Writing a novel is difficult. It takes time, effort, skill, and a lot of frustration. I've done that, and now I have the first novel in my young adult series, Incendiary: First Sparks. It features Daniel and Carmen, two high school students bored with the humdrum of everyday life. When they discover that they have superpowers, they decide to make life more interesting. The best way to do that, they decide, is to become the villains of the story. The first installment follows them through the first few months of their rise to power, with all the planning, mistakes and dangers that entails.
The novel is already written, and I plan to self-publish it in both print and ebook format. However, every writer needs an editor, and editors cost money. I've reached out to one and received a quote of $895 CAD, which the majority of funds raised through this campaign will go toward. The rest will go toward Kickstarter's creator fee, and any additional funds will go toward publicity or other expenses related to the publishing of the novel.
Once I receive the editor's notes, I will revise the novel into its final form. After this, it's just a matter of finalising the cover and formatting the document, then working out the kinks. The whole process should take no longer than a couple of months, and a more firm release date will be set later on.
The following is an excerpt from the fourth chapter, pre-editing, just so you know I have actually written a whole novel here:
Daniel opened the door, but just a few centimeters. It was enough to hear one of the crime bosses inside ask if anyone else had heard something. Tendrils of smoke slipped through the crack under Carmen’s direction. The voices inside became agitated. The smoke grew thicker and he thrust the door fully open. There were seven men inside, sitting around a table. They scrambled to their feet as he entered.
Two of them pulled out guns, and Daniel flash-melted the barrels as he entered. The men swore and dropped their weapons; a glance at the other five showed their hands in the air. They’d gotten the hint, then.
Now to try out a little trick that he’d been working on for the past few days. He’d had to practice in front of the mirror to get it right and then run it by Carmen, who’d helped him iron out the issues. Now that he knew what he was doing, he could make his eyes look like they were completely made of fire. Probably looked awesome, with all that black smoke billowing around.
“Gentlemen,” he said, voice pitched slightly deeper than normal. All the work he’d done in theater class was really paying off. “You may call me Blaze.”
Risks and challenges
This project is essentially risk-free for backers. The novel has already been written, and the goal of the campaign is to pay for editing. I'm confident that, if funded, the novel will be released within a few months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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