3/4 there! Plus some thoughts on Wiscon
Huzzah! We're almost at $9k as I type this. We've got a bit over a week and a half to go. If we average $250 per day from now on, we're set! This whole process has made the last 3 weeks a constant recognition that this book is important and that there are many, many people who believe in it. I look forward to the days ahead and can't wait until we can all hold this book in our hands, loan it to friends, recommend it to colleagues. I knew Kickstarter and crowdfunding would be an excellent way to make this happen, because there's a community passionately devoted to its themes and goals. Y'all have turned up by the dozens (and dozens) to support this and we thank you for that!
Speaking of the feminist SF community, next week begins what is likely the most important weekend in the world of feminist SF: Wiscon.
Wiscon, for those who aren't familiar with it, is the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. Gathering on Memorial Day every year in Madison, Wisconsin, nearly 1000 readers, writers, artists, and publishers get together to discuss all kinds of interesting subjects and topics. Having one of the highest writer:reader ratios I've seen at a convention, you'll see plenty of folks who would be guests of honor at any number of cons who come to Madison for the sheer love of the experience and conversations to be had.
I began attending Wiscon in 2003 and wouldn't miss one for the world. I had begun to develop keener interests in feminist writers before then, but Wiscon accelerated that path enormously and introduced me to many great books, great writers, great friends. Over the years Wiscon and its attendant community have taught me much about feminism, racism, class, transgender issues, and a host of other ideas. It's inspired me to help form a reading group dedicated to SF and politics as well as organize a convention, Think Galacticon, modeled on its mission and structure. One weekend a year spent among feminist geeks and geeky feminists has transformed my life.
Originally, this Kickstarter campaign was going to take place earlier in the year, but various complications delayed it. I'm glad, because with luck we can go into Wiscon with a funded project and announce to the amazing assemblage there that this book will be available for all to have a year from now. I'm hoping we can gather even more backers at the con, pushing us over the threshold and putting us into the territory where we have only to worry about how much awesome material can we cram into one book. That'd be a great way to celebrate one of greatest experiences a feminist geek can have on Memorial Day weekend.
pledged of $12,000 goal
seconds to go
Apr 19, 2012 - May 31, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
online thank you and "I read Feminist Literature" bumper stickerEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $15 or more
as above, but includes an ebook edition of the book (PDF, epub, or mobi/Kindle). As not all contributors/stories are guaranteed to grant digital rights, the contents of the ebook may not be the same as the print edition.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $25 or more
the above, plus a copy of the finished book (US/Canada; add $10 for UK/EU, $20 for everywhere else)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $50 or more
as above, plus a GeekRadical t-shirt (US/Canada; add $10 for UK/EU, $20 for everywhere else)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $80 or more
as above, plus the copy of the finished paperback book will be signed by the editors (US/Canada; add $10 for UK/EU, $20 for everywhere else)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $100 or more
as above, plus printed thank you in the finished bookEstimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $150 or more
as above, plus get a copy of the ARC (advance reading copy). (US/Canada; add $10 for UK/EU, $20 for everywhere else)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $200 or more
as above, the finished copy will be a limited edition hardcover (US/Canada; add $10 for UK/EU, $20 for everywhere else)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $250 or more
as above, plus I'll get as many contributors to sign it as possible at the next Wiscon (the world's leading feminist science fiction convention held at the end of May every year)Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
Pledge $400 or more
as above, plus an assortment (6-10) of PM Press or VanderMeer edited titles.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
above, plus a piece of feminist-related original art by cool people (trust us on this one)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
as above, plus I adopt a cat/dog and name it after your favorite feministEstimated delivery: Sep 2013