Hello and welcome to the Noren Kickstarter Campaign.
First we would like to say thank you for giving a little of your time to take the first step into our world.
Please allow me to introduce us; we are The Three Muses, the magic makers behind the Noren Realm. We are a trio of authors and artists from the great northern sate of Alaska. We have inseparable friends going on 17 years. Always fans of fantasy and fantastic story telling the love affair with the idea of creating our own world started early. Our childhood and teenage years were filled with art, narratives, and imagination. We always ran to the beat of our own drum. Exiting high school the pursuit of expressing our world, Noren became serious and we worked to perfect a manuscript and illustrations that would depict a world worthy of our collective imaginations.
We started to learn about everything it would take to bring Noren to life, from art, writing, and design, to promotion and all the options we could explore. Early this year the final manuscript had reached its perfection and we started on a campaign to get it and the accompanying art published.
Knowing a little about us and what got us here please allow me a brief teaser of Noren’s first novel, “Scar of Trees” here.
Noren Scar of Trees
Eirik Holte was always destined to be a Moon Muse, charged with the care of the magical realm of Noren and its inhabitants. However, when he is betrayed and his life is plunged into chaos he finds he must now work with three new Muses in order to save his sacred charge. Among them is a shy woman named Ellette Hughes. Eirik has hardly noticed her in all the years they have known each other through the Coven that supports him and his duty. At first she seems unremarkable. Yet, as he instructs the three in the crisis that has befallen Noren, Eirik notices he cannot seem to ignore her. After they are forced to spend nearly every moment together Eirik begins to understand why she and the other two have been chosen by Noren.
The realm of Noren has always known the grace of the Muses. The two worlds are symbiotically joined together. Elven Lord Ashfaren has been one of the few to hear the Muses’ voice through the ages. They were present when he met the lovely Elemental, Tsukiha, and his life began to change. Yet, when the hallow bond with the Muses is corrupted Ashfaren and Tsukiha are forced down a path that leads to a gifted young Sage, Vwynsent Bloom. The three begin a new relationship with the Muses that has never existed before and is the only way Noren will survived the double edged treachery that threatens its very existence.
Sounds good huh? We really hope you think so because this is where you come in. While we have a brilliant story and manuscript, along with beautiful art to go with it we are hoping this fundraiser will help us cover the costs of self publishing and promoting our first novel.
We have self published several art books before, three related to the Noren universe.
Please visit our website to see these books: http://www.norenrealm.com/artbooks.htm
Noren is as much about art as it is about narrative. However, what we are planning to do with the novel is on a much larger scale than the web publishing of our art books. We want to deliver this story to everyone who has a love of fantasy and great storytelling.
We hope to not only to publish the physical novel through a printing press and ebooks but we hope to make it successful through marketing it ourselves. This campaign is to aide us in covering those costs from printing, shipping costs, direct marketing supplies (like books marks and media), local trade fairs and shows costs, to a stellar book trailer that will help us spread the interest and magic of Noren to a wider audience.
The book trailer is a large part of the funds we are asking for. While the Three Muses are multitalented and are well prepared to take on the challenges of self publishing a book and making it successful, we are not videographers. We hope to be able to work with a local Alaskan production company to create a wonderful trailer that will draw an audience into the amazing world we have crafted for their enjoyment. Our stunning visuals and art should aide seamlessly to this desire. Yet, the best trailers we have researched have excellent voiceovers narrating the introduction in the realm you will be reading when you open the book. This why we hope to be able to work with a talented voice, (first choice would be someone like rising Welsh actor Luke Evans) who can bring something to life with just the audio delivery of Noren’s words. With this we can convey an interesting and attention grabbing first look into the majesty our books will offer.
We have put a tremendous amount of work, hope and dreams into the creation of our Noren world and first novel. It has been a singular and most passionate creation we have wanted to share since its inception. The manuscript has been through three full major rewrites in 6 years and is now ready and wonderful.
The art we plan to include not only as the depiction of Noren but in it the actual novel itself. It is unique, beautiful and an expression of our imagination and talents just like Noren’s story itself.
Alaska offers some challenges to our goals but with your help we can bridge those and bring Noren to everyone who has the desire to experience it. We know that we have a gem to share with you and hope that you’ll take the time to give a little to help us make it shine. Stories from within your imagination about fantastical worlds that you could not experience without the expression of artistic imaginations are priceless. They can give you things you’ll find no where else in our world, journeys, people, and wonder that are birthed by our unique ability to imagine. So please help us bring Noren to you!
Just a reminder for those who are not familiar with Kickstarter’s rewards: Rewards are accumulative, so the more you give the more you get! Thank you very much!
Thank you for all the time and consideration you’ve just given in exploring our project. We are so passionate about our creation we cannot express enough gratitude in the support you give. If you are not able to donate to our cause we ask that you pass along our project and campaign to anyone you think might be interested. Any little bit of help you can offer earns you our undying appreciation. Noren cannot exist without people who believe in it and fans who love it.
Thank you very much from the Three Muses and Noren itself!
For more about Noren and its art please visit our website The Noren Realm.
You can follow us on Twitter: @Noren_Realm
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