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£2,177
pledged of £17,500pledged of £17,500 goal
88
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 5 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Robin Hood and the Caliph's Gold

Hello, I’m Angus Donald, the author of the Outlaw Chronicles, a series of historical fiction novels set in the 12th and 13th centuries and featuring a gangster-like Robin Hood.

There are eight books in the original series but I’m launching this Kickstarter project to fund a ninth book – called Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold – and also as a way of testing public appetite for three more possible future Robin Hood novels, set later in the series. If this project works, if I get enough funding, then I will be producing more Robin Hood books. 

But this particular project is about Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold.

What is the book about?

The book is set between my novels Holy Warrior and King’s Man (books 2 and 3 of the Outlaw Chronicles) and takes place in the Mediterranean, from Byzantine Crete to Muslim Spain. However, the book can be read as a stand-alone novel, if you don't know the series. The Earl of Locksley’s men are returning home from the Third Crusade, when Robin sees an opportunity to steal a vast consignment of gold ingots from the Almohad Empire. He wants to rob a rich gold camel train coming up from Mali to the North African coat at Tunis. Alan Dale, his right-hand man and faithful trouvere, thinks this is a really bad idea . . .

All or nothing

This, like all Kickstarter projects, is an all-or-nothing deal. I’m trying to raise £17,500, which I think is the minimum needed to write, design, print and distribute a new novel.

The all-or-nothing nature of the project means that if I don’t manage to raise pledges of at least £17,500, then all bets are off. Kickstarter doesn’t collect your pledged money, and I find something else to write about. So, if you like the Outlaw Chronicles, and would like to see more of them in print, or if you are just curious about the story, I hope you will back the project. And please tell your friends and families too. Spreading the word is key to success!

If I raise more than £17,500 – great! We are rolling – Robin returns in The Caliph’s Gold! And I have another three Outlaw Chronicles books that I can get cracking on when this is done. 

Five hundred hardbacks

The core of this project is the production of FIVE HUNDRED hardback copies of The Caliph’s Gold. I’m asking people to pledge £25 for a limited edition hardback. There will only ever be 500 copies of this novel in the world, so they will be rather rare and very special. 

I realise that £25 is a little steep, even for a hardback. But you will also get an invite to the launch party in London, where I will present you with your signed hardback copy, and your name, enobled as Lord or Lady So-and-so, will be listed as one of the book's benefactors. 

Other ways to pledge

There are various other ways of pledging money for this project. And I’m hoping that fans of the series will dig deep. Have a look at the rewards list on this site for something that suits your wallet and your level of generosity. Remember, this is all-or-nothing, and a pledge of just £5 could help make this project a reality – and it also gets you listed in the back of the book as an Outlaw. You will also be enrolled as a member of The Outlaw Club, an exclusive readers' association for the fans of the series. At the other end of the spectrum, a pledge of £500 means that I will dedicate the whole novel to you – and you get to name a minor character.  Last of all: don’t forget to tell your friends and family about backing Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold. It is really important spread the word as far and wide as we can. 

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk for this project is that it will not reach its target of £17,500. If it doesn't get up to that amount, I get nothing and won't be able to write the book. I will have to find something else to do.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Outlaw

    What you get: One year's free membership of The Outlaw Club, an exclusive readers' organisation (see my website www.angusdonaldbooks.com for details). Your name in the list of Outlaws at the back of The Caliph's Gold, thanking you for helping make this happen. You can buy the ebook version of the novel from Amazon at £2.99. This one is for true fans of the series, who want to help me create more Outlaw Chronicles.

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    Knight

    What you get: Life membership of The Outlaw Club, an exclusive readers' association (see my website www.angusdonaldbooks.com for details); your name in the back of the book under Knights of the Realm (Sir John Smith, Dame Jane Smith). I will enter your name in a competition to be one of five minor characters in the novel. (If you win your character will almost certainly die horribly in battle before the end of the book.) You also get a free, signed paperback copy of any of my other published Outlaw Chronicles, P&P free, sent to your address. However, you will have to buy the ebook of The Caliph's Gold directly from Amazon at £2.99

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    Lord or Lady

    What you get: Lifetime membership of The Outlaw Club (see my website www.angusdonaldbooks.com for details); your name in the back of the book as a lordly benefactor (Lord John Smith or Lady Jane Smith) and will receive a signed, limited edition (one of only 500) hardback copy of The Caliph’s Gold. You will be invited to the launch party in London, where you will be presented with your book. If you don’t live near London or just don’t want to come to the launch, the hardback will be sent (P&P free) to your chosen address. This is for serious collectors of the hardback versions of the Outlaw Chronicles.

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    King or Queen

    What you get: Free lifetime membership of The Outlaw Club (see my website www.angusdonaldbooks.com for details) and Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold will be dedicated to you with an inscription in the front of the book (His/Her Royal Highness John/Jane Smith). I will write you a personal letter of thanks. You will have the right to name a minor character in the novel – anything within reason. You will be invited to the launch party. And you will also receive one of the first ten limited edition signed copies of the hardback book. You will also have the priceless satisfaction of enabling the heroes of the Outlaw Chronicles to march on into the future.

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