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About

Thanks for stopping, gawking, and combing through the Kickstarter page for my latest project Bone Cay.

My name is Gary W. Allison and I am a produced screenwriter, published author, award winning short-story writer, and occasional journalistic master. I'm also very humble.

Bone Cay is my latest novel and my most ambitious one to date. It's the story of a vagabond, a sailor cruising his yawl, aptly christened the Hold Fast, around the Caribbean. Long days and nights on the sea makes any man itching for a connection, even if it's with the past. So, he ports in Key West, Florida to look up an old friend, a retired Navy Chief now turned charter fisherman. Except the chief isn't chartering fishing trips anymore. Instead, he's searching for a lost treasure that sank with a Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys 400 years ago and it's worth over $250 million in today's market. There's only one problem. The chief isn't a one man show and his backers ran out of patience long ago.

I'd say more, but I would hate to give it away. Bone Cay is a thriller and an adventure. There's murder, deceit, high sea skirmishes, romance, and a treasure that would make any man high with gold fever. The setting is romantic, dangerous, and seedy. Our hero is damaged, lost, and hopeless until he's thrust into a world, an underworld where he feels the blood pumping through his veins. His spirit is awakened, his heart made stronger, and his life more meaningful. The love interest is not a damsel in distress, but a strong woman with her own painful past, of which she has turned into an anthem for success. She's beautiful, tough, and intelligent. She's a self-made woman who thinks she has it all until love comes knocking and she realizes there's still a piece missing.

Sounds good, huh?

Now, this writing project is my most ambitious for a few reasons. My first book, There is a Season, took place in my hometown, was a novella, and involved very little research. On my second book, a novel titled The Final Round, I had a research team and a true story to work from. Bone Cay takes place in Key West, involves sailing, sunken treasure, police investigation techniques, and is basically something that I made up out of thin air. This is also the first book that I will print in limited edition as a hardcover, pay for professional editing services, and commission an artist to create the cover. All of these things cost money, of which I do not have any. Hence, Kickstarter.

So, what does $13,000 take care of for Bone Cay?

For (Kick)starters, this money will help in research. I've done as much research as I can without actually going to Key West.

Oh, I see! We're giving you money for a vacation!

Hardly. Only a small portion will be used for traveling expenses and research trips are never a good time or a vacation. They are long hours and a lot of interviewing, reading, and loneliness. There are a lot of people that I need to talk with and several locations that I need to visit all in a five day span. The trip will cost about $2,000.

Then there is the big money costs.

Kickstarter and Amazon have fees associated with the project, averaging about $1000.

The rest of the money is used for editing services ($4,000), artwork ($300), promotional materials ($1,000), publishing services ($2,000).

Five bucks of it is reserved for a Cuban sandwich that I will eat at some point during this project.

That leaves $2,695, Gary. What's that all about?

Books. It costs some serious dough for hardcover books with set up fees then actual printing costs. Also, trade paperbacks cost money to print, at a much lower rate than hardcovers, but costs, nonetheless. These printing costs are for the rewards I'm offering for your support.

So, you see every dollar is spoken for here and used strictly for the creation of Bone Cay.

For those that do not know, writing a novel takes thousands of hours of seclusion from people; usually people I like and that like me. For that reason, I'm not a popular person around my house when writing a book or screenplay. Without your help, I would have to spread those thousand of hours over a year. But with the help from people like you, I can dedicate my time to taking care of business, making my wife and kids happier sooner, rather than later.

I'm not asking you to support me during this time of work. I have real costs, directly linked to the work at hand. I'm asking you to support the work. Today's publishing world is fierce, fickle, and f-- Well, you get the idea. Your contribution can lighten the load, making it less fierce, fickle, and... you know.

Words are not enough, but since I deal with them, I will make them as meaningful as possible. You are among the great and nameless people that supported artists over the years. Mark Twain received support like this when he was writing and others like James Joyce, Hemingway, Poe, and even Shakespeare looked to others to support their endeavors. The difference is that you will not be nameless; however, you will be all the more greater. Together, we're writing an exciting novel and I cannot thank you with enough words to satisfy my appreciation. That is why there are some great rewards for your contributions. Browse through them and choose one that is best for you. Every dollar helps.

All my best, 

Gary W. Allison

http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Now there are some risks involved as there are with any project. The unknown is always out there, waiting to pounce on us, changing our plans, destroying our confidence. I'm fully aware of it and I am prepared as much as possible.

So, what are the risks?

