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Help Mike E. G. publish his cyberpunk novel with original soundtrack and illustrations!

About this project

My name is Mike E. G. and I wrote a book called The Mysticist, which I plan to publish through my publishing company, FreemadeSF, in March 2014. 

It’s a cyberpunk coming of age tale--what might have happened if Philip K. Dick wrote On The Road and set it in the year 2054. 

I’m really excited for you to check it out!

In The Mysticist, America is now AmeriCorp. Everything is incorporated and commodified. Private border guards patrol the boundaries of most major cities, where the rich stockpile scarce resources while the poor are being shipped off to work camps in the Arctic or conscripted into colonial missions to Mars. Rumors abound that autonomous communities called "freeholds" are popping up beyond the frayed edges of civilization.

One brutally hot summer, Niirs Tla and his Companions set out on a journey by bike across drought-ravaged Texas. Most of the Companions are in search of nothing more than good times, but Niirs is on the run. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, alien visitors, and a shape-shifting cop, Niirs soon realizes that he cannot simply run away--he needs somewhere to run to.

In the book, Niirs and one of the Companions, Mat, spend a night working on an album they call Beating the Drum of the Deathless. So I wrote and recorded 15 original songs, and am incorporating them into the novel as the album the characters were working on. Each chapter will share a title with one of the songs, and that song will be used to help set the scene via its incorporation into the ebook. 

Check out FreemadeSF.com for more info and to hear a couple of the songs (the same songs that are featured in the video above), or listen to them right here:

The Mysticist is more than a novel.

It’s intended to be experienced as an interactive ebook. Just like films use music to set the mood and more fully transport you into their world, I’m trying to create a new, more immersive way for you to experience my writing by incorporating a soundtrack, a series of original illustrations, and other interactive elements to tell a different kind of story than you’ve read before.

If you’d like to support this project, all I’m asking is that you pre-purchase a copy of The Mysticist today.
The ebook is the way I intend for you to experience the novel, but I also have contribution levels that include: 

  • Hard copies of The Mysticist (if you don’t want all the music and illustrations)
  • Downloads of the album, Beating the Drum of the Deathless  
  • 7” vinyl records of a single from the album
  • T-shirts of my publishing company, FreemadeSF
  • And all kinds of other cool rewards!

I'll use the funds I raise from pre-sales of The Mysticist to pay my ebook developer, typesetter, copyeditor, and illustrators. Whatever is left over will help defray costs of mixing and mastering Beating the Drum of the Deathless (while the album was entirely written and recorded in my home studio, I will get it professionally mixed and mastered), plus printing of the books, pressing of the 7" records, and shipping costs.

Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter! If you can’t afford to pre-purchase a copy of The Mysticist right now, tweets and Facebook posts are super helpful as well!

Thank you for any and all support you can give.

Risks and challenges

I am attempting to do everything myself, in so far as possible. But when it comes to things like developing the ebook, typesetting the book, and other design-related items, I do not have the skills to do it right. So those are the pieces I'm basically sub-contracting out. I have amazing people to work with, people whose talents I am very confident in--and, even better, they are stoked to work on this project. But because they will be at least partially contributing their time (I plan to pay them out of the money I raise via this Kickstarter, but I still can't afford their typical rates), I may have delays in the publication process as I navigate their busy schedules. I am confident that I can get the novel + album finished and delivered by April 2014--but I need your support!

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    20 backers

    Prepurchase the ebook of "The Mysticist!" Your choice of format (.epub, .mobi, .pdf, etc.). Includes the full album "Beating the Drum of the Deathless" and a series of original illustrations.

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    10 backers

    Not into the multimedia? Or maybe you like it both analog and digital? For $15 you get a hard copy of the book in addition to the interactive ebook of "The Mysticist."

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    18 backers

    Hear the album Niirs and Mat record in the novel! Donate $20 and you get a full download of "Beating the Drum of the Deathless" in your choice of format (mp3, wav, flac, etc.). You also get the interactive ebook of "The Mysticist" and a hard copy of the book.

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    11 backers

    Go down in history as a super cool person by donating $50 or more! I’ll list you as one of the most awesome people I know in The Mysticist in all formats, including the ebook and print edition. Plus you get the interactive ebook of "The Mysticist," a hard copy of the book, and a full digital download of the album "Beating the Drum of the Deathless."

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    10 backers

    Dinner’s on me! Donate $100 or more and you get free entry to the launch party for "The Mysticist." The event will be held in San Francisco some time in early March, 2014, and will feature live entertainment and fabulous food by Fiddlehead Supperclub. Plus you get the interactive ebook of The Mysticist, a hard copy of the book, a full digital download of the album "Beating the Drum of the Deathless," and I’ll list you as one of the most awesome people I know in The Mysticist in all formats.

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    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    This is the audiophile’s donation level: Donate $150 or more and you get a limited edition 7” vinyl record of a single from the album (working title: “Ungodly” b/w “Dixieland”). Plus you get the interactive ebook of "The Mysticist," a hard copy of the book, a full digital download of the album "Beating the Drum of the Deathless," and I’ll list you as one of the most awesome people I know in The Mysticist in all formats.

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    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    Donate $200 or more and you get a t-shirt from my publishing company, FreemadeSF. These shirts aren’t available anywhere else! Plus you get the interactive ebook of "The Mysticist," a hard copy of the book, a full digital download of the album "Beating the Drum of the Deathless," the limited edition 7” vinyl record, and I’ll list you as one of the most awesome people I know in The Mysticist in all formats.

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    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    If you pledge $250 or more you will get all of the rewards from the $200 level, plus a +1 and VIP treatment at the launch party. If you can't be in San Francisco in early March to attend the party, then you and I will figure something else out that I can do for you. Want a character named after you? Want a print of one of the illustrations? I will find some special way to say thank you for your incredible support.

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