Monday, May 4, 2015

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher - A Scifi-Fantasy Adventure! by Julian Rosado-Machain

Love Science Fiction Fantasy? Help Make This Author's Dreams Come True!

The Story Behind the Book.

I've always been fascinated by history, magic and technology and always wanted to become a writer.  When I first told my dad about it, he said, “A writer, writes. So get to it.” but at the moment I was finishing college and expecting my first son, so trying to make ends meet was my full time job! But, even then, I wrote every night from about 11 pm to 2 a.m. Scripts, short stories, and story lines, all of them for myself.

One day I entered a writer's contest on a website and won with a short story. That gave me the confidence I needed to just get to it. So I started writing Guardians Inc.: The Cypher.

I never tried to get it to a publishing house, instead, I self published it and placed it for free on all e-bookstores.
Some three years later, Guardians Inc.: The Cypher has been downloaded more than 180,000 times (it hit that mark right after we had recorded the audio for the video, which states 170k) and has a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon with almost 430 reviews.

The book has also been featured in YA book bundles with amazing writers like Mercedes Lackey and Terah Edun.

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher is not a book I might write after the Kickstarter has been funded... Guardians Inc. is already a series with two more books on ebook stores and I'm currently writing the fourth, Guardians Inc.: The Lost Columns!

Reason Behind the Kickstarter Project.


So, with all these good things going on why do I need a Kickstarter Project?

Well, my father used to buy me books when I was little, and I always took them to my room and practically devoured them.

Was it only the story or was it also the weight and sound of the pages turning?

Most kids don't own a tablet, so I want to give them something that is still precious to me: the opportunity to smell the ink and feel the weight of each page as it turns and reveals something new, the feeling of opening a book and finding and living an adventure.

To me, books are an army of friends, lined up on the shelves, ready to take on boredom and help us visit worlds away.

As a writer now, I want to share that feeling with everyone.

The Rewards.


All rewards are accumulative, so, if for instance, you should choose reward four, you will also get rewards one through three.

We also want most rewards to get to you by November this year, well before the Holidays!

Reward One consist of an eBook copy of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher in ePub (iPad, Nook, etc.) and Mobi (Kindle) formats. You also receive a set of three Kickstarter Exclusive wall papers.




Exclusive Kickstarter Wallpapers
Exclusive Kickstarter Wallpapers

Reward Two is Reward One + an eBook copy of the Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc.: Book of Beasts, in PDF (iPad, Nook, etc.) and Mobi (Kindle) formats.

As Thomas learns in GI:The Cypher, GI: Book of Beasts is an illustrated short story that is required reading for all new recruits as they join Guardians Inc.

GI: Book of Beasts is an alternate-history adventure based on real life explorer Ibn Batutta as he joins the Guardians and battle the Namtarii in the late 1300's.

 Who are the Namtarii? You will find out in Book of Beasts!




Guardians Inc.: Book of Beasts eBook
Guardians Inc.: Book of Beasts eBook

Reward Three is all previous + an eBook copy of Guardians Inc.: Thundersword, in ePub (iPad, Nook, etc.) and Mobi (Kindle) formats.

GI: Thundersword is the second book in the GI series and has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.



Guardians Inc.: Thundersword eBook
Guardians Inc.: Thundersword eBook

Reward Four is all previous + an eBook copy of The Man in the Trench Coat.
Evil disguised as friendship is the most dangerous kind.

A creature of myth and legend... The Man in the Trench Coat is one of Guardians Inc's main antagonists and a recurring character in the books. At one point in the story Doctor Franco mentions that "[The Man in the Trench Coat] even has a children's book!"

We managed to find a copy of that book and we now give it to you as a cautionary tale!




The Man in the Trench Coat eBook "As bright as a box of crayons. An elementary karate chop to those temptations that undermine our integrity". -Kirkus Reviews.
The Man in the Trench Coat eBook "As bright as a box of crayons. An elementary karate chop to those temptations that undermine our integrity". -Kirkus Reviews.

Reward Five is all previous + eBook copy of Guardians Inc.: The Four-Legged Prophet, in ePub (iPad, Nook, etc.) and Mobi (Kindle) formats.

GI: The Four-Legged Prophet is the third book in the GI series and has 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
You will also get one 6" x 11" Kickstarter exclusive postcard autographed and with a thank you note by me!

Also, one 4" x 6" Kickstarter exclusive, autographed, lenticular postcard with the evolution of the Guardians Inc.: The Cypher's cover will find its way to you!

The lenticular postcard will have to be shipped later as we need first to create the new cover for the Cypher.



Guardians Inc.: The Four-Legged Prophet eBook and Two Autographed Postcards
Guardians Inc.: The Four-Legged Prophet eBook and Two Autographed Postcards

Reward Six is all previous + An autographed copy of the Guardians Inc.: The Cypher printed book. The main reason why we are doing the Kickstarter!




Guardians Inc.: The Cypher Autographed Printed Copy
Guardians Inc.: The Cypher Autographed Printed Copy

Reward Seven is all previous + One Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc T-shirt with the Guardians Inc. symbol on the front and the book cover on the back.

