My first book SeaBEAN came out in 2013 with a traditional publisher and sold out within 12 months. Having caught the attention of Guardian Children's Books, given a TED talk about my work and built up a committed following in schools and on social media, I've decided to go independent and self publish my next book. But for this to have lasting impact, I first need to create buzz, and to do that I need your help.
Chameleon is a climate change science fiction ('Cli-fi') novel for young adults about three genetically modified humans and is set during the fall of Atlantis. I'm asking the question, what if humans lived through and survived a previous period of extreme climate change around 12,000 years ago? What if the fabled city of Atlantis was real and fell victim to a climate event that changed our planet irrevocably all those years ago, challenging Earth's inhabitants to work together in order to survive?
My previous three 'Cli-fi' books, (SeaBEAN, SeaWAR and SeaRISE) enabled me to pass on my passion for writing climate fiction to hundreds of young people in schools and at literary events across the UK, so I am excited about the opportunity to inspire and motivate more aspiring writers with Chameleon, which will come out at a moment when many young people are really focused on this issue.
I'm offering some enticing options to reward fans, supporters and lovers of new fiction for becoming part of my team of backers and helping me put a great marketing campaign together to promote and launch Chameleon in early 2020. I've already got the design and production costs covered, but I can't fund the rest. I'll need to make a book trailer, create some merchandise, advertise the launch on social media, run a trade campaign as well as doing book events and blog tours etc. So even if you only have a couple of quid to spare, it will be very much appreciated!
It's been a massive undertaking to research and write Chameleon over the last 4 years, but I think it's going to deliver a though-provoking message that will resonate powerfully with today's readers and enable them to see a way forward, in turn generating meaningful, game-changing conversations in schools around climate change.
That's why I believe it's a project that's worthy of your support. I'd love you to be part of the process of making it happen.
Risks and challenges
I realise there are many new titles to compete with and many creative projects all seeking funding right now, but I have a great team behind me and an established reputation for writing in this genre. My first book was reviewed by Guardian Children's Books and featured on BBC Radio Scotland, and the first edition actually sold out, so I am confident that I can get same kind of attention with Chameleon to achieve success and justify your generosity.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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