Drew Bankston is creating Audio Books and promotion for an incredible triolgy!
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Here's Who I am and Why I need your Help!

My name is Drew Bankston. I'm 62 years old. All of my life I've loved writing. I remember when I was in second grade, writing stories for my classmates and recording them to create a sort of audio play. I was hooked right there! Over the past three years, I've written ten books and self-published them all. 8 fiction and 2 non-fiction. I love writing family friendly books. It's kind of my trademark. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Allow me to start back a little farther. (Harp music plays here for the flashback...)

Around 20 years ago, I teamed up with a friend and we created an incredible novel surrounding two enemies that had to work together to correct historical inaccuracies about their worlds. I always like to throw in things that have never been written about before, so in this story, one of the main characters, Permac Sudé, comes from a planet where everyone can read and influence the emotions of others by just thinking about it. The other lead character, Linsora Anselm, can't do that, but she has a surprising way of knowing when she's being influenced. (I can't tell you what that is, because, well, I don't want to give it away!)

Anyway, I tried to get the book published, but publishers would tell me that it was too big (smaller than Harry Potter) and that first time authors wouldn't get a book like this published. Fast forward to three years ago! I self-published the book as a part 1 and part 2 in a trilogy. The book is titled, "The Eyes of Tokorel" with book one being "The Color of Emotion" and book two, "The Taste of Emotion". The books have done moderately well and here's the interesting part; 100% of the people who read book one, love it and ask for book two. 100%! I'd like to let you read chapter one so that you can see the quality of writing is there. If you want to do so, please click here and it will take you to read chapter one. And if you click here, you can read the Amazon reviews about book 1.

Now, I don't have the resources that big publishing house has for a number of things that I need to do get the word out there. Oh, I use social media a lot. Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Tokorel/), my author's Twitter account (drewbankston1) along with LInkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr and now I'm learning to use SnapChat as well. But what the big Publishing Houses have, is a big budget for creating things to help books along. One request that I've consistently had, has been to create audio books.

"So how would you use the money," you ask?

As I mentioned, I've had a large number of people ask if I can turn my books into audio books. That thought really excited me, and if I was connected with a large publishing house, it might have already been done. But, having friends in the radio industry really gave me some connections to find out what I was getting myself into. Holy cow! I found out that to record my best book, "The Color of Emotion" would cost $2000. At first, I didn't think that was too bad. But then I started thinking about other costs that would be associated with this project. Artwork needs to be created, marketing, advertising, packaging, postage and so much more. I looked into the total cost and a way to do audio downloads, CDs and so on, and after all is said and done, the total cost turns out to be a hefty investment of  around $5,000 per book. That's if I have someone else record the books. Now, I've had a number of people tell me that I should record them myself, and after giving it much thought, I've decided that this is the way to go. It also brings the cost down to $600 to get some good recording equipment.

So, the money that I would ask, per project, would go toward the creation and assured success of an audio book for each one of the books that I've written.

"What's in it for me?" they inquired of the author.

Riches beyond your wildest dreams, or at least the fine rewards that you see on the right side of this page. Signed books, updates, first peek reads, conversations, digital downloads, recognition in various forms. It doesn't get much better than this. But if they ever open a Tokorel themed park, I'll see what I can do to get you and your family lifetime admission passes! If nothing else, knowing that you had a major part in helping a very positive author reach his dream of becoming known for his writing, creating universes that exist nowhere else and showed him that the world does have people who care. Thank you!
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A dollar is great! I've always told my kids, "that's one dollar that you didn't have a moment ago." Giving a dollar would be amazing and would get a really big thank you from me, my email and answers to any questions that you have about writing, self publishing or character development.
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This would be an amazing help and thank you in advance for this. You rock!! By giving $3 you will receive the above, plus an Ebook Emailed to you. Any book of your choice that I've written. But only one per month.
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Holy cow. This would really help. I would give you all of the above, a virtual slap on the back and mention at my book signings that you helped me get this project done.
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This amount would be incredible. You would get all of the above plus weekly updates on how the project is coming along, complete with photos.
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I would absolutely fall over for this amount! For this, I would gladly provide you with either a CD mailed to you of the current project, or an audio download so that you could have a copy of the final project for the month.
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Once I woke up from fainting, I would offer you an audio download of the finished audio book and an autographed copy of the paperback that went along with it.
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This amount would make my eyes turn purple! For this amount you would not only receive a copy of this month's audio, but also a signed copy of both of the books in the Tokorel series. In addition to mentions at my signings of course
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If you're even considering this, my hat's off to you. This is incredibly helpful. I will provide you with audio books from each project that is completed over the next 6 months, plus the paperback book to go along with each! (Signed of course!)
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I totally don't expect anyone to even consider this one. This is more money than I've had available in many years and I don't want to be the reason that you have to apply for food stamps or anything like that. But, if you do decide to go with this pledge, I will give you copies of all audio books that I create for the next twelve months, AND the signed paperback versions. You will be my hero and I'll do whatever I can to help you in the world of publishing or self publishing. Please, don't do this for each project, because it would make me cry. Thank you, though, for even considering this level. You're truly amazing!
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My goal: if reached each month will assure the creation of a professionally read audio book. Reaching this goal will allow me to create one professionally read audio file per month and be on my way to having a dynamite audio book to sell!
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Here's Who I am and Why I need your Help!

