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Keepin' it free for commuters and dog-walkers everywhere: the next "Emperor's Edge" audiobook by fantasy author Lindsay Buroker.

My story:

I'm an independent fantasy author who, in December of 2010, chose to self-publish instead of pursuing a traditional book deal (i.e. stalking agents on Twitter and cornering editors in public restrooms at conventions to foist my sample chapters on them). Fortunately, it's working out. Tens of thousands of people have downloaded my ebooks. I've heard some people have even read them!

If you haven't yet visited my Emperor's Edge world (it's a little high fantasy and a little steampunk), or spent time with my quirky heroes (one reader called them the A-Team of Steam), I invite you to download the first novel for free at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes. Or, if you're a fan of audiobooks, you can listen to the first book for free at Podiobooks or iTunes

Oh, yeah, that audiobook thing? That's why I'm here.

I started this Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to produce the next Emperor's Edge audiobook. As you can tell from my video, I can barely use a camera, and I don't have the sultry tones of a great narrator, so I've been outsourcing the audiobook creation to the folks at Darkfire Productions. As you might guess, having a novel-length audio produced isn't an inexpensive proposition, especially when you're giving away the finished product for free. I paid for the production of the first two audiobooks out of pocket, but I could definitely use a little help going forward, as this will end up being a six-book series.

How does this Kickstarter thing work?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding site where artists, musicians, and authors (that would be me) can post projects and ask for financial help in getting them off the ground. The totally rocking folks who "pledge" are rewarded with goodies that will be available if the project is fully funded. You can select from your choice of goodies over on the right.

If the project doesn't meet its fund-raising goal, no money exchanges hands, and you don't get charged for anything.

This is my first time trying Kickstarter, and I've set what I hope is a modest goal for this campaign. If we succeed in reaching the goal, the money will pay for the creation of the next Emperor's Edge audiobook. If we go over...well, I did mention that it's a six-book series, right? ;)

Seriously, though, I'll make sure any extra funds go to a good use (audiobook production, editing of future books, cover art design, etc.), and I appreciate your willingness to help out.

If there's anything you'd like to see added to the "shop" at the right, just let me know. Thanks!

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    A hearty thank you and an e-copy of the DAY IN THE LIFE vignettes -- see DAY IN THE LIFE reward for details (All reward prizes include the vignettes).

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    A zip file packed with my ebooks: the first three Emperor's Edge novels (The Emperor's Edge, Dark Currents, and Deadly Games), Encrypted, and The Assassin's Curse (short story). Already have the ebooks? These are DRM-free, so you can send them to a friend!

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    An mp3 of one of the audiobooks -- your choice which one (Book 1 and 2 are complete now, and 3 will be done this summer). Pick 2 or 3, and you'll get it long before all of the chapters have been posted to Podiobooks/iTunes!

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    The mp3 files for *all three* of the audiobooks, complete and unabridged.

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    Signed paperbacks of the first three Emperor's Edge novels (The Emperor's Edge, Dark Currents, and Deadly Games). U.S. shipping included.

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    Signed paperbacks of the first three Emperor's Edge books (The Emperor's Edge, Dark Currents, and Deadly Games). International shipping included.

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    Signed paperbacks of the first three books AND mp3s of the three audiobooks. U.S. shipping included.

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    Signed paperbacks of the first three books AND mp3s of the three audiobooks. International shipping included.

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    SUPER FAN VALUE PACKAGE -- All of the above with the mp3s delivered on a USB thumb drive that will include all of the ebooks I have out at the time. It will also include a map of the EE world, interviews I've done around the web, cut scenes from the novels, and random notes and snippets of cut dialogue from my archives. U.S./International shipping included.

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    INTERVIEW PACKAGE -- All of the above, plus you can send me up to ten interview questions. You can specify whether you want me, the author, to answer or if you'd prefer to chat with one of my characters. You can post the interview on your blog or hoard it for yourself.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE -- Participate in the "Day in the Life" series of vignettes where Amaranthe and the gang are thinking of hiring a new recruit. You, or your made-up character, will come in for a "job interview" with the team (at least 500 words). This series of short vignettes will become a reward for everyone who donates to the campaign. You'll also receive a signed copy of the printout along with all of the goodies in the $150 reward.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE and NAME A BOOK CHARACTER -- Everything in the $250 prize AND the opportunity to name and describe a minor character in a future Emperor's Edge book (probably Book 5). Yes, we can use your name, but we have to give it Turgonian flair. You can choose whether you want to be a villain or someone who helps the team.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE, NAME A BOOK CHARACTER, and NEW SHORT STORY -- Everything in the $500 package AND your pledge will give the world another Emperor's Edge short story. You can choose the point-of-view character and throw out a bunch of plot ideas. I'll pick one that sparks my imagination and run with it. I will make a chapbook and send you the signed copy. I will also distribute the ebook version of the short story for free, and in the foreword, I will mention you and how you (majorly!) helped out with my Kickstarter campaign. If you're a fantasy/SF author, artist, or musician, I will include a one-page advertisement for your website/work at the end of the story.

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