In 1989, a ten-year-old girl drew a map.
It always starts with a map, in fantasy – or so the girl understood. She had been in love with worlds like Middle Earth, Narnia, and Prydain from before she could read, when her mother had read such tales aloud at bedtime. From the very first mention of elves, dragons, and hobbits, the child’s soul had sung with the notion of creating her own stories for people to fall in love with.
And then one day, during her playtime imaginings, she drew a map. The world of Asrellion was born.
For the next several years she populated that world with people, languages, and stories until they came to take on a life of their own. She practiced her storytelling; she learned how to write. She went about the business of life, but she never lost sight of that world or her desire to make stories that would resonate with others. Over the years, she told many versions of the tale of Loralíenasa Raia until one day she got it right.
The little girl is all grown up now. So is Asrellion, ready to make its official debut into Earth markets with MORNNOVIN, the first book in the Way of the Falling Star series.
I’m thrilled to be publishing this novel because it represents the culmination of nearly three decades of playing in this sandbox with characters I’ve come to love like family. This is, quite literally, my childhood dream.
If fantasy stories with massive worldbuilding are your bread and butter, have I got a morsel for you! Because I’ve spent so much of my life crafting Asrellion, this is a vast world rich with history, language, magic, and culture. A world populated with beings of all shapes, sizes, colors, neurologies, and orientations. A friend once described MORNNOVIN as “a postmodern deconstruction of classic Tolkien-esque fantasy tropes, with autistic elves,” and… I can’t really argue. We are decidedly not in Middle Earth anymore.
The current plan of attack is two-pronged.
Through IngramSpark, I will create a print version of the novel which will be available for POD. The copies I order with the funds we raise here will go to backers as well as to local libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Because of IngramSpark’s distribution options, the book will also be orderable by traditional booksellers upon request.
Meanwhile, on the digital front, I will produce an eBook through BookBaby. This will be available through all channels where eBooks are sold. Both versions will also be available for puchase on Amazon.
MORNNOVIN is fully edited and sitting around just waiting to be read by people like you! All it needs is funding and a little razzle-dazzle on the cover. I’m already in contact with local artist Scott Baucan who is on board and excited to give us some beautiful art.
I’ve laid out the budget for you to see where the money is going, but in a nutshell the expenses are like this: printing and shipping of the trade paperback copies, ISBN numbers, cover art, LLC creation and registration fees (because I will be establishing my own imprint when I publish this book), advertising, a professional book review from Kirkus, the sundry costs of putting together the backer swag, and Kickstarter’s cut, with a very small cushion for unexpected expenses built in.
I feel like I keep using the word "excited," but that's where I'm at. Publishing a fantasy novel is something I've wanted to do for just about all of the years I've been alive, and I'm so close now to seeing it happen.
Stay tuned for updates as the fundraiser progresses -- with the possibility of a Q&A or some other interactive events as we hit our milestones.
Risks and challenges
The exciting thing about this project is that the novel is already 100% complete, in the can, edited and ready to roll. Not only that, but there is a second book already finished and going through final edits as we speak and I am highly motivated to get both stories out into the world. So there is no chance at all that this book will not happen. Whether or not the campaign reaches its funding goal, MORNNOVIN will reach audiences at least in eBook form and so will its sequel, TRAJELON. This book is a sure thing.
The publisher I am choosing to work with – IngramSpark – is established, well-known, and reputable, with extensive industry ties. There is no danger that I will give them my money and then suddenly face a million reasons why they can’t deliver the product. Within an estimated two weeks after they have my final approved upload, I will be giddily receiving boxes of books to share with all of you.
You can see the budget for yourself – we can definitely make this happen. We can get a gorgeous trade paperback copy of MORNNOVIN into your hand by spring 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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