Quest for Revenge excerpt: Goblins

Firstly, I just want to say that my Pozible campaign was a success! I reached my target with 26 minutes to spare! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to get people their rewards! So now it’s time to finish up my final proofread/edit of my manuscript of Quest for Revenge and send it off to the editors.

Here’s an excerpt, recently rewritten, that I posted for my Pozible supporters.

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A short time later, they strolled out of the armoury into the main chamber. A cluster of goblins briefly glanced at them but paid no further attention to them. Melina breathed a sigh of relief. Smearing their faces and arms with dirt and donning goblin armour seemed to be working. She resisted the urge to tear off the helmet she was wearing. Although it was the smallest one she could find, it was still far too big, even with her hair tucked in underneath. The T-shaped hole in the front hid the features of her face well, but she could only see directly in front of her. To make matters worse, the helmet smelled horribly of decay. She didn’t want to think about why. She turned her head and Glenowen entered her narrow field of vision. She didn’t think he looked much like a goblin, but surprisingly they were being completely ignored by the hundreds of real goblins swarming around them, going about their business.
Glenowen lead the way, striding purposefully across the cavern. The ground was flat and hard packed, levelled by years of pounding goblin feet. Melina followed him, trying to stride as he did and not run like her instincts told her to. Her heart pounded in her ears and nearly stopped when a relatively short goblin with a squashed nose looked right at her. They locked eyes and for a terrible moment Melina thought she had been discovered. But then a tall goblin holding a whip barked an order at the shorter one and he scurried away.
She released the breath she had been holding and her knees nearly collapsed under her in relief. She turned back to Glenowen, and froze. He was nowhere to be seen. Before her a crowd of oddly shaped, green skinned creatures walked past and around her, shoving her out of the way if their path intersected with hers. But there was no short figure ahead of her, identifiable by the way he was clearly far too small for the huge goblin armour.
She panicked, turning in circles, becoming more frustrated than ever of the limited range of vision the helmet gave her. As she whirled, she crashed into someone.
“Oi! Watch it squirt!” a harsh voice spat at her as a hairy fist appeared before her eyes. Her ears filled with a metallic ringing like a gong, and her vision swam. She fell to her knees, her head exploding with pain. She gasped, her hands clutching the sides of her helmet. Now all she could see were feet, huge and hairy, some with jagged nails and others with crusty sores oozing with pus. She staggered to her feet, struggling to find her balance under the weight of the goblin mail and armour. Goblins surged all around her, pushing her backwards, away from the mouth of the tunnel, the top of which she could just see above the horde surrounding her. She ran for it, pushing her way through, heedless of being shoved. Someone made a grab for her, but she dodged and kept running. She had to reach the tunnel. Glenowen would be there waiting for.
He will be there, he will be there, she told herself over and over again. She did not allow herself to think of any other options.
Her foot caught on something and she fell forwards, landing on her hands and knees. Her shoulder jarred and pain shot down her arm. She drew it to her chest and struggled to rise. The heavy mail and breastplate made moving so difficult.
“Hey, kid!” a voice shouted from somewhere nearby. “Whatcha doin’ wearin’ armour? Tha’s not a toy for younguns!”
A huge hand wrapped around her good arm and lifted her to her feet. She looked up into the face of a goblin so scarred its features were almost unrecognisable. Most of its nose was missing, a misshapen cavity all that remained in the middle of its face.
“You’s can come wiv me,” the goblin said firmly, its voice resonating with an oddly nasal quality due to the cavity where its nose should have been. The goblin marched off, dragging her behind it, in the opposite direction to the tunnel.

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Pozible Rewards

So my last post spoke about the crowdfunding website Pozible and my experiences with it. Now I thought I’d give you a little rundown on the various rewards available on my project. I put a lot of thought into what prizes I would offer. They had to be interesting enough that people would want them, but simple enough that I could actually provide them! After looking at a LOT of different projects, mainly by writers but I looked at others as well, I decided on a mixture of my main commodity on offer (my book) and various personalised and home made gifts and experiences, mostly related to the medieval fantasy theme of my book.

There are varying rewards depending on how much you pledge. You can choose a reward that is less than your pledge, but not more. Here’s what I went with:

$5+ reward

A personalised thank you on Facebook and Twitter. It seems that most people do this for the minimum reward. NB the minimum anyone has pledged on my project is $10. Most have been $30, $50, or $75.

$10+ reward

An ebook copy of Quest for Revenge OR an exclusive bookmark. The latter will have the cover of Quest for Revenge on the front, a personalised message on the back, and will possibly have a tassel (I like tassels).

$20+ reward

An ebook copy of Quest for Revenge OR a bookmark
AND an exclusive release ebook or PDF of my recipe collection, “Akalian Booke of Cookyry.” This includes a heap of tried and true recipes, some of which are referenced in the trilogy, and some of which are just delicious, old fashioned recipes that I could reasonably see the characters in my book eating. It’s been quite fun putting this together, actually. And yes, I have tried all the recipes in the book and my husband has approved them 🙂

$30+ reward

An autographed PAPERBACK of Quest for Revenge AND a bookmark AND the cookbook. So you can read my book, save your place with the bookmark, all while eating a delicious meal from the cookbook!

