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Jeremiah SchmidtBy Jeremiah Schmidt
First created
Jeremiah SchmidtBy Jeremiah Schmidt
First created
$298
pledged of $1,000pledged of $1,000 goal
12
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 11 2018 1:19 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We've just finished the preliminary layout of our book come check it out and help get it published.

About the Book

Come Explore the world of Wayside Coven. Witches from the Wayside is a book series about the wonderful world of magic and the witches that oversee it. Wayside Coven keeps the balance of dark and light magic in the world of wayside. Like all things in nature, magic must be balanced. In the first book of this series Witches of Wayside Coven you get to meet the witches that give power to the Wayside. Each witch has her own story and motivations that fuel her powers. No two witches are alike, but all are powerful and help maintain the balance. But now Wayside Coven has a few new apprentice witches, see if they will be inducted into the light or pulled into the dark of Wayside. Will the balanced be maintained, or is there a plot within Wayside to disrupt the balance and shift the power to either the dark or light................

Witches From the Wayside - Book 1
Witches From the Wayside - Book 1

These original characters are brought to life in full color from the mind of artist Jeremiah Schmidt and the writings of author Nikki Schmidt.

Jeremiah's passion for these characters evolved into an idea for a book which he knew he couldn't do alone. Wanting to bring these characters to life he brought in Nikki Schmidt, a sci-fi and fantasy fiction writer. Side by side they have created a world and characters that you won't be able to get enough of, come see what everyone is talking about.

How this book came to be

This book started out as a challenge to create a drawing every day for Inktober. After Jeremiah drew the first witch he knew he had to draw another, and another, and TA-DA the coven was born. When Inktober concluded Jeremiah didn't want his witches just to remain sketches, so he decided to make them full color art, and from there he decided they needed to have a story. He brought in writer Nikki Schmidt, with which he was working on another project, and asked if she was interested in writing a few short stories for each witch. Nikki was inspired to not only create a story for each witch, but a world for the whole coven and Wayside was born. Each character was then assigned a personality and backstory created by the writer. Then working with the artist, the writer then built a world around these characters. Both the writer and the artist work other jobs while trying to develop this book so the process had starts and stops, hiccups, and delays. But this project was one of passion for the artist and writer and they refused to let it remain unfinished. Each image was hand drawn as a sketch, then inked, and finally colorized for this book.  All the writing and images are done, all that is needed to finish this project is editing, typesetting, and finalizing the layout before the book can be printed. All funds from this Kickstarter will go towards producing this book and getting it into the homes of our backers, help us realize this dream.


Want a Sneak Peak at the Story?

Follow this "link" and read some experts from the book.


Want to see more Art?

Check out Jeremiahs art from this book, past works, upcoming books"here".


Why back us? Why Rewards of course!

We've tried to keep the reward tiers simple.. Reward tiers of $25 or more come with an autographed paperback. Backers who back at tiers of $100 or more will have their name added to the Special Thanks section in the front of the book. There are even a few higher level rewards, including creating a character to be featured in the next book in the series. We'll also consider stretch goals, if we're lucky enough to have the project significantly surpass the initial funding goal. If you have an awesome idea for a reward, feel free to send it our way

Add on's, can I add an item without backing another tier?

Absolutely! For backers who've pledged at levels of $25 or more, simply add $20 to your pledge for each additional autographed paperback that you'd like. For example, if you pledge at the $30 level but want an additional paperback, add $20 to your pledge to make your pledge $50 total. You'll indicate the number of books that you'd like in the final backer survey, and I'll verify that your survey response matches your pledge amount. You can add to your pledge at anytime by clicking the "Manage Your Pledge" button, when logged in on the project page.

 We have bookmarks, shirts, buttons, hoodies, stickers for all the stretch goals. Help us reach those so we can give them to you!!!

Why crowdfunding and self-publishing?

As an artist working with a writer, Kickstarter offers a fantastic way to connect with potential readers and build a community, while offsetting the costs of initial book production. Sure, we could produce this book ourselves and upload it to Amazon, but the cost per book and quality would suffer under the financial burden of self producing. We could also submit to traditional publishers, wait for months or years to get the book out there, and have zero creative control over how it looks and is marketed. We’d rather use this opportunity to build a community of fans and get our book into the hands of readers in its original vision. We plan to use everything that we learn to publish again, and again, and again. This is a very small first step towards our dream of creating characters and a world that can be built upon and develop throughout my career.

Why $1,000?

This will help cover the cost of professional editing, typesetting, artwork prints, book production, packaging and shipping, Kickstarter’s processing fee, and taxes related to the project. What's the timeline?

We hope to blow this timeline out of the water, but wanted to leave room for unexpected delays.

Mid November- Submit post-Kickstarter manuscript to editors for line editing

Late November - Submit updated manuscript to editors for proofreading

Mid December - Submit final manuscript and images for typesetting and layout design

Mid December - Finalize book layout

Late December - Place initial book and print orders

Early January- Start front of book sketches

Mid January - Complete front of book sketches

Mid January - Get with writer to autograph all items and prepare for packaging

Late January - Use pizza to con friends into helping ship rewards to backers

That's great, but I have more questions.

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Thank you so much for checking out my project page. Without support from people like you, this project won't be possible.

Risks and challenges

We didn’t want to go into this project asking for money for something that may never exist, so we've minimized a lot of the risk by having the artwork and writing finished beforehand. The primary risk is project delay involving the editing design and layout processes. We've contacted editors that we've worked with on other projects, and this shouldn't be an issue. We'll also need time to incorporate edits, but we've built ample time into the delivery dates to accommodate for this. We hope to deliver both the prints and book well before the estimated delivery date, but we would rather promise a later delivery date and surprise backers than disappoint them with late deliveries.

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