I dunno about you, but these days just about all of my actual book reading is done on my Kindle. I don’t have to lug a bunch of paper around and no one on SEPTA has to know about my obsession with mediocre Mass Effect novels.
Still, sometimes I miss the feel of a good book in my hands. Fortunately, Philly still has a thriving local book, hobby, and comic scene, so there are plenty of places to get your fix. Kickstarter project creator and Darkin author Joseph Turkot wants to contribute his own work, and he’s doing it in a very unique way.
He’s making his books free.
What is the goal of this Kickstarter?
This project’s intention is to raise at least $1,000.00 to print and distribute the first two books in the saga. The author will take NO profit from books distributed and sold. The books will be GIVEN, free of charge, to local, independent retailers, supporting their business and providing great fantasy literature at the same time. The retailers will set their own prices, and take any profit they generate to support their cherished place in our society. Although you can read Darkin free right now as an eBook, everyone loves the feel of paper in their hands, and the smell of a new book. The more money generated, the cheaper it will become to mass-order Darkin in trade paperback, and the more books that will get distributed. For donating at least $10.00, you will get a signed print copy of the book yourself.
The books will be distributed to local hobby shop vendors, grass-roots comic book shops, and other independent bookstores. Target locations will be in the Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore cities and suburbs.
Why do this?
I have spent years writing, revising, and editing the first two books in the Darkin saga. Likewise, I have spent many hours creating its artwork, and continue to do so. Now that I have polished the stories, and set into motion an epic storyline I truly believe in, I want to spread it–I want to give it to people like me. This book is for those of you who love magic, adventures, heroes, romance, and epic battle where virtue is tested against darkness.
All money gained through this fundraiser will be used to distribute physical copies of my book to local game, hobby, and bookstores. Again, THEY will keep all profit made from selling the books.
So when you think about it, you’re not just supporting the author. You’re really supporting the local book stores, comic and hobby shops with each donation. And you’re still getting a free book! Seems like a no-brainer.
The Project: Darkin the Novel: Indie Fantasy at its Strongest
Creators: Joseph Turkot
The Sweet Spot: $10 will land you a signed paperback version of Darkin: A Journey East, and a pre-release eBook version of the follow up, Darkin: The Prophecy of the Key. $20 will get you signed copies of both.
Funding Deadline: November 8th, 2012
More Info: You can already download Darkin for free from a few outlets, including Barnes and Noble and Lulu. More details are available at the official website, novelfantasy.com.
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