No fooling…. Kickstarter Campaign for KINGSLEY begins April 1st!

My kickstarter campaign to publish my novel KINGSLEY goes live next week – on April 1st.    I’m excited to share my story of young Kingsley Smith with the world and confident that I’ve written a good book. 

Kickstarter has raised over one billion dollars for creative projects like KINGSLEY since 2007. It is the world’s largest “crowdfunding” platform, allowing backers to preorder books and enjoy creative rewards before the official launch.

To become a backer on Kickstarter, you’ll need two things:

  1. A Kickstarter account (Don’t worry, Kickstarter will walk you through this process.)
  2. An Amazon payments account (Amazon is the largest payments processor in the world, so you are in good hands.)

The funds I raise via Kickstarter will help pay for the team I’ll need to publish my novel: Graphic artists, copy editors, promos and book trailers, and much more.

Best of all, backers (like YOU) receive rewards for being part of my campaign.  Since I write eco-fiction, one of my goals is to offer environmentally friendly rewards.

In addition to both paper and digital copies of the book, rewards will include bunch at my house with locally sourced ingredients like Virginia maple syrup and Polyface Farm eggs.  Brunch

Another great reward will  include a pass to ACAC, the world renowned health club and spa, and lunch in beautiful downtown Charlottesville.  Join me for a session with a personal trainer or one of the many great classes.  Whether you’re into yoga, tai chi, or boxing, ACAC has something for you.  After we work up an appetite, we’ll head to the outdoor downtown mall and enjoy lunch at Charlottesville’s famous Hamiltons’ First & Main They have a wide selection on their menu and an excellent chef.

I can’t wait for my kickstarter campaign to go live!

 

Art for KINGSLEY – what do you think?

Red cover with Bee only

Red cover with Bee only

Red Cover with Bee & Gas Mask

Red Cover with Bee & Gas Mask

What People are saying about KINGSLEY

Catherine Adams

Inkslinger Editing LLC

www.inkslingerediting.com

Catherine Adams, Developmental Editor

Catherine Adams, Developmental Editor

Dear Carolyn,

I’ve spent the past few days immersed in the ecological and genetic crises of KINGSLEY.  It seems fitting that the reading has happened in the liminal space “between the years” (as the Germans called the week between Christmas and New Year’s), as KINGLSEY has thrown me into an alternative reality that seems a horrific membrane away from the health and environmental tragedies sweeping through the world today.  The story left me stunned—and in a good way.______________________________________

Aimee Roberts

Masters in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication 

Agent Marketing and IT Support Specialist for Kline May Realty 

Aimee Roberts  works as a personal branding and IT guru

Aimee Roberts works as a personal branding and IT guru

        …  creative and intriguing . . .  It was an excellent read! _______________________________

  C. E. (Claire) Cameron is a writer and educational psychologist.  Claire earned a PhD from the University of Michigan’s Combined Program in Education and Psychology. She is currently employed as a Research Scientist. 

C. E. (Claire) Cameron is a writer and educational psychologist. Her academic scholarship examines how children learn and develop. Her fiction and non-fiction further explores how we change throughout life by revealing individual stories of transformation.

C. E. (Claire) Cameron is a writer and educational psychologist. Her academic scholarship examines how children learn and develop. Her fiction and non-fiction further explores how we change throughout life by revealing individual stories of transformation.

KINGSLEY kept me reading – not only to see what the compelling and vivid characters would do in this thrilling, action-packed story. As an educational psychologist, I was most fascinated by the world without men. With each new scene and setting of KINGSLEY, I became more and more aware of how fundamentally everything would change without the “XY-ers” – and not for the better. This book reminds me of how interconnected beings of all species and ecosystems are, and how we have to take care of each other. It’s also a fun, if spooky, read that I could see being incorporated into science classes or even as part of a social or feminist studies curriculum. The narrative form or “cli-fi” novel is an important new way to communicate about our global ecological crisis, and Ms. O’Neal has done her genre proud. This book made me think, and it makes me want to take action. 

The HOOK

Writing takes discipline,  just ask the Hook’s famed contest judge John Grisham, who spends hours every single day at the keyboard, and has more than two dozen best sellers to his name.

The winners of  the HOOK’S 2013 Short Fiction Contest are further proof that putting in the time, day after day, year after year, can pay off.

Second place: Carolyn O’Neal

Second place winner Carolyn O’Neal found the inspiration for her story, “Silent Grace,”  last summer while reading an Esquire magazine article about the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
“The oil that comes out of the Middle East is relatively clean,” she says. “The tar sands, they have to boil it down. You use a whole lot of fresh water. That means they’re diverting massive amounts of fresh water from everybody else.”

Her protagonist is a young First Nation girl whose life is affected by her family’s involvement in the tar sand operations, and O’Neal– who has honed her writing at WriterHouse under the tutelage of one-time Hook contest judge and 2009 second place contest winner David Ronka– hopes the topic will pique interest in the complexity and dangers of oil extraction, no matter where it takes place.

“Fiction can change the world,” she says. “That’s what I want to do– make people a little bit aware of what’s going on.”

O’Neal has also presented at the 2013 Virginia Festival of the Book on the topic HOW TO CREATE A GREAT WRITING GROUP.   She is a member of BACCAliteray. com.