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After escaping his abusive father, a disabled boy moves in with his grandfather, meets a homeless alien, & helps rebuild her spaceship.
After escaping his abusive father, a disabled boy moves in with his grandfather, meets a homeless alien, & helps rebuild her spaceship.
After escaping his abusive father, a disabled boy moves in with his grandfather, meets a homeless alien, & helps rebuild her spaceship.
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Click here for a free preview of Spaceship Broken. 

Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs is 100% done. We just need print funds and then it's ready to come into your hands.

Our second challenge for week two, wherein I talk about eating an onion for your enjoyment. 

Our first challenge, wherein I sing a bit. You can still get this bonus by backing today and looking at the updates. 

 

The cover for Spaceship Broken.
The cover for Spaceship Broken.

 What is Spaceship Broken about? 

Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs is about a disabled boy that escapes his physically abusive father and moves in with his emotionally abusive grandfather. Along the way, he meets a homeless alien and helps rebuild her ship. 

When I pitch the story to people they think it's a cute animated movie like Home...but it's not. It's a story about fractured homes and fractured lives. It is equal parts dark comedy, whimsical sci-fi, and tragic drama about a broken family. 

This is the most personal book I've ever written. 

It's really about my own relationship with my grandfather. He was a mean and abusive man to everybody he met; everybody except for me. To me, he was wonderfully kind and generous

As he aged (and eventually died while I edited this book), I was racked with questions about how I could see him so differently than everybody else. It consumed me for years. 

I knew I didn't want to write a non-fiction piece about our relationship, but I needed to explore it. When I finished my second novel, My Father Didn't Kill Himself, I wanted to do something that would really dive into that completely dysfunctional dynamic.

This is that book.

It's a sci-fi story about a boy that meets a homeless alien and it's a family drama about a boy living with his own mortality, surrounded by flawed people leading flawed lives. 

Whoa. That's a lot of stuff...

I know. It's very hard to talk about in an easy to digest manner, which is why I'm coming to Kickstarter, but we'll get to that.

All you really need to know that this book is great. I put my heart and soul into it. If you liked my other work, this is more personal and intimate, even though it's about aliens. 

So who are you? 

It's me. Russell!
It's me. Russell!

I'm Russell Nohelty, the publisher of Wannabe Press and author of several books including My Father Didn't Kill Himself, which funded on Kickstarter earlier this year. 

My Father Didn't Kill Himself novel cover.
My Father Didn't Kill Himself novel cover.

My Father Didn't Kill Himself is about a girl whose father commits suicide and she sets out to prove it's a murder so she doesn't lose her childhood home. You can pick up the PDF for just $5 in the rewards, and the paperback version is included in the $30 tier!

I write books that are both entertaining and thought-provoking in the graphic novel and genre novel spaces. You may have seen Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter or Katrina Hates the Dead on Kickstarter in years past. 

Ichabod and Katrina covers.
Ichabod and Katrina covers.

I self-fund all my books before bringing them to Kickstarter. They are fully realized and ready to ship before I hit the launch button. 

Backing my books is just like preordering a book on Amazon. It WILL release if funded. 

I've done this four times before and have become exceedingly good at getting books into backer's hands. 

Why are you doing this? 

Why are you doing this?
Why are you doing this?

 Well, it's simple. 

This book is great and needs to be out in the world. There are so few books out there that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. 

This is one of them.

It's a really great read and one I hope people think about for years to come afterward. 

But why Kickstarter... yet again? 

Okay, so cards on the table this is my third campaign this year and fifth overall. 

Cards on the table.
Cards on the table.

We don't always fund books through Kickstarter, but sometimes it's important that we come to the Kickstarter community. It's especially important for this book. 

Why? 

Honestly, this is a pretty niche book. 

Amazon wouldn't do it justice. It would just be lost in a pile of millions of other books. 

This is the kind of book made for Kickstarter. It's weird. It's deep. It's dark. It touches places in the soul that the general doesn't want to touch. 

We are trying to fund something amazing which wouldn't exist without Kickstarter. 

Isn't that the point of Kickstarter, after all?

So why should I trust you with my money?

I know your money is precious and you don't pledge lightly, so I promise to do everything in my power to do right by you. 

Why trust me with your money?
Why trust me with your money?

I've successfully funded four other projects on Kickstarter before. More importantly, I've successfully fulfilled four campaigns before, including my last book which shipped a month after we funded! 

We will ship this book. We know our supply chain. We have our printer. All we need is to successfully fund and it will be in your hands by Christmas. 

Wait, Christmas? Are you sure? 

Yes! Last year we ran a campaign that ended in the middle of October and we STILL shipped by Christmas. This year we are started even earlier so rewards will almost assuredly be ready by then. 

Get your book by Christmas!
Get your book by Christmas!

I hope you will pledge to this campaign. It's a great book and I put my soul into it.  

But if it's not your cup of tea, you can check out even more of my work at my publishing company Wannabe Press. You can also check out my other work on Amazon, or listen to my podcast The Business of Art, which helps creators turn their art into a business.

BTW, did you check out a free preview yet? Click here to get yours. 

Risks and challenges

Spaceship Broken is almost guaranteed to be out by Christmas, but there are issues that could arise with printers and shipping vendors.

Last year we had to delay a print run over a month because of a problem with the machines in our print vendor. However, we were still able to deliver that book by Christmas.

There is a very high probability of success here. We've had an additional year to refine our shipping process. Our last two projects shipped within a month of the campaign ending. There is no reason to believe that won't happen again.

I have yet to miss a ship deadline, so you can confidently back this project knowing that while there are risks, they are very minimal. The book is done. The printer is set.

Barring an act of God, you will receive these books by Christmas.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    My first novel in PDF form!

    You get a PDF of my first book, Gumshoes: The Case of Madison's Father, the first book ever set in East Willow. All my first three novels were set in this same town.

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    Add on a PDF for my second novel!

    The Pdf of my second novel, My Father Didn't Kill Himself, a mystery set in the same town as Spaceship Broken!

    MFDKH is about a girl whose father commits suicide and she sets out to prove it's a murder so she doesn't lose her childhood home.

    Plus you get Gumshoes as well!

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    The PDF of Spaceship Broken!

    The PDF copy of Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs!

    Plus, you get all the other books in pdf form too!

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    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself PDF
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    A physical copy of Spaceship Broken!

    A signed paperback copy of Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs!

    Plus all the pdfs from the previous rewards!

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    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself PDF
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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Add on My Second Novel!

    Add on my second novel, My Father Didn't Kill Himself, to your pledge. My Father Didn't Kill Himself takes place in the same town as Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs.

    MFDKH is about a girl whose father commits suicide and she sets out to prove it's a murder so she doesn't lose her childhood home.

    Plus all the other rewards from previous tiers!

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    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself paperback book
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    Special thanks!

    Receive a special thanks inside the book, along with all the other rewards!

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    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself PDF
    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself paperback book
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    Written into the book!

    You will be written into the book as a minor character, plus all the rewards from the previous pledge levels!

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    • Gumshoes PDF
    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself PDF
    • Spaceship Broken PDF
    • Spaceship broken paperback book
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    Get a short story written about you!

    I will write you a short story (<3,000 words) set in the town of East Willow, plus all the rewards from the previous pledge levels

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    • Gumshoes PDF
    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself paperback book
    • My Father Didn't Kill Himself PDF
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    I write your next book!

    I will write a book for you (<60,000 words, one draft), plus all the rewards from the previous pledge levels.

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