A new cyber-punk science fiction novel that combines 1984, V for Vendetta and X-men
WELCOME TO IGNITION!
IGNITION seeks to be the second book in the Saga of the Radicals. A New Cyber-Punk, Dystopian novel that combines 1984, V For Vendetta and X-Men. It follows the story of Micah who has to adjust to his life as a Radical- a freedom fighting underground movement that is dedicated to overthrowing the corrupted and dangerous government known as "Jericho". To Micah's shock and horror he discovers that the government has been harvesting its civilians for energy and as a result has been slowly decimating the population and preventing them from "Activating" their abilities. These abilities, inherent in every human being vary from person to person and include telekinesis, water manipulation, phasion and many more. As a recently activated man, Micah finds himself hunted like an animal, and must seek shelter with the Radicals against his will. Will he be able to fit in, or will his explosive ability be the death of him?
I wanted a way to get my book into as many hands as I could. Alone, I knew I wouldn't be able to do it. I've worked with publishers before, and this time I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and take my adventure directly to the people who will be reading the book. I know that self publishing will be a risky endeavor, but I also know that this is a story worth telling. As a result I want to be able to share it with the people who are interested in it, not just in my immediate circle, but to the ends of the earth and every direction that the internet can take them. So my best plan of action was to seek out the people who would be interested... LIKE YOU!
What is IGNITION?
IGNITION is the continuation of the Saga of the Radicals. The story follows as Micah must adjust to live with the consequences he made in CATALYST. His life has been changed forever and now as he leaves his old life behind, he realizes how dangerous a person he really is. The tenuous grasp he has over his ability is causing him to be a threat to the entire operation, and himself. Then when he begins to receive dreams from a boy who not only needs his help to survive, but could also be the key to the survival of everyone and everything he holds dear, Micah must go behind the back of the people who saved his life in an attempt to be the hero he longs to be, but without the aide of his comrades, will he be walking into a trap?
Who is this Matti guy anyway?
Truth be told, I'm a huge geek. I've been writing fiction, and especially science fiction for many years now and am thrilled to be able to do as much writing as I do. I've been writing plays for several years now which I used to produce under my theatre company in my home town of North Bay, Ontario. If you don't know where that is, don't worry, it's not too hard to miss. I grew up in Northern Ontario as a man who struggled to find his place. Now that I'm actually beginning to find ways to share my creativity, I'm really enjoying being able to share my craft with people all over the world.
What are we raising money for?
Publishing is always an expensive prospect and doing it by yourself is even more so, especially when you have such a tight deadline. The funds will allow me to hire an editor, illustrator and designer in addition to getting copies of the book to bring with me to events such as Word on the Street, Fan Expo, and the Toronto Science Fiction Convention. Overall, I seek to create the best possible product that I can to give my book a competitive edge.
$1,000 - this money is going directly to the editing costs. ($250 for initial draft, $350 for final edits, $200 for safe spell-checking and $200 for cover and back copy edits)
$2,500 - This money is going directly to the formatting and designing of the novel. ($500 for illustrations, $1,500 for the publishing via Friesen Press, and $500 for 50 copies of the book for me to be able to use as the rewards, and to distribute to local book stores and libraries)
$500 - This money is going exclusively to publicity. I am hoping to have a table at Fan Expo, Word on the Street, as well as several other small science fiction festivals but those are goals that I'll worry about if I achieve over and above the funding goals.
As a result, I wanted to make sure my rewards were as exciting as I could make them! I hope you see something you like!
$1 -THE COMRADE- We want you to know we're thankful. We're very thankful. And just to prove it you get... A LOT OF FREE STUFF!
$5 -THE RECRUIT-
You know what people don't get enough of these days? MAIL! Wouldn't you
love it if you went into your mailbox and found a postcard signed by
someone who appreciated you? If you pick this level not only will you
receive everything in the Comrade package, but the author will write and
send you a postcard to show how much he appreciates you!
Oh yeah, and you'll also receive a copy of the ebook when it becomes available in the format of your choosing. (A FANTASTIC DEAL!)
$7 -THE AMOROUS RECRUIT- EVERYTHING listed above, PLUS Matti will personally send it away with a kiss. (lipstick is optional)
$10 -THE PROPAGANDIST- Like swag? I got some swag for you! Not only will you receive a combo of stories and poems, you'll get a series of stickers, temporary tattoos, postcards and a mini poster. I'll even throw in a very special magnet combo that was created with love and affection featuring some iconic images from the series.
$15 -THE ENLISTED- Like music? At this level, you'll receive a very special cd featuring some of the most exciting up and coming talent I know. Featuring songs like "Underground" by Kevin Wong, "Scarecrow" by Doug Baron, "Alabastert Boy" by Louvel and "For Him" by Mellow Lilly. The song list is ever expanding and promises a wide range of tastes and talents for everyone.
$25- -THE ACTIVATED- Do you love to read? I hope so! Otherwise I am barking up the wrong tree... At this level you will receive a paperback copy of "Ignition" when it ships this year!
$30 -THE CONNECTED- Congratulations! In addition to the e-book you can also choose to receive a copy of IGNITION in glorious hardcover! Matti will sign it (and maybe even draw a doodle in it as well) In addition, you'll receive an e-book copy for a friend! In addition you'll receive everything thus far.
$45- -THE CONNECTED- Congratulations! In addition to IGNITION you'll also receive a copy of CATALYST so you'll be able to get caught up on the entire saga! Matti will sign it (and maybe even draw a doodle in it as well) In addition, you'll receive an e-book copy for a friend! In addition you'll receive everything thus far, and also Matti's exploration of creativity in his collage journal “Creativitime” which explores the nature of creativity through collage, poetry, quotes and personal anecdotes.
