Sages of Darkness

KickStarting a Book to Life: The reader and the author win together

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Publishing is a growing and ever changing industry. As recently stated in an Amazon letter to its authors, paperbacks revolutionized the book industry many moons ago, and then came the eBook revolution, and most recently the self-publishing craze. I believe the rise of crowdfunded publishing is the latest improvement to the industry.

“What in the world is crowdfunding?” you ask. The quick oversimplified answer is, “You make it happen.” You choose a project you like and you help fund it. The result; exciting new projects that might never see the light of day otherwise, come to life and provide big payoffs to those who support the project. Crowdfunding brings you the reader and the author into a team like never before.

There are many websites that can be used to raise money for causes, events, organizations, and products. But one in particular has gained a lot of attention in recent years, its called KickStarter, and to me it stands above the rest. Creators post projects with numerous support levels that are directly related to a reward. For example in my KickStarter someone can fund $35 and receive eBooks of all three titles in Sages of Darkness, cool digital art from the series, and they become immortalized with their name in the acknowledgements of each book. Or they can fund $4000 (Yes that says 4 with three zeros) and I’ll write a book about them as the main character (Plus they get a whole lot of other cool stuff.) You see in crowdfunding, the author or artist, needs to motivate you the reader to fund the project, so we dangle all sorts of ‘once in a lifetime exclusive opportunities’ in front of you, as well as the simple ‘just get the product’ rewards. The key is to have something for everyone and to dazzle those who want to get something very unique in return.

What crowdfunding is doing, is allowing projects to release that might otherwise get rejected by a publisher or label because they are too costly or the audience isn’t large enough. But when an author goes right to their fans and their friends, amazing things can happen quickly. For example Andrew Peterson launched a KickStarter to finish his Wingfeather Saga last year after WaterBrook ended the series after just two of the five books were released. Andrew set his goal at $14,000 to finish a fourth and final book and ended up raising $118,188. He blew everyone, including his own expectations away, and set a record on KickStarter.

I asked Andrew why he chose KickStarter as the platform to fund the book and he said, “When it came to publishing this last book I thought it would be a fun opportunity to raise some extra funds in order to go out with a bang. That meant a fancy hardback edition, tons of illustrations, a fold-out map, an audiobook, that sort of thing.” And ‘out with a bang’ they went, with nearly $120,000 raised, they were able to add a whole lot of awesome stretch goals (more on those later.)

Andrew agrees, KickStarter is about the reader and the author co-creating the project. “This Kickstarter thing gave the readers a chance to express their encouragement and to interact with me as the author. It was wonderful,” adds Andrew. And Andrew has worked hard to show his gratitude and fulfill his commitment to the backers. He explains, “One of the perks for backers was a signed set of all four books; that meant I had to sign about 6,000 books in two weeks.” Still he’ll tell you it was well worth it, “I’ve cried quite a few happy tears in the last month.”

Another KickStarter just successfully concluded for Enclave Publishing (Formerly Marcher Lord Press) by Steve Laube. Enclave turned to KickStarter with very specific goals in mind, “We needed a way to allow our readers to pre-order the new books since, at the time, the online outlets did not provide that service. Ironically the last day of the campaign a major online retailer announced they are now offering a pre-order service! In addition we were looking for a way to announce the new books and create anticipation. Kickstarter seemed to be a good method for that type of marketing.” I myself backed this project to see what it was all about and for $20 landed ebooks of their five latest releases, plus helped get more Christian fiction into the marketplace. Crowdfunding brings on the euphoric, “We did it!” feeling and that’s something most of us can appreciate, like the end of an awesome book.

The great news is, if you go to fund a project, but they don’t reach their goal, no money exchanges hands. You keep your funds, and the author goes on to find another way. But when a project meets its goal, and begins to exceed those goals, the creator usually starts to add stretch goals. These promise more perks for the supporters when they reach higher funding levels. For example, though my goal is just $6,000, I have a stretch goal at $20,000 that says, “I will give a digital download of the audiobook for HowlSage at no extra cost.” Andrew had a stretch goal to write an original song for the series at $110,000 which his supporters reached, and he did indeed write.

