Four Books
Four Books

This project has already launched.

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What I Am Doing

My goal is to publish four books I have completed, and if possible, distribute them to my local libraries.

The books are:

  • Trio of Travelers: A Steampunk Short Story Cycle  
  • The T.A.L.O.N. Agency: A Dystopian Superhero Short Story Cycle
  • My Puppy is a Werewolf (as Joe Wilson) Illustrated by Jenny Björklund
  • Monsters in the Dark (as Joe Wilson) Illustrated by Shawn Durington
 

The short story cycles are appropriate for teens and up, and are a series of interconnected short stories which when put together create an over-arching plot.

The books written under my pen name of Joe Wilson are meant for young children, up to 8 years old.

Who I Am

I am a self-published author who primarily writes Steampunk, Social DIY, Science Fiction, Medieval Fantasy, Young Adult, Self Help, Speculative Fiction, Horror, and more in the forms of poetry, short stories in more than a dozen anthologies, full length novels, as well as editorials on manners, pipe smoking, and medieval re-enactment.

I am a freelance reporter and began writing in my early teens. I first published in 2001. My writing style has been described as true storytelling, with the feel of sitting next to a fireplace and listening to a tale from a favorite uncle. 

I have had stories appear in dozens of anthologies by various publishers, articles published in a half dozen different newspapers (online and off), published novels, poetry, short stories; I have won awards and accolades, and so much more.

What it Costs

Here is an approximate cost of this project:

Editing & Formatting (Layout): $500
Cover for Short Story Cycles: $250
Art for Children's Books: $750
Production of Rewards: 25% (estimated percentage of funds raised) Approximately $250 at minimum funding 
Mailing: 7.5% (estimated percentage of funds raised) Approximately $75 at minimum funding
Kickstarter Fees: 10% (estimated percentage of funds raised) Approximately $100 at minimum funding

Total: $1,925+

 

Notice that I am not trying to raise that full total. Some of this money has already been paid by me, and I am not trying to get others to give me money that isn't absolutely necessary to make this happen.

What You Get

Books. eBooks or paperback books. 

From one to fifteen eBooks or paperback books shipped to you, or to your favorite library, and upon your request I would be happy to sign any of the books for you.

New Books from this Kickstarter:

  • Trio of Travelers: A Steampunk Short Story Cycle 
  • The T.A.L.O.N. Agency: A Dystopian Superhero Short Story Cycle 
  •  My Puppy is a Werewolf (as Joe Wilson) Illustrated by Jenny Björklund
  •  Monsters in the Dark (as Joe Wilson) Illustrated by Shawn Durington 
 

 

My Puppy is a Werewolf is being drawn by Jenny Björklund who does incredibly cute chibi art (see below). She is a dedicated artist with a passion and love for what she does, and I am so excited to work with her on this project!

 

 

Monsters in the Dark will be illustrated by Shawn Durington, (below) who has had a passion for monsters for a long time! He has brought to life Melvin and friends, taught art lessons, drawn incredible fantasy art, and well-known pop culture characters. Classically trained in Disney style and techniques, Shawn's passions and talents know no bounds.

Both artists gladly accept commissions, so don't hesitate to contact them for your very own custom piece of art! 

Books already in print: 

 

 

Stretch Goals

In the event of surpassing my Kickstarter goal I have a plan in place, and it is all based on supporting literacy. I created a short list below, and each stretch goal involves distributing more books or creating new ones. Essentially I will produce a new book for every $2500 over my original goal.

$2,500 I will purchase extra inventory of my books to distribute to libraries and at events I attend. 

$5,000 I will produce 2 steampunk novels in a series (rough draft complete, needs edited & covers) and send every contributor a copy of the eBook.

$7,500 I will produce the next Simpletons Series book, which has been outlined, and writing has begun on this project.

I could go on listing other books that I have planned, but I will hold off on that until I pass the above stretch goal.

Thank you for supporting literacy and independent publishing!

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