My name is Drew Bankston. I'm 62 years old. All of my life I've loved writing. I remember when I was in second grade, writing stories for my classmates and recording them to create a sort of audio play. I was hooked right there! Over the past three years, I've written ten books and self-published them all. 8 fiction and 2 non-fiction. I love writing family friendly books. It's kind of my trademark. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Allow me to start back a little farther. (Harp music plays here for the flashback...)

Around 20 years ago, I teamed up with a friend and we created an incredible novel surrounding two enemies that had to work together to correct historical inaccuracies about their worlds. I always like to throw in things that have never been written about before, so in this story, one of the main characters, Permac Sudé, comes from a planet where everyone can read and influence the emotions of others by just thinking about it. The other lead character, Linsora Anselm, can't do that, but she has a surprising way of knowing when she's being influenced. (I can't tell you what that is, because, well, I don't want to give it away!)

Anyway, I tried to get the book published, but publishers would tell me that it was too big (smaller than Harry Potter) and that first time authors wouldn't get a book like this published. Fast forward to three years ago! I self-published the book as a part 1 and part 2 in a trilogy. The book is titled, "The Eyes of Tokorel" with book one being "The Color of Emotion" and book two, "The Taste of Emotion". The books have done moderately well and here's the interesting part; 100% of the people who read book one, love it and ask for book two. 100%! I'd like to let you read chapter one so that you can see the quality of writing is there. If you want to do so, please click here and it will take you to read chapter one. And if you click here, you can read the Amazon reviews about book 1.

Now, I don't have the resources that big publishing house has for a number of things that I need to do get the word out there. Oh, I use social media a lot. Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Tokorel/), my author's Twitter account (drewbankston1) along with LInkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr and now I'm learning to use SnapChat as well. But what the big Publishing Houses have, is a big budget for creating things to help books along. One request that I've consistently had, has been to create audio books.

"So how would you use the money," you ask?

As I mentioned, I've had a large number of people ask if I can turn my books into audio books. That thought really excited me, and if I was connected with a large publishing house, it might have already been done. But, having friends in the radio industry really gave me some connections to find out what I was getting myself into. Holy cow! I found out that to record my best book, "The Color of Emotion" would cost $2000. At first, I didn't think that was too bad. But then I started thinking about other costs that would be associated with this project. Artwork needs to be created, marketing, advertising, packaging, postage and so much more. I looked into the total cost and a way to do audio downloads, CDs and so on, and after all is said and done, the total cost turns out to be a hefty investment of  around $5,000 per book. That's if I have someone else record the books. Now, I've had a number of people tell me that I should record them myself, and after giving it much thought, I've decided that this is the way to go. It also brings the cost down to $600 to get some good recording equipment.

So, the money that I would ask, per project, would go toward the creation and assured success of an audio book for each one of the books that I've written.

"What's in it for me?" they inquired of the author.

Riches beyond your wildest dreams, or at least the fine rewards that you see on the right side of this page. Signed books, updates, first peek reads, conversations, digital downloads, recognition in various forms. It doesn't get much better than this. But if they ever open a Tokorel themed park, I'll see what I can do to get you and your family lifetime admission passes! If nothing else, knowing that you had a major part in helping a very positive author reach his dream of becoming known for his writing, creating universes that exist nowhere else and showed him that the world does have people who care. Thank you!

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Pledge $1 or more per month
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A dollar is great! I've always told my kids, "that's one dollar that you didn't have a moment ago." Giving a dollar would be amazing and would get a really big thank you from me, my email and answers to any questions that you have about writing, self publishing or character development.
Pledge $3 or more per month
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This would be an amazing help and thank you in advance for this. You rock!! By giving $3 you will receive the above, plus an Ebook Emailed to you. Any book of your choice that I've written. But only one per month.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Holy cow. This would really help. I would give you all of the above, a virtual slap on the back and mention at my book signings that you helped me get this project done.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
This amount would be incredible. You would get all of the above plus weekly updates on how the project is coming along, complete with photos.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 60 patrons
I would absolutely fall over for this amount! For this, I would gladly provide you with either a CD mailed to you of the current project, or an audio download so that you could have a copy of the final project for the month.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 40 patrons
Once I woke up from fainting, I would offer you an audio download of the finished audio book and an autographed copy of the paperback that went along with it.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 30 patrons
This amount would make my eyes turn purple! For this amount you would not only receive a copy of this month's audio, but also a signed copy of both of the books in the Tokorel series. In addition to mentions at my signings of course
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
If you're even considering this, my hat's off to you. This is incredibly helpful. I will provide you with audio books from each project that is completed over the next 6 months, plus the paperback book to go along with each! (Signed of course!)
Pledge $1,500 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
I totally don't expect anyone to even consider this one. This is more money than I've had available in many years and I don't want to be the reason that you have to apply for food stamps or anything like that. But, if you do decide to go with this pledge, I will give you copies of all audio books that I create for the next twelve months, AND the signed paperback versions. You will be my hero and I'll do whatever I can to help you in the world of publishing or self publishing. Please, don't do this for each project, because it would make me cry. Thank you, though, for even considering this level. You're truly amazing!