A man stumbles across a paranormal global conspiracy while trying to solve the mystery of his abducted wife.
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Every year over 800,000 people are kidnapped, most never return.
JUNE 11TH, 1972 - A clear sunny day at a New York park as families and children enjoy the day. A mother and father tend to their son as their daughter strays off away from the park drawn to a figure in the distance. Before either parent realizes, their young toddler is mysteriously gone, nowhere to be found.
PRESENT DAY - Blake is a seasoned war veteran and gun for hire. Between Blake’s rough childhood, and years of operation, he’s not one to be messed with. Only after meeting Casey, does Blake learn how to love and care for another, and see the world more peacefully. She turns his life around, convincing Blake to walk away from a life of war and killing.
One night out on the town and at dinner, Casey is taken despite Blake’s attempts at thwarting the kidnappers. Convinced this was not a normal kidnapping, Blake relentlessly works to find out the truth and find his wife, despite authorities showing little care and effort in assisting. Time passes and eventually with help from another victim, Blake learns the devastating truth involving the past 50 years of kidnapped victims. The wealthy and privileged of another parallel world are taking our loved ones to replace theirs, and our government is in on it.
Blake makes it his personal mission to find a way to this new world to get his wife back, no matter the cost. With new help, he finds his way to this new world only to learn that bringing back lost ones will not be as easy as he had hoped as they no longer have memories of their past life. Blake’s battle will pit him against the wealthy purchasers, the new world corporation behind the kidnappings, and even our own government in his attempt at getting his wife back, and his life.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:
Mirrors is the culmination of years of development. It is a story that has been brewing in my head every since I was in college. I was always frustrated that throughout my life it was very rare to find a movie that both myself and my significant other would both enjoy. I wanted to write a movie that was filled with action, drama AND romance.
Mirrors is actually two ideas I had that eventually combined into one to form a complete story. At the end of the day, it’s a love story. The unstoppable love a man has for his wife surrounded by mystery, action and thrills.
I struggled back and forth on whether to write this as a book vs. a script. I’ve never written either and even took some classes and began the script writing process but eventually realized that I needed a more tangible end result, thus re-focusing on the process of writing it as a book.
The overwhelming positive response I’ve gotten from friends and family on the excitement of the story is just about all the motivation I need, but I’d be lying if my true hope is that someday I finish this book, and someday, I’ll see it on the big screen.
This isn't about making money and to prove my point, I'm donating 20% of book profits to the Hand in Hand children's shelter (http://www.handinhand.org) in Everett, WA. My story's main character follows a similar path as the children that benefit from this organization, and I'm thrilled that I can combine my passion to accomplish writing a book and combine it with giving back to this great organization.
Prologue - 1972
A typical summer day at a park in New York City, families and their children enjoying the day. A mother and father struggle to manage both of their twin children and lose sight of their young 5 year old daughter who runs off. The child’s attention is drawn by a strange figure, and within seconds disappears followed by the panic of his parents once realizing she is gone.
Chapter 1 – Present Day. Establish main character and his background.
Blake Collier is flawed. We learn of Blake’s rough childhood. One that involves the loss of his parents at a young age and being bounced around foster care system. Blake grows up a misfit, and eventually lands in a place where his misplaced talents can be put to good use. Blake is a war torn hero and we are introduced to the precision, leadership and tenacity of his abilities during his last mission before retiring to a life he never imagined possible. Blake has killed hundreds all in the name of freedom and justice, with little to no emotion. After quickly and easily dispatching a ruthless drug lord and his cronies, Blake returns back home to settle down with the love of his life, Casey. A woman who has shown Blake a new life, having him question how he sees the world, and treats others, one that he begins to embrace.
Chapter 2 – Further establish main character and secondary character (his wife Casey) and their incredible love of each other. Establish how Casey has changed Blake for the good.
Blake met Casey on one of his missions. She was a volunteer doctor in a war torn land. Ironically Casey comes from a similar background, but channeled her struggles in a different way. Casey is the first person that Blake has ever loved. She shows him that there is a life for him that does not involve hurting others to mask his own pain. They have a built a normal life.
Chapter 3 – Casey is taken.
On a seemingly simple date night at a local restaurant, Casey is taken. After excusing herself to go to the restroom, Blake’s instincts kick in and senses trouble and only reaches Casey’s kidnapping a second too late to save her, but soon enough to see that this was no ordinary kidnapping.
Chapters 4 - 6 – 1 year later. Establish how Casey’s disappearance has impacted Blake and what he’s done and is still doing to find her. Introduce the character of Roger, another victim of one of the strange kidnappings.
