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Each novel in our series, TALES OF THE AMULET, will launch on Kickstarter with exclusive rewards and bundles. The first novel of that series, A Prince's Errand, was a success and we plan to launch campaigns for all of our future novels on Kickstarter.
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Elven Secrets is a classic fantasy adventure set on the fictional world of Kalda. It is the third novel in the TALES OF THE AMULET series and the direct sequel to The Dark Necromancer. This story takes place soon after the events of the companion novella, The Last Barsionist, featuring our same main characters as well as introducing a new point of view character, Balden Ramus.
In Elven Secrets you'll continue the thrilling adventure set into motion by the discovery on Dalgilur and the climactic event in the Mindolarn Palace.
From the hardcover flaps:
Elven Secrets is the eighth novel we have written together.
Crowdfunding on Kickstarter presents a unique opportunity to find new readers. It also allows us as the authors to generate more revenue prior to the official launch of a book, and recoup our production costs much faster than if we relied on royalties alone.
With our previously published novels (prior to A Prince's Errand) we spent less than a thousand dollars to complete them. Our biggest expense was line/copy editing, but even that was obtained at a very cheap rate. Robert designed the covers and created the artwork. While the covers were not bad, they were not top-notch quality, nor did they scream, "this is an epic fantasy book!"
In 2018, we decided to rebrand our series, and that brought in additional expenses. But we wanted books that looked and felt professionally published. This increased our production costs considerably. For our larger novels it costs over nine thousand dollars between cover design, copy editing, purchasing ISBNs, and interior artwork. Don't get us wrong, we're willing to take on that financial responsibility, but a successful Kickstarter campaign helps lighten the load.
Kickstarter also allows us the ability to offer unique bundles to readers that are otherwise unavailable through most retail platforms. By rewarding our readers through Kickstarter we can offer additional bonuses that we can't offer through retailers.
Regardless of the success of this Kickstarter campaign, Elven Secrets will be published. Like we said earlier, we're prepared to shoulder the financial responsibility.
We are using this Kickstarter to help offset the cost for producing this book. A fully funded campaign will offset about half our expenses (not including the costs to produce the audiobook). If we double our campaign goal we can pay for all of the production costs for the print and e-book editions. Anything beyond that will help offset the cost of the audiobook production.
*Taken from the project page on Kickstarter...
With this campaign we're raising funds to offset the cost of producing the final product of this novel, particularly the costs associated with: the cover art, interior illustrations, and editing. If the project goes beyond our initial goal, funds will go to help offset the cost of producing the audiobook.
We have commissioned cover and interior artwork by talented fantasy artist, Kerem Beyit, who we've worked with on several other projects. When the manuscript's final revisions are finished with Linda Branam we'll hand off the manuscript to Michael Kramer to narrate the audiobook.
We intend to fulfill this Kickstarter in three waves. The eBook edition will be finished first, and we'll distribute that once it's ready. For physical books, we will most likely receive them from our printer around a month to month and a half after the eBook is fulfilled. Michael will begin recording once the manuscript is finished, and it will probably take him three to four months to complete the project.
If you love epic fantasy, this novel is for you!
As a free bonus, we are giving away the completely revised companion story, Mysterious Assassin in e-Book format, to everyone who backs the project. This version of Mysterious Assassin is expanded from the original with an additional subplot and other characters. It is the companion story to Elven Secrets, expounding on the action of Keth's port magiestrate, Zanille Narshon. It will be larger in size and scope compared to A Thief's Way and The Last Barsionist.