Gritty urban fantasy shorts with sass and black humor. Help the production of audio short stories + the release of related stories.
I love writing the Overhill Chronicles. The narrator for these stories, Lyn Burgess, is sassy, salty, and unafraid of black humor. Kinda like me—on the black humor thing, not so much on the sass or salt in my language.
Lyn's also surprisingly easy to write.
I mean easy. I-saw-a-submissions-call-and-wrote-a-500-word-piece-to-fit-that-same-day easy.
So easy, in fact, that I find myself coming up with stories more quickly than I can, yanno, afford to release them. Which is a shame, because my friends say she's a ton of fun. (And my friends will crumple up a story and toss it at my head if they don't like it, so we're not talking the usual praise-everything-the-writer-friend-does type of people.)
I believe that these short stories—some of them short enough to be flash fiction, some of them technically novelettes—have a ton of potential. I want them in audio, I want them in Spanish, and I want them all out for you to enjoy.
My primary goal for this Kickstarter is to get my first story compilation, "PRIMpriety" (plus bonus stories) into audio. I'll need $400 to do that.
Yes, just $400.
See, that first compilation is about… 2.5 hours of narration, probably a bit less. (In comparison, most novels are closer to 8–12 hours, depending on the genre.) For this first compilation, I've already paid for editing, I've already gotten it out in e-book and print. So it's ready to go straight into audio production, once I have the funds.
I have enough other stories—still featuring Lyn—to do…another one and a half compilations. And that's just what's written—it's not including the stories started, the ones I'll doubtless finish in the next few months when I need a break from other writing projects.
So by the time this Kickstarter project is funded, I should have enough stories for another two whole compilations. Ideally, I'd like to have enough funds to at least get one of those published and narrated.
From there, though, my goals kinda depend on how much help y'all give me. I mean, considering what I've read of Spanish literature, I think these would be a really good fit in the Spanish market, but…
Translation's kinda expensive. Like… $1800 to translate 21k words, expensive.
So, if we hit the $400 needed for the audio production of this compilation, my next target will depend on how much, precisely, is raised. I'll focus on either the publication and audio production of compilation number three OR the translation of compilation one into Spanish.
- Goal #1: $400 – compilation 1 narration
- Goal 2: + $1,800 (totaling $2,200 raised) – compilation 1 translation into Spanish
- Goal #2: + $400 (totaling $800 raised) – compilation 2 edits, copyright registration, cover, e-book release, and POD book release.
- Goal #3: + $400 (totaling $1,200 raised) – compilation 2 narration
- Goal 4: + $400 (totaling $1,600 raised) – compilation 3 edits, copyright registration, cover, e-book release, and POD book release.
- Goal 5: + $400 (totaling $2,000 raised) – compilation 3 narration
Make sense? Good.
Now, if you help me raise that $400, where is that money going?
- $40 goes to Kickstarter. (Well, technically, $20 goes to Kickstarter, and $20 gets eaten in credit card fees.)
- $60 is to make sure I can cover those donor rewards.
- $275 is for the narration itself.
- $25 is for creating the audio version's cover (which might involve redoing the cover altogether…because it frankly needs work).
Plans are for compilations two and three to be no shorter than the first compilation. In fact, it's looking as though they'll be longer. ^_^
So, there's my project and my goals for it. Will you help me out with a Kickstart?
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I've already found a narrator to work with for this project—and I've even found a backup narrator, in case she's busy or some such thing.
For the compilations, the stories are mostly all written, just needing to be edited and arranged. I already have a copyeditor that I like working with. But if some fluke happened and she didn't have room on her schedule for me, I also know other editors.
That Spanish translation idea? I have an ideal person + backup person in mind for that, too.
In other words, I'm not waiting on any beta readers or anything. Everything is ready to go out for processing as soon as I get the funds—unless the Kickstart raises enough funds to get into compilation three.
In fact, some things might be delivered sooner than listed, but I wanted to be generous, in case of unforeseen complications. Murphy's Law and all.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 3.
Feb 1, 2013 - Mar 3, 2013 (30 days)
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The collection ("PRIMpriety", "For Want of Cruelty", and "Hello, Kitty") in E-BOOK format.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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The collection ("PRIMpriety", "For Want of Cruelty", and "Hello, Kitty") in E-BOOK and AUDIOBOOK format. PLUS: An e-book ARC of the second collection featuring Lyn.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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The collection ("PRIMpriety", "For Want of Cruelty", and "Hello, Kitty") in E-BOOK, AUDIOBOOK, and PRINT BOOK format. PLUS: An e-book ARC of the second collection featuring Lyn. (No extra shipping fee for international donors!)Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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The collection ("PRIMpriety", "For Want of Cruelty", and "Hello, Kitty") in E-BOOK, AUDIOBOOK, and (SIGNED) PRINT BOOK format. PLUS: An e-book ARC of the second collection featuring Lyn. (No extra shipping fee for international donors!)Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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Pick a character gender and race—and a character with those features (and a derivative of your name) will appear in a future story featuring Lyn Burgess, the main character of these stories. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgements for both the audiobook of this collection and that story, upon its e-release.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013