"My Name is Michael" was my first novel, but it was incomplete. Less than half of what it was meant to be. Help fund a proper re-write? Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 9, 2012.
About this project
My Name is Michael
I published my first novel, MNIM (4th book overall) in January of 2011. It was a religious science fantasy story centered around a race of creatures that actually appear in Genesis 6:4 of the New International Version of the Holy Bible:
"The Nephilim were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown."
In a nutshell, the main character discovers that his middle name, Michael, has a special meaning. It is a tattoo; a label; a brand. He discovers that he is part of something much larger than he, whether he likes it or not. Recruited by the Clan of Michael as a scribe, his duty is to record the Apocalypse in writing. However, life among the Nephilim proves to be deadly. With only an already paper-thin wafer of faith remaining, and all the enemies of God trying to kill him, his fate is all but certain.
Sadly, I rushed MNIM to print before it was ready because I was writing for a contest deadline (ABNA). The final book was 345 pages, double spaced. I cut out all of the romance scenes that I had originally planned to include, and I cut epic battle scenes from the climax and from the close of the book. The entire plot needs to be revisited, quite honestly. I never hashed out the clan with enough clarity to give it any real meaning. With the re-write, I intend to fix that completely.
The Re-Write: The Clan of Michael
MNIM was supposed to be so much more than it wound up being. True, the book was short by several hundred pages. But more importantly, I was never able to achieve the “big picture” goals that I was aiming for. This book was designed very carefully to do two things. First, it was meant to entertain, as is any novel. Second, it was meant to convey hidden information to those who could figure out where to look. All the clues were hidden there in the text.
Quite honestly, MNIM was meant to be a puzzle. Or maybe a nest of puzzles. To the best of my knowledge, it still hasn’t been solved. And it’s no wonder! I’ve hidden many things in this book. Consider the following examples:
Tattoo of the Clan of Michael. Can you see the hidden message(s)?
A “digital” redesign that emphasizes the “eye” aspect of the insignia.
Aside from the pictograms, which carry messages hidden within messages themselves, there is a complete second story hidden within the text of MNIM! I am 99.99% sure that nobody on Earth, besides myself and my wife, knows what it is. With The Clan of Michael, I want to elaborate on the parallel contexts, and drop a few additional clues.
A Social Experiment
The “hidden information” that MNIM was meant to convey also fell pray to the ABNA deadline. The book was meant to be an invitation to join the Clan of Michael. Call it a fan club, or a secret society if you wish. The idea was to establish a network of fans and friends that truly appreciate the power of random acts of kindness. A group of anonymous acquaintances that would work together, behind the scenes, to affect positive influence over the lives of people in need.
I am a student of the social sciences (I hold an A.A. in Liberal Arts and I am currently finishing up a B.A. in Political Science). I am also a recent inductee to the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society for the social sciences. I would jump at the opportunity to apply my interest in civil society in a benevolent way by establishing a club of people who would forever look out for the lower echelons of society.
Apropos to this cause, I want to include a dual purpose device in the re-write. It will be of both literary and social value. This device will draw on the power of random acts of kindness, and the strength found in the unity of numbers. I can’t say too much without giving my ideas for plot adjustments away, but I think there is epic potential here. If I can encourage readers to conduct random acts of kindness, then I can use my marketing efforts to both promote the book to improve sales, and promote the general happiness of society.
What I Need From You
MNIM failed for many reasons, but here are a few of the biggest:
- Incomplete. Many felt it was too short.
- No budget for editing. The book was full of simple typos and myriad errors because I couldn’t pay anyone to edit it.
- No budget for marketing. I couldn’t afford advertising, and my 100% social media campaign proved ineffective.
Bottom line: I need a budget to do this right. I’ve done my research, and now it’s time to get down to the brass tacks. I’m aiming for quality with economy here. Each expense is linked to the provider’s website. Keep in mind that I’ve shopped around and tried to find the lowest priced services from providers that I trust. If you have a suggestion for an alternative outlet that is more cost effective, please leave a comment! Here is how I intend to spend the money:
- Editing — $3500, CreateSpace
- Review — $575, Kirkus
- e-Book Pub — $199, BookBaby
- e-Book Cover — $279, BookBaby
- 100 Paperback Copies — $599, BookBaby
- Copyright Registration — $85, BookBaby
- Author Website — $199, HostBaby
- Advertising: Online $1000
- Advertising: Print $1000
3500 + 575 + 199 + 279 + 599 + 85 + 199 + 1000 + 1000
Remainder to be spent on fulfiling pledge rewards. If pledge level exceeds 100% all additional funds will be spread evenly between advertising modes.
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