The Shaman’s Apprentice

Ended on March 12th 2015

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John Ogden is an award-winning photographer and author. Be the first to read his new novel...

Rewards

Limited Edition copy of my novel

$20AU
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You'll receive a signed Limited Edition print copy of my novel, with no extra postage for Australian residents. Thank you!
RRP$29.95 (with GST)
Postage within Australia included.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015.

Signed Limited Edition copy of my novel and 5x7

$35AU
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Thank you for being generous. For your $35 you will receive a signed Limited Edition copy of the novel (RRP$29.95 with GST), with no extra postage for Australian residents, plus two personal 5x7” photo cards of one of my photographs.

Book with personal inscription and 10x8

$50AU
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Bravo! You'll receive a Limited Edition printed book with a personal inscription. I'll also send you a signed 10x8” print of one of my black and white photographs, as well as a 5x7" photo card. You'll also make it on to the acknowledgments page.

2 signed copies of book with acknowledgement plus 10x8

$100AU
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Wow! The big one hundred! You'll receive two hard copies of the novel, so you can share it with a friend or family member and your name will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section. I'll also send you a personalised and signed book plate, and a signed 14x11” print of one of my black and white photographs.

Adventurer

$200AU
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If I could I would kiss you 200 times but instead you'll get your name in my book. You'll receive 2 signed copies of my novel, plus I'll send you a personalised and signed book plate, and two signed 14x11” black and white prints selected from my photographs. I will also send a signed copy of my last book 'Slightly Dangerous' (RRP$44), and a copy of one of my 'Saltwater People' books (you choose either north or south version).

Truth Seeker

$500AU
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This sort of generosity requires serious rewards. You'll get 2 signed copies of my book, plus a huge thank you in the book for your awesomeness. I'll also send you a personalised and signed book plate, and a signed 16x14” black and white silver gel print of one of my photographs of your choosing. I will also send a signed copy of 'Slightly Dangerous' (RRP$44), and a copy of one of my 'Saltwater People' books (you choose either north or south version).

Secrets of the Universe

$1,000AU
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For your extremely generous donation, you get a special mention book for being a benefactor. You'll receive 2 signed copies of the book, plus I will send you a personalised and signed book plate, and a signed 16x14” black and white silver gel print of one of my photographs of your choosing. I will also send a signed copy of my book 'Slightly Dangerous', one of the last remaining copies of 'Portraits from a Land Without People', and a set of 'Saltwater People' companion books.

Enlightenment

$2,500AU
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You are a person of taste and wealth, and a benefactor to the arts! For your donation, you get an extra special mention book for being an important benefactor. You will receive 2 signed copies of the book. I will also send you a personalised signed book plate, and a signed 16x14” black and white silver gel print of one of my photographs of your choosing. I will also send a signed copy of my book 'Slightly Dangerous' and one of the few remaining boxed sets of the 'Saltwater People' companion books. The main prize in this offer is one of my personal copies of the Limited Edition 'Portraits from a Land Without People' boxed set (RRP AUD$1,650.00 with GST)

John Ogden

Flexible Funding
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Publishing

 Shibboleth – The Shaman’s Apprentice

The first time I died I had just been born.

After publishing six books through my company Cyclops Press, I am about to publish my first novel. Shibboleth is a novel of both the sacred and profane, a mix of smut and philosophy. It is a story with moral pur

imagepose, based on an extraordinary account of one man’s journey along a less trampled path. The overriding thematic concern of Shibboleth is the search for Truth. It is a meditation on good and evil, and a love story that explores the rift between love and trust. Will Oliphard begins his journey with a restless existential romp through an extraordinary period in human history. Along the way he meets a collection of unlikely mentors, and is initiated into an ancient culture misunderstood as an outmoded shibboleth. This vast pool of spirituality and knowledge explains the genesis of mankind and the truth of our nature. It also holds clues to the fate of humanity. Increasingly Will is drawn into violent acts, including kidnapping, and even murder. He is wounded in love and war, imprisoned and tortured. In turn he is enlightened, and shown the secrets of the universe. Eventually, Will’s own dark gifts are revealed to him. Shibboleth is breathtaking in its scope. It has all the makings of a page turning

adventure story, complete with lashings of satire, humour, pathos, love, sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, violence, politics,
mystery, philosophy, creation, international cities, complex characters … and no less than the meaning of life. What truly elevates a book to the highest level is a truly great, talented and experienced editor. So, firstly, I’m looking to raise money to engage the right editor. It is such an important part of the process and will make all the difference to the final product. This accounts for the lion’s share of the target money. Next, I will need further funds to design and publish a Limited Edition print run of 1000 paperback copies of the book. Despite having published six books and been involved in several others, this is my first novel. I have labored over this for several years without funding and have taken on part-time work to keep going. There is much more work yet to be done. Hence I need your help. I have had several readers look at the first draft and give it the thumbs up. I estimate that my editor will need several months to line edit the book. Then I will need to work two months full time on those notes, and have the work vetted by legal eagles. All going well, you will have the book in your hands within 12 months. I’m committed to finishing this project and getting it out there, as I believe it has an important message. Big thanks to Louise Whelan for making the video.

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