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$620
pledged of $6,500pledged of $6,500 goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 2 2018 11:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to my Kickstarter for my sci-fi novel, Ms. X.

Frustrated with origin stories where characters get superpowers in adolescence or are simply born with them, I wondered why I'd never seen a story featuring someone who mysteriously gets superpowers later in life.

So I decided to write one.


An excerpt from Ms. X

Click here to read the first part of Ms. X on my blog at MediaPsychMarti.com:
Ms. X . . . Section One


So what's the book about?

Raney Winter is a 38-year-old Gen Exer who wakes up one morning and discovers she can fly.  No idea why or how, but she can fly!  She's already dealing with a dozen other real-life problems, now what in the hell is she supposed to do with this?

Seriously, what the f***!
Seriously, what the f***!

Other characters in the book are . . .

Gabriel: Raney's best friend from childhood
Dean: Gabriel's long-term boyfriend
Clove: Gabriel's little sister
Bernard: the group's sidekick, mascot, and resident smart ass (he's also a teddy bear)

Raney, Dean, Gabriel, Clove, and Bernard
Raney, Dean, Gabriel, Clove, and Bernard
Wait, where'd this dragon come from?
Wait, where'd this dragon come from?
Is this blood or strawberry jam?  Read the book to find out . . . Ok, fine.  It's blood.  What's a superhero story without tragedy?
Is this blood or strawberry jam? Read the book to find out . . . Ok, fine. It's blood. What's a superhero story without tragedy?

This is not your typical superhero story.  Think of it as Deadpool meets Wonder Woman. There's swearing, violence, humor, science fiction, fantasy . . . something for everyone.

Except kids.  This is not a book for children.  The teddy bear has way too much attitude for that.


What does this Kickstarter Pay for?

A good portion is to hire a professional editor and paying the artist for this amazing artwork that accompanies the Kickstarter, plus the design of the Kickstarter custom cover.  Additional costs are for promotion, content creation, and of course, Kickstarter fees and the reward costs for database management, shipping and printing.  I did a lot of research and calculations before launching this bad boy, and figured this is the magic number I need to accomplish all of this and break even.


About the Artist

Will Strawbridge is a good friend of mine and as you can see, an amazing artist.  (Do not listen to his protests, he's way too shy when it comes to self-promotion.)  I gave Will a large chunk of Ms X, and requested images for this Kickstarter in whatever art style he wanted, of whatever subject he wanted.  He picked scenes straight from the pages and brought them to life!  It was amazing how perfectly he captured the personality of these characters.  Did I say he was amazing?  I cannot say amazing enough.  He also cosplays a perfect David Tennant Doctor Who. 

Check out Will over at: 

@the42nddoctor on Twitter
@the42nddoctor on Instagram


About the Author

After completing a masters in Media Psychology in 2012, I immediately began a fulfilling career in creating, analyzing, and teaching about all different kinds of media.

Just kidding.  I got a day job, and have been hammered hard with this "new economy" bullshit on a regular basis.

I love to create all forms of media, and have been a creator in some form since I was little.  Over the years, I have written, recorded, and performed music, I've filmed video blogs, composed short stories, penned blogs and articles, painted artwork . . .  even spray-painted graffiti all over my dining room walls.  This book thing was an undertaking just to see if I could do it, and because I liked the story idea.  Imagine my surprise when the characters took over the story, barrelling towards the finish line in a blaze of . . . of . . . 
well, witty banter and accidental awesomeness.  That's kinda the MO of this group.

Did I mention I have an excerpt posted on my blog at MediaPsychMarti.com?
Ms. X . . . Section One

There may be two over there.  Click around.


Rewards

$3 and up . . .

A good chunk of the book right away.  This Kickstarter will end in May, and shortly after that, I will send you a PDF of the first section of the book.  It's not quite half the book, so I'm saying it's approximately 1/3 of the novel. 

Keep in mind, this is the unedited version of the book.  Half the reason I wanted to launch this Kickstarter is so I could hire an editor to polish the novel.  So there may be a typo.  Or two.  Or twenty.

$10 and up . . .

