Survivanoia is a smart, funny electronic book that wants to be released in an ink-and-paper edition!
Just over a year ago, SURVIVANOIA was released as an e-book. Sales have been thin but steady. Yet for every electronic copy sold, three people ask when it will be available in paperback.
Many, many people still prefer an ink-and-paper book. Truth be told, I am one of them. But getting a book printed costs money. Hence, this Kickstarter project.
The book is formatted, but the back cover and spine still need to be designed and executed. Some of the money will be used for that. Most of it, however, will go to the cost of printing 100ish copies of the paperback. Some of these will be sent to book stores for sale on consignment, some taken to the book launch party and book signings; some rewarded to backers, of course! We will send a handful to reviewers at noteworthy publications, and give a few to random famous people who will hopefully be photographed wearing them thus making them popular with the kids.
You might be thinking: Yeah, yeah so you want to be a writer that’s great. How do I know you can even write? That this book is any good? What’s this silly book about, anyway?
Reviewers have compared Survivanoia to the works of Carl Hiaasen, Douglas Adams, and Joseph Heller. So it is silly! And it’s absurd. But it’s also a good story (if I do say so myself)! Here is the description from the website:
Set five minutes from now in Los Angeles, this darkly humored and bizarrely optimistic satire centers on the Survivanoia Corporation–Purveyors of the Post-Apocalypse. The company creates and distributes items like the Sofa Coffin, Constant War Gear, and Bird Flu Vaccine to a world that thinks it needs them.
Nine narratives intertwine, revealing the struggle of one woman to fix things: When it comes to light that Survivanoia has not only created the dreaded Flower Flu, but is withholding the cure for it, Baroness Dacianna Von Worthington decides to make things right, by taking over the company.
Joining the Baroness are the commonplace eccentrics inhabiting this modern life including:
Dr. Encludsmo Stuckhowsen, a scientist living under a giant sign that says “Put Cheese on Stuff;”
Eddie Bloodworth, a twenty-something suing his mother for not aborting him;
and Jackson Blake, a beach bum slowly transforming into his once-famous television character, a hired vigilante killer.
Can this cast of not-quite-nutters help the Baroness steer Survivanoia to higher ground? Or will all the World be consumed by the Flower Flu…and jogging suits that recycle your sweat so you can shower while you run?“If Carl Hiaasen and T.C. Boyle had had a love child, that Wild Child would have written this book. Since that is biologically impossible, Baroness Von Smith has written it instead.”
If we've made you smile and piqued your interest, we ask that you help us out by donating whatever you can. Every dollar helps ~that's why there are rewards at every level.
Thanks for reading!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $900 goal
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Apr 23, 2012 - May 23, 2012 (30 days)
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You will be snail-mailed a signed copy of a full color promo flyer (includes the cover design)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The above flyer plus access to a copy of the e-bookEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The above, plus snail-mailed a signed copy of the sparkly new *paperback* editionEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Secret Story! The above (on the stated timelines), plus snail-mailed a copy of a story written under a pen-name (shhhh!)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Appear as an Extra! The above (on the stated timelines) plus you will be written in as a general "extra" (think movie extra) appearance in the second book (titled The Accidental Despot, being written as you read this!) You will be emailed a questionnaire in May so you can tell me what you'd like to look like in the book, if there's an activity you'd like to be doing, that sort of stuff. Cheap Fame!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Get a speaking part! The above (on those timelines) but instead of a general extra, you'll have a "cameo" appearance written into the second book (think speaking extra) You will be emailed a questionnaire in May so you can tell me what you'd like to look like in the book, if there's an activity you'd like to be doing, do you want to make a funny comment or a snarky comment, things like that. Slightly pricier Fame!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Lovable Eccentric! The above (on those time lines) but rather than a simple extra or mere cameo, you will appear as a memorable character. An "eccentric" if you will. You will be emailed a questionnaire in May so you can tell me what you'd like to look like in the book, an activity, do you want to be funny, sassy, sweet etc, and some background info, your ethnicity or your favorite pet, however you would feel defined. I am not to be held liable if the paparazzi start chasing you...Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Best Friend! The above (on those time lines) but beyond extra, surpassing cameo, and even eclipsing the beloved "eccentric," you will be written into the second book as a supporting character. A friend of one of the main characters. Or, if you would prefer, a pet! You will be emailed a questionnaire in May so you can tell me what you'd like to look like in the book, some aspects of your personality, some background info, preferences (cat or dog? chocolate or strawberry?) You could become a topic of Literary Discussion!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Dinner with The Baroness! The above including a supporting character role AND meet me for dinner. If you live in San Diego, Chicago, or Western New York, this dinner will be face-to-face. If not, we may have to Skype. Conference Meal!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012