Owl and Zebra Press: Three Novels, Six Months
Indie publisher is self-publishing three awesome novels in six months. Needs your crowd fund support! Fantasy and literary book gifts.
Hello, there! I’m Devon Trevarrow Flaherty, and I’m one of two people who comprise Owl and Zebra Press, a self-publishing and indie publishing venture by one industry veteran and one entrepreneurial writer. Owl and Zebra began in 2012 and published its first novel (Benevolent) in 2013. It’s 2014, and we are on the verge of publishing three more novels, all by yours truly. That’s it. Three novels, Six months.
You may have heard it said that self-publishing is free. On some levels, this is true. (Check out Devon's blog, The Starving Artist, for more info.) But to begin a publishing company and to professionally publish, widely distribute, and compete in the market with four novels is not free. Owl and Zebra is in need of a start-up crowd-fund to get our newest books outfitted with ISBNs, copyrights, paperback copies for the local bookstore, proofs, new publishing software, and a number of other nitty gritties. We’ve taken the time and care to calculate exactly what that means to us (down to the fees and taxes), and exactly the best way you can help us. We don’t settle for sub-par product. Every book—published this year or in the next thirty—by Owl and Zebra exceeds the industry standard, something we can be proud of and we hope thousands, if not millions, of readers will come to know about us.
Benevolent won three book awards and seals of approval from two institutions, as well as four and five star ratings. We love our jobs, we love books, and we love Benevolent (and so did our reviewers.) We work hard, full-time, to keep up the publicity, which includes a writing and publishing blog, an internet presence in just about every corner, newspaper attention, guest articles and interviews, and much, much more. We get more followers every week.
So let me tell you about the three awesome books that you will be directly funding for this Kickstarter project.
First, The Night of One Hundred Thieves is completely ready to print. As soon as we are crowd funded, it’s all systems go. This slim novel is based on the Northwyth legends found in Benevolent. It’s ambitious, for sure, coming in at only 150 pages and more than 40 characters, but we think you’ll find, along with our beta readers, that the characters are compelling and memorable, just as much as you want to know how 35 thieves can all steal the same ring. Who will be the last thief standing?
Next, The Journey of Clement Fancywater is a fantasy novel that began as an experiment in the ancient and constant, and ended up a unique story about a very modern man. The book will be finished in November, during NaNoWriMo, and is a down-the-hole magical journey full of strange creatures, stranger plants, and Subterreans that will haunt your dreams. Sometimes fantasies are for real.
And last but not least, our most literary novel of the three—a book that has been written over the past several years—is The Family Elephant’s Jewels. Gemma, mother of seven, dies unexpectedly. Her kids are on their varied ways home when they each discover a different secret about her expansive life. How could they not have known? Who was this woman and how will they honor her? Whose secrets could undo you?
Not only will your donation send three books to press, but it will increase our cash-flow potential. We will use sales of these books to publish our next books, and so on and so forth. We not only have extensive plans for more novels and book series by me, but have ideas on the drawing board for projects as varied as compilations, how-tos, and anthologies.
Any funding that exceeds our goal will go toward operation costs—like our PO Box, membership dues, and office supplies—and toward future publications. In 2015, Devon is scheduled to continue work on a fantasy trilogy and begin writing a middle grades series. Owl and Zebra is considering a holiday book series as well as a well-known compilation.
There are many ways to check us out, online. We invite you to visit Owl and Zebra Press at our website, owlandzebrapress.wordpress.com, or my blog—about publishing, writing, and books—at devontrevarrowflaherty.com. You can also get your hands on the novel, Benevolent, in paperback and ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords, iBookstore, etc. We also have an ongoing project at WattPad, that’s wattpad.com, where my novel, The Touch, is serialized for free to your device.
And one more thing. If you are new to Kickstarter, here’s how it goes. First, pick a donation level. Based on your donation, you may get a gift from me, once the project is funded. Then donate online, at Kickstarter.com, with our project, Owl and Zebra Press: Three Novels, Six Months. If and only if the project is completely funded by the end date—Wednesday, November fifth at 11:00 Eastern Standard—will Kickstarter collect your donation and send it on to me. If we don’t meet our funding goal, you never get charged and Owl and Zebra shelves its books, for now.
So thanks for reading, and I hope you really will consider crowd-funding Owl and Zebra Press and our next three publications. Three novels, six months. Books for everyone!
Risks and challenges
Some of the difficulties in Kickstarter-to-publishing are:
-Funding. We have accounted for absolutely everything that we need to go to print, including fees, gifts, and taxes. And since we will have to pay taxes mid-project, we'll make sure taxes are covered before spending all our money elsewhere. There are corners that can be cut, but a fully funded project means we should be able to pull everything off for the most impressive product and publicity.
-Appropriate planning. Owl and Zebra has done this (publish a novel) before, in 2013. We make it a point to keep ourselves educated on the newest twists and turns in the changing field of publishing. We know what' we're doing.
-Time/motivation. Our press has a detailed spreadsheet for project progression. Since all three of our books are nearing finalization, six months should be just the right amount of time to take them to press. On the other hand, if there are unforeseeable delays, the project will still come off, even if late, which is a bonus over many other projects. We won't fail, because we are in this for the long-long-long run. We plan on writing and publishing for forty-plus more years, and we're just stubborn enough to do it rain or shine, feast or famine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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