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Part one of an original fantasy book series
54 backers pledged £1,481 to help bring this project to life.
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What a few advance readers are saying...

“A thrilling blend of intrigue, rousing action and classic folklore tales, and a bold new voice in the fantasy fiction landscape.” Chris Anderson, Life Is Strange creative community.

“Harmion is an engrossing and vivid story that transports the reader to a three dimensional fantasy world. This lively plot and engaging characters make this a real page turner.” Jess Moriarty, Head of Creative Writing - Brighton and Hove University 

"Great immersive escapism. Harmion really delivers on the fantasy quest that it promises. Following Tritan's journey was a profound and ultimately rewarding experience." Chris Wright, James Bond Radio

Harmion is book one in an original fantasy fiction series. Your support would help kickstart the challenging publishing process and make the dream of releasing this book a reality. 

PLATFORMS

  • eBook
  • paperback
  • Audiobook (if 3k stretch goal achieved)

PAGE COUNT: 330

THE STORY

"An ancient world has been devastated by forty years of war. The reign of kings is over; the royal lines betrayed by those who had pledged to protect them.  

Far to the south of the blood-lands, a small village clings to some semblance of life. Tritan, an ex-soldier born in the clutches of war, struggles to rebuild his. Bloodshed is all he has ever known. 

Tritan is exiled from his village, his son is dying. His own father, the warlord Augustus is missing and so Tritan must confront his past and follow in his father’s footsteps. But will he redeem himself and discover the truth of a mythical cure before it’s too late?."

NEW REWARDS LEVELS and ADDITIONAL CONTENT FOR BACKERS!

Additional reward for all current and new backers of the £25 level upwards!! You'll receive an audiobook edition of Harmion on top of your current rewards. (This is contingent on the 3k stretch goal being achieved, expected delivery for the audiobook is September 2019).

Also, thanks to having such a great start to the campaign I have been able to add some new stretch goal rewards. These include: 

  • A limited edition companion Artbook, which details the Harmion journey through photographic images, taken in Snowdonia, concept art and storyboards and insider stories about the development of the world of Harmion over the years. (Currently estimated at 16 pages)
  • An A4 framed poster print of the cover art 
  • An audiobook edition of the story and a chance to play one of the characters by recording your voice remotely.
  • An advance copy of the Author's next book The Heart Thief, from The Time Thief Trilogy 

BOOK TRAILER

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Trailer credits: Gareth Bale, Sarah-Louise Da Silva, Dill Truslove, Chris Wright, Dylan Jones, Kevin William, Helen Cassidy. PRODUCER and MUSIC: Adam Harvey PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jamie Bishop MAKE-UP: Jo-Lee Davies GAFFER: Mark Holownia VFX: Stefano Torrini

WHY KICKSTARTER

The book has been written and edited, so by backing this project you are guaranteed to see the novel released within weeks of a successfully funded project. The Kickstarter campaign isn't to fund myself sat at my desk drinking coffee and writing chapter after chapter (Been there already)! It is being created in order to tackle the independent publishing machine, which involves a lot of expenses and time commitment.

The money raised through kickstarter will go towards things like the Vellum software required to finalise a book manuscript, the ISBN numbers needed for cataloging, barcodes, book printing costs for the paperback (it's very expensive for a short run so the more book perks that are taken up the more feasible this whole endeavour becomes). On top of that there are postage costs, which believe it or not, take up a whopping 30% of the whole campaign target based on 100 books so it's easy to see why it's such a task to replicate the publishing beast. 

I have been speaking with independent book shops in my home town of Brighton and Hove, who will be stocking the book, provided this campaign is a success and a paperback can go to print. 

SAMPLE CHAPTER

Here is a little taster of the book: click here to read the prologue 

THE AUTHOR

Richard comes from a background of working in the Film and Television industry and has been actively writing since the age of 14 when he discovered his passion for storytelling through making short films. 

Since then he has developed his storytelling interests as both a musician and novelist and continues to work as a director of photography and camera operator in the film industry with credits on recent projects How to build a Girl (written by Caitlin Moran) Military Wives, The Last Boy and Break.

Visit author webpage here:  Richard A. Swingle 

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DEVELOPMENT

After years of development, many talented people have been involved with the project. You can see some of the concept art work from Jamie Bishop below. 

https://jamiebishopart.weebly.com/

REWARDS

The campaign aims to get the book into your hands as soon as possible and you can see below a list of what's available. For the UK, all physical copies include postage and the reward tier has been set to encompass postage costs.  

ORIGIN STORY

Harmion began as a short film whilst I was studying Film and Video at university in South Wales, 2003-2006. It's hard to imagine spending 15 years of my life dedicated to one project ever again (admittedly it's been on and off) but it seems like the project has come full circle at last.

Filming the short film in the Brecon Beacons, Wales (2005)
Filming the short film in the Brecon Beacons, Wales (2005)

Ultimately this campaign is about sharing the story of Harmion and that won't be possible without your support. 

So finally, the book is ready to hit the public domain and with your help it could be an exciting and successful independent launch! With two more books already in the development stage, this new fantasy series could unfold over the coming years.

Thanks for taking a look at the Harmion Kickstarter campaign! 