$60- -THE COLLECTOR- So you're a little behind and haven't read CATALYST- the first book in the series? Well why don't we send you TWO copies (one paperback, one electronic) as well as TWO copies of Ignition (one paperback, one electronic) In addition, you'll receive all the bells and whistles so far (magnets, postcard, magnets, stickers, a pen [YES! At this level you even receive a FREE pen!] Creativitime, ALL THREE humour stories, and the creative stuff)
$100- -THE TEACHER- Are you a teacher? Or do you run a group of some kind? Perhaps a writing class? A modeling group? A union? Well whatever it is you do, in addition to receiving a copy of CATALYST, IGNITION, and Creativitime, you'll also receive the opportunity to collaborate with Matti on a one-on-one basis. Perhaps he can help you create a class story? Or perhaps he can pop in and talk to your class? (Probably via skype or other such computer related connection) In addition you'll also receive four copies for you to distribute around the classroom to help inspire the next generation of readers.
$150- -THE LEADER- Are you lacking in clothes? Do you often leave the house naked? Is this a common occurrence for you? If so why not get a t-shirt! That's right! This is an OFFICIAL “I backed Ignition t-shirt”. Available in black and white! That's TWO different shades for you to choose from! Includes Ignition and Catalyst in whatever format you'd like. (S-XXL only, sorry! - Please add $15 for domestic shipping, $25 for international) Also, receive everything else (excluding the teacher package) including the books, CATALYST and IGNITION, the magnets, stickers, pen, postcard and the rest) In addition, I will donate TWO copies of EACH BOOK to your local library.
$175- -THE WARRIOR OF WORLDS- Got all that and the t-shirt? Well for the man (or woman) who has everything, why not give them something to watch and relax to? At this level, I'll also throw in a copy of Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back. (What's that you ask? WELL let me tell you!) Dark Rising 2 is a science fiction film that I was involved in, and for the low price of $150 you'll receive a copy of the DR2 DVD signed by Brigitte Kingsley, Andrew Cymek and myself. (Maybe more if I can track them down in time!) This also includes everything in THE LEADER package including the books, the t-shirt, the magnets, stickers, postcards and the rest.
$250- -THE MASTER- In ADDITION to everything in the Leader package, here's where things get personal. Why not take advantage of having a writer who's willing to work out something directly for you. With your collaboration and input, Matti will craft you EITHER a short story, a short play, or micro screenplay based upon a character you've created that will be integrated directly into the world of the Radicals. Your character will have whatever ability you wish, and will be infused into the story as either a Radical or Zodiac (the bad guys for lack of a better term) In addition, the character you help to create may serve an extended role in one of the subsequent books. In addition, you'll receive everything in THE LEADER package with additional electronic copies of each book. In addition Matti will craft several illustrations for you and turn each story into a micro-book which will become a part of the Saga of the Radicals canon.
$350- -THE REVOLUTIONARY- In addition to the books and the swag in THE LEADER package, you will receive the chance to collaborate with the author to create a new character to be a part of one of his upcoming productions whether they are novels, (COMBUSTION- the third Saga book, INFERIA, WINGLESS) , plays (CINDERS AND ASHES, HENCHMAN) or another upcoming project. Matti will then use your guidance to craft the story / play / screen play and incorporating the characters into the plot. PLUS- you'll receive free tickets for my upcoming plays in Toronto, and if you cannot make it you'll be crafted a DVD copy of the shows which will be signed by the casts. In addition, we will send you THREE copies of each book for you to share and do what you please! (one hardcover, one soft cover, one electronic)
$1000- -THE PRIME DIRECTIVE- Have you always had a novel to tell but never found the WRITE way to get it out? (See what I did there?) If you donate upwards of $1000, Matti will be your ghostwriter for your novel. After giving him specific details Matti will help you craft your novel into a finely polished gleam and help you tell the story you've always wanted to tell. With his unique tone and exciting dialogue, he'll have you a story of your own in no time! (1$ = 20 words. $1000 = 20,000 words) Please note that my strength is writing, not editing, but I will be as thorough as I can be! In addition you'll be able to create a character exclusive to the Radical's universe. In addition to the CUSTOM NOVEL you will receive a free copy of CATALYST, IGNITION, and every subsequent novel in the franchise (including short stories and compilations), plus all the swag written above from the t-shirt, to the everything else!
-THE THUNDEROUS AND SUPREME ULTIMATE MASTER OF THE RADICALS UNIVERSE- In addition to EVERYTHING we have listed here, you'll also get the chance to know the author one-on-one. Receive two coach tickets to arrive in Toronto to come meet the author in August where you will be a part of the fund-raising extravaganza at Fan Expo! In August, Matti will be having his official book launch weekend correspond with his favorite Convention event! YOU will receive the first copy of IGNITION, signed and lovingly caressed by the author before heading out to Vaughn to enjoy a day at Canada's Wonderland where you can ride some of North Americas most exciting new roller coasters. Once the day is complete, you'll be driven back into the city (in STYLE!) to enjoy a night of some of the most delicious food this city has to offer. You'll spend the night in one of the most luxurious hotels in Toronto and be able to see some of the most exciting things Toronto has to offer. In addition to the trip, you will also receive a free copy of EVERYTHING I ever write. As well I will write you a custom novel (up to 40,000 words) which will be completely illustrated and lovingly crafted by me.
Fortunately I've had this book read by both fans of the series and people who have never read the first book and received positive comments from both! While you will get an extended knowledge, I've done my best to make this book just as accessible as my first one. (PLUS many levels even come with copies of CATALYST for you to enjoy as well!)