Ancient Daze Fantasy Action Novel

My pen name is Tobey Truestory, and I'm a storyteller. I tell stories through novels, graphic novels, and webcomics. I'm self published, and I take printed copies of my books to Anime and Comic Cons, as well as book festivals to sell. 
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My stories tend to fall under the fantasy genre, though I don't do the whole dragons and magic trope. Fantasy just gives me the room I need to tell these stories. The subgenre for each story varies from action to drama, from romance to dark and occult horror. I even have a cyberpunk title.


The novel I'm raising money for in this campaign is titled Ancient Daze. It's an action fantasy stand alone novel about an urban legend in a fictional city. 

There is a mystical sword teacher who can't be sought out but searches for students. He then uses different types of swords to help these students get past personal hurdles in their lives.

Each sword is unique, forged by the bond the teacher shares with the student. 

While these swords are precious to the teacher, forged from his very being,  it seems some students covet the blades more so than the bond shared with the teacher. When said students and swords go missing, one student vows to get them back. The weapons, at least.

What follows is a zany romp among public transits.....
.....and a mansion overlooking the town.

I tried once to release this story in four separate comic books, but believe it or not, that medium limited the scope I had.

I approached the comic with an experimental style, and while I really liked the style, I didn't pull off the overall look I wanted.


There was so much I couldn't get across to the reader. So much inner dialogue, which is why I finally decided to release it as a novel.

Comic version:
Novel version:

There's soooo much I got accomplished with character development, so much action, so much story built into the dialogue passed between the characters as they fought. I'm very much satisfied with how it turned out, and I wanted readers to be able to fill in the blanks with their own perspectives as they read. 

If you're a fan of dialogue-driven ninja battles, then this book is definitely for you!
I'm a junky for action scenes, so I put special care into the details of movement, foot placement, blocked attacks, and surprise shots, as well as fun acrobatics in these fights. 

While the dialogue is the heart of the story, the action drives each scene forward.

What the money is for:
This Go-Fund-Me is mostly to raise money to pay the professional editor. She's edited a book for me before, and I want her on this story as well.  I've sent her the first two chapters so she can take a look, but the full on editing process starts when payment is made. 

She has quoted around $1,000. 

I'm setting the Go-Fund-Me goal for $1,200 to pay the editing fees and to build/ship the first run of the novel. 

I would like to set aside 30 days for this fundraiser. As soon as it's over, the editor and I will take a few weeks to go through and make the changes needed for the final draft.

I want to have this book built and shipped around the beginning of December, because I'll be ready to bring them with me on my  Convention Tour for 2021.

Why Go-Fund-Me?
While the editor is very laid back to work with, as far as payments and such, I would like to pay her all up front. No delays. I'm not a rich man, but I don't have very many bills, either. Nevertheless, I would like to move this process forward as soon and as fast as possible. Stretching the editing process out over several months just takes time away from getting ready for my Convention campaign next year. And I'm still waiting to pay booth fees while looking for applications to open at events further into next year.
Won't you help me get this book finished so you and many other readers can enjoy a fun story?

I have a working piece for the cover art. The 3rd draft is ready for the editor. Everything is waiting on the editing process. Let's get this out there!


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    • $10 
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Stanley Anderson 
Hattiesburg, MS
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