$50+ reward

An autographed paperback AND bookmark
AND an official invitation and voucher for 2 free drinks at the book launch! The launch will be held after the books are printed, and will probably be in Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills (there are a few lovely wineries I have my eye on…). I expect this will probably be in August or September. However, if my project isn’t successful, I probably won’t have a launch at all as I won’t be able to afford to make printed copies of the book.
AND a thank you in the acknowledgements in Quest for Revenge

$75+ reward

This is where it really starts to get interesting!
A paperback and a bookmark (what can I say? I want everyone to read my book!)
AND you can become a minor character in the third book in the trilogy! You might be a rebel soldier, a foppish nobleman, an elf, or a bar wench, to name a few. You can have your real name or an assumed name. All you need to do is fill out the character form I will send you that includes appearance, personality, habits and mannerisms and so on. The third book (Quest for Peace) is currently being written (read it here ), and I will weave your characters into the story as I go.
You will also receive a mention in the acknowledgements in both book 1 and book 3.

$100+ reward

This includes a paperback, a bookmark, an invitation and 2 free drinks at the launch AND appear as a character AND a thank you in the acknowledgements in book 1 and 3. So basically all of the above. This reward is really the jackpot!

$200+ reward

So the amounts have been going up fairly gradually til now, but now there’s a big jump to $200! Should I have had one at $150? Maybe, I’m not sure, but I figured that if someone was interested in pledging more than $100 then $200 wasn’t too much for them. And to be honest, I was running out of reward ideas!

This reward is completely different. My husband and I are both musicians: he plays piano, and I sing. We have done dinner music, weddings and other functions as a duo, playing mostly jazz standards but mixing in popular songs and the odd musical theatre number as well. For the $200 reward we will provide an evening of entertainment at your next function! We bring all our own equipment, so all you need to provide is a space and a nearby power point. We also take requests, as long as you tell us in advance.
This is only valid in Adelaide and surrounding areas within an hour’s drive. So we’ll go as far as Gawler, the Fleurieu or Murray Bridge, but not the Barossa.

$300+ reward

The ULTIMATE reward! A Medieval kids party! I’ll come dressed up in medieval costume with a cake (made from scratch, and yes I do cater for allergies), and I’ll provide medieval games and a princess or knight themed craft. The craft will vary depending on the age of the kids. There are several flexible options here, and if you choose this option I would like a phone number so I can call you and talk about how to make this suit your child (or the young at heart!). Like the jazz duo, this is only available in Adelaide and surrounding areas.

Whew! That’s it! If you’re planning your own campaign, don’t underestimate the draw of your rewards, regardless how interesting and awesome your actual project it. It might mean the difference between someone pledging to your project or not.

Finally, there’s only 8 days left on my project, so if any of the above rewards appeal to you, head to my project and help me get my book in print! Click Here

Is it POZIBLE to get published? :p

Is it POZIBLE to get published? :p

Many of you have already heard that I’m running a Pozible campaign to raise the funds needed to get my book edited and printed. There are now only 9 days left for me to reach my target amount! Scary…

For those unaware, Pozible is a crowdfunding website. You can run a campaign for your creative project, aiming to raise a certain amount within a certain time frame. People ‘pledge’ to your campaign and select a reward based on how much they pledged. It’s called a ‘pledge’ rather than a ‘donation’ because no one’s money is actually taken until the end of the campaign, and ONLY if the campaign reaches its target. So if you don’t reach your target amount within the time frame, everything gets cancelled. No one gets charged, no one gets their chosen rewards, and you don’t get any money at the end of it.

I’m aiming to raise enough money to 1) pay for professional editing for my book, 2) print at least 100 copies to sell privately and give away (some as Pozible rewards), and 3) set up my own website with my own domain name, and pay for some online advertising.

But I’m not there yet! 9 days to go and I’m still a ways from my target. So I’m asking my readers: please, if you like my writing and would like to see Quest for Revenge in print, jump over to my campaign and pledge! The great thing is that you’re not giving something with nothing in return. You’ll see that there are plenty of rewards to choose from, and if my campaign is successful I’ll make sure they are distributed as soon as possible.

If I’m not successful? Well, I’m still going to try to get published, but I don’t know how long it’ll take. I don’t really have much in the way of disposable income right now, so it’ll take me a while to save up enough for the editing costs. And there’ll be no website, no print copies, and probably no book launch (which isn’t part of the campaign, but I was going to hold one if it was successful). Which is a little sad.

So head over and take a look, and if you have family or friends who are interested in fantasy and new authors, please pass on the information to them! I will be eternally grateful.

 

Regular blogging returning soon: My journey into publishing