Two years ago I successfully funded my first book, "Of Summer and Winter" here on Kickstarter. I now bring everyone the much awaited sequel, "The Overcast of Autumn!"
Check out my previous campaign here to get the gist of what the first book is about: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kaousuu/of-summer-and-winter-a-novella
UPDATE 12/3/2013: We've excited the goal! Therefore, I've come up with a couple of stretch goals to make the campaign more enticing for contributors:
$750: EVERYBODY who contributes will get a special signed and numbered super limited art print of something I haven't made yet, it may be a hand-painted Byzantine icon, an art form I've started dabbling in a little, which you can see here on my blog (my first one isn't so great, still practicing!): http://annasrome.com/tag/iconography/ AND the opportunity to purchase the book in hardcover at a discounted price through a special link I will provide. Nobody else will be able to get a copy but those who pledge!
$1000: This is really ridiculous, BUT, my friends dared me to make a Byzantine-styled bikini for the summer. Yes, a Byzkini, if you will. If we reach $1000, I will make this Byzkini (good Lord) and take obnoxious pictures in it by the ocean. Oh, and as for a real perk for contributors, I will find a way for anyone who contributes at $50 or higher to get a hardcover copy INCLUDED, which I will have to order from a separate company and cannot put for sale on Amazon or anywhere else, so this is a really rare one of a kind treat for folks of books. Anyone contributing at the lower levels will still get a chance to get it at a discounted rate, or as discounted as I can get them, anyway. Everyone will get the print as stated in the $750 stretch goal, but for those contributing at $100, you will actually get a painted piece of something. A real piece of artwork, be it historical in nature or something else.
This is the 2nd installment of what I am planning out to be at least a trilogy. The story of Anna and her escape from Constantinople continues, but rather than fleeing safely and living out the rest of her life in exile, she finds herself immediately pursued and hunted to the very edges of earth. Putting the lives of her friends and family in peril, the choice is made to travel as far as she possibly can out of the reaches of the corrupted Eastern Roman Empire. This proves to be far more dangerous than expected.
The continent is now preparing for armed pilgrimage, and Anna, a Greek-speaking Orthodox Christian, has to find her way through the Catholic, Latin-speaking regions of Western Europe not long after the Great Schism of 1054. This makes communication and travel extremely difficult, aside from a variety of cultures and climates as the weather begins to turn cold. Much like the first installment, this is taking a great deal of research to keep it as cohesive with history as possible, with the legroom needed for fiction.
Thank you for check out my project, you're welcome to order the first book, "Of Summer and Winter" directly from Createspace at 25% off just for looking with this coupon code: KWCR3EQC
Thanks again, and keep Kickstartin'!
Risks and challenges
First I need to make sure I have a good editor. My last one was awesome, but she is now busy with family life, and although my new one is great, she doesn't work for free, and she shouldn't. This is where the funds from the campaign come in.
The book itself has been delayed already, mostly on my own laziness or busyness, if I want to look at it that way, with my academic career. This winter I plan to finalize everything and get the manuscript ready to edit.
The hardest part so far with the previous title is getting sales. Although I write for the sake of writing, and in no way shape or form intended to become a NY Times Bestseller, historical fiction is a niche market, so getting readers is tough. However I feel that Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing sites are a great way to introduce new and exciting creative endeavors to the public.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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