I myself faced a similar situation as Andrew with a trilogy I was writing. The first book HowlSage was released, but the publisher ended their fiction imprint and the second and third book never saw the light of day. Yet I get emails, comments on my website, and am always asked at book signings, “Where is BlizzardSage.” After hearing of Andrew Peterson’s success as well as a $55,000 Potato Salad KickStarter, I decided to give it a try.

The awesome news is that the Sages of Darkness KickStarter was successfully funded at $5,120 and so all three books; HowlSage, BlizzardSage, and CrimsonSage will be released. I’m honored and delighted to finally be able to complete the original trilogy. I also look forward to launching another KickStarter in the near future.

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Want your name in HowlSage? Simply send an endorsement.

HowlSageCvrIf you’re interested in seeing your name in HowlSage please send your endorsement to thequestfortruthbooks (at) gmail (d0t) com. I’ll choose the very best endorsements and put them in the front of the book. A couple may even be chosen for the back cover. If your endorsement is not chosen it can still find a place on the Sages of Darkness page on my website. So what are you waiting for send your endorsement in now?


“It’s yummerful!”

– Allie Mikalatos, age 9, WA

“Taylor is an average boy, with unaverage abilities. Sages of Darkness; reveals the evil around us, but uncovers the strength in all of us. With pulse pounding action, the Sages of Darkness trilogy will keep you up all night reading, which is a good thing since you won’t want to turn out the lights.”

– Wayne Thomas Batson, best-selling author of The Door Within Trilogy, The Berinfell Prophecies, and The Dark Sea Annals

“When you meet author Brock Eastman, you are bathed in energy, optimism, enthusiasm, and a genuine reflection of Christ’s love for His people. When you read his book, HowlSage, you are immersed in a tale of adventure, drama, action, and matters of eternal consequence. Join Taylor, Jesse, and Ike as they learn how to defeat evil in the form of the wicked sages.”

 Donita K. Paul,author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles

“I’m constantly on the lookout for books that are exciting, but not too scary for my school aged children. Eastman consistently delivers action packed page turners that are not only a joy for the whole family to read, but also strengthen our spiritual walks.”

“Our house is jam packed with books, but my nine year old snatched up Howl Sage and disappeared with it. I’ve never seen her this excited about a book. The book never left her hand until it was done, and she woke up at six in the morning, snuck into the bathroom and read in there until the rest of the family woke up. Now she’s pestering me constantly to read Blizzard Sage which, as of right now, isn’t out yet! Hurry release the next book! Our family loves the Sages of Darkness series and we can’t wait to see what happens next!”

  Matt Mikalatos, author of My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian

-Elissa Peterson, OH, Mom of 4, creator of Don’t Let Life Pass You By blog

“I was totally immersed in the fight between good and evil that unfolded in HowlSage. The spiritual struggles that Tyler endures, makes him an easily identifiable comrade to the reader. You find yourself cheering him on and holding your breath as danger unfolds. The cliff hanging ending of HowlSage left me frantically turning the last few pages, crying out no, no, no… just a little more…Absolutely cannot wait till the next book in the Sages of Darkness series, BlizzardSage, is released so Tyler can continue the good fight!”

– Lisa Wiegand, IL, Teacher

“Work couldn’t get over soon enough each day. The book [HowlSage] was waiting.”

– Colin Knapp, age 22, IL

“HowlSage definitely a bit of a hit. My son’s not going to bed. Seems this book is head and shoulders above any he’s read in a while. Well done!”

– Angela Wilmot, Western Australia, Mom of 7

“I liked all the different locations that the characters traveled to, but the last one was my favorite. It was just as good as HowlSage.”

 –  Alex Peterson, age 9, OH

“BlizzardSage is now one of my favorite books! I love the characters
and the lessons about Christianity.”

