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Fantasy, sci-fi, alt-history, post-apoc, cattlepunk & weird west stories by an international stable of established & emerging authors.
Fantasy, sci-fi, alt-history, post-apoc, cattlepunk & weird west stories by an international stable of established & emerging authors.
58 backers pledged CA$ 2,296 to help bring this project to life.

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Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology

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THANK YOU EVERYONE! We have reached our goal! There's still a chance to get in on the great Rewards for a couple of days yet, and maybe help us reach our first stretch goal!

Howdy! My name is Diane Morrison, and I'm a hybrid science fiction and fantasy writer. I'm publishing a book called Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology.

This is a collection of stories about the West as you've never seen it before! Elven gunslingers fight for justice on the frontier. Martian sheriffs protect a settlement's water supply from bandits. Monsters out of nightmares stalk hapless frontier towns and small farms. Figures out of history interact with time-travelling wizards and rampaging dragons. Outlaws enlist the aid of mechanized wonders - or flee from them.

Check out an audio reading of one of our stories, "Lonesome" by Carrie Gessner, read by Storycast Rob at his podcast!

A few months ago, you helped me to publish a collection of my own Weird Western stories. This time I have teamed up with a stellar cast of 24 other international bestselling, award-winning, established, and outstanding emerging authors to bring you an amazing anthology that I know you'll never forget!

Our incredible team includes Aaron Siddall, our cover artist, who will also be making some of the art for the rewards, and Claire Ryan, our graphic artist, cover designer, and typesetter.

Our anthology will now include a story by New York Times bestselling author Diana L. Paxson, best known for her Chronicles of Westria series and for co-authoring the Mists of Avalon series!

I was a bit stunned by the caliber of writer that my little project attracted. Maybe it's because people are starting to get to know me through my work with the SFWA YouTube channel. Some of the best of today's traditionally and independently-published writers answered my call for submissions. They come from a variety of fields, and I think one of the greatest strengths of the resulting collection is the variety of takes on the theme. The stories I've curated are not only delightful SFF tales, but they remain western stories at heart as well.

This is why I'm appealing to you. This project has grown to be so much more than the tiny collection I originally envisioned. It's a big book - it'll be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 150,000 words when completed. And it deserves more attention than I can give it alone!

Here's my budget breakdown:

  • $75 to list the book with IngramSpark, taxes & exchange rate included
  • $500 to purchase stock (includes shipping)
  • $500 for reward fulfillment
  • $100 for marketing
  • The rest will cover Kickstarter fees & unexpected expenses (and you always have those)

Stretch Goals:

  • At $2000, I will send each writer and the illustrator a complimentary copy
  • At $2800, I can pay each writer a half cent a word, and the illustrator $50, in addition to their royalties
  • At $3500, I can pay each writer 1 cent a word, and the illustrator $100, in addition to their royalties
  • At $4500, I can pay each writer 3 cents a word, and the illustrator $300, in addition to their royalties
  • At $9000, I can pay each writer 6 cents a word, which is professional rate, and pay the illustrator $500, in addition to their royalties

Most of the writers have also teamed up to help bring you some amazing rewards for your support! Keep your eye out for special, limited-availability rewards throughout the month as well!

First ten days: Author services packages

Second ten days: Original drabble stories and artwork

Third ten days: Handbound books

I hope you'll consider helping to bring this amazing anthology to life! Thank you for your support!

A Note About Getting Your Name in the Credits: We will include ALL our Backers' names in the acknowledgements of the book! But if you want us to use anything that isn't your Kickstarter login handle, you must fill out your Backer Survey within 1 week of the campaign's end.Thanks!

Video Music:  

“Drifter (Spaghetti Western)” © by NADA Copyright Free Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIhvAThPer8&t=70s Used by permission.

Risks and challenges

I found in my last project that my hardcover production was a bit delayed as I awaited blurbs, so that may be a factor again. Since some of the other authors are fulfilling rewards on their end when it's their books and skills that are offered, I will be dependent on them to do what they say they're going to do. It will take a few months to completely fulfill the podcast package, as each story must be read and recorded. And if this explodes beyond my expectations, there may be short delays in receiving rewards as greater numbers will require greater time to produce & ship. Otherwise, everything is in order!

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    The Ebook!

    Get the ebook of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in your choice of epub, mobi, or pdf! We'll need your email address when you fill out the Backer survey.

    All Backers also get their names in the credits as a thank you for your support!

