About this project
Writing is a difficult and complex skill. You must perform dozens of tasks at the same time. And what do you start with? Usually a blank piece of paper.
When teaching a difficult skill, a good instructor uses an instructional strategy called, "scaffolding." This means that the instructor provides help and support with larger tasks so the learner can focus on smaller tasks.
Fan fiction provides a great opportunity for scaffolding. Fan fiction is when you take an existing world or story, and rewrite it. Instead of starting with a blank piece of paper, you have many aspects of the story already filled in. You can focus on a single task such as writing dialogue, or creating conflict.
The problem, however, is that technically fan fiction is illegal. You can't share your story with others.
As authors and educators, we realize the incredible potential of fan fiction in learning how to write. But because of existing copyright laws, aspiring writers can't use fan fiction to its full potential.
We want to create an exciting world specifically built for fan fiction. This world will have intriguing characters, a rich setting, and multiple potential story lines
The foundation of this world will come from three complete novellas written by Dan Wells, Robison Wells, and Marion Jensen. These novellas will be complete stories, and will introduce the world, many of the characters, and problems and conflict that characters face in this world.
In addition to the novellas, our other contributing authors (listed below) will provide short stories, story starts, and first chapters.
All of the content generated from this Kickstarter campaign will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution license. This means you can use our characters, our settings, and our material however you want. This includes sharing, publishing, and even selling your work.
If this Kickstarter is successful, we will write, edit, produce, publish, and create supporting materials by the end of 2013.
Risks and challenges
Getting a book to print is a daunting task. In addition to the writing, there is content editing, line editing, typesetting, cover art, marketing, shipping and distribution, and more.
However, because we have many authors working and contributing to this project, we are confident we have the expertise and experience to get these novellas to print. Who are we? We are authors and educators who are passionate about helping others learn the craft of writing. Specifically, we are:
Kiersten White (NYTimes Bestseller)
Larry Correia (NYTimes Bestseller)
Jessica Day George
J. Scott Savage
All of the authors on the project have published with "Big Six" publishing houses, and most of them earn their living by writing books.
For this project we're doing more than just writing good stories. We're writing them in such a way as to be easily built upon and expanded. We don't want a simple story with a beginning, middle, and end. We want an exciting world with many roads leading out into dangerous territory so you can pick up your notebook, wield your pen, and join us in the adventure.
Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The money raised goes to several areas. First—Kickstarter and Amazon keep a portion of the funds so they can continue to offer their services. This comes right off the top.
Second—there was money spent to launch the campaign—images, voice talent, Graphic Designer, etc. If successful, part of the funds will go to reimburse money already spent.
Third—many of the rewards require purchasing and shipping. We’ll need to buy books, ship them to be signed by the author, and then ship them to the address provided by our supporters.
Fourth, it requires money to create a book. There is cover art, content and line editing, printing, shipping, and more. A good portion of the funds will go toward getting our three novellas out the door.
Fifth—we have offered our authors a payment for their services. The payment is much less than they would normally receive, and our authors are doing this because they feel it’s a good way to give back to the writing community. It’s important to remember that these books will be released under a license that allows anybody to copy, print, and distribute the book, so there will likely not be any additional royalties for our authors. They are giving their work away in a very literal sense.
This is a science fiction world, near-future, involving human experiments leading up to a generational space flight. The world is full of conspiracies, mystery, and paranoia. We're writing it with hundreds of characters are involved, so the stories can go in any number of directions, and be focused on any aspect of the world: adults, teens, romance, mystery, action, thriller, etc.