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Karyn Kiplinger knows something is wrong with her life, but how far is she willing to go to find out what, and more importantly...why?
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(and some backstory)
(and some backstory)

I never planned on writing a book.  But when a writer friend inspired me to expand on a bit of fiction I had bouncing around in my head, the characters came to life and dictated their story; 200 plus pages later, my first book, "Apart", is finished...but I need your help.

You see, I'm a fan of literature, and I like the real, tangible feeling of an actual, physical book.  And although digital printing has made it MUCH easier to get a book printed, it still costs some coin.  I think I've written a pretty good book, and you'll probably want to read it, so here's the deal:

Pledge to my quest to become a published author, and I shall bestow upon you a book and book-perks!

(and why I think it's great)
(and why I think it's great)

I think all of us, at some point in time, have felt alone, confused, disconnected or lost.  Maybe our lives weren't going the way we expected, maybe we found ourselves in situations beyond our control, or perhaps we drifted away from the important things in life...the things that really matter.  "Apart" is an exploration of how one woman, Karyn Kiplinger, deciphers the clues to find her missing life, and then has to find her way back.

That's all I can tell you about the plot without spoiling anything, but I can share with you why "Apart" is an interesting read and will appeal to wide variety of reader appetites - and not just upmarket women's fiction.

For one, "Apart" has a broad appeal with a foot in several genres.  It's a bit women's fiction, a dash drama, a smidge scifi-supernatural, and even a bit sciencey (trust me, I'm an author; that's really a word).  If you're into clown-horror fiction, this book won't be your taste...but you may still like it.

More importantly, "Apart" delves deep into the pool of human experience.  It touches on the things that make us who we are, who we become, and how we got there.  There's some Karyn Kiplinger in all of us, and her journey to understand her life and surroundings brings the reader along for the ride.  And quite a ride it is.

When I read a book, I like to be pulled along and kept hungry to know what comes next - until I can't wait to turn the next page to find out, and I spend half the night awake reading when I should be asleep.  I wrote "Apart" with that in mind.  I want you to be on the edge of your seat and itching to know what happens next.  I think you will.  Reviewer Ida H. said:

"APART is that rare novel that has the reader participating as the story unfolds. I found myself visualizing the sights and scents that the main character was experiencing as well as the heartache and passion she felt. In addition, it made me think about my own life and situations as i related to her struggle. My only complaint was that I had to discipline myself to slow down and savor the story instead of flying through it or maybe peeking to read the last page! I was left ready for part II when I was done. Well done Ms. Jennings! This book will not disappoint!"

So, in order for you, dear potential pledgee, to determine whether "Apart" is worthy of your support, I have a link below for the first couple chapters.  I wouldn't try a new style of cuisine without a taste test first, and I think you deserve the same.  Try "Apart", and if you like it and want more, please pledge.

GET A TASTE OF "APART" - Read the first three chapters here!

(or, "What are you gonna do with my money?")
(or, "What are you gonna do with my money?")

As budgets go, mine is on the small side.  There really aren't a lot of things needed to make this dream come true, and the few I need are listed below (and yes, the last one listed is absolutely necessary).

Your pledge dollars/shekels/pound sterling will be used for:

  • printing cost of the books, plus a few extra copies for me to peddle around to publishers
  • Copyright registration
  • book barcodes
  • a block of ISBN numbers
  • one pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream (for celebration purposes)

Should my project exceed my budget requirements, I'll come up with some stretch goals - which is something I would LOVE to do!

Risks and challenges

I anticipate very few challenges. As far as completion is concerned, there are no risks - the novel is done! However, the devil is in the details, so proofreading, obtaining the ISBN numbers for softcover and E-book formats, copyright registration, and the book barcodes will take some time.

Where the actual printing of the book is concerned, the digital printer I plan to use has a 10-15 day turnaround once the manuscript is formatted and the proof is approved, so there should be no issues and the pledge deliverable(s) will be out the door within a few weeks of them being delivered to me. I'm anticipating a July 2017 delivery date, if all goes well.

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    My Eternal Gratitude

    Sleep well at night knowing that you supported the virgin publishing efforts of a woman who has always fancied herself a writer, but never pulled the trigger until now. If I meet you in person, I'll sign your t-shirt, or kiss you (cheek only). But not both.

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    "Apart" - the Epub/PDF version

    Prefer to read pixels instead of paper? Then this pledge level is for you: an electronic copy of the novel, delivered posthaste! You'll also get credit for your support in the book's dedication.

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    "Apart" - The Novel

    If digital doesn't do it for you, wrap your fingers around a bonafide 1st run softcover edition of "Apart". Not only will it entertain you, it will look wicked smart on your coffee table (leave it open to the dedication page and highlight your name, so your guests will be impressed). Or use it as a coffee coaster.

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    Custom Inscription of Your Book!

    Why have a vanilla 1st edition copy of "Apart" when you can have the extra special feeling of being a close friend of the author - and an inscription in your book that proves it! I can make one up for you, or you tell me the words and I'll scribe in my best penmanship. After all, I'm the last of a generation that actually knows how to use a pen.

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    Custom Inscribed Book as a Gift!

    Win friends and influence people by giving THEM a custom inscribed copy of "Apart" as a gift. Not only will they be impressed when they see your name in the book's dedication, they'll treat you nicer when I'm famous and they make a movie of this thing...

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    The Combo - softcover novel & Epub/PDF

    Like your literature available in both formats? Grab this "Apart" combo pledge! Read it on your eReader and loan the book to a friend so they can read the first few teaser chapters...then take the book back and make them buy their own. (Includes credit for your support in the book's dedication, of course)

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    I Don't Like to Read!

    Hey, I get it - I don't like to exercise! But if you made it this far, you might want to support me anyway (kinda like that exercise bike I use for a clothes hangar now), and you'll be credited in the dedication as a true patron of the Arts.

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    The Ultimate Fan/Friend Package

    And here you are, you patron of the Arts who likes to read...your unwavering devotion, dedication and tenacity for supporting this newbie author should be richly rewarded, so you get:

    ~ the digital Epub/PDF of "Apart"
    ~ the "Apart" softcover book
    ~ custom inscribing of your book
    ~ credit for your support in the book's dedication
    ~ my eternal gratitude

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