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    Limited-Edition Bookmark

    At this level, you receive a limited-edition bookmark featuring the art of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire! One side will show the cover art by Aaron Siddall; the other will show one of eight different images that Aaron or other authors have made to represent their stories! Back images will be selected randomly. Each one arrives with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    And just because we don't want you to miss out, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

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    Deluxe Wyrd West Ebook Package

    Story #7, The Teeth of Winter, from my Wyrd West Chronicles series, is among the stories in Gunsmoke & Dragonfire. This reward level gets you the whole series on ebook and the rest of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire besides! They will arrive in your choice of mobi, epub or pdf. We'll need your email address when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
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    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    Deluxe Ebook Collection

    This limited-edition package features the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire ebook, along with 7 ebooks from the anthology's authors!

    *Drabbledark Anthology
    *Timeshift Anthology
    *Coyote Cal collection by Milo James Fowler
    *The Dying of the Golden Day by Carrie Gessner
    *Power Surge by Sara Codair
    *story collection by G. Scott Huggins
    *Food on Their Table by Diane Morrison

    Arrives in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf. There are only a few packages available so get 'em quick! We'll need your email address when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
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    Drabble

    A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words. At this level we will send you one randomly-chosen drabble written by a Gunsmoke & Dragonfire author, which will arrive on a handwritten postcard! To save shipping costs, your geographic location may play a role in which drabble you receive. (ie. UK Backers are more likely to receive a drabble from a UK writer.)

    And just because we don't want you to miss out, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Original drabble on a handwritten postcard
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    The Book!

    If you just want a copy of the book, this is the level for you! We will send you one copy of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire trade paperback, hot off the presses! Features beautiful cover art by Aaron Siddall and cover design and layout by Claire Ryan! We'll need your mailing address when you fill out the Backer survey.

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    Limited-Edition Postcards

    Get a set of seven limited-edition postcards featuring the art of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire! Includes eight images representing some of the stories, plus one of the cover by Aaron Siddal & Claire Ryan. Only up to 25 sets will be made available through this reward and 25 through the Collector's Package. Each will arrive with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

    And just because we don't want you to miss out, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Limited-edition set of 9 Gunsmoke & Dragonfire postcards
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    The Signed Book!

    If you just want a copy of the book, but you want it signed, this is the level for you! We will send you one copy of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire trade paperback, hot off the presses! Features beautiful cover art by Aaron Siddall and cover design and layout by Claire Ryan! It will be signed by the editor.

    And just because we appreciate that the difference in shipping costs between the books in signed or unsigned format is somewhat prohibitive, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Signed trade paperback of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    ALL the Ebooks!

    You asked, and we answered! This package gets you ALL OF THE EBOOKS!

    First, you get the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire ebook!

    Then, you get the entire Wyrd West Chronicles series by Diane Morrison! (6 books, ranging from novelettes to short novels!)

    Last, you get 7 ebooks from the anthology's authors!

    *Drabbledark Anthology
    *Timeshift Anthology
    *Coyote Cal collection by Milo James Fowler
    *The Dying of the Golden Day by Carrie Gessner
    *Power Surge by Sara Codair
    *story collection by G. Scott Huggins
    *Food on Their Table by Diane Morrison

    Arrives in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf. There are only a few packages available so get 'em quick! We'll need your email address when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Ebook Package (includes 7 ebooks by GnD authors)
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    Podcast Package

    Most of the writers of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire have agreed to let us podcast their stories! Audio files will be provided in your choice of mp3 or m4u. This does not include all of the GnD stories, and podcasts will appear over the next few months, as more are created.

    And just because we don't want you to miss out on ANY of the stories, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Gunsmoke & Dragonfire audio story files
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    Collector's Package

    This is the ultimate collector's package! Get one limited-edition bookmark (randomly selected,) one set of seven limited-edition postcards featuring art representing some of the stories plus the cover, and one trade paperback copy of the book, signed by the editor. Each collector's item will arrive with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity. We'll need your mailing address when you fill out your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Limited-edition Gunsmoke & Dragonfire bookmark
    • Limited-edition set of 9 Gunsmoke & Dragonfire postcards
    • Signed trade paperback of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
    • Name in the Credits!
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    The Hardcover!

    We will send you one beautiful hardcover copy of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire, hot off the presses! Features beautiful cover art by Aaron Siddall and cover design and layout by Claire Ryan! This edition may arrive a little later than the paperback, but it will be worth the wait!

    But while you wait, you can read the ebook we're throwing in, with your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
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    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    The Signed Hardcover!

    This reward was added by Backer request! We will send you one beautiful hardcover copy of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire, signed by the editor! Features beautiful cover art by Aaron Siddall and cover design and layout by Claire Ryan! This edition may arrive a little later than the paperback, but it will be worth the wait!