Also we send you one Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. pin with the Guardians Inc. symbol.



Guardians Inc. T-Shirt and Pin
Guardians Inc. T-Shirt and Pin

Reward Eight is all previous + Two Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. 1.5" x 1.5" golden coins. Until the late eighteen hundreds, this coin revealed the bearer as a Guardian.

The coin is mentioned in Guardians Inc.: Book of Beast and it was inspired by a 66 B.C. Roman Denarius. The Denarius was a silver coin, ours is golden and even though it's not made of gold we think it looks cooler.

Next to the Roman date on the coin (1225), the words engraved on it are Latin for "Balance Keeper"the core belief of Guardians Inc.



Exclusive Guardians Inc. Golden Coins
Exclusive Guardians Inc. Golden Coins

Reward Nine is all previous + an Exclusive Kickstarter Guardians Inc. wooden jewelry box and two extra Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. 1.5" x 1.5" golden* coins.

Also, your name appears in the Thank You section of both the printed and eBook versions of Guardians Inc.: The Cypher.

*Please note that "Golden" as in "Gold-like." not "Golden" as in "Made of Gold"... ;)



Exclusive Guardians Inc. Wooden Jelwelry Box and Golden Coins
Exclusive Guardians Inc. Wooden Jelwelry Box and Golden Coins

Reward Ten is all previous + One Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. pocket watch like the one Doctor Franco carries around in the book series.




Guardians Inc. Pocket Watch
Guardians Inc. Pocket Watch

Reward Eleven is all previous + A Kickstarter Exclusive Guardians Inc. old style leather bag (16", 11”, 3.5”) and a leather journal (8.25", 6.5") both with the Guardians Inc. symbol.

Guardians are primarily scholars, so these leather bags and leather journals carry their books and study materials, just as we would expect you and your kids to use them!



Guardians Inc. Exclusive Leather Bag and Journal
Guardians Inc. Exclusive Leather Bag and Journal

Reward Twelve is all previous + a symbol of office as CEO of one of Guardians Inc. holding companies with your name engraved on it.

The symbol is a 10", 10", 0.25" steel plate hand cut with a plasma torch by the author! One of those things I picked up along the years... ;) The steel plate rests on a granite base.

Also your name becomes canon as the name of a character in the Guardians Inc. series first appearing in book four, Guardians Inc.: The Lost Columns (Although the character might...uhmm... kinda die from not so natural causes).

(Oh! And also you will have to sign a consent form... just saying).




Fornax Biofuel Research Symbol of Office
Fornax Biofuel Research Symbol of Office


About the GI Symbol.




The Guardians Inc. Symbol
The Guardians Inc. Symbol

As described by Doctor Franco, from the outer rim to the center of the symbol.

"The six circles and their respective orbits represent the carbon atom. Since carbon is the basic element of all organic life, it seemed fitting to make it a part of the symbol of a company that values scientific research for the advancement and betterment of the human race and the protection of nature.

"The ancient writings orbiting the center of the symbol are messages left by previous cyphers to help new ones in their quest to find the Book of Concord. They are readable only by a Cypher, so if you can read them, you have to come and work for us!

"To the right of the all seeing eye, indicated by dots of various sizes is the constellation of Ophiuchus, associated with Aescupalius, the noted healer of Greek legend. To the left, the constellation of Lacerta which Augustin Royer called 'Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae' (the Hand of Justice and Sceptre) in 1670.

"At the center is the all seeing eye of Ra, for the Guardians, the eye is almost like a job description, since the Guardians are the one secret society/multinational corporation, that, always watchful and alert, keeps the balance between magic and technology."

Now, and this is important, most of the rewards wont have the strange (and really, really small) writings on the symbol, since they are -you guessed it- too small to be engraved correctly.

Why not use the words "Guardians Inc.: The Cypher" next to the symbol on the rewards?

Branding is important, but I thought "Why not make this project's rewards not just beautiful, but also discreet, making the backers a part of a secret society, just like the Guardians?" I know, marketeers all over the world will say it's wrong, but seeing the final rewards, I don't regret it.



Risks and challenges


The challenge is to bring Guardians Inc.: The Cypher to book stores.
I believe it should be in paper for kids (and parents) to join and share in the adventure.

1. Guardians Inc.: The Cypher's cover will need a new look. I'm planning to have it re-made by a renowned artist.

2. Even though it has been edited, re-edited and proofread, I want to go through that process again.

3. I need to have it formatted with a new look for the printing process. A few tweaks here and there and some more artwork to make it look beautiful.

4. Then there are the printing and distribution processes, which are not as tricky as they sound, but they still need a whole lot of attention and enough copies to get to stores in a meaningful way.

5. Last but not least, I will need to advertise the book. Maybe even put up some posters inside book stores, advertising and promotion aren't cheap, but they can be managed as part of a stretch goal (if we are really lucky and get enough sponsors!)

Thank you very much for your support and happy reading!
Julian


1 comment:

  1. I LOVE IT! the only problem is that I can't find it in the library. I searched the internet for long but never found the Four Legged Prophet. the first and the second were given to me but the third one... no eBook version found on the internet... if you can help please reply!

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