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The Voyage of Kings ~ A StoryTeller's Dream

To ignite the release of a book that rings as clear as a bell, take hold of my hands, they are warm, and I have stories to tell . . .

The Voyage of Kings ~ A StoryTeller's Dream

To ignite the release of a book that rings as clear as a bell, take hold of my hands, they are warm, and I have stories to tell . . .

$445
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 15 2014 7:10 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 15, 2014

About

Good Day, 

I will present this funding request by relying solely upon words, for I am a wordsmith, and if I ultimately fail to take hold of your imagination, or earn your trust, then no amount of special effects, flashy graphics, or video wizardry will ever carry the day, or seize it . . .

therefore, and with your kind permission, I will test the passion and precision of my craft by offering these thousand words to substitute for what only a great picture can so easily portray, in the sincere hope of capturing the mind's eye of your most gracious and very valuable attention . . .

and because Destiny only smiles upon those who try . . . 

The Preface:

The Voyage of Kings ~ A StoryTeller’s Dream is a wing-swept journey through the Universe, beginning in the heart of a 'fallen angel' called Ever, as he wanders through the chances and circumstances of humanity, as he drifts within the vast emptiness of his abandonment and exile among the stars, along with the fateful and far-reaching consequences his self-serving pursuit of an ideal has brought to bear upon all Creation, and especially upon his beloved Always, whose tears are the river of this tale . . .

A journey that unfolds around his surrender to a spiritual awakening, and ends with his discovery and final embrace of a remarkably simple notion - that when fools set out to find what they already possess, they discover only the follies of men . . .

Born of an ancient yet unremembered legend, a fairy's tale, as old as rhyme and even Time itself, captured in the echoes of uncountable voices across the millennia, comes an achingly beautiful love story, wrapped in the mists and myths of a place called Avalon, and whispering of the mysteries and majesties of God . . . 

The Promise:

The book is a thoroughly unique collection of short stories, poetry, and lyrical prose called DoveTales, that weave an amazing trilogy of dreams into the most vibrant threads of faith, courage, and devotion, which are all then so cleverly crafted to become a glorious tapestry of love, loss, and the triumph of love, again . . . as seen through the eyes of Angels, as they peer into the very hearts and souls of those who always seem to search for Glory, when all they really ever need, is Grace . . . 

And who might enjoy reading The Voyage of Kings

Anyone possessing even a small spark of spiritual insight or inclination, and would be open to considering an infinitely simple concept of where they might fit in the grand scheme of things, and the quite attainable realities of their role within it . . . 

Anyone possessing a sense of wonder, and a welcoming regard for a heavenly presence in their world, along with the acknowledgement and embrace of the more compassionate virtues such as patience, tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness, with all respect given to uplifting the human condition beyond measure . . . 

Anyone seeking a remarkably different view of ~mankind, as it relates to womankind~; a dramatically elevated premise regarding the Feminine Ideal and its divine or spiritual significance . . . that will turn all male-dominated religious biases and historically gender-centric portrayals of a woman's place, position or importance in the pantheon of God's cast of characters, on its collective head . . . 

Anyone seeking inspirational, lyrical, romantic, or poetic verse or prose, and wishes to explore alternative expressions of inspired, enlightened, theological, or purpose-driven thought . . . are fully cognizant and accepting of a Christian paradigm of living, and believe that when our creative knowledge embraces our artistic desires, we can achieve global understanding . . .

The Priorities:

This new ‘look-at-a-book’ called A StoryTeller's Dream, is the just-completed, 200-page edition of the masterwork's abridged window that looks out across the entire 3,000 page epic tale known as The Voyage of Kings . . . The original publication was issued in 2011 as an ebook (via the Amazon Kindle platform), and will also be re-published in this re-edited version to coincide with the paperback and hardcover editions . . . I own eight copyrights covering these works, as well as all the associated ISBNs, and retain full rights to all commercial ventures regarding their use . . .

In addition, each printed edition of this book is currently available for purchase in the 'print-on-demand' framework, but through my own inventory, until the title becomes listed in the major 'books-in-print' catalogs and on-line retailers (like Amazon and Barnes&Noble), which will (roughly) coincide with this Kickstarter campaign . . .