    But while you wait, you can read the ebook we're throwing in, with your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
    • Name in the Credits!
    • Signed hardcover copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
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    Handbound Book!

    Turns out that one of our authors, Claire Ryan, is a woman of many talents! One of those talents is making handbound books! You will receive one handbound copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in white paper with a simple, elegant cover. This is a collector's item that will stand the test of time!

    While you're waiting for it to arrive, you can read the ebook in your choice of pdf, mobi, or epub.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill our your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Handbound copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
    • Name in the Credits!
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    Writer's Package

    This is a special package of writers' services as offered by some of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire authors and editors! Includes:

    *critique on flash or microfiction & genre poetry from Russell Hemmell
    *a short story or novel critique from Jude-Marie Green (former co-editor of Abyss & Apex)
    *story critique on camera with Brent A. Harris & Diane Morrison
    *full edit service (proofreading, line, developmental etc.) of one short story or novelette from Diane Morrison

    You'll never find such a selection of author services in such an inexpensive package. Only available for a limited time (10 of the 30 days of the Kickstarter).

    And just because we don't want you to miss out, we'll throw in the ebook in your choice of mobi, pdf or epub too.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill out the Backer Survey.

    Includes:
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    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    Library

    Want more books from Gunsmoke & Dragonfire authors, as well as the book? Don't worry, we've got you covered! This package gets you a small library of trade paperback books written by GnD authors! Some of the books will be signed by the authors, and your trade paperback copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire will be signed by the editor.

    While you're waiting for them to arrive, you can read the ebook of GnD in your choice of pdf, mobi, or epub.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill our your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Trade paperback copy of Happy Ending Not Guaranteed by Liam Hogan
    • Signed trade paperback copy of Power Surge by Sara Codair
    • Signed trade paperback short story collection by G. Scott Huggins
    • Paperback of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West by Diane Morrison
    • Signed trade paperback of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
    • Name in the Credits!
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    Handbound Leather Book!

    ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! Turns out that one of our authors, Claire Ryan, is a woman of many talents! One of those talents is making handbound books! You will receive one handbound copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in high-quality parchment paper with marbled endpapers and a leather cover. This is an absolutely one-of-a-kind item!

    While you're waiting for it to arrive, you can read the ebook in your choice of pdf, mobi, or epub.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill our your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Handbound copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire, leather cover
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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    Deluxe Writer's Package

    This is a special package of writers' services as offered by some of the Gunsmoke & Dragonfire authors and editors! Includes:

    *critique on flash or microfiction & genre poetry from Russell Hemmell
    *a short story or novel critique from Jude-Marie Green (former co-editor of Abyss & Apex)
    *story critique on camera with Brent A. Harris & Diane Morrison

    In addition, this special deluxe reward level also includes:

    *10 to 20 page edit from Carrie Gessner
    *consultation on how to submit to small presses successfully from Claire Ryan (includes a Skype session)
    *short story critique or 1 hour consultation with Ron S. Friedman
    *a full-service edit (proofreading, developmental, line edit, etc.) of a novella or novel from Diane Morrison

    Only available for a limited time (10 of the 30 days of the Kickstarter).

    We're throwing in the ebook in your choice of pdf, mobi, or epub.

    We'll need your email address when you fill our your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Author's services package
    • Extra author's services package
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
    • Name in the Credits!
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    Deluxe Library!

    ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! Want more books from Gunsmoke & Dragonfire authors, as well as the book? Don't worry, we've got you covered! This package gets you a small library of trade paperback books written by GnD authors, all of which will be signed! Your trade paperback copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire will be signed by the editor.

    While you're waiting for your books to arrive, you can read the ebook in your choice of pdf, mobi, or epub.

    We'll need your mailing and email addresses when you fill our your Backer Survey.

    Includes:
    • Trade paperback copy of Happy Ending Not Guaranteed by Liam Hogan
    • Signed trade paperback copy of Power Surge by Sara Codair
    • Signed trade paperback short story collection by G. Scott Huggins
    • Paperback of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West by Diane Morrison
    • Signed trade paperback of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire
    • Signed paperback of A Doctor to Dragons by G. Scott Huggins
    • Signed paperback of Food on Their Table by Diane Morrison
    • Signed paperback of Chasing Fireflies (Diane Morrison)
    • Ebook copy of Gunsmoke & Dragonfire in mobi, pdf or epub
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Funding period

- (30 days)