1. Delivery Schedule

1.1 The Delivery Schedule is a best estimate at the current time of writing and is subject to factors such as printing time and shipping. For any one based in the UK the intended delivery date for the paperback will be mid July. Outside of the UK it can be expected to take slightly longer, allowing for international shipping.

1.2 If the delivery schedule changes for reasons outside of the authors control (things like illness or sunken shipping containers lost at sea), Backers will be notified immediately with an update for a new delivery schedule.

2. Copyright

2.1 Richard A. Swingle asserts the moral right to be associated as the author of these Works.

2.2 All rights are reserved. It is illegal to reproduce, store in a retrieval system, transmit in any form or by any means, electronically, mechanically, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publisher.

Risks and challenges

Thankfully most of the hard work has been done already in order to reduce risks. That means that if the campaign is successful the green light will be given to the professional book printing company the very next day.

That is not to say that a lot of work won't still need to be done and it will be challenging but the ambition is to get the book into as many hands as possible and as soon as possible after the campaign ends.

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    Pledge £7 or more About US$ 9

    "Harmion" eBook Edition

    You'll receive an Ebook edition of the novel.

    This is currently going to be either PDF or Kindle version, other options are being looked into if there is the demand.

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    Pledge £11 or more About US$ 14

    "Harmion" Paperback Edition

    You'll get a copy of the paperback book.

    Currently postage is only available to the UK (included in pledge), US and EUROPE. Please enquire if you are outside this area.

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    "Harmion" eBook and Paperback bundle

    You'll get a copy of the paperback and eBook edition.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    Signed Paperback and your name in print!

    You'll get you're own paperback copy of the Harmion book, signed by the author. The eBook Edition. Plus your name in print in the kickstarter backers section at the end.

    Currently postage is only available to the UK (included in pledge), US and EUROPE. Please enquire if you are outside this area.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Silver backer package

    You're helping hugely to make the publishing dream a reality! You'll get a personalised message in the inside cover of your signed copy of the book along with the previous rewards. Plus a Harmion digital desktop wallpaper with your personalised Silver backer status branded in (this can also be left clear upon request)

    Currently postage is only available to the UK and Europe (included in pledge) and the US. Please enquire if you are outside this area.

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    • Your name in print
    • Personalised message from the author inside your signed book
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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 125

    Gold backer package

    You're a key contributor to the publishing machine of Harmion! You'll get your name published in the front of the book in a special section for key contributors, which will be limited to a small number and you'll be able to choose a webpage of your own to promote here: (suitable and non offensive content only, all webpages will be reviewed before inclusion) This can include a link to your own author page, band website or cookery business and almost anything else really! (you get the idea)

    Plus a Harmion digital desktop wallpaper with your personalised Gold backer status branded in (this can also be left clear upon request)

    Includes:
    • Paperback Edition (signed)
    • ebook edition
    • Your name in print
    • Personalised message from the author inside your signed book
    • Digital desktop wallpaper artwork with your name branded in.
    • Inclusion in key contributor section plus a link to your webpage.
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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 312

    Platinum collectors bundle!

    You'll receive all the previous rewards plus an exclusive companion Artbook. The Artbook will detail early location photography from around Snowdonia in Wales where the project was developed, example storyboards for the intended film and concept art depicting various sequences of the story. You'll also get an exclusive insight as to how the novel developed over the years through all the trials and tribulations, including some interesting incidents while exploring caves! Additionally, if the 3K stretch goal level is reached you will have the chance to play a part in the story by recording dialogue for a supporting character in the Audiobook. This will be done remotely with feedback and all backers will be given time to present their voices and appropriate characters will be chosen. (You will be required to submit your final voice recording by the end of July 2019 and must be able to speak English to a coherent level)

    Includes:
    • ebook edition
    • Paperback Edition (signed)
    • Personalised message from the author inside your signed book
    • Inclusion in key contributor section plus a link to your webpage.
    • Digital desktop wallpaper artwork with your name branded in.
    • Companion Art and Photography book
    • Your own character in the Audiobook (if 3k stretch goal reached)
    • Audiobook edition (if 3k stretch goal reached)
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,247

    Harmion Publisher level!

    You've single handedly made the publishing of Harmion a reality! You'll get your own unique page in the front of the book that can include a bio, links to your business page (appropriate content only) and the opportunity to write a personal statement about yourself and your reason for getting so heavily involved in the campaign. On top of this you'll receive a framed cover art print A4 size and the new Audiobook perks (if the 3k stretch goal is reached)

    You'll also get all the other perks previously listed shipping to any international address in July and an advance eBook copy of the Author's next book, The Heart Thief - from The Time Thief Trilogy. Estimated release, December 2019

    Includes:
    • Paperback Edition (signed)
    • ebook edition
    • Your name in print
    • Personalised message from the author inside your signed book
    • Digital desktop wallpaper artwork with your name branded in.
    • Your own personalised publisher backer page in the book
    • A4 Cover art poster print
    • Companion Art and Photography book
    • Your own character in the Audiobook (if 3k stretch goal reached)
    • Audiobook edition (if 3k stretch goal reached)
    • The Heart Thief - advance eBook
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