As noted above, these editions are finished, formatted, and finalized under my publishing imprint called Ironhorse Illuminated Industries, through which I will execute all future publishing endeavors, as well as all printing (via Lightning Source) and distribution services (via IngramSpark) . . . 

I fully intend to bring an abridged compilation book to print each year over the next decade, drawn from each of the three parts of the master trilogy . . . as mentioned, there are currently over 3,000 pages to the epic from which to draw all future publications . . .

Please note that Ingram Content Group is the world's largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, is the parent company of Lightning Source, and has a distribution network of over 39,000 booksellers, online retailers, and libraries around the world, along with access to Amazon Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo, as well as dozens of emerging ebook retailers . . . 

This logistical data is not placed here to impress you, only to inform you, because in the end it does not matter where a book is listed . . . if no one knows that it exists, or how to find it (let alone buy it), the entire endeavor becomes just a redundant footnote in the ever-challenging context of literary significance . . . 

and regardless of which types of media (broadcast, digital or print) are utilized to foster any level of public awareness of the book, this is where the marketing and publicity efforts come into play . . .

The Proposal

Obviously, everything certainly depends on the actual story itself . . . the quality of its craft and composition, its cultural or personal relevance, its capacity to engage, enlighten, or entertain, the ‘penmanship’ if you will, and so on . . . 

Beyond these critical elements comes the positioning of the book within the marketplace, correctly focusing both time and energy on the most appropriate 'niche' and its targeted audience (yes, I guess all this is marketing 101) . . .

Since I intend to employ the services and strategies of those far more able and qualified in the book-marketing/publicity spectrum than I will ever be, let’s talk about the money . . .

By the money, I refer to your pledge of support, your enthusiasm, your willingness to act as ambassadors for this collective enterprise, your belief in its mission, and your faith in its objective . . . 

and yes, I do require your financial input to kickstart this next phase into gear as well, and I will offer an outline of expenditures needed to meet the desired monetary goals of this project . . .

Promotional materials: business cards, postcards, bookmarks, and handouts for local bookstores, writing workshops, book signing events, libraries, art venues, book fairs $500

Book Inventory: maintain a rolling stock of all edition types for strategic give-aways, consignment, sales, or promotional tools for local bookstores, libraries, art venues, book fairs, boutiques, tourist-focused shops and businesses (as well as the copies designated to fulfill (and ship) the pledges here on Kickstarter) $2500

Press Release Campaign: initiate a 6-week, web-optimized press release effort that targets over 30,000 opt-in journalists and media outlets reaching specific markets of over 250,000 news subscribers through newswire services like Google News, Yahoo News, and PRWeb $2000

Social Media Campaign: initiate a 6-week social media effort with the collaborative guidance of a professional publicist capable of reaching over 1,500 media outlets (magazine, newspaper, and online publication sites, radio and TV portals) to establish an ongoing and dynamic social media presence and outreach across the top platforms, blogging networks, and websites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) $5000-$8000

If there are to be any deliberations regarding the inclusion of 'stretch goals', these would focus on covering the additional costs associated with either 1) an extended press release campaign over several months, applying a continuously-refined demographic model, and/or 2) the activation of the social media campaign (described above), until a measurable level of public awareness takes hold . . . 

Should these marketing efforts prove reasonably successful, then the projected revenue from sales of the book should provide an adequate source of funds to set up an ongoing publicity campaign for these and upcoming publications . . .

Naturally, it will be up to me to maintain and sustain these efforts long after the funding ignites the fire, and I am in a rather unique position to do so, having both the time and the desire, to fan these flames for as long as Destiny allows . . .  

so, take hold of my plans, for they are warm, and we have a story to sell . . .

and thank you for your consideration, and your patience,

Stephen Nash (IronHorse)

(if I am lucky enough to still have your interest, it took 1,600 words to arrive, at the very first page of the book . . .)

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Risks and challenges

as to the Risks and Challenges . . .

I will speak not just of this project, but of the masterworks as a whole, while surely fastening my optimism to the highest rung of faith, and because the success of this endeavor lights the way for all that waits in the wings . . .