A year has passed and Blake has refused to give up finding his wife despite local authorities doing so. Blake has painfully reverted back to his earlier personality traits, often going too far in pushing to find answers. Blake believes something is awry involving his wife’s disappearance, and it is confirmed when he meets Roger, another victim of having lost a loved one due to a mysterious kidnapping. Roger has been spending the past 20 years trying to find his missing sister and has stumbled across what he believes not only the answer to where his sister and Blake’s wife is, but perhaps the answer to most of the kidnappings of the past 50 years.
IN THE INTEREST OF NOT RUINING PLOT POINTS AND TWISTS, THE REMAINING OUTLINE IS PURPOSELY BRIEF:
Chapters 7-9 – Blake ups the ante in his search for the truth.
Chapters 10-12 – Blake and Roger come up with the plan and get to the parallel world.
Chapter 13 – We learn about the corporation and technology behind facilitating the kidnappings.
Chapters 14-16 – Blake tries to get acclimated to this new world and start their search while coming across some help.
Chapter 17 – The corporation gets help in tracking down Blake.
Chapters 18-21 – Finding Roger’s Sister
Chapters 21-23 – Blake gets to Casey, but is captured by the corporation in the process.
Chapter 24 – Blake comes face to face with antagonist and learns another truth.
Chapter 25 – Final conflict
Chapter 26 – The truth is revealed.
Chapter 27 – Resolution
Primary target audience:
• Aged 26-45
• Enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and sci-fi
Description of an ideal primary audience reader:
Rick is 43, married with two kids. He went to college and works as a mid-level executive. Rick loves the grandiose of big sci-fi and epic action thrillers…especially ones that feel more grounded and closer to reality. Books and films that take him to a believable place, but far enough from reality to be fantasy. Rick is drawn to anti-heroes, main characters that are rough around the edges, but are grounded in doing the right thing, albeit braking a few laws along the way if necessary. Although Rick isn’t a huge fan of in your face romance themed stories, he’s a sucker for books and films that have epic love stories as their base. Parallel universes, time travel and space travel all massively appeal to Rick.
Secondary target audience:
• Aged 26-45
• Enjoy reading love stories, thrillers, mysteries
Description of an ideal secondary audience reader:
Diane is 38, married with multiple kids. She's educated, and was a stay at home mom until her children got older, and she returned to doing some consulting work. Diane loves to read and goes back and forth between mysteries and thrillers and romance/love stories. Diane loves stories that feel more realistic that she can relate to. She's not a fan of the over the top romance novels, but occasionally will read one or two.
Jason Yormark is an award winning brand specialist and highly sought-after marketing consultant. Previously named #30 on Forbes Social Media Influencers List, he has helped hundreds of companies build authenticity into their brand story through the media including brands as big as Microsoft all the way down to small mom and pop shops. Currently Jason is Vice President of Marketing at SportsArt and oversees the planning, development and implementation of all marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities.
With a combined digital audience over 100,000, Jason blogs regularly on marketing, technology and lifestyle topics with pieces frequently being picked up on numerous business and marketing outlets.
Mirrors will be Jason's first fiction novel.
1. Blog – www.jasonyormark.com - I’ve been blogging for 10 years and have a fairly good following to tap into already. I average roughly 8000 page views per month, and I have a relatively small email subscription list of 150 people.
2. Social Media – I have a combined audience of roughly 60,000 on social media across all channels to promote to.
3. Author Facebook Page – A specific page dedicated to my writing that can pay to promote. https://www.facebook.com/jyormark/
4. Charity – I’m not doing this for the money, so I intend to donate a large % of the proceeds to go to a local homeless shelter for children. I plan to campaign around the idea of a regular guy just wanting to feel the accomplishment of writing a book…not doing it for the money. So donating the money to charity. I feel this will help me connect to those I am not directly tied to help motivate purchasing the book.
5. Paid Media – I will launch a variety of paid campaigns to increase visibility. Facebook ads, Twitter, etc.
6. PR campaign – I feel like there is a story about a regular guy with a job, family, who’s struggled to find a way to write and publish a book and decided to use charity as a means to help make it happen. I’ll craft a press release and try to gain some traction with traditional PR wires and means to push the story.
7. Video – I plan to publish a series of videos detailing my journey in writing my first book.
8. Writing Groups – Using MeetUp, I plan on joining and participating in 3-5 local writing groups to learn, get feedback and promote my book.
9. Email list - will use my current email subscription list to promote
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Mirrors shares similarities with these books in that they all use a parallel universe or dimension as part of their story arc. They also all contain strong main characters that face a struggles and decisions to be made that will impact both not only their own selves and those around them, but both worlds they encounter. Where Mirrors differentiates is on a couple levels. First, the technological differences between both worlds are more subtle. The parallel universe in Mirrors is not that vastly different than the original one with the exception of a handful of technological advances around transportation, weaponry, energy and of course travel between both worlds. The extreme similarities between both worlds will allow for interesting story telling and complex main and secondary character dynamics as they deal with those similarities.
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