Press Release


Contact: D. L. Roley, Author of Nasu Rabi (Old Bear) 



Kickstarter Campaign Launched for Story of a Young Boy, His Guide, and a Quest to Save His Mother from a Threatening Army of Marauders  

[GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND, October 2, 2018—] Sometimes, a great book just needs a little kickstart. Maryland author D.L. Roley came to just that conclusion and is using the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to support his upcoming novel, “Nasu Rabi (Old Bear).”  

The book relates the adventures of a young 14-year-old boy, Darius, whose village is all but destroyed by an invading force. With the help of an old man he meets along the way, Darius sets off on a quest, traveling years and hundreds of miles with his guide and mentor to rescue his mother from the invaders. If you want to know how the story ends, though, you’ll have to wait until the book is published, which Roley estimates will be late summer of 2019.


Or you could become one of his backers through his Kickstarter campaign, and get the book as a reward.  

Writing and publishing a novel of any kind is a complicated process, as any would-be writer can tell you. Roley can attest to that fact himself. As he states on his Kickstarter page, “What I found [with traditional publishing methods] was a brutally competitive market that was hard to penetrate. During the intervening years, the introduction of Amazon and small batch printing houses has changed the face of publishing. Authors now have many more options to get their work in front of readers.”  

That’s not to say that self-published authors such as Roley don’t still face a number of challenges when it comes to bringing their books to market.  

One such challenge was selecting the right artist for the novel’s cover art. Roley met Stephen Najarian at AwesomeCon 2018 in Washington D.C. He says he was particularly struck by Najarian’s landscapes, knowing that the country through which his characters would be traveling could almost be said to constitute a character of its own in the novel, thus making the artistic  depiction of that landscape crucial to the book’s overall aesthetic and tone.  

With the first draft finished, and the completion of the second draft near, Roley anticipates shifting into “production” mode within the next month or so. To that end, if the campaign is successful, the funds will immediately be applied to fees for artists and professional editors, although the bulk of the funds are earmarked for printing costs.  

The author says that what drew him to the Kickstarter approach in general was his past experience with the platform, and the community that’s built up around it. “I've used Kickstarter in the past to back projects,” Roley says. “I like the simplicity of the platform. Plus I've always had good experiences with the Kickstarter community. When I was exploring crowdfunding platforms for this project it seemed like the natural choice.”   

The “Nasu Rabi” Kickstarter campaign will run through October 31, 2018. As an “all or nothing” campaign, it will only proceed through production and distribution of pledge rewards if the campaign is fully funded at $12,000 by that date.  

D.L.Roley  lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and three young (and energetic) children. He works as an IT director at an insurance company in Bethesda. He grew up spending a lot of time outdoors in the Pacific Northwest and still enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and running.  


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