“Balance Chronicles: The Elements” – Help us get our book published!

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We are four kids from South Africa who have written an exciting fantasy novel. We are trying to raise funds to get it edited and published.

The book is called "Balance Chronicles: The Elements".

Our names are Jude Kaplan, Caspian Nicolson, May Lu Nicolson and Gabriel Kaplan. We started working on this book in 2020, when we spent three months together during lockdown, on the wilderness reserve where our grandparents live, called Towerland. When we started writing this book, Jude was 8, Caspian was 9, May-Lu was 6 and Gabriel was 4. At that time none of us could write or type very well yet. Every day from March to June 2020, we would spend time discussing ideas for the story and what should happen next. Jude narrated and recorded long sections of the story, which he sent to his grandmother, who then typed it out word for word. She would send what she had typed back to the children to check. After lockdown ended, Jude carried on working on the story, narrating and recording, and eventually typing and editing the unfolding story. Whenever the four cousins spent time together, they discussed the plot and made changes together, which Jude then narrated and incorporated into the story. That is how this book was written.

We have now completed a full manuscript of the book, and we have worked with an illustrator, Dylan McGarry, to design the cover and a beautiful illustration for each chapter. The final step is to raise funds for a professional editor to do a full copy-edit of our book, and to cover the costs of printing.

Here is a synopsis of our book:

"When four cousins meet on their grandparents' beloved farm, they discover a magical, hidden world… and a prophecy that they are destined to save it. So begins a strange and thrilling adventure. The children learn to harness the power of FIRE, WATER, EARTH and AIR, and with the help of elemental spirits, dragons and a river serpent. But can they fulfil the Prophecy and defeat the tyrannical Dark Lord or will they perish at his hands?"


Here is a sample of our writing, from the prologue:

"In ancient times, deep in the rugged mountains, was a magical place, a place where sparkling rivers trickled into crystal pools, that were home to fish, frogs and playful otters. Antelope, mongoose and barking baboons roamed freely in the mountains. The vegetation was unlike any other place on Earth. There was fine-leafed fynbos, which were so thin and green that the sun shone through the delicate leaves, and the petals and leaves of the pink, yellow and white everlasting flowers glowed. The tall proteas rose above the rest of the plants, with their strong leathery leaves, scarlet flowers and soft feathery flower tips that were jet black. The bright pink, fine-leafed Ericas so perfect and delicate among the orangey-brown dried out proteas. The fragrant, soft impepho plant, which gave off such a delicious smell when you burnt it, displayed its delicate little yellow flowers and soft round sage green leaves. All of these gathered together into different shades of greens, yellows and pinks, which waved softly over the hills. The rocky hillsides were entirely pink in some areas, from the heather flowers. The rocks were white and the streams that trickled through the bright, fine plants, were icy cold. This was all part of a farm called Towerland. The Tower, which was where the farm got its name from, was an amazing sight. A tall, round-topped spire of a mountain, which was mostly clothed in thick mist and cloud, stood high and proud. Its rugged form stood high above the green landscape, watching over it like an ancient guardian with the ridge standing by its side, its broad form clothed in green. The ice-cold springs, from where the great rivers of Towerland were born, rose up from the crest of the great ridge. For centuries Towerland had existed in this state of freedom, strength and balance. The San people roamed over the land and they were part of it and it was part of them They lived in balance with the roving spirits of that place. They painted their stories into the rocks, and they wove into Towerland a deep and powerful magic."

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PDF of The Balance Chronicles

We will email you a high resolution, colour PDF of our finished book.

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Soft cover b&w copy of book

We will post you a soft cover copy of our book, with black and white illustrations.

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Soft cover colour copy of our book

We will post you a soft cover copy of our book with colour illustrations.

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Hard cover colour copy of book, with authors\' signatures

We will post you a hard cover, colour copy of our book, personally autographed by the authors!

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Hard cover colour of our book, plus mention in acknowledgements

We will post you a hard cover, colour copy of our book, with a special mention in the acknowledgements section.

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Fundraising Team

  • Jude Caspian MayLu and Gabriel Balance Chronicle Authors
  • Marc Nicolson
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  • Manager

Donors

  • Greg Pereira
  • Donated on Mar 28, 2024
  • So proud of you all! Can't wait to see the finished book!

$60.00
  • St. Andrew's Prep
  • Donated on Mar 23, 2024
  • We can't wait to have your book in the Prep library!

$30.00
  • Kerry Ann
  • Donated on Mar 21, 2024
  • Deeply impressed by your shared interaction and imagination.

$10.00
Mar 06

THANK YOU!!

Update posted by Jude Caspian MayLu and Gabriel Balance Chronicle Authors at 07:03 pm

Thank you everybody for your donations!We are now half way to the amount we need for the editing!!Thank you thank you!!!The Balance Chronicles Authors.

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Mar 03

Newspaper article in the Daily Dispatch

Update posted by Jude Caspian MayLu and Gabriel Balance Chronicle Authors at 10:28 am
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https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2024-02-28-fan...by ROSA-KAROO LOEWE"There really is magic out in the world, you just have to believe in it and find it."Four cousins have reimagined their time spent over 2020's Covid-19 lockdown into The Balance Chronicles: The Elements.Written by Makhanda brothers Jude Kaplan,13 and Gabriel Kaplan,9, and their cousins Caspian Nicolson, 13,. . . . .

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Mar 03

Follow us on instagram.

Update posted by Jude Caspian MayLu and Gabriel Balance Chronicle Authors at 10:12 am

https://www.instagram.com/balance_chronicles?utm_s...

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Donors & Comments

35 donors
  • Greg Pereira
  • Donated on Mar 28, 2024
  • So proud of you all! Can't wait to see the finished book!

$60.00
  • St. Andrew's Prep
  • Donated on Mar 23, 2024
  • We can't wait to have your book in the Prep library!

$30.00
  • Kerry Ann
  • Donated on Mar 21, 2024
  • Deeply impressed by your shared interaction and imagination.

$10.00
  • Greg Nicolson
  • Donated on Mar 18, 2024
  • good luck guys!

$30.00
  • Gabi Argov
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2024
  • What an amazing feat, all you talented young people! Much love from us.

$40.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2024
  • Good Luck with your book guys!

$20.00
  • Roni & Lindy Simons
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2024
  • Well done! Your passion and drive is inspiring!

$22.00
  • Ilana Hoffmann
  • Donated on Mar 10, 2024
  • I love the concept. Looking forward to seeing it.

$30.00
  • Jinks Hoffmann
  • Donated on Mar 08, 2024
  • Wonderful, exciting work. You go, guys.... From Jinks and Alan

$75.00
  • Gabrielle Elkaim
  • Donated on Mar 07, 2024
  • Well done guys! Can’t wait to read your magical story!

$18.00
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US$986.00
raised of $2,600.00 goal
500 - $500
1000 - $1000
1500 - $1500
2000 - $2000
2600 - $2600
37% Funded
35 Donors

Current milestone

2/5

1000

$986/$1,000

Next milestone

3/5

1500

$1,500

Time left
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