*please note all tiers already include shipping within the US.
OUR ARCHITECT HAS REACHED ITS FIRST STRETCH GOAL!
The Story of Our Architect:
Kei is stuck in the Construct, a glorified version of her city that serves as a place of respite for the Fallen. Once a place guiding the Fallen to ascend or to live again, the Construct has turned into a battlefield for survival. Inanimate objects that feed on fear known as Bindings are coming to life. A device called the Architect is running rampant, and both are causing the Construct to crumble and the Fallen to perish.
Equipped with no reliable means to fight, Kei has little time to escape, but that does not stop her from helping Winter, who reminds her of someone she witnessed at a crime scene. She makes it her job to help him escape even though his light magic and sarcastic replies make it clear he does not want her nearby. Will they escape or perish? Or will they destroy each other instead?
I would really appreciate it if you can help me turn a published text-only ebook into a published hardback book with illustrations.
Books are pretty expensive to buy in bulk, which is mainly why I am here asking for your help. If I surpass the initial goal, I hope to collect enough funds not only to distribute to online stores and my website but also to physical stores and libraries.
How Does Supporting This Project Benefit You?
- Adds an illustrated novel to the stores!
- Fun, personalized, and unique rewards ranging from helping me worldbuild to immortalizing yourself by becoming a citizen of the Our Architect world! Get a personal ID card now! Check rewards for more details.
- You don't need to wait a whole year for the books and rewards to appear. Only the customizable rewards and some art in the novel itself remains unfinished. Everything else is ready and waiting for you to take them home!
- Watch an amateur become a professional!
Our Architect will be printed as both a US Trade paperback and an exclusive to Kickstarter black hardback with the normal dust jacket PLUS a limited edition dust jacket. Both will be around 240 pages give or take. The images will be in grayscale.
Image of pencil board offered at Tier 8! From left to right- (front) Keiryuki, Night, Rook, Lightning, Kei, Winter; (back) Faylan
Here are the delicious details about the rewards. I will describe the new items included in each tier.
RED means that item is not shown in the tier photo.
LIMITED means I will not sell the product at any major retailers but may still sell a limited few at a convention or my website.
EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER means only this Kickstarter project will have it.
E-book - A choice of .epub, .prc, OR .pdf. It will retain the e-book's original cover.
Digital Wallpaper with Thank You - Exactly as stated. The image will be a surprise!
EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER Postcard - A choice of one of four different art cards featuring Winter, Kei, Lightning, or Keiryuki. The card will be signed by the featured character on that card so choose wisely! They all have different signatures!
City ID Card - Your first step towards immortality! When this Kickstarter funding time is over and a success, I will ask for you to provide me a photo or an avatar and name you would like to use. I will make you an ID card that will prove to all that you are a part of the Our Architect fictitious world: the city of Sankai!
EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER Postcards - All four different art cards! They all have different signatures and now you get them all!
Limited Edition Art Booklet - The art booklet will have choice images from the book in color. Depending on how far we surpass the original goal, this booklet has a potential to evolve. At different levels, more colored pages will be added and even the size will be upgraded! For more information, look at Stretch Goals.
Bookmark - Bring home a part of Kei's bulletin!
Special Packaging - It is all about the Sankai experience!
Immortalize YOU - An image of you will show up on the last page(s) of the art booklet in color. When this Kickstarter funding time is over and a success, I will ask for you to provide me a photo or avatar of you. Then, I will draw a miniaturized you walking with the original Our Architect gang.
To celebrate your heartfelt contributions, I will post it on my wall and website! Is there enough room you ask? The more people the better it will look! If we have a mob, I will be sure to send a copy of the mini you so you can admire yourself in detail!
My Friend's Friend - A short story about Rui who is waiting for someone to pick him up. It shares a similar theme as Our Architect about the concept of "home" but other than that-- it is a standalone piece that is added as a thank-you!
Above is an image of the short story. You may find more information here.
Our Architect (the Hardback Book) - Kickstarter ONLY black cover book and signed by me! It will come with both the normal dust jacket and the limited edition dust jacket.
Above is an image of the back of the limited edition dust jacket! Sweet!
EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER Signed Pencil Board (shitajiki) - This is the only art piece where these seven characters are all together. The flip side will be a surprise.
Choose me a fear and I will draw that Binding! - When this Kickstarter funding time is over and a success, I will ask what fear you wish for me to illustrate. You can be generic or specific. I will draw that Binding and send the original concept art to you.
LIMITED EDITION Lightning's Military Dog Tag Necklace - Perfect to collect or for cosplay!
If you want to suggest other tiers, then just give me an email! I promise I won't bite!
For United States backers, you may add more books. For adding another paperback, add another $10. For adding another hardback, add $23. This only applies to Tier 3 and above.
For international backers, please contact me beforehand.
Stretch Goals and Evolution:
If we exceed the goal, then keep on your toes and watch this part evolve! Like the crazy ideas I have already? Don't worry. I do have a few more up my sleeves.
If we reach our initial goal- the booklet will be about the size of a manual in a DVD case. It will have 12 colored pages that will feature the art presented in the novel. REACHED!
If we reach our goal and I have 5 or more backers at the $50 tier or above- the art booklet will transform into approx. US letter size. Talk about an exciting development! REACHED!
The next stretch goal is: more colored pages and a vellum page for the artbook!
Make this "pocket" booklet evolve into this beast!
COMING SOON MORE STRETCH GOALS TO UNLOCK!
Risks and challenges
I am quite confident that I will complete the project. Check above to see my workflow. Our Architect's story is complete, so I am mostly focusing on presentation and the art of the physical book.
As for rewards, the biggest risk I have has to do with shipping times, especially international. Ideally, I intend to send the rewards out along with the books and arrive in your mailbox at March 2015, but I have the estimated shipping time at April 2015 in case.
The prices of shipping within the US has been calculated using Priority Mail shipping fees which includes tracking. The prices of international shipping has been calculated using standard shipping. For international backers, contact me if you want me to use a different shipping option.
Also, I am a one-man band. If something dire happens to me, production will go to a crawl. I will correspond with all of you if the unexpected arises.
All funds will go to The Book, The Rewards, and everything related to it (ie. taxes, shipping, printing...).
Any funds left will go to funding the following books in this series. Remember! Without your support, all these lovely rewards will go *poof* and the books will take much longer time to come to fruition. Please note that the manuscript and most rewards are ready! Only the customizable rewards and some of the artwork remains unfinished. So don't miss this chance!
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Disclaimer: The products used for the photographs are samples only. Finalized products may differ slightly. The avatar provided for the city ID is not mine. Its sole purpose is to demonstrate how the product would look. I am in no way affiliated with IMVU.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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