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Get an 80,000 word novel about a smart-alec supervillain and his lifetime of hassles.
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I've got a novel about a supervillain who turns himself in, hangs up the cape, and goes to jail... even though he doesn't have to.  Even though his great nemesis is dead, and so's the boss who terrified him.  Even though he could disintegrate the bars and walls (and guards) any time he wanted.

SINNER is about a complicated, flawed, snide but undeniably ass-kicking caped criminal who faces some hard choices.  As he narrates his memories (interspersed with articles and documents from his world) we learn how he came to be where he is, even as the mystery of his powers (and what he's supposed to do about them) deepens.

The novel is finished, it's laid out, it's 80,000 words and ready to go.  If you've read my previous superhero work on PROGENITOR or BETTER ANGELS, I hope they convinced you that I can do some interesting stuff with this sort of ingredient.  

If you're not familiar with my writing, that's easily fixed.  Thanks to fans who came before, I have a strategic reservoir of fiction available free online.  Click that link, read some of that stuff, and you should be able to make an informed judgment about whether you want to kick in for a novel or not.  (The stories The Turning of the Time and 7+7 are probably closest to SINNER in tone, though they're more "weird urban fantasy" than "fights in tights.") 

My hope with this Kickstarter is simply to get this book in as many receptive hands as I can.  If you buy the print versions from me instead of individually, I can print them cheaper and recoup the costs of mailing them directly (and you get the bonus of savings and signing).  It's better for you, it's better for me, and it's better for the book.

Any questions?  Click that FAQ button down below.  Let's do this!

-G.

Risks and challenges

As always, I've tried to minimize the risks. You're not financing the beginning of the project, but its culmination. The story is finished, the layout is done, you can see me handle an ashcan copy in the video. The bound volumes are being made Print-On-Demand, and I've tried to buffer in enough time to get them to backers by August.

-G.

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    VILLAINOUS UNDERLING! At the $5.00 pledge level, you get the SINNER e-book in your choice of PDF, ePub or Kindle-friendly azw3 file... or all three! This is going to be the market price, but y'all will get it first.

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    FOUL FIEND! You not only get the e-book, as described above, but I'll send you one of those snappy Schröedinger's Cat Press patches (blue series), mailed to your own home.

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    SPAWN OF THE FOUL FIEND! Same deal as Foul Fiend, you get the patch and e-book, though maybe delayed due to popularity of this reward. Still cool though!

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    DIABOLICAL MENACE! At this level you get the tangible, physical, handle-able THING ITSELF, in the form of an autographed softcover book. This not only saves you a buck fiddy off the cover price, you get to watch me eat the postage cost within the US (chomp chomp chomp). Not to mention the whole "get it before your snotty neighbor Larry who doesn't believe in Kickstarter" factor. International backers -- sorry, but the rate's a little higher for you. Je suis désolé. But backers at this level get the e-book TOO.

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    SNEERING EVILDOER! Not just a signed softback and e-book, but a blue-series patch as well. Its laid-back message of acceptance provides a peerless ironic counterpoint to any ranting monologue.

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    FLEERING EVILDOER! Like the Sneering Evildoer, you get the signed softback, e-book and patch. You just get it a month later, maybe. Also, you have to put up with spellcheck not recognizing 'fleering.' (Of course, spellcheck doesn't recognize 'spellcheck' either.)

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    CACKLING MADMAN! Now we enter the big leagues, with the e-book and the hardcover novel--the perfect weight and rigidity for disciplining unruly sidekicks*. Again, people outside the USA pay more for shipping. Be sure to mention that when you declaim about what drove you mad.

    *This evaluation is not to be considered an endorsement of book-related battery.

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    SINISTER MASTERMIND! The spanking-worthy hardback and convenient e-book aren't complete without the charming blue patch, are they? Well ARE THEY?!?

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    SON OF SINISTER MASTERMIND! Get the signed hardback and the patch, delivered fresh and fancy to your doorstep.

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    REVENGE OF THE SINISTER MASTERMIND! You had to expect that the most popular reward tier would disgorge a sequel, right? So at this price you get the patch, the signed hardback and the e-book. Slightly later delivery is all.

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    GLOBAL MENACE. That's right, global menaces don't need exclamation points. They can get by with a classy understated period. If you pledge at this point, you not only get the e-book, the hardback and the patch. You also get a private phone, Skype or G+ interview with the author, during which you can pick his brains about crowdfunding, or supervillainy, or novel-writing, or game design, or anything else. Or the two of you can just compare mad cackles and see who sounds more evil.

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    HISTORY'S GREATEST MADMAN. I'll level with you: I didn't want to offer this tier. I wanted to keep Sterling Clark's cover art to myself. But I gotta do it! Pledge this tier and, in addition to the hardback, the patch and the e-book, you get the original cover art, a wholly unique object in this era of cold, digital clones.

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