"Your story grabbed my attention right away. It's easy to feel sympathy for both main characters, and hatred for the villain. The 'twist' is very clever. Should not make anyone regret spending their money on it." -A published author's critique of my plot and first 5 revised chapters.
The story is about a young boy who loses his mother in an traumatic accident and has no locatable father or relatives to take him in, so he's
sent off to a state funded facility for damaged kids. It's discovered by the staff and others that this boy
has a very unique ability that has the potential of being very profitable. A janitor at the facility, who has befriended the boy, sees the boy's well-being under attack and vows to protect him, even if it means kidnapping him from the facility himself. It's a fast pace thriller full of twist and turns as adults fight
over an innocent little boy for their own monetary gain.
The word count for my rough draft is slightly
over 60,000 words and 25 chapters in length. I've been working on revising the story (currently at chapter 6) with a professional writing coach that's not only editing it but showing me where and how
to improve it, to make it more marketable and give it a better chance of
success. As the draft sits, it needs a lot of work before a publisher will pick up the story because it's on the shorter end and isn't grammatically sound...but my goal is to bring this story up to its highest potential.
I think the story is
awesome and I am confident that if I can have the continued support of my writing coach that knows the industry, has a track record of success, and can
continue to show me the ropes in terms of transforming my story into what the publishers want, I'll have no problems getting it published.
The final story should be between 80,000-100,000 words in length, rated as teen or adult fiction and categorized in the thriller genre. If all goes as scheduled, my final manuscript should be complete and ready to mail off to publishing houses at the beginner of 2013, at which point I'd liked to reserve 1-year to try and get my story official published by a publishing house. Doing the math, that brings my estimated delivery date for all book based rewards to the 1st quarter of 2014 (If this estimate changes for any reason I will contact all backers and explain why and provide a new estimate date).
Any assistance would be great and once it's published I'll be happy to give you a copy of the book if you support me with $15.00 or more. Consider this a PRE-ORDER.
$900.00-$1,800.00 is the average price it cost to hire an editor based off of word count and price per words
(usually averaging between 1.5 cents - 3 cents per word). I picked the pledge amount of $1,200.00 because several weeks ago I began funding my writing coach and that's the total remaining amount it would cost me to have their continued support throughout the remainder of the project.
$1,800.00-$12,000.00 will be reserved for self-publishing the eBook (digital copy) on websites like Amazon, Barnes And Noble and iBookstore if I
am unable to get my novel picked up by a publishing house after it's been
professional edited/revised and I can't think of anymore improvements to make. Posting eBooks on these sites are usually fairly easy and inexpensive, but I'd still need to copyright the novel, obtain an ISBN#, have it properly formatted to work on various mobile devices, create a professional digital book cover, and of course marketing the novel online.
At $12,000.00 I will have enough funds to self-published a hard-copy of the novel if a publishing house does not pick up my novel after it's been professional edited/revised and I can't think of anymore improvements to make.
Anything ABOVE $12,000.00 will go towards marketing the novel.
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Disclaimer: Worst case scenario, all backers of $15.00 or more will receive a PDF version of my story in their email, assuming I raise the $1,200.00 goal to keep my writing coach/editor and my novel is still unable to get picked up by a publishing house AND I don't raise the additional funds to self-publish either an official digital copy or hard-copy.
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WHITE PACKAGE: In addition to the previous reward: You will receive a digital copy of my novel for free. (NOTE: Higher Packages won't recieve a digital copy of the novel unless my story is not picked up by a publishing house or self-printed)
BRONZE PACKAGE: In addition to the two previous rewards: If the novel gets published by a publishing house or is self-published, I will send you a free hard-copy of the novel. (Shipping included unless outside of the United States, ADD $10.00)
SILVER PACKAGE: In addition to the three previous rewards: I will autograph the inside cover of your novel with a personalized thank you message. (Be sure to add $10.00 if your shipping address is outside of the United States)
GOLD PACKAGE: In addition to the four previous rewards: Your name (or company name) will be published on the 'special thanks' page, located at the back of the novel. (And in the movie credits if a film is ever made out of this novel)
PLATINUM PACKAGE: In addition to the five previous rewards: You can name one character in my novel after yourself, a family member, a friend, a co-worker or just make up a name. You will also get 150 characters to write something on the "thank you" page, like a shout-out to someone you care about or promote your company/brand.
DIAMOND PACKAGE: In addition to the six previous rewards: There are varies 'thrilling' events that take place in this story, I'll let you come up with the idea for one of them and it will be published in my book. If you want a car to slam through a concert hall while your favorite band is playing or have a zoo patron fall into a shark tank, I'll find a way to work it into my novel.
EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE: You pretty much funded my entire project so here's what I had in mind: You will be featured on my "Acknowledgement" page, it's content to be discussed. I will personally deliver your copy of the novel to you, treat you to dinner, autograph the novel in front of you, take a photo with you of me giving you the book, and you will be my guest of honor for one day on a movie set IF my book is ever adopted by the movie industry and turned into a film. -OR- You can create your own package within reason. perhaps you'd like for me to come out to your company or college campus and give a lecture or do a book signing...we'll communicate more once the project is near completion.