is passionate for all things creative. His art is a dynamic amalgamation of heavy metal album covers and epic scenery, influenced by the work of Frank Frazetta, Alfons Mucha and Simon Bisley.
Mike is a recognised landscape painter, picking up the Churchill Award, exhibiting in the Royal Western Academy and holding several private exhibitions. He has always embraced new techniques and technology to showcase his talents and innovations. The dark themes of 'The Written' will be captured by Mike's special brand of twisted imagery.
The Emaneska series is a dark and epic fantasy, part mystery, part thriller. It stands at four books long, of which 'The Written' is the first. I wrote them to be different, to be bold, to mix the full-on violence and excitement of a thoroughly adult fantasy world with the poetic descriptive styles of the books and authors I grew up with and read today, authors like JRR Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, CS Lewis, Brandon Sanderson, and GRR Martin.
The Emaneska Series primarily follows the dark and twisted tale of Farden, the grumpy bastard above - a stubborn, solitary, violent, drug addict of a mage. That aside, he's also dutiful, powerful, and just wants to do his job, which is be a Written - a powerful breed of mages designed by the Arka and the magick council to keep the rest of Emaneska in check.
In 'The Written' Farden finds himself trying to keep a lid on his own problems, while at the same time, a murder and theft of an unknown book sparks off a mystery, one that threatens to start another war, one that threatens the Arka, and one that Farden is charged to solve. As the plot unravels around him, his own life with it, Farden finds out he's more involved than he dared to dream, and that he's very integral to it indeed.
If you want to see what people have said about the Emaneska Series so far, then have a look HERE. Or, look below if you want to have a read for yourself:
If you would like to read some, and get a taste for what we'll be doing, you can read the first chapters of 'The Written' and 'Pale Kings' absolutely FREE, right HERE.
Thank you for having a look at our project. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. If you don't feel like pledging, then please do share this project on Twitter (@BenGalley) or Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor) to help us spread the word. Feel free to use the hashtag #EmaneskaGN as well.
Thanks again, Ben + Mike.
Risks and challenges
There are quite a few risks and challenges that come with this project, and we are both incredibly determined to overcome every single one of them.
The first challenge, and this is one for all you existing Emaneska fans, is making sure the artwork does justice to the book, and the world within it. This is actually a minor challenge, as Mike is a fantastic artist, and already his concept art is doing serious justice to my words.
Next up there's the timescale. Art and release takes time. If we're successful with funding this project, which we hope we are, we hope to have it done in around 6 months. Hence why the delivery time is estimated around August. There's a risk that it could take longer. Headway's been made already, but we need time to do it right :) However, we're determined to get it done ASAP.
Then there's the distribution and publishing - my turn. I've self-published the Emaneska Series all over the world, but never a graphic novel before. The format is roughly the same, but the audience and channels are different. Still, Emaneska's success and my experience will definitely help. This is going to be a new challenge for me, but one I can't wait to rugby tackle, full on, and smash it to bits.
Lastly, we have to raise the money. It's a challenge for every Kickstarter project. Over the next 50 days, we will be attacking every angle we can find to drive people to this project. I've always dreamt of seeing my books as graphic novels. It's time that happened!
The rest is down to you :) Thank you again for your time and help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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