BEYOND STRETCH GOALS
We're headed into the last day, and Stretch Goal #4 (illustrations for Lies and Prophecy) is within reach. What lies beyond that?
At this late date, I'm not going to add specific additional goals. That's because the last one is scaleable: more funding means more and better illustrations. $4000 was the minimum at which I could justify having any in the first place, but it is by no means a cap. If we manage to blow out that goal completely -- if the last two Tuckerizations go, some more miniscripts, a bunch of people decide to add $30/$40 to their pledges for t-shirts -- then I may sit down and do the math to see whether it would be better to split the illustrations between Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, rather than limiting them only to the first book. Call that Stretch Goal #5, I guess, but it doesn't have a clear boundary. (Too much will depend on the specific arrangements I make for me to cite you a number with certainty.) Even if Chains and Memory remains plain text, though, extra funding will go toward making Lies and Prophecy that much prettier!
REVENGE OF THE STRETCH GOALS
As the threshold of Stretch Goal #2 draws near, I want to share with you all what lies beyond.
$3500 -- The Music of Chains and Memory
Just as the first goal was the soundtrack for Lies and Prophecy, the third one is the soundtrack for Chains and Memory. Some of the music for this was chosen years ago; every time those songs came up, a part of me would think of the sequel, and hope that I got to write it someday. Now both novel and soundtrack will be a reality!
$4000 -- Illustrated edition of Lies and Prophecy
You heard me right. If we make it all the way up to $4000, Lies and Prophecy will become an illustrated book, with several pieces of black-and-white artwork depicting key scenes from the novel. These will be included in the editions sent to backers, as well as the versions on sale through various ebook retailers (meaning those of you who already own the novel can update your files).
I'm delighted to say that Chains and Memory reached its goal . . . in less than 48 hours. Your enthusiasm and support is absolutely wonderful, and in celebration of that, it's time for some stretch goals!
$2500 -- The Music of Lies and Prophecy
Edited: It turns out there's a way for me to share all the songs -- even the obscure ones; even the remix created by a friend of mine for a college play, which is to be found pretty much nowhere in the world -- via 8tracks or a similar service. So I will be sharing not only my "liner notes" explaining my musical selections, but also the music itself, in a legal fashion.
Bonus prize! There is one song on the soundtrack that, um, I have no idea what it is. (I got it from a mix CD years ago, and never got the identifying information.) The first backer to e-mail me and correctly ID that track will win a Super Secret Reward . . .
$3000 -- Short Story
At this benchmark, I will write a short story in the Wilders setting and distribute it to all backers. The actual nature of the story is undecided at this point; one possibility is something about Henry Welton and First Manifestation, but I may come up with other ideas during the writing of Chains and Memory, such as a story taking place between the two novels. This will be delivered by July 2015.
???? -- there are more stretch goals in store, but I'll wait to tell you about those until later . . . .
On October 4th, 1999, I finished my first novel.
By October 4th of 2014 -- the fifteen-year anniversary of that milestone -- I hope to have a complete draft of the sequel.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Chains and Memory is the long-awaited sequel to Lies and Prophecy, an urban fantasy of the near future in a world where half the population has psychic gifts. It continues the story of Kim and Julian after the events of their junior year in college, when the balance of power has changed out from under them and Kim is fighting to escape the grip of the government itself.
This is a version of our world where magic has been common for only a few generations, and the scars of its sudden arrival are not yet fully healed. Psychic powers are an inheritance from the sidhe; human beings are still working to understand them, explore them . . . and control them. Wilders -- people born with unusually strong gifts -- are at the center of the conflict now, as they and those around them struggle to chain their gifts in the coming war, or else break them free forever.
And that's about as much as I can say without spoiling Lies and Prophecy . . .
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ABOUT THE REWARDS
Chains and Memory will contain acknowledgements at the end, in both the ebook and print editions, thanking everyone who supported it through this Kickstarter.
All ebook rewards ("Welcome to Welton," Lies and Prophecy, and Chains and Memory) are available in both mobi (Kindle) format and epub (everything else). Backers may choose to receive one or both formats.
Welcome to Welton
A prequel novelette to Lies and Prophecy, originally posted online in the run-up to that book's release. It follows Kim, Liesel, Robert, and Julian through the first months of their freshman year at Welton.
Lies and Prophecy
I'll let the cover copy tell you the story:
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy.
Kim never had to wonder what to major in at college. Her talent for divination made her future clear in more ways than one. But there are limits to what even a gifted seer can predict, and no card reading or prophetic dream can prepare Kim for what's to come during her junior year at Welton.
Something has taken an interest in her friend Julian -- an unseen force neither of them can identify. What starts as a dark omen quickly turns dangerous, as Julian finds himself under attack. To defend him, Kim will need more than her strengths; she will have to call on a form of magic she has never been able to master. If she can't learn fast enough, she may lose her friend forever.
Kim knows she isn't ready for this. But if she wants to save Julian -- and herself -- she'll have to prove her own prophecies wrong.
