Cornerstone Trailer and Pre-Order

They say raising a child takes a village. I don’t know who ‘they’ are, or who first said it, but I undoubtedly know it is true.

In many ways, publishing a book also takes a village. (Library maybe?) I may be self-publishing, but it is by no means  a solo endeavor. Between countless hours of my my critique partners pouring over every last word, helping me really identify areas where it needs tightening, and my cover artist being unbelievably patient to the editor who will soon be scrutinizing every last word, comma and exclamation mark – it truly has taken a village.

I’ve made an unexpected decision. Originally I had planned to entirely fund the project myself, but rumors of a site called Kickstarter have been floating around and I’ve grown curious. I took a look at it, and the premise seems sound. Then the question became, could I offer supporters anything of value?

I’ve had a few people ask me about pre-ordering Cornerstone. Unfortunately, Amazon’s self-publishing platform doesn’t support that feature.

All these ideas sort of coalesced into a plan – I can offer copies of the book, along with extra perks, on Kickstarter. In exchange for advance sales, I can take some of the stress off myself for funding the editing of the book, as well as other expenses. One thing I truly sought to do during this process, was create value for my supporters. I don’t want people to just give me money to do this, because of the kindness of their hearts. No. I only want people to essentially buy what they would have been interested in purchasing anyway.

So, with that in mind, I am going to show you the different products here, as well as completely break down the pricepoints.

 The ebook file– I am not sure yet whether I will simply gift this through Amazon, or I will email the file myself. Part of that will  depend on how successful I am in getting my own file to show the cover when manually adding it to a Kindle. So far I haven’t been able to do that. The ebook will retail for $2.99.

An exclusive supporter keychain – I will be ordering these through VistaPrint. They cost $5 a piece, but the price does drop with quantity. I will also have to pay both to ship them to myself, and then to ship them to my supporters.

Here is the artwork that will be featured on the keychains

A Signed trade paperback – Paperbacks will be priced somewhere between $12-$17 when I launch them on Amazon. I don’t have a final price yet, because I don’t have a final page count yet. A signed copy should be worth more. I will cover shipping costs, so that will eat into my profits some. 
Naming rights for Emariya’s horse – No real monetary value here, but how cool is it as bragging rights?
Original, One of a kind rough draft pages – Scribbled in all their glory. If my novel becomes wildly successful, these could end up worth a lot of money. At the very least, you will have something no one else does. 
So those are the different rewards being offered. Now, let’s look at the packages available.
  •  0 Backers
    My sincere thanks.
    Est. delivery: Oct 2012
  • Pledge $5 or more

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    Ebook copy in format of your choice (pdf, mobi, ebup)
    Est. delivery: Oct 2012
  • Pledge $15 or more

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    An exclusive supporter Keychain, only available to members who contribute through this campaign. When the book becomes a hit, show your friends you helped make it happen. You will also get the rewards from the previous tiers. (International supporters, please kindly add an extra $5.)
    Est. delivery: Oct 2012
  • Pledge $25 or more

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    A signed trade paperback with a personalized note in addition to the rewards of the previous tiers. The release date on the paperback may be a few weeks later than the release date of the ebook. (International supporters, please kindly add an extra $5.)
    Est. delivery: Nov 2012
  • Pledge $40 or more

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    Two signed trade paperbacks with personalized notes (You may specify information for both yourself and a friend- A great gift for the holidays) in addition to the rewards of the previous tiers. (Keychain and ebook) You will also get your name in the acknowledgements section of the book. The release date on the paperback may be a few weeks later than the release date of the ebook. (International supporters, please kindly add an extra $5.)
    Est. delivery: Nov 2012
  • Pledge $250 or more

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    Deluxe Supporter Package – only 2 available. You may nominate 2 names for consideration for the main heroine’s horse. I will pick between the two. (There are a two horses with names, if this pledge amount is selected twice, each supporter will name one.) The name will need to fit the story – Fantasy, not modern, – and I reserve the right to decline any that I don’t feel fit and ask you for new choices. In addition to naming privileges, you will receive a total of 5 signed trade paperbacks with personalized notes (You may specify information for both yourself and friends- A great gift for the holidays) in addition to the rewards of the previous tiers. ( Keychain, ebbook) As a special bonus, you will also receive a one of a kind page(1) from my first draft, scribbled and corrected as I worked my way through the writing process. If Cornerstone becomes wildly popular, this page could be extremely valuable. – I will also sign and personalize it specifically for you if you wish. Your name will also be included in the Acknowledgements section of the book. The release date on the paperback may be a few weeks later than the release date of the ebook. (International supporters, please kindly add an extra $5.)

So, when broken down according to what you pay and what you get:
For $5 – You get an ebook worth approximately $3
For $15 – You get the ebook, as well as a keychain – Total value  approximately $8
For $25- you get the ebook, the keychain, and a signed paperback – Total value between $ 20-25
For $40 – You get the ebook, the keychain, and 2 signed paperbacks – Total value approximately $42
For $250 – You get the ebook, the keychain, 5 signed paperbacks, naming privleges and a draft page. – Total Value – At least $93 in purely merchandise.

Keep in mind, shipping cost as well as merchant fees will be my responsibility, not yours.

Please don’t feel obligated to participate in this campaign. That truly isn’t my intent. Will it be helpful to me? Absolutely. A million times over. My goal isn’t even to break even. Only to help foot the cost for the upcoming editing, as well as website hosting.

And now that you hopefully understand what I am offering, I will leave you with a link to the campaign. The book trailer as well as all the pertinent info is on the page.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1437682702/cornerstone-0