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When assassins Livens and Rubeus decide to kill the king's seven corrupt advisers, they soon learn they are their own biggest obstacle.
When assassins Livens and Rubeus decide to kill the king's seven corrupt advisers, they soon learn they are their own biggest obstacle.
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Hello! My name is Zachary James, and I am the author of Ama's Watch. 

I plan on self-publishing a digital copy of my novel via Amazon's KDP program. In addition, I would like to have physical copies to display and sell at conventions. I plan on producing these physical copies through Amazon's CreateSpace program. To accomplish this, I need your help.

But wait! What is your book even about?

Ama's Watch is a satirical medieval spiritual fantasy about two bumbling assassins seeking justice for their people and the true meaning of happiness.

When the benevolent king of Intus inherits seven corrupt advisers from his late father, the assassins Livens and Rubeus seek to kill every adviser in a single night. As they move from one target to the next, the assassins discover they misjudged the biggest obstacle keeping them from success. It is not the members of the night watch, nor the advisers' guards, nor even the personality-burdened advisers themselves. Rather, it is the assassins' own rambling conversations.

The assassins' run through the city prompts discussions concerning everything from pie to the Goddess Ama, while the debate over which assassin is the other's hallucination proves the most pressing question. Even Livens' own self-doubts are tested when he ponders the meaning of happiness as posed to him by Caritas, the baker's daughter, who may know more about the advisers and even the assassins themselves than she's letting on.

Ama's Watch features layers of comic, psychological, and spiritual depth, subtleties fans will research and debate for years to come, and a delightfully unreliable narrator who will sow a desire in readers to return to the novel after the explosive conclusion.

So come join Livens, Rubeus, Caritas, and me. We'll be waiting for you in Intus!

How can I know if your book is any good?

You can read this 1,400-word excerpt hosted on my blog Change and Cherish.

What do I get out of it?

$1 Pledge

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...  

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress Courting Disaster.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$5 Pledge 

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$10 Pledge

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...  

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$20 Pledge  

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- An unsigned physical copy of AMA'S WATCH

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

 $30 Pledge  

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- TWO unsigned physical copies of AMA'S WATCH (unless you select the BONUS reward, in which you will receive one signed copy of AMA'S WATCH instead of two unsigned physical copies)

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$40 Pledge

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- ONE signed physical copy of AMA'S WATCH

- One unsigned physical copy of AMA'S WATCH

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks. 

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$50 Pledge

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- TWO signed physical copies of AMA'S WATCH

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

$65 Pledge

You will receive my heartfelt thanks, as well as ...

- ONE digital copy of an exclusive short story set in the world of Intus.

- Two signed physical copies of AMA'S WATCH

- A free digital copy of AMA'S WATCH via Amazon's Kindle.

- A set of three AMA'S WATCH bookmarks.

- A personalized thank-you note signed by me.

- A rough digital preview of my work-in-progress COURTING DISASTER.

- Your name in the book's acknowledgements AND on the official Zachary James website.

Where is my money going?

Ama's Watch is close to 55,000 words. Each printed book will have the industry-standard dimensions of 6" by 9", with a page count of about 220.

$350 will go toward printing 100 member order editions of Ama's Watch from CreateSpace.

$50 will go toward shipping those copies to me.

$36 will go toward printing Ama's Watch bookmarks.

$70 (at most) will go toward paying Kickstarter itself.

The remaining money will pay for shipping costs to send the backers' rewards to their homes.

What if you exceed your goal?

I will ...

1.) purchase domain space for a website centered around Ama's Watch and any future novels.

2.) begin an internet marketing campaign promoting Ama's Watch.

3.) obtain booths at various writers' conventions.

4.) support my daily blog.

Risks and challenges

For starters, I'm new to the game. This is my very first Kickstarter project. Though I'm willing to learn, I may take some time to grasp certain concepts as I go along.

Backing me is a risk. It's hard to tell from a Kickstarter page if my final product will contain any level of quality. You can't know if AMA'S WATCH will be any good. To help allay any concerns, I have posted a 1,400-word excerpt on my blog CHANGE AND CHERISH. The link to this excerpt can be found in my project description.

AMA'S WATCH is a completed manuscript. However, I still have yet to edit the primary document into a format CreateSpace supports. In addition, CreateSpace will require me to go through an approval process before physically printing my project. I may have a learning curve to experience there as well.

In addition, I am a college student. I am trying to graduate with my English bachelor's degree in August. Like all college students, I sometimes get bogged down with my educational life.

Regardless, I want all my backers to receive their rewards by April at the latest. I am confident I will be able to reach this goal.

I am young. I am inexperienced. But I am determined to make this work. No matter what obstacles keep me from pushing forward, I will be forthright with my backers and let them know of my progress every step of the way.

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