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Copies of the new omnibus edition of The SeaBEAN Trilogy

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?   

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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.

The complete first edition of The SeaBEAN Trilogy with its unique thermochromic (colour-changing) covers

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!

Author Sarah Holding with a group of young writers at a school in north London

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.   

Author Sarah Holding

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.

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    Help support cli-fi aka climate fiction

    Help Sarah foster ‘cli-fi’, the new fiction genre which foregrounds climate change, to which her new novel 'Chameleon' adds a whole new Atlantean perspective, and she will send you a pdf all about the burgeoning genre of 'cli-fi'.

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    eBook edition of 'Chameleon'

    Get to read Sarah's next book in electronic format a month before it hits the stores!

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    • 1 ebook copy of 'Chameleon', as an ePub or Mobi (Kindle) file
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    Signed copy of 'SeaWAR'

    Sarah will sign and dedicate a thermochromic 1st edition copy of the second book in the SeaBEAN trilogy, as a special gift for anyone who has read and loved the first book, mailed to anywhere in the world in time for Christmas.

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    • 1 signed copy of SeaWAR
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    Signed copy of 'SeaRISE'

    Sarah will sign and dedicate a thermochromic 1st edition copy of the third and final book in the SeaBEAN trilogy, as a special gift for anyone who has already read and enjoyed the first two, mailed to anywhere in the world in time for Christmas.

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    'Chameleon' T-shirt

    Be among the first to promote Sarah's new book with this cool T-shirt.

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    • 1 Chameleon t-shirt
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    'Chameleon' tote bag

    Be among the first to promote Sarah's new book with this handy cotton tote-bag.

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    • 1 Chameleon tote bag
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    Advance copy of 'Chameleon'

    Get your hands on one of only a handful of advance copies of Sarah's new book a month before it hits the stores!

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    • 1 advance paperback copy of 'Chameleon'
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    Signed copy of 'Chameleon'

    Get your copy as soon as it's available, signed by the author and sent direct to your door!

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    Invitation to 'Chameleon' book launch

    You'll be sent a personal invitation for you and another guest to attend Sarah Holding's London book launch for 'Chameleon', where you will meet the author in person, enjoy complimentary drinks, and have the book signed by Sarah then and there!

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    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • invitation to the London book launch of 'Chameleon'
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    Online discovery session with the author

    Enjoy a one hour online discovery session with Sarah Holding. Makes a great gift for a budding young writer to get them motivated and give them tips and ideas about developing their fiction skills.

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    • social media shout out
    • one hour online session with Sarah Holding
    • special gift certificate signed by the author
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    1st edition set of 'SeaBEAN'

    There are very few complete sets of the first edition of SeaBEAN left in stock with the original thermochromic covers, but if you pledge now, you could order one as a special gift for someone in time for Christmas! Each one comes in a presentation case complete with a real seabean.

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    • complete set of SeaBEAN trilogy with thermochromic covers
    • thermochromic bookmark
    • a real seabean
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    Get feedback on your novel via Skype

    Send Sarah a draft you're working on (around 2000 words), and she will read it and make notes and then arrange a one hour Skype call with you, to give you feedback and insights about your work.

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    • social media shout out
    • one hour Skype call with Sarah Holding to discuss your book
    • lifetime membership of Sarah's cli-fi forum & facebook group
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    Vegan afternoon tea with author

    Join Sarah Holding for a special vegan afternoon tea in central London, where she will present you with signed copies of 'Operation Chameleon' and 'SeaBEAN'.

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    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • 1 signed copy of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy'
    • afternoon tea with Sarah Holding in central London
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    Trip for 2 to the zoo with the author

    An exclusive trip for two people to London Zoo where they will be met by the author, and visit the chameleons, camels, elephants and monkeys, all of whom feature in her latest book.

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    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • 1 signed copy of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy'
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    Half day author visit to a school

    Pledge now to secure a special half-day visit by author Sarah Holding to any school inside the M25, where she will give an inspirational whole school assembly and run a creative writing workshop for 30 pupils.

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    • 5 signed copies of 'SeaBEAN' or 'Chameleon' donated to the school
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    Residential creative writing weekend

    Pledge now to grab one of only 10 places on a fully inclusive UK-based residential creative writing weekend (2 nights) for adults, to be led by Sarah Holding in spring 2020. You will get the chance to share your work with other writers, to receive individual feedback and encouragement on your work-in-progress from Sarah, and go away armed with loads of new ideas, techniques and enthusiasm!

    Includes:
    • email updates
    • social media shout out
    • invitation to the London book launch of 'Chameleon'
    • lifetime membership of Sarah's cli-fi forum & facebook group
    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • 1 signed copy of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy'
    • one space on a residential writing weekend with Sarah Holding
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    Whole day author visit to a school

    Pledge now to secure a special whole-day visit by author Sarah Holding to any school inside the M25, where she will give an inspirational whole school assembly and run creative writing workshops during the rest of the day, including a meet and greet over the lunch break.

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    • 5 signed copies of 'SeaBEAN' or 'Chameleon' donated to the school
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    Day trip to St Kilda with the author

    Have an unforgettable experience travelling across from Leverburgh to St Kilda with Sarah Holding, the author of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy', to see for yourself the incredible island where the story is set. Explore Village Bay with its chapel, school room, beach and cottages which all feature in the 'SeaBEAN' trilogy, and learn about this fascinating World Heritage Site which is now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. (NB transport to Leverburgh, meals, insurance and overnight accommodation not included, but can be arranged by the author's assistant for you. Trip subject to favourable weather conditions at the discretion of the ferry company on the day).

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    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • 1 signed copy of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy'
    • invitation to the London book launch of 'Chameleon'
    • 1 year's membership to the St Kilda Club paid for by author
    • day trip to St Kilda with Sarah Holding
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    Writer-in-Residence opportunity

    An exclusive and inspiring opportunity to appoint author Sarah Holding as the Writer-in-Residence at a school inside the M25 for the whole of 2020. Sarah will make 3 separate visits, one each term, and engage pupils with:
    • a series of themed creative writing workshops,
    • a gifted and talented lunchtime writers' club,
    • a school-wide writing competition
    - culminating in a selected anthology of pupils' writing produced during the year edited by Sarah, featured on her website and also formatted as a pdf book ready for printing.

    Includes:
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    • 5 signed copies of 'SeaBEAN' or 'Chameleon' donated to the school
    • selected anthology of pupils' stories produced by Sarah Holding
    • appoint Sarah Holding as the writer in residence for your school
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    Private charter to St Kilda with author

    A unique opportunity for 5 people to travel across to St Kilda from Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, accompanied by Sarah Holding, author of 'SeaBEAN the trilogy', to see where the story is set and experience the wild and wondrous archipelego, which is the remotest part of the UK and a world heritage site twice over. Explore Village Bay with its chapel, school room, beach and cottages which all feature in the 'SeaBEAN' trilogy, and learn about this fascinating World Heritage Site which is now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. (NB transport to Leverburgh, meals, insurance and overnight accommodation not included. Trip subject to favourable weather conditions at the discretion of the boat charter skipper)

    Includes:
    • email updates
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    • invitation to the London book launch of 'Chameleon'
    • 5 signed copies of 'SeaBEAN: the trilogy'
    • 1 year's membership to the St Kilda Club paid for by author
    • day trip to St Kilda for five people with Sarah Holding
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    Have a character named after you!

    If you jump in quickly, you can bag yourself a chance to feature as a character in 'Chameleon' before it goes to press!

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    • 1 signed copy of 'Chameleon'
    • invitation to the London book launch of 'Chameleon'
    • one character in Chameleon will be named after you
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