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From a country on the verge of revolution to an island cloaked in madness. Discovering Aberration needs editing and cover design.

We are FUNDED!!!

Thanks to everyone who was a part of this project. I couldn't have done it without the help of the amazing people who not only backed this project, but spread the word and invited their friends. You guys are awesome!

Stretch Goal $4,300

With two hours to go, we're opening up a stretch goal. If funding reaches $4,300 all copies of Discovering Aberration will feature illustrations by artist Colt Smith. Keep those pledges rolling in and we'll keep making the book an enhanced final product.


“What on earth is he doing?” I asked, curious and horrified at once. "Has he gone mad?”

I peered back through the spyglass and watched only for a moment before I recoiled in horror. Hands hooked like the claws of a raptor, he burrowed them into the flesh of his arms.

The Story

In the budding age of steam technology, Freddy Fitzgerald risks everything to write the story of a lifetime!

After stealing an ancient map from under the nose of a notorious gangster, Freddy Fitzgerald and Thaddeus Lumpen embark on a quest to find a lost civilization. But as news of the map spreads, Freddy and Lumpen find themselves racing against a violent army of archaeologists, gangsters, mercenaries, scuttlers, and scarlettes. But their island destination has its own secrets, secrets which can push even the strongest willed to the brink of insanity.

Drawing inspiration from classic adventure/sci-fi ala Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson, Discovering Aberration adds thrilling twists, back stabbing turns, a taught sense of peril, and a dash of steampunk to concoct this adventure.

Sample Chapters

Foreword by Sir Charles Greatworth

Chapter 1. The Map

Chapter 2. A Brief History of John-Joseph Heller

Chapter 3. Acquiring Destiny

The Plan

Editing is an essential step in preparing a novel for publication. If my unpolished story were a piece of coal, editing would be the pressure that turns it into a diamond. Where editing polishes the meat of the story, design presents it in such a way that a reader feels compelled to read the first page. These two elements are specialized skills, one which even the most talented of writers cannot do on their own. 

For this reason we are building a team of professionals to whose combined skills can create a work of art. And your support will make this possible.

In return, you’ll receive a beautifully designed copy of Discovering Aberration before it’s released to the general public, as well as exclusive behind the scenes insights into the production process and access to the beta read. In short, you’ll become a very real part of the Discovering Aberration team, directly affecting the future of this novel in a tangible way.

The Breakdown

On top of the money invested through Kickstarter, I'll be investing up to an additional $2,000 of my own money totaling $5,700 funding.

Exact costs breakdown as follows. 

Total Funding - $3,700 (Kickstarter) + ~$2,000 (Me) = $5,700

Editing - $1500.

Cover design - $1750

10 ISBN's - $250

Rewards - $300 - $500

Processing Fee's + Taxes - $1400

Total estimated costs: $5,400

Any remaining funds will be invested into more comprehensive editing.

The Team

S.C. Barrus, WriterI've published short stories, essays, poems and worked as a professional copywriter for the last 3 years and went to the University of Washington where I majored in creative writing. I've won a few small writing awards including The Meadow Brook Way Award For Literary Excellence, Manila Envelope Editors Choice, and Bricolage Short Story Finalist.

A. Victoria Mixon, Editor - Victoria is a professional editor well known for her books The Art and Craft of Fiction, and The Art and Craft of Story. She's edited books for major publishers, and has agreed to take on my novel as one of her next projects.

The Book Designers - The team at The Book Designers have designed some of the most beautiful and eye catching cover designs I've ever seen, and I'm so pleased to have them as my cover designers.

You - You are the force behind making the next step in this journey possible, and if you choose to back this project, I consider you a real part of my team of adventures. 

This project is a part of Kicking it Forward. It's a great way to pay back the crowd funding community. Learn more.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are risks associated with any project. With Discovering Aberration I've done my best to risk to the minimum.

We'll begin the beta reading phase 3 weeks after the kickstarter ends. This should be a month long process where 10-20 real people like you can read and share your insights, effectively taking the Discovering Aberration to the next level.

While in the beta reading phase, the designers will be hard at work crafting the cover design. This can be up to a three month process.

After beta reading will come editing where we will thoroughly go over the story structure, voice, tone, as well as copy editing where we'll fix any errors, typos or grammar mistakes.

