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Lauren Lee MerewetherBy Lauren Lee Merewether
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Lauren Lee MerewetherBy Lauren Lee Merewether
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$1,146
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14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, February 6 2019 7:21 PM UTC +00:00.

About

I want my readers to experience history. Experience it like they never have before by reanimating long-abandoned places and breathing new life into lost people as characters who fight wrong with right, love and lose, and hope in times of despair.   

Secrets in the Sand delivers all this and more. How do I know? Because the rough draft is already written. This sequel has murder, conspiracy, daddy issues, mommy issues, seduction, struggle, heartache, jealousy, tragedy and suspense–all of it neatly wrapped in a dramatic retelling of a time a later Pharaoh tried to erase!   

Claim your pledge level to help tell the story that was meant to be forgotten.

1335 B.C. Egypt is failing. Allies are leaving. War is inevitable. The power struggle for the throne should have ended long ago, but yet it rages onward shrouded in conspiracy and murder.  

Pharaoh Akhenaten's plan to regain power from the priesthood of Amun is done, but his religious zeal has stripped the economy and the people's morale.   

Whisperings of rebellion fill the streets as enemies close in on Egypt's borders leaving Nefertiti to fend off political wolves as she attempts to stabilize the nation and keep her crown.  

I wrote Secrets in the Sand to continue the story of the line of Pharaohs erased from the historical record by a later Pharaoh. The Amarna period of Ancient Egypt intrigues me, and I wanted the dead to have a voice since it had been taken away from them. I have fallen in love with this series and want to share it with the world. But I need your help to do that.   

Publishing is very expensive and being an independent author, I pay all of the production costs instead of a publishing house.   I am crowdfunding because I need your help to produce Secrets in the Sand. With your help, you can experience this history and gift that experience to others as well.  

Many reviews of the first book, Salvation in the Sun, praised the novel's ability to transport them, and they felt they were walking along the grand open sun temple at Aketaten. The second book, Secrets in the Sand, will not disappoint.

Howdy! My name is Lauren. I have earned the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Historical Fiction Finalist medal and a nomination for the Montaigne Medal. I love watching the History channel, the Science channel, etc. because I love to see what new finds the world of archaeology has come across in their digs and the new theories that emerge. The recent consolidation of King Tut's treasures sparked the idea for The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles series and led to countless hours of detailed research to write these books. Salvation in the Sun (Book One) was a success and now onward to Secrets in the Sand (Book Two). I can't wait for you to experience the history I've put into this series.

Spencer Hamilton was born and raised in California, but has temporarily relocated to Texas to be a showrunner/editor for Sterling & Stone. His portfolio includes Boley Books and the bestselling GoneGod World series (and The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles by me!) with his editing company, Nerdy Wordsmith. He also has written and published several fiction books as Spencer Hamilton and Dylan West.

Slobodan Cedic lives in Serbia and owns CoverBookDesigns. He is a Top Level Designer at 99Designs and has worked with hundreds of authors, winning 187 contests and runner-up in 225 others. 

The cost to publish a book blew my socks off.  I can't afford to produce novels frequently, but with your help, readers like you, can experience history in The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles series much faster than if I were to do it alone. Along with my gratitude, I can offer these goodies in exchange for a pledge from you. 

  •  Secrets in the Sand 90 days early 
  •  Secrets in the Sand Paperback copy 
  • An exclusive reader's guide that will never be for sale anywhere else 
  •  Salvation and the Sun (Book One) 
  • Listed on the 'Producers' page of Secrets in the Sand 
  • An opportunity to join the ancient world think tank and become an unique voice and adviser for The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles Novella Collection where I will meet with you and other consultants once a month or so via email or chat to decide plot points and character attributes until all ten planned novellas are written  

Books stand the test of time, so jump in and be a part of something enduring! Overwhelmed with the choices? Pledge at the Vizier level ($40) to get the eBook and TWO paperback copies of Secrets in the Sand as well as the Salvation in the Sun eBook so you can start from the beginning of the series! 

I never knew how much it took to actually produce a quality book until I published Book One Salvation in the Sun, and I was blown away. Considering what others spend, I have a really small budget and trying to save where I can, but to get a quality product does mean spending at least some money. Understanding the value of the dollar, I promise to be a good steward of the funds you pledge to keep on producing engaging novels like Secrets in the Sand!

My production costs to get a book to market include the following: 

  • Cover design for both an eBook (already finalized) and print cover (still need!), 
  • Editor (this is 'spensive ranging anywhere from .025 to .05 cents A WORD!), 
  • Proofreader (usually averaging around .0075 cents a word), 
  • Formatter (or in my case previously purchased formatting software) 
  • Marketing  
  • Promotional items (such as my Thank You gifts/reward goodies for this Kickstarter), Kickstarter Fees and Taxes  

The total outstanding project expenses mentioned above is estimated around $5,000. I need your help to at least cover some of the direct product expenses such as editing and project fees.  

It is important to note that Secrets in the Sand is a few steps closer to the digital bookshelf than most–The rough draft is completed, the eBook design is finalized, and I've already purchased a formatting software. 

I only need your assistance to help cover the remainder of the expenses to get it in the hands of readers like you!  I repeat–the rough draft is completed and we already have a cover and formatting software! Your pledge risk just went down significantly!

Backer Cost Breakdown
Backer Cost Breakdown

If costs are taken care of, this is what you can expect in terms of timeline for the production of Secrets in the Sand and the delivery of your bonuses!   

Phase 1 will consist of fundraising and self-edits of my rough draft which will end in February 2019. I hope to receive the funds at this time and pass along any goodies that are currently available. I will be responsible for finishing my self-edits by the end of February.   

Phase 2 is editing, proofreading and finalization lasting from March to August 2019. After I finish the self-edits, I will send my draft to the editor where we will do edits and revisions until the end of July 2019. I will deliver the Salvation in the Sun ebook and setup the monthly meetings with the ancient world think tank by the end of March 2019. From July 2019 to August 2019, I will have the manuscript proofread and formatted.

Lastly, Phase 3 is the finalization and delivery of the remaining goodies. The book will be alive in Amazon and potentially other outlets in January 2020 as a promise to you to have the advanced copy 90 days before the book is available for purchase. The ebook should be delivered by you in September 2019 along with the Exclusive Reader Guide and paperback copies will be printed and shipped by the publisher in October 2019. Both formats will include those who pledged at the Pharaoh level on the ‘producers’ page. 

Risks and challenges

While this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I know the amount of work required to complete it. I am confident I can complete the production by late summer, especially since I already have the rough draft completed, but delays in shipping, editing, revisions, design reworks for the print book, etc. could all impact the deadline. Nevertheless, I have tried to build in leeway with the timeline and I will be posting frequent updates in this Kickstarter campaign detailing my progress.

Choose your pledge level to the right and let's make a book! I appreciate the support and glad you can be a part!

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