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The Princess of Panchala - A TerraMythos Novel

16-year-old Demie is transported into a virtual world based on Hindu mythology, where she searches for her abducted sister.

The Princess of Panchala - A TerraMythos Novel

16-year-old Demie is transported into a virtual world based on Hindu mythology, where she searches for her abducted sister.

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About

(Be sure to watch the 2nd half of the video to view character details and listen to the cool music.  Note: ANYONE who offers to be a backer at any reward level, i.e. $10 or more, WILL get a free e-copy of the book even if the project does NOT fund, albeit a lightly edited non-professional version without the nice rewards.)

Comments From Beta Readers

"I think the part I liked most about this book is that the characters have more depth than you might initially guess. SciFi and Fantasy seem to have a tendency towards flat characters sometimes, but not so here!" - John W

"I was lucky enough to be a beta reader...and I would heartily recommend getting involved in the kickstarter. It is a great read, and I really enjoyed it. Nice work, and good luck." - Jim G

"I was fortunate to receive a preview of the book. I recommend checking it out!" - D

ABOUT THE NOVEL

If you love MMORPG games, or love someone who *is* a gamer, this novel was written for you and brings together computer science, online role-playing games, parallel universes and Hindu mythology.  What's not to love about that?

Demie saves herself from a creepy supernatural abduction by a Lovecraft-type of being, but her younger sister Kori is taken instead. Slipping away into an alternate universe where Kori was never even born, the remorseful girl gets stuck with divorced parents and a reputation for being crazy. Consumed by guilt, she's determined to regain her sister and former life.
 
But on the third anniversary of the abduction, nothing prepares Demie for the moment when her consciousness is thrust into Panchala, the online Hindu MMORPG game world Kori was taken to. There Demie meets Princess Draupadi, who is not just Demie's only friend in this strange world, but also her guide and the key to finding her sister.
 
Together they make their way through the virtual world seeking answers, pursued by Kali, a demi-goddess the game programmers created to destroy Demie. The abductor, in the form of an elusive yogi, continues to manipulate the two young women as the fabric of Panchala begins to disintegrate around them, threatening their lives if it collapses. But there's no way Demie and the Princess will give up searching for Kori, even if it means a showdown with Kali, the Destroyer of Worlds.
 
As the game programmers realize the TerraMythos servers have become a quantum computer linking multiple parallel universes, Demie must risk her life to bring back her sister, or die trying.

The Princess Of Panchala is completed and was a finalist (under the title Sword of Shiva) in the PNWA Literary Contest (more about this in the FAQ section).

CAN I READ A SAMPLE?

If you are the sort of person who likes to torture yourself with a bite, knowing you can't have the whole meal for another six months, then by all means go ahead and read the first chapter. Bear in mind, the final version may change once the final editing process is completed.

The Princess Of Panchala - First Chapter

OVERVIEW OF THE REWARDS

The rewards offered will be quality products.

The soft-cover books will be 6" x 9" trade paperback, with a nice glossy cover.  The hard-cover books will have dustcovers that can be removed, and each hard-cover book will be signed and numbered.

NOTE: If we reach interior illustration stretch goals, these will be limited to the Kickstarter version until the series is completed, and even then will only be available in limited editions.  So the illustrated copies will hopefully become collectible.

Mousepads will have a 7.5" x 8" thin, flexible vinyl cover that features the beautiful Kickstarter graphic, while the magnets will have the book-cover artwork, both done by Mark Ferrari.  Wouldn't you love to have a mousepad like this on your desk at home or at work?

The microfiber cloths will be 6" x 7", double-sided and printed with the book cover artwork on one side.  Here is an example of what it will look like (with project artwork of course).  Sorry...it does NOT come with the other pictured items, those are just suggested uses.

THE PROJECT TEAM

Writing a novel comprises a vast amount of effort, but the work does not end there. Shaping the finished draft into the highest quality product and delivering it through a Kickstarter project requires a team effort. And I am privileged to have the following extremely talented people working with me on the Panchala project.

THE BOOK COVER ILLUSTRATOR – MARK J. FERRARI

There is a lot of truth that a book is judged its cover. When you read The Princess of Panchala, you’ll find that while readable enough to be YA, the story is still a complex work. After discussing the project with Mark Ferrari, I felt he intuitively grasped the inherent complexity of the work, which you can see in the Kickstarter graphic he created.

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words applies here, and I believe Mark is the right artist to capture the gestalt and spirit of the book in a visual sense. Once the project is funded, Mark will create the book cover, and you can visit his website to see examples of his work.

http://markferrari.com/

I can’t wait to see what this artwork will look like, not only on the book cover but also on the microfiber cloths (at $45 Game Tester level and above) and t-shirts (at the Guild Leader level and above). If we blow past our initial stretch goals, we may even be able to offer additional premiums featuring his work.