In this multistage process, and as such there is risk of delays. We've scheduled the process out to give us plenty of time, however circumstances may arise that will force the release to early 2014. That being said, the goal is a late 2013 release.

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    FIRST STEP - For giving $1 you will receive a free digital copy of my short story "Midway Between Heaven and Hell" as well as my heartfelt gratitude for your support expressed in an email. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates.

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    EBOOK - Early release digital copy of Discovering Aberration on all major formats. Compatible with Kindle, Nook and other tablets. My heartfelt gratitude for you support expressed in an email. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates.

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    EBOOK PLUS - Early release digital copy of Discovering Aberration on all major formats. Compatible with Kindle, Nook and other tablets. 3 limited edition Discovering Aberration bookmarks. My heartfelt gratitude for you support expressed in an email. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates. (shipping to be paid by backer)

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    MERCENARY BUNDLE - Early release paperback and ebook. Your name listed in the Acknowledgements. My heartfelt gratitude for you support expressed in a handwritten letter. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates.(shipping to be paid by backer)

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    SCUTTLER BUNDLE - The Mercenary Bundle plus 3 limited edition Discovering Aberration bookmarks AND a poster based on the novels cover art. Your name listed in the acknowledgements. Invitation to Google Hangout where I will personally thank supporters followed by Q&A. Invitation to Discovering Aberration's release party taking place in the Seattle area of WA. My heartfelt gratitude for you support expressed in a handwritten letter. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates. (shipping to be paid by backer)

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    PROFESSORS ASSISTANT BUNDLE - Educate your friends on the meaning of adventure with extra paperback copies! Scuttler bundle plus 3 additional paperback copies. (shipping to be paid by backer)

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    SCARLET BUNDLE - Early release signed Hardcover & digital copies of Discovering Aberration compatible with Kindle, Nook and tablets. 3 limited edition bookmarks AND a poster based on the novels cover art. Your name listed in acknowledgements section in the book. Invitation to Google Hangout where I will personally thank supporters followed by Q&A. Invitation to Discovering Aberration's release party taking place in the Seattle area of WA. My heartfelt gratitude for you support expressed in a handwritten letter. Plus access to behind the scenes project updates. (shipping to be paid by backer)

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    PROFESSOR BUNDLE - Educate your friends on the meaning of adventure with extra paperback copies. Scarlet bundle plus 3 additional paperback copies to give away. (shipping to be paid by backer)

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    CAPTAIN BUNDLE - The Professor & Scarlet Bundle's plus one on one skype, Google Hangout or phone call where I will personally thank you and answer any questions you may have, whether they are about the novel development process or the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow.

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    THADDEUS LUMPEN, ESQUIRE, PHD BUNDLE - Become a part of the adventure by having a character named after you! Receive a hardback, paperback and digital copy.

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    SCARLET BENDWELL BUNDLE - Much like the character of Ms Scarlet Bendwell, you will be spreading the love, sharing the passion that is Discovering Aberration. Includes the Captain, Professor & Scarlet Bundle, plus an additional 3 books totaling 6 paperbacks and one hardback.

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    SIR CHARLES GREATWORTH BUNDLE - Much like the character of Sir Charles Greatworth, you will be personally funding a huge portion of this project and will receive my heartfelt thanks. Includes the Captain bundle, a featured acknowledgement, plus 6 additional paperback copies for friends and family, and the opportunity to accompany me on a night on the town. You will also receive free digital copies of all my future releases.

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    FRANKLIN P. FITZGERALD BUNDLE (aka "The Patron Bundle") - Like the character of Freddy, you are willing to take a risk for the sake of literature. A $5000 backing is not for the feint of heart, but only for those of you who truly share the adventurers spirit (and are blessed slightly deep pockets)! With the Franklin P Fitzgerald bundle, you will receive all the benefits of the Sir Charles Greatworth Bundle, but instead of an invitation to meet me in my home town, I will fly down to you, perform a public reading at a bar, coffee shop or book shop in your town, and accompany you for a night on the town. In addition to this, you will not be forgotten any time in the future, and will receive additional benefits including but not limited to free signed hardcover copies of all future releases. (Flights are limited to locations within the continental US)

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