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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 14 2019 1:54 PM UTC +00:00

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Lighter than Aether is the seventh book in the steampunk mystery and thriller series Galvanic Century, and the first to be released in four years. The cover has been commissioned, the draft is written, all it needs now is a professional editing polish and a marketing budget. 

 Each book in the Galvanic Century series is written to stand alone, so that readers don't need to be familiar with the prior six books to understand what's going on in this one.

Writing is Editing

Writers can do a lot of the heavy lifting  - layout, marketing, cover design - but what we can't do is edit our own work. We know the book too well, and our minds will fill in the gaps that our keystrokes left behind. And the indie fiction scene is stuffed to the gills with poorly edited published works. Editing is, perhaps, the most important stage of the writing process.

And then there's the marketing - you can write the best book in the world, but it doesn't matter if nobody knows it's there. And without sales, there's little incentive for a writer to keep writing... poor sales will kill an otherwise promising series, as the writer will look to try something else instead of keeping on with it.

Marketing and Editing Budget

Freelance editing for a full-sized novel runs from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars depending on how in-depth you're talking, from a simple proofread to line-editing. For Lighter than Aether we're looking at a floor of $400 for the most basic options, leaving us with no budget for marketing but a much cleaner final manuscript.

Past that, in addition to more in-depth edits and various marketing options, here are some stretch goals.

Stretch Goals

$800: Interior Art

Interior art composition sketches
Interior art composition sketches

When commissioning cover art, the artist involved provided me with several cover compositions. I chose the one I liked best, but he's agreed to provide me with interior art based on the other two. If we hit $800 they're going into the book.

Additionally, everybody will get digital desktop and mobile wallpaper based on all commissioned art.

$1200: Convention Gear

I'm scheduled as a special guest at the Chicago Steampunk Expo, which I'll be using in part to promote Lighter than Aether. Hitting this goal means I can afford a nicely appointed booth, books to sell at the con, etc.

$2500: Murder By Clockwork

Current, not great art
Current, not great art

Murder By Clockwork is an interactive fiction game set between the events of Book 6 and 7 - something I wrote as a hobby project. If we hit $2500 I'll polish it up, commission some real art for it, release it on Steam, and send copies to everybody donating at least $10.

$5000 Audio Drama Adaptation

Iron Horses Can't Be Broken, Galvanic Century Book 6, was adopted into an audio drama production by Burning Brigid Media for the Synesthesia Theatre podcast. We could do the same for Lighter than Aether, but I'm only interested if we can afford to pay everyone involved standard industry rates for voice acting, production, and audio editing. This would pay for that and for studio rental.

If we get this made, everybody gets a digital download of the final product.

Risks and challenges

My work on the book is almost done - editing and marketing are all that we've got left. There's always a degree of risk when commissioning external help, but I tend to stick with freelancers who have shown themselves to be reliable.

Additionally society itself may collapse. I have no plans to deal with this.

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