The Sensualist: A Young Adult Novel for Self Respect

by Anthony Terragna

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    1. Tiger Hebert on March 7, 2016

      Hello Anthony,

      I am reaching out to you because you were listed an a serial backer on kickstarter. I don't know if it interests you, but I wanted to share my campaign with you. I am a published author who is just looking for a little help. With funding I will be able to release at least 1 book this year, and a 2nd book as well stretch goals permitting. I would be grateful if you'd check it out and help in any way possible.
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tigerhebert/the-chronicles-of-aurion

      Respectfully,
      Tiger

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About this project

Attention:

For all special exclusive preview spectators of this campaign prior to the launch, the reward tiers are way too rough to be final and they are solely just ideas. In addition, the dates are clearly not reachable. Don't take them to heart. Thank you so much for viewing! Provide suggestions of realistic measures. I am currently revamping the whole page. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

International Interest 

I have intentionally removed any softcover or hardcover options for international backers because I feel that the shipping for international backers will be unfair and will not guarantee 99% (let alone a perfect 100%) delivery. I have read too many success stories from successful campaigns that had many flaws for international backers, including but not limited to paying more or losing the package from customs.

If you are genuinely interested in my book, I will try my best to research and aim for efficiency, productivity, and quality assurance for my international community. These options may open up during the live campaign. Please select the eBook option for now. 

Timeline

By saving space, I provided The Sensualist's detailed timeline here

I include everything that lead up to the project itself, and will add production dates closer to the campaign launch. 

Future Updates:

  • More pictures of progress will be uploaded. 
  • A video will be created. 
  • A narrative text version of video will be included.
  • Chapter quotes / update progress page 
  • Research on costs for soft cover and hardcover.
  • Research for international costs 
  • Stretch Goals! 
  • Include Share options and rewards 

Please note:This section will be removed prior to launch date. 

STOP STRIPPING DOWN TO BARE STANDARDS. IT'S YOUR BODY. YOU'RE A PRIORITY. NEVER AN OPTION. IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT THEY'RE BORED. IT'S NEVER YOUR FAULT IF THEY WANTED MORE. TAKE CONTROL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR IDENTITY.

In a sexualized society influenced by mass media, children are challenged by social influences before they reach pubescence. These young minds and developing bodies are constantly adapting throughout their daily involvement of technological changes with interpersonal communication. This new era of communication has reshaped the understanding of building healthy relationships. The way young adults participate in digital intimacy might have significantly hindered their professional reputation and self-respect. 

The Novel

The Sensualist is a young adult novel that delivers an educational focus for young victims of a sexualized society on cultural diversity, history through current global events, and language arts. This novel is a road-map towards successfully building architectural relationships. I define an architectural relationship as a relationship with a foundation of solid first impressions, structured walls of growth and development, insulation of naturally mutual feelings and experiences, and ventilation to cool down the heated encounters. The electrical wiring of an emotional and physical connection will provide the circuitry of passion and romance with a light switch. The hardwood flooring will be crafted for candle lit dinners and elegant ballroom dancing. Then, the attractive exterior siding will woo the public eye, and a secure lock of commitment will be placed on all the doors. Lastly, the roof of trust will secure this relationship's growth and development from the harsh storms and unexpected outside forces. 

Meet the MC

Logan Coeur, an undergraduate at Greyfield University, narrates his compelling story of his struggle to establish relationships after a homeless man granted him a wish that left him speechless. The young sweet-talker discovers sensuality over sexuality, and later refines his own standards for finding true love.

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 The Literary Process

During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I have participated in a novel writing contest that allowed my creativity to mold a story over 50,000 words within the month of November. When my computer decided to protest and malfunction, I reflected upon this moment as a turning point away from The End Zone. I knew it was time to let it go and build the story back up with a different plot.

Previously, I felt as if my plot was too harsh. I allowed the main character, a high school athletic star, to experience a devastating car accident that left him paraplegic from the waist down. This was not only unfair to my main character,  especially when his athletic scholarship was revoked, but it did not provide an equality of satisfaction for my young adult audience. I stripped away someone's passion to stress the importance of sensuality and the thought process with the right head.

The End Zone 

The title was primarily a play on words to focus on football scoring terminology, an over-played erogenous zone and sexual innuendos. In tennis, "love" is when you have not scored yet. In a strikingly similar approach, the term for "having sex" may reflect on being a form of "scoring" in the bedroom. I wanted to call a referee into this game, and pause for a moment. What ever happened to warming up (prolonged foreplay) before the game? When was it perfectly acceptable to cut corners and assume all territorial rights to the field (her body)? The Sensualist began to refine and incorporate these ideas into an inspirational story of friendship, cultural awareness, love, and sex education. The Sensualist is no where near an alternative to a textbook written from a sexologist, but modeled as a big brother to someone without that support. 

Click here to read The Diary of a Bilingual Tutor. 

Television Appearances 

Nickelodeon Slime Time Live Season 1 (2000), Jerry Springer - You Cheated ... So Beat It! (2009)

Kickspiration 

The beauty of a Kickstarter campaign should have an influential background of utilizing other successful campaigns to facilitate the birth of another. Upon delivery, I have reorganized my novel with Brandon Saw's Wrap placed against my wall.

 Middle Eastern / Islamic Focus 

While I organized the third chapter, I dove into my passion for Middle Eastern culture by introducing several surahs, chapters, from an English translated hard-copy of the Quran, and assisted my main character's best friend to define his character to the best of his ability. 

Omar Hassan Kafir, Logan's best friend, was a victim of racial profiling during the week of September 11, 2001. Omar's faith has set him apart from most victims of religious discrimination by building courage and perseverance through educating Islam to non-believers. The Sociology class taught at Greyfield University provided a rewarding trip to New York City, but Omar felt hesitant from the possibility of triggering events that may lead him back to horrific memories. 

Although Omar and Logan encountered a conflicting moment when Omar was targeted as a terrorist on the New York trip, Omar taught Logan how to reflect on faith to bring out the best within each other. Later, Omar encourages Logan to take a step into understanding Islam as a way of valuing life and everything handed down to him from Allah. Logan takes his best friend's advice throughout his journey of discovering who he has been predetermined to become after he lost his voice from the ancient curse.

 

Risks and challenges

After backing over hundreds of projects, including Publishing campaigns, I have learned from the pros and cons of a successful and unsuccessful Kickstarter project. I am deeply passionate about interpersonal communication, and I will announce every little bump in the road. I am very certain that production may cause delays on the behalf of myself and/or the third parties involved in this process.

I will hold your hand from the time you pledge to the time we sit in a circle discussing my novel. In the months after the campaign, I will keep you all informed on every little detail that happens with my novel. In fact, I am encouraging these soft gentle blows of progress for any other Kickstarter campaign. You have invested your hard earned money into a project that has yet to hit the book shelves. You are essentially the surrogate of my work. You deserve to be a part of everything that happens. Yes, including the moment when I revise a part of the story because it was inspirational at the time.

:::::::::: Personal Goals :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
My goal is to have up to 105,000 words. This is not much of a risk, but one of the greatest challenges in the production of The Sensualist as I value quality over quantity. This goal will cover up to 40 chapters with a range of 1,500 to 2,500 words each. I want to engage the reader without overwhelming or over consuming their invaluable time.

The book cover image (as a prototype) should be around 600 pixels wide by 800 pixels high with the same 3:4 ratio of width to height.

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