Ghost Hand is Funded!


The publication of Ghost Hand as been successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Thank you so much for your support. Thank you for backing the project 112%. It was an amazing experience for me to see the money rolling in from family, friends, fans, and even people I didn’t know.


Over the course of the project, not only did you fund the money I needed to make Ghost Hand a real book, many of you offered to donate your skills and talents as well.

I now have someone copy editing Ghost Hand for free, someone preparing the the print lay-out for free and someone converted all the e-book files for free. These are all tasks I was originally going to have to pay for, which means even more of my Kickstarter funds can go toward promotion and print production of Ghost Hand, as well as research for book two. And yes, that means I will be able to afford that trip to Indianapolis for setting research, even though we didn’t make that final stretch goal.

A special thank you goes out to those who have offered to help make Ghost Hand a reality in such a hands-on way.


First, it takes about two weeks for the Kickstarter pledges to be processed and finalized to my account, so I won’t see the funds until early September. While I’m waiting, I will be going over Ghost Hand one last time, polishing it to a gleaming shine before sending it out for a professional edit.

A professional edit can take up to four weeks, so that puts us into early October before I get it back to make corrections and changes to the manuscript.

Meanwhile, I will be ordering ISBNs for the print and e-book versions, and the good news is they come in batches of 10 for $250, which means I will have covered my ISBN needs for four future books as well.

Once the edit is done and changes have been made, Ghost Hand will be formatted for e-book and paperback and will go to print. This will take about two weeks, which puts us to mid-October.

I will also be making plans for a special Ghost Hand Launch in November, just in time to buy it for the holidays for all your YA-loving kin.

Thank you for making the reality of Ghost Hand possible.


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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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