Stretch Goal: $7,000. Thank you all so very much for your contributions, we just reached the initial goal, so let's set our sights higher. You have raised the money required for a professional editor to revise "The Evenarian" before we shop around for a publisher. If we can reach $7,000 together then you will also fund many cool accessories such as posters, maps, desktop wallpapers, and more, that we can use to grow interest in the book before it gets published. And if you get your friends to join in then chances are that your existing donation will have these awesome prizes added to it FOR FREE.
11/11/12 UPDATE: You have all just unlocked a new reward level: $18 dollars to get just the e-book. This is different from the $41 e-book level in that its donors names will not be added to the book. Your new reward level celebrates reaching $4,000, or 80% of our goal, in just 11 days. Just wait until you see the rewards we have to unlock when the project reaches $7,000...
11/2/12 UPDATE: Because I'm so thankful for your support thus far, I added a new "thank you" $41 reward level where you can get the book OR the e-book! You've all been fantastic so far and you deserve it!
What is The Evenarian about?
In a world of kingdoms and empires, mages and sorcerers, there was a prophecy. It was said that a man would bring about a golden age. This messianic figure would be known in history as the Evenarian. But he must be stopped. A strange wanderer valiantly tries to prevent the dystopia that awaits in this "golden age" in which magic is removed from the world. Our hero embarks on an epic journey. His young friend, a student of magic, testifies this tale - perhaps the greatest story their history has ever (or never) known.
It's written by me, Julia Dickinson, a long-time writer and journalist with a passion for fantasy and sci-fi. The Evenarian is my way of giving back to the fan and creative communities that have given me so much inspiration and enjoyment over the years. The Evenarian is a blend of epic tales with magical elements like Game of Thrones, and of twisted stories that make you question the true intent of history/destiny, such as 12 Monkeys.
Join me on this adventure
I'm a professional. Thousands of newspaper readers have relied on my writing and research, but my passion for writing extended beyond journalism. Every day after work, I came home and did creative writing, receiving positive reviews when I posted my work online. You can rely on me to see this project through to completion, and can trust me to use your contributions wisely. It will be something that you will feel proud to be a part of, I guarantee it.
I have these characters in my head, and each one has a opinion on the nature of truth. I left my journalism job to bring them to life.
The Evenarian is my baby, but the money I've saved isn't enough to get it all the way there. But with your contributions, together we can make it happen!
Where does the money go?
Your contributions go directly towards hiring an excellent editor and everything above the goal is invested in building a strong fan base. I'm 100% invested in this book because all of my savings are paying my rent while I write. However, the money I have is not enough because good editing and getting noticed by a top-notch agent costs even more money. This book deserves better than spell check. I'm looking at $.03 per word for an editor who will help improve the storyline and structure of the book, in addition to line editing. That's about $4,500. Equally important are graphics, conferences/trade-shows, and a dash of online marketing to build the reader-base. Everything above the $5,000 goal will go towards getting more rewards out to readers, with the first stretch goal being $7,000.
Without your contributions, it may not be possible for me to hire an editor to make The Evenarian a sure-fire hit among publishers. It's the last mile that's the difference between success and failure, between the book everyone is talking about and the book that never made it to shelves. Please help me make a strong finish!
Your contributions towards the $7,000 stretch goal will help us hire an artist to turn this map into something totally awesome.
Where to get more info
Follow me on twitter at @the_evenarian and join the dialog as I write the book. Enlist in the army of people trying to kill the prophecy and save history through this Kickstarter. I'll post updates and sample excerpts at www.evenarian.com
Risks and challenges
Once the project gets funded and I finish writing the manuscript (it's past the halfway point of the story after 2 months and should be done by December), I will use the Kickstarter funds to hire a professional editor. The editing process will take a bit more time. After that, I will distribute the improved manuscript amongst literary agents. Agents are the safest way to go because most publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. This process will also take time.
It is likely that the first few agents I send the manuscript to will reject it. But I understand how other successful authors reach out to agents: they send their work to hundreds of agents. I will tirelessly do the same. Also, the editor will help us make the manuscript much more polished and appealing, thus increasing the chances of it being picked up by and agent.
Once I land an agent, they will shop the manuscript to publishers. Agents are really helpful because they have relationships with editors at publishing houses. An editor then champions the manuscript within their publishing house. If their advocacy is successful, I will be asked to edit the manuscript according to their specifications and resubmit it for publication.
The biggest challenge The Evenarian faces is not finding a publisher. The manuscript itself will be definitely be finished because I am a professional writer accustomed to working on deadline and seeing projects through to the end. Of course, if one publisher falls through, I know I have to keep going and tirelessly pursue agents and publishers all over the country. I WILL get this book published! And if a publisher is not found by the end of 2013 then I would pursue self-publishing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Evenarian was first inspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones. I went on to read George R.R. Martin's entire (thus far) series A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series GOT was based on. He's created a medieval world full of realistic and duplicitous characters and it plays out like a high-concept soap opera, but I wanted to give such a world the depth of ideas found in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and more recently, Neal Stephenson's Anathem. Anathem especially inspired the image of cloistered monk-like “seekers” trying to coexist with an uneducated, superstitious outside world.
The ideas don't detract from the narrative; they are deeply embedded in the story, just as they were in The Matrix movies. I am inspired by Angela Carter's lyrical narrative style and use of magical realism, though The Evenarian's world is not quite as alien as some of her storybook fantasy realms. Basically, her writing gave me the courage to write the way I want to. I also drew on Ryszard Kapuscinski's captivating way of musing about history, like he did in Travels With Herodotus. It is very helpful for world building. This will be a series, not in the continuous way that some sequels are written, but more like Marion Zimmer Bradley's influential Darkover series (which made her famous well before she wrote Mists of Avalon) in which each book was a self-contained story that could be read independently of the others, but each subsequent book helped build the series.
You say this is a novel of ideas. What kinds of ideas are in it and will they make the book hard to read?
The Evenarian is, first and foremost, a story that will be fun to read even if you don't know about philosophy. It can be enjoyed on many levels, and the depth is there id you look for it. The clash of ideas comes from Plato, Hegel, Wittgenstein and Goedel set against misconceptions about the limits of logic and the leftover positivist ideas from Hilbert and Russel that are still prevalent today in a very raw emotional (and often hateful) way, and leftover Rosicrucian beliefs that still linger on romantically. But a book on philosophy wouldn't sell very well when put on a shelf with fantasy books, so these ideas are deeply embedded into the fabric of the story where not knowing about them doesn't detract from enjoying the characters and plot. It's kind of like how The Matrix combined the philosophy of Descartes and Heidegger with gnostic thought to create an action-packed yet profound cinematic experience.
Publishers generally do not like lots of writing samples to be released before a book comes out. However, it's important to me that readers and fans (Hey, that's you!) get to see a preview of the story, so I have a few excerpts on my blog, which can be found at http://www.evenarian.com/. There are also character descriptions and more descriptions of the story on the blog for you can sink your teeth into.
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