September 10, 2013

Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons Kickstarter Campaign and Giveaway



Photo by Joanne Mandel

Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic’s Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to publish the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He is also the author of CHAOS Novels, a young adult urban science fiction series published by Thomas Nelson and has written for DC Comics. Lewis is also a marketing executive and content strategist who works with Fortune 500 companies on their digital marketing strategies.

My Greatest Accomplishment as a Writer

My greatest accomplishment as a writer has nothing to do with writing books. Four years ago I had the privilege of emceeing an event called Project Book Babe where we raised over $150,000 to help fight breast cancer. Headlined by Stephenie Meyer, eleven authors joined dozens of volunteers, our publishers and some amazing blogs like Twilight Lexicon and Twilight Moms to create the event in less than three weeks. It was amazing and fulfilling, and as successful as it was I feel like I need to do more.

An Anthology to Support Breast Cancer Research and Children’s Literacy

When I decided to publish the next book in the Grey Griffins series outside the traditional system, I wanted to find a way to tie a charitable component into the promotion.

I asked some of author friends if they wanted to help and I’m excited to announce that we’re not releasing one new Grey Griffins book—there is going to be two! While I write Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons ten incredible authors are writing short stories and we’re going to donate 100% of the profits from that anthology to the National Breast Cancer Foundation ( and Kids Need to Read (

Participating authors include:

  • Brandon Mull | NY Times Bestselling Author, Fablehaven
  • Aprilynne Pike | NY Times Bestselling Author, Wings
  • Frank Beddor | NY Times Bestselling Author, Looking Glass Wars
  • Michael Spradlin | NY Times Bestselling Author, Youngest Templar
  • Dean Lorey | Co-Executive Producer, Arrested Development
  • Shannon Messenger | Let the Sky Fall, Keeper of the Lost Cities
  • Tom Leveen | Party, manicpixiedreamgirl, Sick
  • Joseph Nassise | International Bestselling Author, Templar Chronicles
  • Matt Forbeck | Leverage: The Con Job based on the TNT television series
  • Janette Rallison | My Fair Godmother, Slayers

Why I’m Independently Publishing the Books

I’ve been lucky enough to publish nine books through publishers like Scholastic, Little Brown, and Thomas Nelson and I plan on working with them again, but the industry is going through a state of hyper change. That change has brought uncertainty but it’s also given writers the opportunity to take control of our careers and I plan on doing just that. And it doesn’t hurt that we’ll earn 70% of the cover price for the anthology instead of 17.5%, which is the norm when you go through a traditional publisher.

New Way to Publish, Same Quality Product

Each short story in the Grey Griffins anthology will be professionally edited. It’ll also have its own professional cover art painted by Scott Altmann (, which means that the final product will look every bit as good as what the major publishing houses produce. But the one thing we’re missing by publishing this on our own is the investment capital.


Crowdsourcing with Kickstarter

Crowdsourcing is a great way to get indie projects off the ground, so I’m running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the artwork and the editing for both the anthology and Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons.

Crowdsourcing a book is basically a way for readers to pre-order it so we can invest the money into making the product. And pledge levels for the campaign start at only $1. There are some fun rewards like custom Grey Griffins short stories, collectible character trading cards and sketches from the cover artist. For the writers out there, we’re offering the chance for a query letter review, a partial manuscript review, and even a Skype brainstorm session where I’ll help you come up with ideas for your story.

You Can Even Get Your Story Published in the Grey Griffins Anthology

I have a passion for helping new writers break into the industry, and I thought the best way to do that with this project was to give someone a chance to get a short story published in the anthology. Your story will end up in the same book with all those New York Times bestselling authors. If it sounds like something you’re interested in, you can find the submission guidelines here:

Thank you

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your consideration to back the Kickstarter campaign. I’m going to need your help to make this project a reality, and I know that together we can do something incredible!



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  1. Cindy Mucha Barton

    I love the cover art!!!

  2. may

    Sounds like a terrific book! And I really love the work that you are doing with Cancer…

  3. Krizia

    seems like a great read! would looove to read this <3
    btw, thanks for this great giveaway! :D

  4. miki

    the differenbt drwing are gorgeous and the cover makes me want to read this.
    can the books be read out of order to?

  5. joe hawkshaw

    I love the cover of this book it looks amazing and would love to read it.

  6. Michelle Willms

    I think it’s wonderful you’re allowing new authors an opportunity to be published with famous, established authors. What a great chance! I also appreciate your work for Breast Cancer Research.

  7. Megan

    This sounds cool. I haven’t put up any money on kickstarter before, but I love lurking around on it.

  8. Carl

    This sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor and it looks like the book will be quite wonderful as well. Isn’t it great to have a program like Kickstarter to help fund these projects? I can see lots of great things getting started this way. Thanks for the post.

  9. Maegan Morin

    I HAVE to get my hands on this book! I would love to read it and I know some other who would love it as well!! Thanks for the post, so glad I discovered it :D

  10. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I cannot wait to read this book!! It’s definitely going on my TBR list! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

  11. Les Johnson

    The cover looks great. Can’t wait to read it!

  12. Vera Machado

    Seems to be a great book! The cover is awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  13. Diana Dimovska

    Wow, you had me at Dragons! :D I would love to get the chance to read this interesting book and good luck with the Kickstarter Campaign! :)

  14. wanda

    Looks awesome .

  15. Say

    I cant wait to share this to my kids! I looooove the cover.Thanks for this post and giveaway.This is awesome.Im really looking forward to this one.

  16. Dorothy Teel

    I love the idea of kickstarter and I wish that I could contribute, the most I can give you is my I wish you luck and prosperity and I hope your book Grey Griffins – Night of Dragons – sells off the shelves and your wishes come true. Looks and sounds like a very interesting book.

  17. Jennelle J

    I love this series. It’s a fun middle grade read.

  18. Meghan Stith

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Abby F

    Thank you :D

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