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Vicious Sun - an Illustrated Fantasy Novel

An illustrated fantasy novel that follows three dragons as they try to bring order back to their world. Book One of the Triskai Legacy.

Vicious Sun - an Illustrated Fantasy Novel

An illustrated fantasy novel that follows three dragons as they try to bring order back to their world. Book One of the Triskai Legacy.

$2,155
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 4 2013 5:11 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 4, 2013

About

Three dragons, all outcasts of their kind, find themselves on a journey to right the wrongs of their ancestors and bring true magic back to their world before the Elements destroy them all.

About the Novel

Vicious Sun is the story of three dragons, Kemi, Fendis, and Mi'haia, whom are members of the skyborne dragon species. Throughout the book, these dragons will be forced to fight against those they once considered friends and leave on a journey to save the world from the corrupt magic it is currently using. This is the first book of the Triskai Lineage series, and there is plenty of high-flying action and explosive spellcasting throughout each book!

Vicious Sun began about a year ago as a story written during NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, when I wrote 55,555 words in 30 very short days. At the end of the month I had a story, filled with plot holes and typos, so I spent a year revising, editing, and flat-out rewriting bits and pieces. 

Now, the draft is complete, and I need your help to make it fly.

Collector's Card Art #1
Collector's Card Art #1

Where will the money raised go?

The money that I am trying to raise through Kickstarter will all go into efforts to print and publish Vicious Sun. Here's a list of the many things that will be covered ~

  • Book Printing
  • Equipment for Illustrations
  • Professional Editing
  • Purchase of ISBNs
  • A salary for myself so I can focus on Vicious Sun full-time
  • Kickstarter Fees
  • Self-employment taxes
  • Packaging and Shipping
  • Backer Rewards

Choices of Backer Rewards!

  • - eBook in the backer's choice of ePub, PDF, or Mobi
  • - Signed Paperback Version of Vicious Sun
  • - Signed Hardcover Version of Vicious Sun
  • - Signed and Sketched Hardcover Version of Vicious Sun
  • - Original Art from Vicious Sun
  • - Custom Artwork of a character from Vicious Sun
  • - A T-shirt with the Aether Dragon Fantasy logo on it
  • - Collectors Cards
  • - Prints and Canvases
  • - Advanced Reader Copy of Vicious Sun
  • - Custom Skyborne Character to appear in a small role in book 2 or 3
Ahnokee Aer'aai, the God of Lightning
Ahnokee Aer'aai, the God of Lightning

Additional Backer Rewards! 

Certain Backer Rewards can be added at the Fire ($25) Level and higher. To add an Additional Backer Reward to your pledge, simply add the amount of the chosen additional backer reward to your pledge and send me a note stating which additional backer reward you opt for.

The current backer rewards include - 

  • Additional copies of the Signed Paperback - $15 each
  • Additional copies of the Signed Limited-Edition Hardcover - $40 each
  • Additional T-shirts - $25 each (A survey will be sent out for sizes)
  • Additional Collectors Cards - $2 each or $5 for all three
  • NEW! Coffee Cup - $15 each

As the Kickstarter raises more money, more additional rewards will become available!



What about Stretch Goals?

Who doesn't love a good stretch goal? I made sure to include some good ones!

$10,000 - Funded
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$12,500 - 
An extra short story will be added to all versions of the novel along with an addition two-page spread internal illustration.

$15,000 - 
This is where the real fun begins. At $15,000, I can afford a Wacom Cintiq Tablet which will enable me to more quickly produce digital art. All hardcover books will include 10 additional black and white full page illustrations and all backers at the $10 level and higher will receive an additional Kickstarter-exclusive art postcard. Backers at the $50 level and higher will receive a color version of the eBook with color versions of the illustrations included in the hardcover.

$20,000 - 
All backers at the $10 level and higher will receive both eBooks - one version in black and white and the other featuring the color illustrations available in the hardcover version of the novel. Backers at the $50 level and higher will receive a small print chosen from the 10 color prints included in the hardcover/color eBook, and two new reward levels will be unlocked.

$25,000 -
Extra illustrations unlocked! Each chapter will contain a minimum of 2 traditional pencil illustrations and the 10 digital black and white illustrations included in the hardcover at the $15,000 stretch goal will be printed as color illustrations in the hardcover edition of the novel! Paperbacks will receive black and white versions of these illustrations.

$30,000 - 
Triple illustrations! Each chapter will contain a minimum of 3 traditional pencil illustrations and a full-color section of extras will be added to the hardcover version of the novel (a total of at least 20 color pages). Paperbacks will receive black and white versions of these illustrations.

What happens if you don't hit the goal?

Absolutely nothing. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal; if I don't hit the goal, I don't receive anything. Backers don't pay until the project succeeds!

Some Possibly Frequently Asked Questions -

What is a skyborne? 
Skyborne dragons have long flowing fur and feathered wings, each naturally gifted with mastery over the classical elements. The cream-colored dragon on the front cover of Vicious Sun is a skyborne.

What age level is this appropriate for?
Any child who enjoys reading about the magical thrills of Harry Potter will embrace the adventures of Vicious Sun.

Why self-publish?
Self-publishing allows for much more creative freedom than traditional publishing. The main reason I chose self-publishing was so I wouldn't have to completely change my story to match with what one person wanted, thus my story won't end up being a distant idea from what I originally created. The second reason would have to be so that I could do the illustrations!

What do you mean by "Illustrated Novel"?Illustrated novel means that for Vicious Sun I'm including at least one piece of black and white pencil art per chapter. As we hit higher stretch goals, the amount of art included in the book also increase. 

Will we be able to purchase the novel after the Kickstarter?
Yes! I will have the novel available through my website and various other places online, and I will be at multiple sci-fi/fantasy conventions in the Twin Cities after the book is released. Be warned, though, that the hardcover edition is a limited run, so if you want a hardcover it's best to get one quickly!

So, who did the cover art?
Me! Probably the biggest piece of artwork I've completed to-date. I'll also be doing all internal illustrations. If you want to see more examples of my works, check out my DeviantArt Page.

Can I read an excerpt from the book?
Definitely! Go to this DeviantArt link if you want to read the prologue to the novel. If you want to read more of my works, here is a short story called Bonds that was done for the Sigma Tau Delta convention in 2010.

Where did you find that awesome trailer music?

Truth of the Legend Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

What will be on the T-shirts?
The T-shirts will have the Aether Dragon Fantasy logo on them in metallic silver ink.

T-shirt Logo
T-shirt Logo

As a final note, if this project succeeds, we will be Kicking it Forward

Risks and challenges

Probably the greatest asset and largest risk associated with this project is that I am the sole person working on it. There are no other artists or illustrators, typesetters or graphic designers. The only resource I am using is the eyes and red ink of an editor. Beyond that, what this book will become all boils down to the best project I can create. I feel that I am qualified to meet the goals of this project, and that I will be able to exceed and overcome any trials which do arise.

If setbacks arrive, you the backers will be the first to know. This is my first time publishing a book, and I've seen from other authors that it can be a bumpy road. Printing books, especially ones with images, can be very difficult and may result in delayed deliveries. I tried to build in a buffer for the amount of time it would take to get them printed, but in the real world there are no guarantees.

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