I could die. In that case, it doesn't matter what I think or what anyone thinks.
I could be lost at sea. If that happens, the story will be about a writer that gets lost at sea.
I could have a personal tragedy that will delay the project. If so, you will be updated immediately with a new estimated deadline.
I could lose my hands in a terrible boating accident. I will then dictate the story to a typist.
Nelson DeMille steals my idea and publishes three books based on it. I'd buy his books then write a different story. Writers always have stories brewing.
A studio could hire me to write a screenplay that needs my immediate attention. If so, I'd delay Bone Cay for the time it takes me to fulfill my responsibilities to the studio. You'll be notified immediately and updated frequently.

The great thing about writing is that there is very little that could thwart your efforts. The creating part is dependent upon me and me alone and I'm a pretty dependable guy. I'll regularly keep everyone on this page updated with the latest and greatest. I'll also provide updates on my website and in a newsletter. No worries.

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    Great, hopping horny-toads! You're a pal and a gem of a person. For your contribution, you'll receive a PDF copy of Bone Cay. Not bad, if I say so myself.

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    I can't begin to tell you how much ten bucks helps. How about your very own ebook copy of Bone Cay? I'll send it directly to your tablet or mobile device in any format you wish. That includes Kindles, Sony tablets, iPads, Nooks... Well, you get the idea.

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    Stuck in the middle, between 10 and 25. That's okay. Because I like you, I'll send you a free trade paperback copy of Bone Cay. No questions asked.

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    Twenty-five greenbacks! Whoa, money-bags coming through! That's a great contribution and a popular one, too. For your generosity, you receive your very own trade paperback copy of Bone Cay, plus an ebook copy for your tablet or mobile device.

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    For your enthusiasm, I'll send you a signed 11" x 17" poster that features the cover art by renowned artist Bowen Kline. You'll also receive an ebook copy for your tablet or mobile device.

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    Half a "C" note! This better be good. Yes, and for your contribution, you'll receive a limited edition hardcover copy of Bone Cay, plus an ebook copy for your tablet or mobile device.

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    A yard of greenbacks is no small gesture and for that I say, thank you. But I'm also going to send you some goodies. You'll receive a signed trade paperback copy of Bone Cay, the ebook for your tablet or mobile device, and a special thanks in the book itself. That's right. Your name will be printed in black and white for all the world to read and know that you are a special person that deserves a special thanks.

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    A yard more worthy than a special thanks. Get signed trade paperback copies of Bone Cay and my other two novels, The Final Round and There is a Season. In addition, you'll receive an ebook copy of Bone Cay for your tablet or mobile device.

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    Pretty soon, we'll be talking about real money. For your generous gift, you'll receive a signed trade paperback copy of Bone Cay, special thanks in the book, an ebook copy for your tablet or mobile device, and three copies to give to friends as gifts!

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    This is for all you writers out there, which is a bit silly, as most writers don't have any money. I'm doing it anyway! For your generous sacrifice, I'll review, critique, and give notes on a manuscript of your choosing (up to 50,000 words). That's a great deal for so much work, but it's worth it to me. This offer lasts until you send me your manuscript. That means, ten years from now when you finally put the wish list into action, I'll take care of business!

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    You're insane, but a generous nut like you deserves a bag of goodies. For your gift, you'll receive a signed limited edition hard cover of Bone Cay, an ebook copy for your tablet or mobile device, trade paperback copies of The Final Round and There is a Season, a signed poster featuring the cover art created by renowned artist Bowen Kline, special thanks in the book, plus three copies to give to friends.

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    Okay, you're the type of person that likes to see results and for that, I'll name a character after you in Bone Cay. That's right, I'll immortalize you for the ages in black and white. I can't promise that you'll be a likable character. Just the same, I can't promise you that you'll be a hated character. But I can promise you that you'll be a character! In addition, you'll receive a signed trade paperback copy of Bone Cay and a special special thanks in the book. That's so much better than just a special thanks.

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    What can I say? You should be among the heavenly hosts. This unimaginable gift deserves something special. You'll receive ten signed trade paperback copies of Bone Cay, a signed poster of the cover art by renowned artist Bowen Kline, the ebook for your tablet or mobile device, a special thanks, and a signed limited edition hardcover copy.

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    This is for the writer who had a good day at the track. For your sacrifice, I'll review two manuscripts (up to 50,000 words each), and you'll receive a signed trade paperback copy of Bone Cay, plus a special thanks in the book.

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    Now we're talking real money! You are a rare individual and you deserve the best of the best. For your kind gift, I will name a main character after you or someone you know (must be tasteful). Yes, you might be the hero or the villain. There are only two available, though. You'll also receive a signed limited edition hardcover copy of Bone Cay and a special thanks. MEN ONLY

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    Now we're talking real money! You are a rare individual and you deserve the best of the best. For your kind gift, I will name a main character after you or someone you know (must be tasteful). Yes, you will be a hero, but this hero is for a woman only. There is only one available. You'll also receive a signed limited edition hardcover copy of Bone Cay and a special thanks. WOMEN ONLY

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