Project successful! Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, this author's book is getting published! Goes to show that the power of community is paramount when it comes to getting creative projects off the ground.
We use Kickstarter as a means of connecting readers directly to the source. Yet Kickstarter is much more than just a tool for us, it's a part of our business model. We believe in evergreen publishing - where the resources and energy are spread throughout the process to create a product holistically.
Thanks to our incredible backers - On November 1st - the Countess Kickstarter - for the sequel to Viscountess, a Novel by Taverisa, was concluded - having raised a total of $3,253, 108% of our goal, for the publication of this stellar steampunk novel. This week, we begin formatting of the final manuscript.
We also received the artwork for the cover - and let's just say, it's every bit as epic as Viscountess.
If you still want to pre-order Countess, to get your copy before it hits Amazon, or you want to be one of the first bookstores or coffeeshops to carry the book, please leave us your information in our contact section - we will be posting links for further pre-orders soon.
We're excited to announce that for the sequel to Viscountess, a Novel by Taversia, we will be crowd funding, via Kickstarter, the initial publication in partnership with our wonderful author-partner, Taversia.
Countess will leave exactly where Viscountess left off. More details to be released, regarding the plot of this epic sequel, will follow with the release of the Kickstarter, October 1st.
Follow the news at #Countess2014
Why is Holon doing a Kickstarter for this publication, if the first book was so successful?
As you know, at Holon, we're something of a hybrid publishing company - and a next-generation publishing platform. You may recall our successfully Kickstart'ed book, Saviors, a Novel by Matt Seidel, published at the beginning of this year, and crowd funded in 2013. Our goal is to employ a variety of alternative, and sustainable methods, in the publication of outstanding works.
Given our successful track record - we thought we'd try it again - handing the power of the publishing over to you, the readers, to decide what gets published.
Holon author Matt Siedel signs latest book ‘Saviors’ during Wine & Sign event
By Jaclyn Lansbery
Holon author Matt Siedel promoted his first published book “Saviors” during a Wine & Sign event at Blueline Creative Co-Op and Studio on Jan. 17. The book is also Siedel’s eighth novel, and was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in April 2013.
By Holon New Media Staff, Brandon Cook
Holon author Matt Seidel launches Kickstarter campaign for novel “Saviors”
Just over three days ago, Holon Publishing began crowd funding to publish and distribute Bloomington author Matt Seidel’s psychological thriller, “Saviors.” The novel, Seidel’s eighth though his first published, explores themes of morality, taking as one of its protagonists a serial killer, Tobias, who views the murders that he commits as the execution of a divine justice.
The project’s goal of $1500 was met in a little less than two days.
Since then, “Saviors” has earned a total of $1860 and 124%, funds that could lead to a high-end mock trailer for the book, promotional events, and a graphic novel. While these additional projects may sound a bit ambitious for a book that only recently received the go-ahead, they and its enthusiastic Kickstarter response bear testament to the power and innovation of “Saviors’” character and narrative.
Rather than use Tobias as the figure of a mystery novel: the genre in which serial killers feel most at home, Seidel chooses to write a moral fiction that challenges the reader’s basic concepts of good and evil.
Complicating these notions further is the character of Emily, a young woman in the middle of a quarter-life crisis who is, for all intents and purposes, normal. It is during this time that she meets Tobias: “everything that she needs,” Seidel explains in his Kickstarter video.
At this moment, most other writers would keep Emily ignorant of Tobias’s dark habits, suspending the reader in dramatic irony. But Seidel is not most other writers. Emily remains with Tobias, her savior, though, as the author said with a cheeky wave of the hand, “this creates complications.” As if.
Though its premise echoes vaguely that of TV’s Dexter, Seidel’s narrative is not gore and flash-bang so much as it is a real exploration of Tobias’s tormented condition. Channeling his hero, Dostoyevsky, Seidel develops Emily and Tobias’s relationship alongside the concept of sin and the delusion of goodness, touching on philosophy and religion while still providing engaging narrative.
“Saviors,” the exciting debut for an up-and-coming talent, marks also Holon’s most ambitious approach to date in creating the writer’s community, that is, a community based around each individual writer, rather than the writers as a collective. With each additional goal of Seidel’s Kickstarter campaign ($2500, $3500, and $5000) leading to bigger and bigger promotions, Holon endeavors to both strengthen its relationship with the author and to build an even greater audience for his work.
Stay tuned to hear more exciting updates about Matt Seidel’s “Saviors!"
Click here to contribute to this Kickstarter and pre-order your copy of "Saviors":