In order to be published in the old-school conventional sense, one must first offer up a 'Query' letter to the agents and publishing houses to garner their interest among untold thousands of other aspiring writers like myself who seek to add the word 'Author' to their profile . . .

Merriam Webster states that a 'query', by its first definition, is an inquiry or question, yet whose second definition is doubt, uncertainty, or reservation . . . how ironic that a publisher-hunting writer must delve into the former, while still contending with the latter, and somehow maintain sufficient equilibrium to wade through this truly titanic and soul-searching process of finding one’s place upon the shelves of literary immortality . . . and bending most of the rules along the way . . .

After perusing a myriad of publisher/agency websites over the years, primarily performing the due-diligence required to ascertain the appropriate genres represented, the various submission guidelines required, the strict adherence to exactly 'which day-of-the-month', during ‘specific signs of the zodiac’, and under 'what phase of the moon' one might dare to submit that query, are basically all par for the course . . .

Granted that the digital age made this task much more productive and financially bearable (but certainly no less exasperating) . . . and of course, the sheer magnitude of the query parameters from each potential publisher or agent, all the do’s and don’ts, are in fact designed to test anyone's calling to be a writer, and to keep the ‘barbarians’ from storming the gates of real literature . . .

and I come away from it all with very little confidence that I reside in the same solar system, when determining where, or if, this endeavor of mine even fits into the established scheme of things . . . and, in my case, while never really rising beyond even a ghost of a chance before, I present the following overview of the challenges to you now . . .

it is not Poetry – yet it is poetic prose
it is not Romance – yet it is romantic verse
it is not Fiction – yet it enfolds the imaginary
it is not Reference – yet it exemplifies knowledge
it is not SciFi/Fantasy – yet it involves the improbable
it is not Religious – yet it is most defiantly spiritual
it is not Mysticism – yet it is remarkably mythic
it is not Biography – yet it is a story of a life
it is not New Age – yet it is surely heraldic
it is not Fairy Tale – yet it sparks wonder
it is not How-To – yet it serves as guide
it is not Mystery – yet it requires faith

In short, it appears to be without precedent, not only in its theme, content, and scope, but most definitely in its structure, because nowhere have I found anything remotely similar as to its method, which can only be described as a seldom-heard-of union between word and art (called uniVerse), and whose origin is most assuredly of a divine inspiration . . .

And if there was a primary reason for publishing this book, here and now, it would be simply to come full-circle within the process of a life-long dream, share its fruition with those who would care to listen, and reveal its unique paths of discovery, wonder and spiritual growth . . .

Again, due to its scope and structure, the book (and especially its follow-on editions) allows for a multitude of avenues for presentation, primarily because each story, parable, poem, or portrayal can stand alone from the whole . . . as well as presenting a rather astonishing 'image' the layout of words will often create on the page . . . to serve as a momentary or singular window of insight or revelation . . .

In addition, each individual Story (echo), DoveTale (chapter), or Book (dream) of the trilogy, can be re-aligned to flow in any order or sequence, allowing a broad variation in its thematic depiction (i.e. published in segments, or as part of an ongoing series, or even as selected collections based on a particular emotional or spiritual theme or subject) . . .

It can also be viewed as a ‘book of days’, or ‘rites of passage’, or compilations of inspirational messages gathered under a cross-cultural or multi-denominational framework; as seasonal or holiday-themed missives, greeting cards, calendars, and wedding vows; or any media or venue where words of inspiration, intimacy, or friendship are presented in public or private modes of expression . . .

Ergo, there is an unlimited framework of possibilities regarding where this concept can be presented to the market, for it is not a matter of ‘if’ this endeavor presents a viable commercial opportunity, but ‘how’, and more importantly ‘when’, since everything deserving of illumination determines its own moment or place in the flow of human affairs, and only those guarding the portals of published prominence can ever grant access to the vistas of available wisdom . . .

and on this particular voyage, across this particular terrain called ‘self-publishing’, those guardians happen to be you, the backers of this remarkable place called Kickstarter, who now hold the keys to the kingdom . . .

and just like one of the fundamental project guidelines laid down here by the powers that be, it’s ‘all or nothing’ . . .

so let’s give it all we've got . . . and we just might change the world . . .

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