Update Aug. 27:
I am so touched by the many people who have contributed to the release of my novel. How exciting to write that! After all this time, it's done! I can't change a word. Lay-out is complete and we're ready to print books and make ebooks!
Thank you for all the connections this summer-my heart is touched over and over-and the story-sharing on the blog and in emails and Facebook. Maybe I was off-base with traditional publishing- I am being led in the direction of digitally printing soft covers in smaller numbers, and of course, ebooks.
Your generosity is support I needed to get this off the ground-it's healing and scary and joyous to finally let this go. After 18 years, it's a polished stone and with pride, some grief, and a sigh of relief, I hand it to you. I hope you enjoy it.
A backpacker falls face-flat in love with a charismatic carpet salesman while on holiday in Cappadocia, Turkey. Leigh doesn’t learn of Ahmet’s work as a freedom fighter until after their three-day Islamic wedding, but she copes with violence as readily as she learns to live without an oven or hot water.
Ahmet's missions mean that he is often absent, highlighting Leigh's comical and poignant struggles to learn the rules in her new life: never throw away old bread, don’t smoke during Ramazan, open the door no matter who knocks, save nothing for tomorrow.
From the beginning, Leigh and Ahmet tell each other stories: he romanticizes revolution and she loves a fairy tale. After they meet a group of Kurdish refugees, they decide to formally write a book.
Together, with the reader as witness, Leigh and Ahmet use the place between truth and lies to create a suspenseful and compelling story. Ahmet details the workings of a guerrilla camp, Istanbul’s underground and a torture centre, while Leigh records her experiences with Turkish baths and toilets, cooking from scratch, family formalities and holidays.
While their joint-narrative blossoms, reality is not as kind, and they soon face some difficult decisions.
Photos at www.lauriefraser.com
Postcard Art: please see "Gallery" above for postcard images
When you donate $25 or more, you will receive an advance copy of The Word Not Spoken. It’s a thick book (6.25” x 9”, 600 pages, 1 kg) and so it’s expensive to print and mail (details below). If you love the feel of a book in your hands, this is a beaut.
If you prefer an ebook, Kindle now has a free app available- super-easy.
A quality product deserves a fair shot in the marketplace- and that isn’t cheap. Investment is needed to achieve visibility. Once that happens, this book can stand on its own 2 feet and battle it out with the best of them. Solid writing, professional editing and a gripping story will carry it all the way. I’m sure of that.
But right now, I need crowd support and you're in the crowd. Pleasee contribute!
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July 28- I'm doing the last read- maybe my 1000th read- it's ready for print- and I still find things to change and I still laugh out loud. It's just such a great story- Enjoy it, help me advertise it and get it out there. Speak this word with me and help fulfill a 17-year-old promise.
I’m Laurie Fraser (writer, ESL teacher, healer). I based this novel on the years I lived in Turkey, married to a Kurdish man. The Word Not Spoken has been expertly polished with the help of a professional editor. An early draft survived several rounds in a Canadian competition in 2000 (Chapters Robertson Davies). In 1998, Chapter 24 was published in an anthology, Sunday Afternoon, Kobe, Japan.
You can read chapter 1 and stand-alone excerpts at www.lauriefraser.com
The Word Not Spoken begins as a smart, lively introduction to Turkish custom, geography and human rights issues as threaded through a tender, carefully wrought love story. But that’s only the beginning. As the plot thickens, the story evolves into a sophisticated and satisfying double-layered narrative that poses questions about human action, intention, and the requirements for honest love. This is one impressive book, made stunning by the fact that it is a debut novel. The people, places and conundrums of Turkey will lodge under your skin forever.
- Jean Lenihan, Los Angeles Times arts writer
The Word Not Spoken brought back much of what I observed during my stay in Turkey as a Kurdish refugee from Iran in the late 1980s: the wonders of Göreme, the breathtaking sites of Istanbul, the fear of the secret police throughout the country, and the hardship the Kurds had been enduring for decades. Reading it I remembered, sighed and cried, but at the same time, I laughed, and above all, hoped that one day truth, justice and freedom may prevail in Turkey.
This is a brilliant novel that dives deep into the psyche of its characters and paints scene after scene of Turkey and Kurdistan’s rich and distinctive identities. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
- Jaffer Sheyholislami, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University
Direct and projected costs are $38,150.00. This campaign is expected to cover most or all of these costs. Several friends and family members have donated their time and expertise, and I am forever grateful to them (especially Jac Reid & Chris Fraser) for the progress we’ve made to this point. Other professionals have been paid on credit. Editing has been paid for.
$11,000 printing soft covers off-set (1,000 qty)
$ 1,500 printing hard covers digital (45 qty)
$15,000 postage soft covers ($15 each- 1 kg to Canada & US, 1,000 qty.- yes, therein lies the rub)
$ 1,200 postage hard covers (45 qty)
$ 1,000 printing & posting postcards (1,000 sets of 3)
$ 1,500 website
$ 950 video
$ 6,000 marketing (Goodreads spot, Kirkus review, SEO, online ads, print ads)
$ 500 book launch (September 30, 2013)
$1,500 or more? Kurdish charity
$ 1,300 Indiegogo’s share of funds (fees, Pay pal, credit card processing)
Total costs $38,150.00
Campaign goal $21,000.00 (Indiegogo takes 4 % if I reach my goal and 9% if I don’t- therefore the goal is set lower than what I’m praying for.)
Some unsold books will be used for reviews/promotion, “Pass Along Books” and donations.