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A thriller and a love story, I'm looking to bring my 2nd novel into the 'realm of the real' with a limited edition paperback print run.
A thriller and a love story, I'm looking to bring my 2nd novel into the 'realm of the real' with a limited edition paperback print run.
53 backers pledged AU$ 2,230 to help bring this project to life.

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My Daughter, my Assassin is a work of fiction and my second published novel. It is both a thriller and a love story and is in some ways a self-examination of the time in my life I've spent as the 'père-au-foyer' (at-home-Dad) for my two children, here in France.

My Daughter, my Assassin front cover. (www.juliemathieu.net)
My Daughter, my Assassin front cover. (www.juliemathieu.net)

My Daughter my Assassin is already written, and was published in ebook format in June this year and I'm creating this project in order to now bring My Daughter, my Assassin in to the real world, in the form of a paperback book in a limited edition run of 200 copies.

To get a taste for the story, you can read the first three chapters on my site here. And if you're interested you can read some of the reviews that have come through from the people who read the ebook here.

Publishing in ebook format has it's advantages: It's an accessible and cheap way to reach readers fast but personally when I read I prefer to have the object of a book in my hands. I love the feel of the paper between my fingers; I love the sound as I turn each page; I love how my favorite books sit like trophies on the wall in my office! No seriously they do! On invisible bookshelves! Look!

My trophies on their invisible book shelves!
My trophies on their invisible book shelves!

I know there are still many people who prefer to read 'traditional' paper books too. Even many who will only read paper books. This kickstarter project will allow me to reach those readers, and at the same time provide a physical connection between my story and its readers through, for example, signed copies of the book that maintain a physical connection long after they've been read (in the form of 'trophies'). It will allow me to go even further and offer a 'physical' author and reader connection through for example 'lunch with the author' meetings. (See the Rewards section for more info!)

This isn't the first time I've self-published a physical book. I published my first novel The Freeing of Jonathon Mark in this fashion in 2013.

The Freeing of Jonathon Mark
The Freeing of Jonathon Mark

And it went on to win an IPPY award for best fiction in May 2014 in New York!

Award Acceptance Speech IPPY Awards 2014
Award Acceptance Speech IPPY Awards 2014

I have a very good relationship with Lussaud Imprimerie here in France (where My Daughter, my Assassin will be printed), and with their Sales Rep Olivier here in Toulouse. They are professional and produce high quality books. I even saw the printing process in action when they invited me up to see the printing of my book Ginger the Carrot (published by Un Café l'edition!) in person:

With the printing of My Daughter, my Assassin, I am confident I will once again have a book of high quality production.

BUDGET
I've based my budget on the real costs involved in bringing My Daughter, my Assassin to life (all figures in $AUD): 
Printing (books, posters, bookmarks): 1400.00
Cover Illustration:                                   250.00
Transport:                                               150.00
Kickstarter fees (approx 10%):               200.00


TOTAL                                                   2000.00

If my goal is lucky enough to be surpassed I plan to put any extra funds into advertising the book (both ebook and paperback) through sites such as Choosy Bookworm (which I've used successfully before) and BookBubs.
But I'll just be so grateful to reach my goal, and see my book in my hands, on my 'invisible bookshelf' and more importantly, in the hands, and minds of others.

REWARDS
For you to be a part of this project I'm offering the following rewards:
(**Please note: each reward (where postage is required) includes the postage cost, to anywhere in the world. There will be no additional postage cost on top of the reward amount.)

TIER 1 - Pledge $5: Receive an email of thanks form the author.

TIER 2 - Pledge $10: Receive a My Daughter, my Assassin bookmark.

TIER 3 - Pledge $30:
Receive a copy of the limited edition first print run of My Daughter, my Assassin - signed, personally by the author!
PLUS a My Daughter, my Assassin bookmark.

TIER 4 - Pledge $40
Receive 'The Nathan Gross Book Pack #1': 
A copy of My Daughter, my Assassin, signed personally by the author.
PLUS A copy of Nathan's award-winning 1st novel The Freeing of Jonathon Mark, signed by the author.
PLUS a bookmark!

