Diary of a Teenage Zombie is a 60,000 word novel targeted at both an adult and young adult audience. It's primarily of the horror persuasion, but contains a splash of romance, and full lashings of humour. The project's already being edited by my longtime editor and mentor. Once finished, it'll be released to my typesetter for cover design, printing, etc.
This will be my sixth completed novel, but the third to be published both in print and e-book versions. You can view my currently published work on Amazon
, and of course via my website
page. For more information on the project, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
How am I going to spend the $8,000? Well, that's easy. I'm going to the Bahamas for sun, sand, and surf.
Don't believe everything you see on television. Writing, editing, publishing, and promoting books is an expensive business. Editing fees, in this instance, are about $2500, paired with cover design and typesetting which is an additional $500-$800 depending on the cover image. Printing of books, say 250-500 copies, usually sets me back about $3000-$4000, although, this also includes e-book conversions etc.
Now, it's all well and good writing, editing and printing, but if you don't have a professional to promote the release for at least three months to warm up bookstores like Dymocks, Collins Booksellers or QBD, then who is getting excited about the product? No one. Hence, I usually spend an additional $2000-$3000 on hiring a great publicist, and of course, get my own backside on the band wagon, and plug into social networking, advertising friends, author groups, and fans hungry for more of my work.
That's where I'm hoping this crowd-funding venture will pay off. I've been doing all of this on my own for a very long time and resources are stretched. Besides being completely in love with what I do, I have a massive fan base, and thus, a lot of people I don't want to let down because of monetary issues.
So here I am, down on rickety knees, in the hopes you all love the literary world as much as I do, and can't wait to read about Katie Palmer, zombie extraordinaire, and just a little bit dark and dangerous. I'll even let you have a sneak peek at her diary;
likely that this might be my last entry. I’m suspected of illicit activity—namely, of ingesting the living.
can’t tell you how pissed off I am right now. If Dad hadn’t called Zone
security I’d be in the clear not be in trouble. As it turns out, no one had
called in an official sighting of me, so clearly this fricken’ zombie someone
is playing a vicious game with me.
and Dad are frantically running around the house to hide any possible evidence.
Dad’s currently going through the mulching pile in the backyard with a fine-toothed
comb, and Mum’s wiping every surface down with undiluted bleach. If that’s not
a dead giveaway that we’ve got something to hide, then I don’t know what is.
Well, except for the pigeon in the neighbour’s trash and my on-going
fascination with sniffing my armpits and fear of being unjustly accused.
haven’t called Nikki or Connor to tell them what’s going on. How would I even
explain it? Nikki and I are besties but would that mean anything if she thought
I was a zombie?
What the hell am I going to do if I’m convicted?