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To hide a terrible secret, the cadets of Mars Colony One have their memories altered every week—until one girl remembers everything.
To hide a terrible secret, the cadets of Mars Colony One have their memories altered every week—until one girl remembers everything.
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What if you were given the memories of the entire world? Would it change the way you see others?

Would it change the way you see yourself?

A little over two years ago, these questions became the foundation for a novel called Biome.

That book has since grown, toppled, dusted itself off, and tried again. It’s been through several drafts and a few dozen revisions. Recently, it’s been professionally line edited, proofread, designed, reviewed, and even endorsed.

And now, the book is ready to be printed and distributed.

This is where you join the story.

Our goal is pretty simple.

While it’s in my nature to dream big (like, laser-pirate big,) the idea is to start with a small print run—just 500 copies.

The manuscript will be professionally printed in 5.5” by 8.25” paperback with a gloss cover, complete at 336 indexed pages. It looks dang good.

And it smells good too.

Here is a sample of what people have been saying about Biome:

  • “An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story. The ending, meanwhile, satisfies on every level.” —Kirkus Reviews
  • “Within the first few chapters I gave up trying to predict where the story would go and simply let it carry me on a wild, extraterrestrial ride.” —Anne Elisabeth Stengl, award-winning author of Heartless
  • “A real page-turner, reminiscent of both The 100 and Doctor Who.” India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter
  • "The twisting plot and fleshed out characters lead to a satisfying ending."The BookLife Prize in Fiction
  • “[E]xtremely engaging. I can’t wait to read a sequel.”Hannah Alexander, author of The Hallowed Halls series

Right now, you can read up to half the book on Wattpad and my author web page. Or, you can save it all for a single binge when you receive your copy. (My personal recommendation.)

What about perks?

For those who are determined to flood my tiny bookish heart with joy, I’ve put together a few special perks.

Print of original Biome concept art.

This digitally hand-painted work comes courtesy of Christopher Smith, an incredible illustrator and VFX artist. The print will be produced on 11" by 17" poster stock with an aqueous gloss finish.

It looks stunning over a fireplace, in a bedroom, or worn as a cape.

Pre-release ebooks and signed first editions.

Support at this stage is more than meaningful—it’s absolutely critical to an artist’s success. So for my truest “early adopters,” I’ll be sending download links for the ebook upon completion of the Kickstarter.

That’s a full month before wide release.

I’ll also be signing first editions beginning with the “Eternal Thanks” tier, with a personalized “thank you” from me to you. Upon request, I can make it old-timey. Such as,

“Yer a boon to a salty cabbage hat, m’lad.”

Actually, no. I can’t sign books in “old-timey” language. The reason for this is because I don’t actually know any old-timey slang, and I’ll inevitably just embarrass myself—and you.

Meet-and-greet with the author.

Yep—this strange, handsome guy.
Yep—this strange, handsome guy.

Want to talk about the state of publishing? Or an idea you had for a book? Or maybe get some answers about why I am the way that I am?

A lot of people have wondered that.

For those who really want to make my day, month, and year, you can score an hour-long one-on-one chat.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, we’ll meet up for coffee at a café of your choosing. If not, we’ll still drink coffee. But our meeting will take place in the digital utopia of a Google Hangout.

Join the cast of my next novel.

Pretty gratuitous and self-explanatory. For the ultimate fan and benefactor, you can pay me to write you into a future novel.

Don’t simply be attractive for now. Solidify your place as a total babe for all eternity in one of my timeless works.

Of course, you will be obligated to live out whatever I write.

Why this project matters.

It’s no secret that publishing is changing. There are more tools than ever for independent artists—while at the same time, it’s harder than ever to “break in.”

What I’m trying to do with Biome is make something that I deeply believe in. That comes without compromising my rights or integrity.

As Mark Twain once beautifully quipped:

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”

In that vein, this novel is intended to imagine a baseline for new possibilities in publishing—to set a trend for what the market could be.

Because as I'm fond of saying, voting doesn't only happen on a ballot. It happens everywhere you spend your words, your dollars, and your time.

If you’re still reading at this point, just let me say, thank you.

Your support means the absolute world.

With deepest gratitude,

— R. Galloway

Some extra (important) info.

Timeline and shipping.

After getting quotes from printers all over the United States and Canada, I’ve decided to print Biome through a production facility in Minneapolis.

Though this kind of work is always expensive—especially to an individual with small inventories like me—please know that I’ve done everything I can to keep costs down. At this point, it looks like I’ll be using a fulfillment service to send out all physical perks and copies that don’t need to be signed by me. Everything else will come straight to my tiny apartment in Portland, where I’ll be writing notes and shipping them out personally to arrive before the holidays.

If you live outside the United States or Canada and would like to purchase a physical copy, my hope is to distribute globally in 2017.

Translations are also under consideration. If you’d like to see Biome in a specific language, please leave a comment or contact me at translations@readbiome.com.

Risks and challenges

Producing a mass quantity of any product is always expensive and risky. To minimize the risk and keep costs low, I’ve researched dozens of printers and distributors to ensure that you will receive a professional, shelf-worthy book in a timely manner.

While unforeseen issues can always arise, I believe I’m in the best position possible to create this book on time and on budget.

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    eReader à La Carte

    One ebook copy of Biome, the single coolest book you’ll read all winter.

    Available on Kindle and any other platform.

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    First Edition Paperback

    One ebook and one first edition paperback. Because what’s better than having a book in your hands that you can touch, smell, and see?

    That’s more than half of your senses.

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    Eternal Thanks and Early Access

    One ebook, one signed first edition paperback, and my undying love—um, I mean, a mention in Biome’s acknowledgments.

    You’ll also receive your ebook download code the day that the Kickstarter ends—which means you can be the first to spoil it for others!

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    Artist Goody Bag

    One pre-release ebook, one signed first edition paperback, a mention in Biome’s acknowledgments, and a print of original Biome concept art by the gifted Christopher Smith. In terms of subject matter, this is definitely his best work. (Obviously.)

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    Holiday Bundle

    One pre-release ebook, a bundle of five signed first edition paperbacks, and a digital high-five. Because, really, what says yuletide cheer more than the same gift for everyone you know? NOTHING.

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    Creative Coffee

    One hour coffee meet-up with the author, in person or online depending on geography. Discuss literally any topic! Includes one pre-release ebook, one signed first edition paperback, an enormous thank-you in Biome’s acknowledgements, and a print of original Biome concept art.

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    Join the Cast

    Have a character based on you in my next book. Is this unnecessary or what? No one is ever going to pledge for this. But, hey—an author can dream. This exclusive opportunity also includes one pre-release ebook, two signed first edition paperbacks, heavy-handed flattery in Biome’s acknowledgements, and a print of original Biome concept art.

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