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The Legion of Nothing is one of the more successful web serials online. I'm working to turn it into a series of ebooks.
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The Legion of Nothing has had nearly 1.8 million pageviews since it began, nearly three quarters of a million in the last twelve months. During the summer, the ebook of the first year of stories appeared regularly in the list of Amazon's top 100 selling superhero novels. It's been positively reviewed as a serial on Web Fiction Guide, and as novel at Goodreads, and Amazon.

The Legion of Nothing: Vol. 1, Rebirth
The Legion of Nothing: Vol. 1, Rebirth

I'd like to make more of the Legion's adventures available on Amazon, but 1889 Labs, the small press I was working with, is not currently publishing new fiction.

To bring the books to readers at the same level of quality as before, I'll need your help. 

Where the Legion of Nothing Came From:

Back in 2007, I'd decided I wanted to publish a story on my blog. It couldn't be a story that publishing houses would want because then I would have lost out on a chance to become a published author.

Fortunately, superhero fiction (stories about superheroes without the comic) was completely impossible to publish. It didn't even have a section where you'd expect to find it in the local bookstore.

If it appeared at all, it would be the novelization of a movie in the science fiction section.

The Story I Wanted To See:

Once I knew that, I began to think about the superhero stories that I wanted to see. I wanted to write stories consistent with the years of time I'd spent learning Tae Kwon Do. I wanted to write stories where the fights felt realistic, but also fights where the violence wasn't glorified.

In my view at least, I'd read too many stories where one tough guy fought another tough guy, and both of them were completely used to the idea that they'd probably completely destroy a city's downtown when they fought.

I wanted to write about people who wouldn't be used to it, people who would feel guilty if they destroyed somebody's small business during a fight, and people who would be bothered about how much they'd have to hurt somebody to stop them.

In the end I came up with Nick Klein and his friends, teenagers who'd inherited their powers and equipment from their nearly legendary grandparents. They're simultaneously kids of whom great things are expected, but also kids who are connected to cape culture, but not part of it.

This means that the life of a superhero is familiar to them, but it's not normal.

Where We Are Now:

In the past seven years, the Legion of Nothing has gone from a series of stories on my blog to a story that people outside my family and friends have actually heard of.

I'd like to turn the next two years of Legion of Nothing stories into ebooks and print, and I'd like to do it with the same standards as before.

With $1,500, I'll be able to publish the second Legion of Nothing book (Powers) and the campaign will be fully funded.

What I'm Asking For:

I'm asking for $1500. This is how it breaks down.

  • $500 for creating a cover and formatting it for print and ebook
  • $250 for proofreading
  • $250 for ISBN numbers
  • $500 for rewards and taxes

If we make $3000, it will be pretty much the same for the second book except add $500 for editing the second book and skip the $250 for ISBN numbers.

Stretch Goals: 

With $3000, I'll be able to publish the third book (Dueling Powers).

To help encourage people to donate and reach $3000, I've made a few changes.

To rewards:

As of now, anyone who donated $25 or more automatically gets all three ebooks in their preferred format--Kindle, epub, or pdf.

Also as of now, anyone who donated more than $150 gets signed print versions of the first three books. 

It's worth noting, however, that book 3 ebooks and printed books will come in April rather than January.

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I see is shipping out all the physical rewards. While I've chosen reliable suppliers (Createspace for books and Vistaprint for everything else), there's still a chance that there will be problems. I'll handle that by ordering as soon as I can, and notifying people if anything goes wrong.

On the whole, however, it seems like a fairly straightforward process.

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    Tell Me Who to Write About Level: After every Legion of Nothing novel, I write a short story or two. This allows you pick which Legion of Nothing character I write the short story about. If you're unfamiliar with the story, I'll be willing to include you in one as a character. You'll also recieve all three ebooks, the print version of the first, second and third book, and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    "The Next Four Too" Level: This isn't the last Legion of Nothing book. It's the first three in a series that's up to seven on the web. With this level, I'll mail you a print book and email you an ebook as soon as I put out a new one in the series--up to the seventh. You'll also receive all three ebooks, the print version of the first, second and third book, and your name in the acknowledgements.

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