THE EDITOR – SHANNON PAGE

Just as a recording artist needs a producer to take a recording and polish it, so also an editor helps the author refine a manuscript into the best work it can be. I met Shannon Page years ago in a writing workshop and since then have worked with her in various ways. Having seen her editing work, I am delighted to have her onboard as the editor for this project.

http://www.shannonpage.net/

Shannon is a Pacific Northwest writer and editor, a member of Book View Cafe and of SFWA. Her debut novel Eel River, a hippie horror tale, was released in December 2013 by Morrigan Books. In 2014, Per Aspera Press will publish her urban fantasy The Nightcraft Quartet, beginning with The Queen and The Tower.

INTERIOR ILLUSTRATOR – ROB CARLOS

While good writing can bring words to life, visual art can take those images to a whole new level. Due to the amount of collaboration I want to have in creating the interior art, I wanted to find an artist local to the Seattle/Tacoma area. Therefore I was both pleased and fortunate to meet up with Rob Carlos, who created the sketches shown in the Kickstarter video.

http://www.colorsmith.com/Fantasy.html

The initial Stretch Goals will focus on interior illustrations, which will be a combination of black & white as well as color illustrations. Like the movie, The Wizard of Oz, the B&W images will depict "real" world scenes while the color images will show scenes from the virtual online world of Panchala.

REWARD FULFILLMENT – AMANDA WRIGHT, Total Creative, Inc.

Most of the effort will go into the creative side of the project, but the best results are meaningless if they can’t be delivered to you, those who make the project possible to begin with.

To ensure that the highest quality products are produced and delivered in a timely manner, I will be using Total Creative, Inc., a small firm that has nearly 40 years of combined design and illustration experience ranging from print development, web design, and branding.

http://www.totalcreative.net/

If we blow past the initial Stretch Goals, TCI will also be employed to develop the TerraMythos website (which is truly pathetic at the moment):

http://terramythos.com/

Those additional stretch goals will lay the groundwork for developing the website into a companion website for the novel.  More details will be provided when/if the initial goals are unlocked.

DELIVERY DATE / LAUNCH PARTY

I am currently planning on having the launch party for The Princess of Panchala at Orycon, which will be in Portland, Oregon, November 7th to 9th.  Prior to the official launch party I will have a private pre-launch party for close friends and associates, including higher level contributors.

Rewards will be delivered no later than the middle of November (international deliveries could take longer) but if at all possible, I would love to get these to you sooner.  The Kickstarter update page and my personal website will be continuously updated with pertinent developments.

HOW IS THE MONEY BEING USED?

The initial funding goal will pay for various fixed costs such as the cover art, professional editing of the final manuscript, manuscript design and formatting, and other assorted expenses associated with publishing. Plus we have to cover expenses for things like initial costs for promotional items (i.e. the rewards), tax and accounting advice, packaging and shipping material and other assorted costs (Kickstarter projects can be quite complicated!)

In addition to covering the overhead of these fixed costs, providing quality items plus the shipping costs can easily absorb 40% or 50% of the contributions at each level. Plus, about 10% is taken off the top for processing fees by Kickstarter and the bank.

So as you can see, what may seem like a lot of money can get chewed up pretty quick. While I love my art and I believe you will too, I want to at least make sure I break even at the end of the project.

STRETCH GOALS

Here are some initial Stretch Goals that we should aim for. As the project gains momentum, new Stretch Goals will be unveiled when/if we get to them.

Bookmark Stretch Goal - $11,500: When we reach this stretch goal, each book (from Guild Member level on up) will come with double-sided magnetic bookmarks featuring project artwork.

                         Illustration Stretch Goals

First Illustration Stretch Goal - $16,000: Upon reaching this goal, we will have two B&W and two color illustrations, as well as cover the cost of adding artwork and color to the printing.

Second Illustration Stretch Goal - $17,750: Upon reaching this goal, we will have an additional two B&W and two color illustrations, for a total of four B&W and four color.

Third Illustration Stretch Goal - $19,950: Upon reaching this goal, we will have an additional two B&W and two color illustrations, for a total of six B&W and six color.

Postcard Stretch Goal - $22,500: At this stretch goal, everyone (from Guild Member level on up) will get a set of postcards featuring the artwork in this project.

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are minimal, since the novel is already written and I have a great team working with me. The worst case scenario is that I get hit by a bus, in which case the project would still continue to completion, but the likelihood of completing the remaining books in the series would be significantly reduced.

The main challenges that might arise would be related to reward fulfillment. There could be unexpected delays or complications, but that risk is largely mitigated by using TCI. They will address and resolve any problems that arise.

Other challenges that could arise would be related to delivery and shipping, but I have been conservative (if not pessimistic) in estimating both the time and cost for reward fulfillment, so if anything I expect to come in early and cost savings will translate into additional rewards.

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