"Listen closely, and I’ll tell you about the mermaids, and the House of Talking Cats, and your mothers, and what happens when gods die.
I wish I could tell you why Venice sank to the bottom of the ocean, but I can’t. That’s a real secret.
But maybe you’ll figure it out for yourself."
Vida: The beautiful runaway who can glimpse into people's souls.
Maya: The punk lover who's more than she seems.
Bernard: The genius kleptomaniac with a minor case of invisibility.
Their stories entwine in "Mermaids of Venice": a modern fable of gods and street performers.
Inspired by my personal adventures as a European street performer, "Mermaids" will captivate anyone who loves the magical realism of Tom Robbins, the colorful levity of Christopher Moore, or the playful wordcraft of Vladimir Nabokov.
After six years of labored love, Mermaids is ready to launch through Amazon's Createspace.com. I've set the reward price of $20 for a signed copy of the novel (shipped within the continental US) so that anyone whose been looking forward to the novel can use Kickstarter as a way to pre-order their copy (or copies).
$950 will fund my cover art, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), my initial print run to cover contributor rewards, and my first month of advertising on Google's Ad-Sense. Additional contributions will fund additional book orders and advertising.
$99 ISBN (the novel's personalized registration number)
$39 Amazon Create Space Professional Account (offers significantly increased royalities on book sales and expands venues for online sales)
$40 Istockphoto.com Photo Rights (license authorization for my cover image for up to 499,999 copies. I'm currently using the low resolution demo above as a placeholder)
$45 Kickstarter Fees
$40 Amazon Credit Card Processing Fees
$25 Registration to sell E-Book on Android Market
$400 Initial print run (80 copies, hand numbered)
$100 Shipping Fees (including shipping signed copies to Kickstarter funders)
$162 Google AdWords (first month of advertising)
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