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About

Hello everyone! My name is Jonathan Fesmire. I'm a full-time writer and proud steampunk.
 

Last year, I published my novel, Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western which started out as a Kickstarter. It more than met my funding goal and gave backers the opportunity to help create characters that shaped the story. Readers love the novel, which has more than 50 reviews, all four and five stars, and is selling well.

Yes, Kickstarter is a great place to help fund novels!

Now, I'm working on the sequel, Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate. This Kickstarter will help fund it, allowing me to pay for professional editing, cover art, and a portion of my reader's fee for the Audible edition.

Like its predecessor, Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate will be full of steampunk technology, gunfights, mystery, and well-rounded characters. These include the hero, the resurrected U.S. Marshal, James Creed, and the brothel madam and inventor, Anna Lynn Boyd. It will also include a full cast of supporting characters.

While the first novel took place in an alternate version of my home town of Santa Cruz, California, in 1876, the second will happen mostly in San Francisco.

What was San Francisco like at the time? Wild, rowdy, and dangerous. I've been doing extensive research on the city and its most notorious criminal district, The Barbary Coast, where much of the tale will take place. In addition to historical crime, add a syndicate raising the dead with steam-based technology, and we have a formula for the sort of danger Creed was born to confront. His greatest challenges lie ahead.

Check out the video and any updates. Once we reach the goal, I'll add stretch goals. Also, have a look at the rewards and become a backer! Everyone backer gets something. Even at $1, you will get a large, high quality jpeg of the wrap-around trade paperback cover. I invite you to become part of James "Bodacious" Creed's next adventure!

Why $3,500 for the Initial Goal?

I have a helpful spreadsheet that allows me to calculate the least amount of backing I need to ask for in order to fund a project. It assumes that every backer selects the reward that will cost the most to fulfill compared to the pledge amount, and takes into account the various expenses associated with the project.

Here's the breakdown:

Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate - Funding Breakdown
Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate - Funding Breakdown

FYI

It strikes me you may want to read the first book, Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western. That is available on Amazon and on Audible.

April 18, 2018 - Update

I've added a new reward! At $120, you can appear as a character in Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate! This is limited to three backers, so if you want to be immortalized in a steampunk western, now's your chance!

Risks and challenges

Time. It took me four years to write the first book in this series. I was going through some serious financial and work difficulties for the first couple of years. Also, I spent much of that time developing the characters and the world of "Bodacious Creed."

The book turned out longer than I expected! That's good, but it did add to the time it took to finish it. I figured it would be average novel length, at about 80,000 words. The first draft came out to 140,000, and the final draft, 120,000.

Now that I have a good, full-time writing job, meaning a lot more stability, and I have deep knowledge of my fictional world and its inhabitants, I can realistically extrapolate that it will take about two years to write, revise, edit, and publish.

It will take a lot of research to bring 1876 San Francisco to life, but I've already done most of that.

My track record of finishing books speaks for itself as far as my ability to complete this project goes. You, my backers, will get an exciting adventure you helped bring to life!

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