TIER 5 - Pledge $50 (Limited reward level - 10 available)
Receive a limited edition A3 print of the book's front cover (www.juliemathieu.net).
PLUS A copy of the limited edition first print run of My Daughter, my Assassin - signed, personally by the author!
PLUS a bookmark.

TIER 6 - Pledge $60
Receive 'The Nathan Gross Book Pack #2'.
A copy of My Daughter, my Assassin, signed personally by the author.
PLUS A copy of Nathan's award-winning 1st novel The Freeing of Jonathon Mark, signed by the author.
PLUS a copy of Ginger the Carrot (an illustrated text - for adults, published by Un Cafe, l'edition!) in English OR French, signed by the author.
PLUS bookmark.

TIER 7 - Pledge $120 (Limited reward level - 4 available)
A meet the author lunch!
Eat lunch with the author, cooked by the author! I will make lunch, and eat lunch with you in Melbourne, Australia! I will be in Melbourne from the 1st to the 10th of December 2015. Lunch would be between these dates (to organize together). It will probably be a French meal—don't worry, I cook everyday (successfully) for my (sometimes) picky family! And I like to eat good food!!
5 spots only available at the table (including me!)
PLUS A signed copy of My Daughter, my Assassin, hand delivered.
PLUS bookmark.
(Flights, transport not included)

TIER 8 - Pledge $120 (Limited reward level - 4 available)
Eat lunch with the author in Toulouse, France! On a date to organize together. It will be a tasty feed at a decent restaurant (to be advised)—don't worry, I like to eat good food!! (Only five seats available at the table, including me!)
PLUS A signed copy of My Daughter, my Assassin, hand delivered.
PLUS Bookmark.
(Flights, transport not included)

TIER 9 - Pledge $250 (Limited reward level - 4 available)
I will write you into my next book - in a positive way.
PLUS a signed copy of My Daughter, my Assassin.
PLUS Bookmark.

TIER 10 - Pledge $800 (Limited reward level - 1 available)
My next book dedicated to you with the dedication to appear at the front of every printed and digitally published copy.
PLUS Everything in the 'Nathan Gross Book Pack #2'.
PLUS A limited edition A3 print of the My Daughter, my Assassin's front cover.

I hope I've explained everything ok. If you have any questions please, just let me know. I look forward to involving you in my project!

Risks and challenges

There is a risk as with any printed project that during the printing process we might hit a slight bump in proceedings. In the event that this happens the obstacles will be overcome. In the event that this causes a delay to delivery dates (for printed materials) I will let you know.

As with all projects in general there is the risk that the target won't be reached and the project will fall through. I'm confident this won't be the case! But if it is, it won't cost you anything! Your pledge is only charged to you if the project reaches its goal!

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    A copy of the limited edition first print run of 'My Daughter, my Assassin' - signed, personally by the author!
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    Nathan Gross Book Pack #1.
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    PLUS A copy of Nathan's award-winning 1st novel 'The Freeing of Jonathon Mark', signed by the author.
    PLUS a bookmark!

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    A limited edition A3 print of the book's front cover.
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    Nathan Gross Book Pack #2
    A copy of 'My Daughter, my Assassin', signed personally by the author.
    PLUS A copy of Nathan's award-winning 1st novel 'The Freeing of Jonathon Mark', signed by the author.
    PLUS a copy of 'Ginger the Carrot' (a published illustrated text - for adults!) in English OR French, signed by the author
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    A meet the author lunch!
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    I will make lunch, and eat lunch with you in Melbourne, Australia! I will be in Melbourne from the 1st to the 10th of December 2015. Lunch would be between these dates (to organize together). It will probably be a French meal—don't worry! I cook (successfully) everyday for my (sometimes) picky family! And I like to eat good food!!
    PLUS A signed copy of 'My Daughter, my Assassin', hand delivered.
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    PLUS A signed copy of 'My Daughter, my Assassin', hand delivered.
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    PLUS a signed copy of 'My Daughter, my Assassin'. (Delivery of 'My Daughter, my Assassin' expected January 2016).

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    My next book dedicated to you with the dedication to appear at the front of every printed and digitally published copy.
    PLUS Everything in the 'Nathan Gross Book Pack #2'
    PLUS A limited edition A3 print of the 'My Daughter, my Assassin's' front cover.
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