In addition to the PDF of the first section in May, you will also receive a PDF of the entire book after it is completed and edited and polished and perfect.  I'm expecting this to be in October.

Then everyone can read the book, adore it, and buy it for their friends for Christmas presents.  See?  I have this all figured out.

$20 and up . . . .

This reward will net you the first section of the book in May, the completed PDF when it is done, and a personalized autographed postcard in the mail. 

Ta-da!  This is the postcard.
Ta-da! This is the postcard.

$40 and up . . .

Your very own hardcover copy of Ms. X!  This is an exclusive cover - only available through this Kickstarter.

You will also receive the first section of the book in May, the completed PDF when it is done, and a personalized autographed postcard in the mail.

$50 and up . . .

Not only do you get your very own hardback copy with Kickstarter exclusive cover of Ms. X, but I'll autograph it for you!

You will also receive the first section of the book in May, the completed PDF when it is done, and a personalized autographed postcard in the mail.

$75 and up . . .

In addition to the autographed hardback copy with Kickstarter exclusive cover, this reward comes with a full-sized poster!

You will also receive the first section of the book in May, the completed PDF when it is done, and a personalized autographed postcard in the mail.

This wicked poster would look awesome on your wall.  You know it would.
This wicked poster would look awesome on your wall. You know it would.

$1000 and up . . .

Because why not?

This reward nets you 10 autographed hardback books, 10 posters, and I'll use your name as a character in the next Ms. X book.  Seriously.

And of course, you will also receive the first section of the book in May, the completed PDF when it is done, and a personalized autographed postcard in the mail.


You seem amazing and cool.  How can I find you online?

Cyber-stalk away . . . what else is the internet for?

Much love and gratitude to you for visiting my Kickstarter page!

Risks and challenges

Well the book is written. It's still being prepped and fine-tuned, but it's got a beginning, middle, and end. I have interviewed and selected a professional editor, and even researched agents. As a multimedia consultant, I have prepped and successfully self-published two books for a client, so I know the routine and can do that . . . unless there's a publisher out there that wants to jump on this project?

Anyone?
Anyone?

Bueller?

Anyway, I am fully prepared to self-publish to fulfill the rewards of this Kickstarter, and am planning to have paperbacks for sale by November for Christmas presents.

I have everything in place, ready to go, a very workable timeline to complete the project, and experience with two books already. I'd call that minimal risk.

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    I say "approximately" 1/3 because it's almost but not quite 1/2.

    (Keep in mind, this is the unedited version - the final version might be slightly different. This version might have typos. And mistakes. And clutter. You know, the stuff I need to fix before printing.)

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    Hardback Ms. X novel w/Exclusive Cover

    Your very own hardback Ms. X book for your bookshelf, with a Kickstarter Exclusive cover!

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    Finally, you will receive a PDF of approximately the first 1/3 of Ms. X shortly after the Kickstarter completes in May.

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    An autographed hardback Ms. X book for your bookshelf, with a Kickstarter Exclusive cover!

    You will also receive a personalized autographed postcard in the mail, and an electronic copy of Ms. X, after editing and polishing.
    Finally, you will receive a PDF of approximately the first 1/3 of Ms. X shortly after the Kickstarter completes in May.

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    Autographed Hardback Novel and Poster

    A full-sized Ms. X poster, and an autographed hardback Ms. X book for your bookshelf, with a Kickstarter Exclusive cover!

    You will also receive a personalized autographed postcard in the mail, and an electronic copy of Ms. X, after editing and polishing.
    Finally, you will receive a PDF of approximately the first 1/3 of Ms. X shortly after the Kickstarter completes in May.

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    • PDF of full book after polishing and editing
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    Your name in the next novel!

    I will use your name as a character in the next Ms. X book.

    Ten Ms. X posters!

    Ten autographed hardback Ms. X books for your bookshelf, with a Kickstarter Exclusive cover!

    You will also receive a personalized autographed postcard in the mail, and an electronic copy of Ms. X, after editing and polishing.
    Finally, you will receive a PDF of approximately the first 1/3 of Ms. X shortly after the Kickstarter completes in May.

    Includes:
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    • PDF of full book after polishing and editing
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