YA Series Indiegogo Fully Funded in Three Days; Let’s Exceed the Goal

Wow, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has backed the Indiegogo campaign so far.The initial goal of $500 was met in less than three days! That’s mind blowing! A thank you doesn’t even cover how grateful I am for your support. This campaign means so much to me, and I’ll continue thanking you all until you’re sick of hearing it!

What does this mean? I can provide both Bloodlines and the sequel with cohesive profession cover designs. I can also cover the formatting costs and make sure I can get my rewards delivered to my backers.

I’m currently getting quotes for promotional graphics so that my backers can hopefully have unique images to use on FB and other social media to proudly announce themselves as a part of the “Alliance Street Team.” Maybe even bookmarks! I’ll post more details once I receive info back from the quotes.

The campaign has twenty-seven days left, so there’s plenty of time for others to join the madness! If you haven’t purchased your copy of The Alliance:Bloodlines, this is a great time to support the campaign and receive books! We can exceed this goal and provide even more! I’d like to make some website upgrades and offer better quality books. The more money I have at the end of the campaign, the better quality I can provide. $400 was the bare minimum I needed to make this publishing dream come true, but with more I can make the series even better. Cover design has various levels of quality. The phrase “you get what you pay for” is often true here. $250-300 might get decent cover designs, but sometimes paying a little extra can get you an even better quality. I might even be able to get some art prints commissioned to add to some reward tiers!

If the campaign ends way over the goal, like $800+ I imagine we could be funding the third book! The third Alliance novel is scheduled for a hopeful release next fall. Again thank you all who’ve joined my adventures into self publishing. Let’s keep this campaign growing!

The Alliance YA Series Indiegogo Campaign is Live!

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My Indiegogo campaign is live. I would love to have your support in my adventures of self-publishing. The Alliance series is a YA Urban Fantasy project I’ve been working on for many years. In order for this campaign to be successful, I really need as many people to rally behind me with likes, shares, comments, and retweets. You can easily help the series thrive even if you can’t donate. I can’t stress the importance and success of “word of mouth” advertisement.

I’ll be making more campaign updates throughout the month. I only have 30 days to reach my goal. Will you help me get there? Make sure to click the link to learn more about the project and why this YA series is important to me.

The Alliance Crowdfunding

On several occasions I have discussed re-branding my Alliance series of YA novels and crowdfunding ideas. I basically took the information I learned from last year’s failed Sacrifice Kickstarter and implemented a much more reasonable goal for the Alliance series.

This is basically just a small update to say I will launch an Indiegogo campaign tomorrow evening, and hope to receive help funding self-pub costs for cover art and formatting for the first two Alliance novels. I would love to have your support. Become a part of the “Alliance Street Team” and share the campaign even if you can’t donate. Word of mouth helps campaigns and sell books.

I’ll post a link to the crowdfunding page tomorrow evening when the project is live. Stay tuned!

The Alliance: Bloodlines for 99 Cents?

Have you purchased your copy of The Alliance: Bloodlines yet? Amazon will have the ebook format on sale for 99 cents from May 14th at 8 AM PST until May 21st at 8 AM PST. Don’t miss this great deal! Still not convinced? Read the five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Some examples below.

The story is suspenseful and moves well. 

This book is in a similar genre as Laurel K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison, written in a present day setting and with strong female characters.

Why I Write: The Tale of a Young Geek’s Inspiration

My mother was the one who always encouraged me to read a lot as a kid, but there were select books and shows that fueled my desire to tell stories. I’ve always been a daydreamer. My mind creates stories whether I like it or not, and there were several influences from my childhood.

As a kid I enjoyed comic books filled with heroics, but I also loved horror, sci-fi and fantasy. The books that most influenced me were R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series and pretty much anything written by Stephen King. I have an entire bookshelf filled with King’s books, and people always ask what my favorite King novel is. As much as I love his popular classics, my favorite would have to be the Dark Tower series as a whole.

I loved dark twisted stories that would make your heart pound with every page turn, but television also greatly inspired my creativity.

There was a show on Nickelodeon when I was young called Are You Afraid of the Dark where a group of kids would sneak out and tell spooky campfire stories. I was always fascinated by the idea of telling haunting tales by a campfire, but sadly this is still something that I’ve never done.

I can’t remember how old I was when I saw the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie on TV, but I thought it was the coolest idea I’d ever seen. The movie was not nearly the same caliber as the TV show that later followed, so why was the movie so important to me? Almost every book I read had a male protagonist, and if my memory serves me correct, this was a point where I said, “Wow this girl is a hero!” I don’t think I even stopped to question why all my books had male protagonist. I’d seen some females in comics, but this was different somehow. It was empowering to see Buffy kick ass as she went from cheerleader to vampire slayer.  I later rejoiced when the TV series was announced for the WB, and I have faithfully followed Joss Whedon ever since.

I read every book I could get my hands on and always daydreamed about my own stories. I tried to write a few novels in high school, but never stuck with the writing. What inspired me to try again? That would be Joss Whedon. My love of Buffy and all things Whedon inspired me to try again, and I finished the draft of The Alliance: Bloodlines.

I’ve since lost my love of horror, and i’m not even sure why. Maybe it’s because everything seems less scary now? Or the new generation of horror movies seem stale? My current inspiration comes from writers/creators: Whedon, Felicia Day, Brian K Vaughan, and Jane Espenson. When Joss Whedon first announced that he would be writing The Astonishing X-men, I decided that I would also try my hand at writing comics. I adapted Bloodlines into a limited series comic book which I pitched to publishers. I didn’t give up even when that project failed, but instead I kept practicing and have worked on scripts for several other projects.

So I guess if I could say anything to potential writers or even current authors, I would say take risks, be bold, write lovable characters, create breath taking worlds and send positive messages through stories.

The stories we write now could hugely impact the next generation of writers.

Honorable mentions from my childhood must include: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, TMNT, Alice in Wonderland, Superman movies and Batman movies, X-men comics, and more.