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By Jason Wellnitz
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About

Hello!

I want to write fifty short novels. Fifty! Over time, of course. Maybe I'll be done when I'm 80 but it all starts now! 

I'll set each novel in a different U.S. state. This project is to determine the first novel in the series. Each $5 (or greater) pledge is a vote for your favorite state.

I've written the introduction to the series (9000 words). Its working title is Fifty States Of Grace*.  [I know, the title isn't the best... too close to "Fifty Shades Of Grey". What's a better title? Comment on jasonwellniz.com or my facebook page.]

The intro is available as a 99 cent eBook on Kindle or Nook that you can download now. Or, if you promise to write a review I'll email you a copy. Contact me at jasonwellnitz@hotmail.com or with the contact link on the right.

I'm using Kickstarter for three main purposes:

1) To determine the first state in the series. Each pledge = one vote for your favorite state!

2) To make the series better. Suggest places the main character (Austin Trenton) should visit in each state**, plot points, cover deign, beta reading, etc. 

- Hugh Howey has been an inspiration to the self publishing community. He wrote a blog post about crowdsourced fiction here: http://www.hughhowey.com/crowdsourced-fiction/  

I would love for the Fifty States Of Grace Series to have the same community-guided vibe that the Wool series does. Start now by making suggestions on jasonwellnitz.com or my facebook page.

[** Like my friend from Oklahoma said: "Thinking more like Pops and the round barn in Arcadia than the OKC metro." ]

3) I would use the funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of professional copyediting for the full novel, a first run of paperbacks for supporters, and some basic promotion of the first full novel.

Synopsis Of The Intro:

Austin Trenton is walking towards a warm, bright light. 

Is his life over? 

No, it’s just beginning. 

Again. 

Today he walks out of prison. He’s been in for the last eighteen months. Before, he was the pastor of a large and growing church. Then an old man approached him after a service for a favor. Austin agreed to help, a decision that changed everything. Austin's been framed and has no idea why. He's lost everything while in prison. Who would do this to him? Sitting in his cell, just as he's about to lose all hope, he finds a letter from his Grandfather hidden in an old book. As he reads, hope returns. His Grandfather's set up a special project for him; a project that will take Austin to each of the fifty states. Waiting for the project to begin has carried him to today. Today his life begins again.

The cover of the introduction. For each novel, a different state will be highlighted.
The cover of the introduction. For each novel, a different state will be highlighted.

Thank you for your support! Let the world know that your state is the * MOST AWESOME STATE * by helping me write a novel set in the best places in your state.

Risks and challenges

The main risk to this project is that I will get busy. To mitigate this risk I'll publically track my progress on jasonwellntiz.com so if I'm falling behind I can ask for help from my supporters to get back on track or be upfront with supporters about changes in the delivery date.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    If you pledge $5 or more, your home state gets a vote. The state with the most votes will be the setting for the first book. I'll evaluate all suggestions from donors for the best ideas to include in the novel.

    You'll also receive an unlocked PDF of the introduction to the series.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    If you pledge $15 or more you'll receive an eBook (Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc.) of the full first book. It will contain the introduction to the series (9,000 words; available now as a 99 cent Kindle eBook on Amazon) plus the journey in the first state (est 20-30,000 words).

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    If you pledge $25 or more you'll receive a paperback of the full first book. It will contain the introduction to the series (9,000 words; available now as a 99 cent Kindle eBook on Amazon) plus the journey in the first state (est 20-30,000 words). You'll have the novel first - I won't publish it to the wider world until you get your copy.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    I'll go to the winning state, drive around, and put together a really wicked box of local swag. I'll ship it to your house along with a signed paperback of the book. You'll be included in the acknowledgements as a "founding patron saint" of the Fifty States Of Grace series (your name or a pseudonym, whichever you want).

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