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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.
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.
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.
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.
S.C. Barrus, Writer - I'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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No. The Kickstarter cover image is just something I whipped up to give a face to Discovering Aberration before a final cover was designed. While I like this image for what it is, I'm looking forward to seeing what a professional design studio can do, and I fully expect the result to be fantastic.
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