–  Ryan Matlock, age 14, IN

“HowlSage is an exciting and thrilling ride; it is a must read for all people my age and older!! HowlSage took me under 24 hours to read and my literally eyes were glued to it! It was brilliantly and amazingly written and I can’t explain in words how amazing this book is! I can’t wait for the rest in the series!!”

–  Michael Wilmot, age 14, Western Australia.

“HowlSage is an exceptionally well written book that kept me on my toes the whole time. I can barely contain my excitement to read BlizzardSage.”

– Hannah Frey, age 16, IL

“I loved HowlSage! It was fun and exciting. You never knew what would happen next. If BlizzardSage is half as good, it will be AMAZING! I can hardly wait to read it.”

– Aaron Frey, age 14, IL

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Please review a book!

If you have read one of my books, please consider leaving a review. I’ve made it easy with the links below and you can copy and paste your review to each site so you won’t have to do any rewriting:

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FUNDED! We did it. Sages of Darkness is coming your way next year!

We did it. We’re at 100% of course the campaign doesn’t end until midnight tomorrow night, so if you still want in you can join.

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98% Funded. 27 Hours and $90 to go. It’s your last chance to be in the books.

This is it, the last few hours of the campaign are coming to a close. It’s your last chance to join and get your name in the book or bump up your pledge if you were wanting a grander reward. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the team that makes the Sages of Darkness possible. For as low as $5 you can be in the acknowledgements among your fellow readers. #FightaDemon.

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56 Hours left! 86% funded with only $665 to go.

The final days are here for us to release BlizzardSage and CrimsonSage. If you haven’t backed the project yet, please consider even $5. This level will get your name in the back of the book and push us that much closer to the release of the series. #FightaDemon and click HERE to join Taylor and Ike on an exciting adventure!

Here are few examples of the awesome rewards you can choose from:

$5 gets your name in the acknowledgements
$35 gets you all three e-books in the series
$75 gets you all three paperbacks
$150 gets you dust jackets
$250 gets your name in the book as a minor character
$750 gets either BlizzardSage or CrimsonSage dedicated to you
$2500 brings me to your school or church to speak
$4000 gets your a Sages of Darkness book with you as the character

You can also copy and paste this link: or go to and search for Sages of Darkness.

Don’t want to back with dollars, but want to support the series, share the image below and the link above. Thanks for your support! Telling just one friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or church member will make the difference!

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Sages of Darkness is 65% Funded and Tangle releases in Spring 2015

Final push! 8 Days and we are 65% there. Won’t you consider backing the Sages of Darkness KickStarter. Just $5 will get your name listed in the acknowledgements, or get someone else’s name listed as a Birthday or Christmas gift. Your help and prayers are so appreciated. I really want to release BlizzardSage and so do many of my readers. Won’t you help make that happen? Let’s #FightaDemon


And I’ve had lots of questions and search results for the release of Tangle which is very exciting and humbling to me! Right now Tangle is scheduled to release in Spring 2015. But please keep me in your prayers, because of the stories complexity and the size of the series, this one has been harder than any book before it. I think the final book will be well worth the wait as it’s quickly become my favorite yet! So hang with me a bit longer and please if you think about it keep the editing team at P&R and this author in your prayers. It’s going to be great!


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52% of the way to funding Sages of Darkness – Will you help us release the books?

Please consider supporting the campaign for Sages of Darkness. We’re going to finally release BlizzardSage and CrimsonSage as well as a completely revised HowlSage, in both paperback, ebook, and hardback! It’s going to be awesome and you’ll finally get to read the conclusion to Taylor’s mission. BlizzardSage has been written since 2011 and it’s waiting to be edited and released. You can help, and the good news is you won’t be charged anything until the campaign completes on October 15th and only if we hit 100% funding! So please consider joining us in releasing the series!


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President Obama Checks Stonehenge Off His Bucket List

President Obama Checks Stonehenge Off His Bucket List.

The President was so impressed with the cover and story for BlizzardSage he wanted to check out the location of the final showdown.



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A Message from Ike

Fund the campaign HERE

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