I will be writing the first draft of Chains and Memory this summer. Backers who choose to receive progress reports will be subscribed to a list and will receive no more than one e-mail per week -- I promise not to flood your inbox! The reports will discuss the history of how the sequel got planned and my experiences as I write it. Any spoilers for the story itself will be encrypted using rot13, so that anyone who wishes to remain in suspense about the events of Chains and Memory can easily do so.
For those who like their rewards wearable, there are two t-shirts: one for Welton University (where Lies and Prophecy takes place), the other for the Bureau for Special Psychic Affairs (a governmental organization that will play a large role in Chains and Memory). These will be made through Zazzle, and can be ordered in a variety of adult sizes for both men and women. Both shirts have a pocket logo, and back text reading "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy."
If you wish to receive a t-shirt in addition to your chosen reward level, add $30 to your pledge ($40 for outside the U.S.) and then choose the lower reward level. The backer survey will include a place for you to indicate that you would like to add a t-shirt to your rewards.
Tarot Card Reading
As those of you who have read Lies and Prophecy know, divination is Kim's specialty and her major in college. She, unfortunately, was not available to assist with this Kickstarter -- but my friend Emily Dare (@moonandserpent on Twitter) has stepped up to the plate!
Backers who choose this reward level will receive a personal tarot card reading from Emily, delivered via e-mail (with photographs of the card spread).
Limited Edition Miniscript
Back when I first completed the novel that eventually became Lies and Prophecy (it had a different title at the time), I knew I would need to read it through and make notes for revision. I was going to be leaving on a weekend trip, and so I wanted to print it out in a format that would be reasonably portable. So I set the formatting to full justification, single spacing, half-inch margins, and eight point font, and printed on both sides of the page; the result was that I managed to fit a novel of more than 100,000 words on forty sheets of paper.
That printout -- which I dubbed the "miniscript" (miniature manuscript) -- is the first physical copy of the first draft of the first novel I ever completed. I am not selling the miniscript itself; I don't think there is any relic of my writing career more personally precious to me. I am, however, offering a limited run of photocopy reproductions, complete with original title and my red-pen and green-pen revision notes. If you want to know what the unadulterated product of my eighteen-year-old brain looks like, this is your chance to find out! Some parts of the book bear a remarkably close resemblance to the end product. Others . . . not so much.
Each miniscript will be signed and numbered.
Want to be a character in the story? Up to five backers can claim a spot in the novel, most likely as either wilders or members of the United States Congress. (I will contact you to offer specific options as the novel gets drafted.) You can select a name other than your own, if you prefer -- such as the name of a friend or a family member.
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Everything is currently estimated as April of 2015 because that is the intended release date for Chains and Memory (which, because it contains the Backers Page, is involved in every reward level). Ebooks of "Welcome to Welton" and Lies and Prophecy will be delivered much sooner, before the end of August. The same is true of the limited edition miniscripts. Progress reports will begin immediately after the conclusion of this Kickstarter. T-shirts will be delivered by the end of September 2014, as will the print edition of Lies and Prophecy. Tarot readings will be scheduled with Emily Dare, who will provide an estimated delivery date.
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WHY A KICKSTARTER?
I am currently under contract with Tor Books for the remaining three novels in the Memoirs of Lady Trent, and have a variety of other professional obligations (ranging from short stories for anthologies to freelancing for the role-playing game Legend of the Five Rings). Writing Chains and Memory constitutes a substantial investment of my time and effort, and so for me to justify making space for it in my schedule, I need a certain amount of financial security attached to the project. Under conventional circumstances this would be covered by the advance -- in fact, "financial security while you invest your time and effort" is exactly the reason advances exist -- and so I am using Kickstarter to achieve the same effect.
The funding will be used to pay Avery Liell-Kok (the artist who produced the artwork I am using as my cover image) and Emily Dare (who is providing the tarot readings), as well as covering my labor in writing the book itself.
Risks and challenges
Writing a novel is a large investment of time and energy. It generally takes me 3-4 months of daily work to produce a first draft, depending on the length of the book; after that comes the work of producing a finished version for readers. The most likely risks here are that I will not complete the draft by October 4th, in which case I will have to squeeze it in around the next Memoir; or else that the draft will be completed, but revision and preparation for release will not be done by the projected deadline. But I have an outline of the book, so while delays may happen, there is no risk of the project not being completed -- short of me being hit by a bus, I suppose.
The good news is that the production process itself is not at much risk of running into snags. Avery Liell-Kok, who created the artwork for *Lies and Prophecy*, has already made the cover image for *Chains and Memory*; you can see a detail shot of it as the header on this page. Production will be handled via Book View Cafe, the author co-op of which I am a member. My fellow members will serve as my editors, copy-editors, ebook formatters, proofreaders, and cover designers, as well as selling it through BVC's own storefront. Because BVC operates as co-op, if my usual formatter is too busy and has to step down, I can easily recruit someone else in his place, so that should not produce any significant delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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