Witches of the North Book 1

Fundraising campaign by Nicolle Staykov
  • US$405.00
    raised of $3,000.00 goal
13% Funded
8 Donors
Raised offline: $55.00
Total: $460.00

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WHAT IS IT?

Witches of the North is a project I began to work on 16 years ago, when I was still a child. Since then, it has grown and developed and has brought me joy beyond measure. This world and its characters have a special place in my heart, and I would like the chance to give them to the world!

The first book Witches of the North: Winter Journey is now complete, and I have done my best to represent various struggles woven in this magical, character-driven narrative.

You can find the summary for Book 1 below:

Things look bleak for Christopher Hawks this year – not only is Chris nearing the stresses of the end of his high school education, but last September he shattered the legendary sword of the kingdom of Northland, became the accidental heir to its Throne and is now being tracked down by the elite Hunters – all events being a result of a few unfortunate choices made in order to help a Witch named Winter (who, in turn, also received help from a Witch named Ian).
Now, Chris, following Winter’s lead and dragging along a few others with him, is on his way to (reluctantly) reach the current Queen and challenge her to a duel. But it seems that Winter is more than impatient – could there be a deadline to their mission? And why does everything seem a little too easy?

Both Christopher and Winter are trans, and many of the characters are LGBTQ+ and have various traumas, and I have tried to portray their experiences without sacrificing plot for cliches!

More information about the characters and the world itself can be found on the website! You can also find links to read part of it here: https://witchesofthenorth.eu/

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

I have looked through several options, and have decided to go through a website called Reedsy that allows me to do the formatting of the book myself, and hire a professional editor and marketing specialist help me afterwards. I have adjusted the goal accordingly, and I'm in the process of contacting editors right now, and will include quotes when ones have been given to me.

REWARDS?

Even if I don't reach my goal, you will get the following rewards anyway:

  • .pdf of illustrations artbook
  • copy of the TTRPG
  • Calligraphy piece
  • all of the art commissions
  • the 100USD reward

Basically, the only thing I won't have is an e-book that is professionally edited, but you will still get the current version of it!

I need YOUR HELP to make my lifelong dream a reality! Please consider supporting me if you enjoy this book - you may read a portion of it online in the website above!

Rewards

E-book

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E-book and artbook of illustrations

1 Backers

Ebook, illustration artbook, a copy of the TTRPG

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Ebook, illustration artbook, and a calligraphy piece made for you by https://twitter.com/astorysomewhere and mailed to you! (shipping included)

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Ebook, illustration artbook, and lineless art drawn for you by https://twitter.com/friend_shaped

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Ebook, illustration artbook, and a colored sketch art drawn for you by https://twitter.com/friend_shaped

1 Backers

Ebook, illustration artbook, an icon drawn for you by dumbluxecomms.carrd.co

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Ebook, illustration artbook, and I will create you or your OC as you would be in the WotN universe! Includes a full size drawing and backstory. (This character won't be in the novel, it will be just for you!)

1 Backers

Organizer

  • Nicolle Staykov
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Donors

  • lexie :)
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
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  • Danielle Evans
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2022
  • I love that this story started when you where younger. I also have one I have been working on since I was 10. It just for me, but I do love that you are sharing yours. I found yours though itch.io and am excited to see it it blossom. I wish you all the luck. (WovenPixel)

$100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 07, 2022
$50.00
Aug 30

Final update!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 04:41 pm

Hello everyone!One final update to say that:1. The book is fully edited (copyediting and editorial editing)2. It's been submitted to several websites for ARC for review3. All final copies have now been sent to the eligible donors.4. It is set to officially release on September 1st! All purchase links and

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Apr 22

Editor + cover update!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 03:15 pm

Hi everyone!I've been in touch with the editor I hired through Reedsy, and for the moment they've told me that they should be finished with the development edit by May 20th (may change of course). I have also scheduled a call for June 1st to discuss their notes (also subject

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Jan 01

Update 2!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 11:52 am

Hi again!It seems I am able to adjust the end date now, so since I'm paying in downpayments (screenshot attached), I've also EXTENDED the deadline, which is now May 1, 2022!

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Jan 01

Editor hired!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 11:46 am

Hi everyone and Happy new year!A few days ago I hired an editor through Reedsy! We'll be working together during 2022, and with my family's help, I'll pay in installments, but I still need you guys as well! Please spread the word as we only have 48 days to go,

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Nov 01

BIG UPDATE!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 06:39 pm

HI AGAIN!After much consideration and discussion with people who will help me, I have decided to DECLINE the offer from HappySelfPublishing and go with the self-publishing platform Reedsy. This will allow me to format the book myself and hire a marketing specialist and editor separately. This will cost less, and

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Oct 31

More options

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 06:03 pm

Hi everyone!Thanks to some help, I've managed to find places where I can do the interior design and formatting by myself, and simply hire an editor (the most important thing for this book). For this, there is no deadline. I have adjusted the campaign according to this information!

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Oct 22

Rewards added!

Update posted by Nicolle Staykov at 09:32 pm

I have added several more reward tiers!!

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Donors & Comments

8 donors
  • lexie :)
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
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  • Danielle Evans
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2022
  • I love that this story started when you where younger. I also have one I have been working on since I was 10. It just for me, but I do love that you are sharing yours. I found yours though itch.io and am excited to see it it blossom. I wish you all the luck. (WovenPixel)

$100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 07, 2022
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 17, 2021
$45.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 22, 2021
$30.00
  • Erin Slattery
  • Donated on Nov 03, 2021
  • Nate if I could fund this whole thing I would in a heartbeat - you've created such a beautiful compelling world and characters and I hope the world gets to experience them 💕

$25.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Oct 29, 2021
$5.00
  • Frankie Strauss
  • Donated on Oct 21, 2021
  • I'm so excited for this!!! I'm wishing you luck getting your funding and I look forward to seeing where it goes! 💕💕 To anyone looking into this project: Witches of the North is a fantastic book full of compelling characters, I'm a big fan of the way it's written and I'm only partway through my read through! I encourage anyone who can to donate to this project to help see it come together! -Frankie

$50.00

Followers

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Danielle Evans
Erin Slattery
Frankie Strauss
US$405.00
raised of $3,000.00 goal
13% Funded
8 Donors
Raised offline: $55.00
Total: $460.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities