About the novel:
The Talented is a fantasy novel centered on Adrienne Rydaeg, a woman who has been a soldier for most of her life. Circumstances forced her into the soldiering trade at the age of four, and years of dedicated study have led her to become one of the best soldiers in Samaro at the age of twenty.
When she is chosen for a special mission to help end the war against Almet, she leaves her friends and former life behind in hopes that her efforts will turn the tide for Samaro. Little does Adrienne know that the mission will bring her to the city of Kessering, where soldiers are reviled and people are being trained to unlock extraordinary Talents.
In a place where most people fear and hate soldiers, Adrienne struggles with duty, honor, and a decision that might change the course of the mysterious Talented forever.
About my goal:
My goal is to raise enough money to have my novel, The Talented, published in a professional way. Self-publishing is (relatively) easy. Self-publishing a good book takes talent. Self-publishing a book of professional quality so that it can compete in the market takes money.
My novel is written. Done. Finis. I've slaved over it. I've even gotten Publisher's Weekly reviews on it. I've expanded on the good, cut the bad, and created the best product I could on my own.
But to take it to the next level, I need your help.
I need your help paying for a professional editor. No matter how good your writing and grammar (and as an English teacher, mine are pretty good), there are limits to what you can do with your own writing.
Good editors often run close to $1K. I'm going to shop around, look at reviews, get recommendation, and make sure that I get the most bang for my (your) buck, but the bulk of what I raise will still go to an editor for content and copy edits.
And covers cost, too. It will take another $200-300 for an artist who can design covers for both digital and print copies. The old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" is great in theory, but in practice it turns out that people do judge books by their covers; which makes good covers key to publishing success.
With professional editing and a professional cover, I will be able to publish a professional book. And that is my goal.
What will I do if I raise more than my goal?
If I get in the range of another $300, I would spend the extra money on promotional materials--bookmarks, advertisements, maybe giveaway items or even posters.
And with more than that? If I have the amazing luck of raising more than $3K I will put that money to the best possible use depending on how the previous editing, designing, and promoting went. I want to be able to donate my books to libraries (if they will take them), and I would also like to take my books to independently owned bookstores that will take them on consignment.
I want to make sure that a project that pulls together so many generous people has the highest possible chance for success, and this is how I would do it--no penny will go to waste.
Addendum: Finished books require ISBN numbers--for both e- and printed versions--and purchased ISBN numbers are better than those offered for free through different publishing sites. If I have money left after paying editors and cover artists, I will buy my own ISBN numbers and barcodes rather than opting for the free ones.
Risks and challenges
The biggest obstacle when it comes to publishing a book is writing the book--and I've already done that! I've jumped the biggest hurdle and produced a manuscript of which I am proud, and one which Publishers' Weekly has reviewed and given positive feedback.
But after the book is written, editing, cover designs, formatting, and promotion come into play.
It's hard for me to predict which will be more difficult--finding a good editor or finding a good cover artist. In both cases, I want to find someone with whom I work well. I want an editor that I can ask questions of and work with, not someone who marks up my manuscript and leaves me to figure out what she means. And I want a designer that will work with me; one who is willing to listen to my suggestions and, equally important, one who understands the book that they are designing the cover for. I want the art to match the content.
Finding an editor, using his or her service, and incorporating the proposed changes will easily take a month or more. This step is the one most likely to cause delays, although I don't think that it will prove to be too much of a challenge or setback if I do my homework ahead of time (and I plan to).
Finding a cover artist and having a design made will probably take a month as well. I expect that the artist will have to come up with several proofs before I approve one (since it is unlikely that the first mock-up will be the perfect fit), and I anticipate that each proof will take several days to a week.
This step is where I see the highest risk. More collaboration and communication will be necessary here, and that could mean delays. If I run into a real problem with an artist, I may have to find a new one, but my hope is that as long as I am clear in what my vision for the book is and what I want, I will be able to find and work with a cover artist who can give me a cover worthy of the book. And I can be persistent, so I will make sure that, even if it takes longer than anticipated, the work that I pay for is high-quality.
Formatting I will be able to handle myself, although it may take me a couple of weeks to pull everything together and format it correctly in both digital and paperback formats.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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