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A collection of the Wyrd West Chronicles; serial Weird Western fantasy stories in post-apocalyptic Canada. Tolkien meets Tombstone.
A collection of the Wyrd West Chronicles; serial Weird Western fantasy stories in post-apocalyptic Canada. Tolkien meets Tombstone.
A collection of the Wyrd West Chronicles; serial Weird Western fantasy stories in post-apocalyptic Canada. Tolkien meets Tombstone.
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From "Showdown" (Wyrd West Chronicles #1)
From "Showdown" (Wyrd West Chronicles #1)

Hi! My name is Diane Morrison, and I'm a hybrid author (which means I've been both traditionally and independently-published.) I write science fiction and fantasy, and Pagan non-fiction under the pen name "Sable Aradia." I recently received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future competition.

Me! (Click through to check out my website!)
Me! (Click through to check out my website!)

Last year, in addition to publishing a print novelette and getting a couple of stories published in magazines and anthologies, I indie-published to ebook six novelettes and novellas in a science-fantasy serial called the Wyrd West Chronicles. What I'd like to do is publish these stories as a print collection with an intended release date of September 1st.

The Wyrd West is a fantasy "Weird Western" serial that takes place in a post-apocalyptic cattlepunk Canada. It's like Tolkien meets Tombstone. A reviewer enthusiastically described it as "like Firefly meets Fallout meets Supernatural meets Shannara." My stories center on a family of Gunslingers -- paladins of the people, imbued with mystical powers. The gritty reality of post-apocalyptic Western is leavened by all the mystical elements of high fantasy. So it's weird, and wacky, and a whole lot of fun to write in, and probably sounds like a pulp fiction mashup nightmare. But somehow, I feel it really works, and at heart, it remains a story about family, identity, and people.

All of my reviews have been quite positive, some have been glowing, and I've even picked up a few dedicated fans of the series. If you want fantasy adventure stories with a twist, this is your thing. If you ever read The Dark Tower and thought, "I wonder what the Gunslingers were like before everything went sideways?" this is your thing.

Want to know more about the series? Check out my book trailers here!

Because I published these stories to ebook as a serial, they're already written. I've even made the cover design already. See?

Mockup of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West
Mockup of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West

All I have left to do is format the book for print, order it, print it, and get the word out.

An indie author has to cover all the stuff your publishing company does herself, including editing, marketing, formatting, and publicity. I've been around long enough in indie publishing now to know exactly what's involved, and I've got the friends and connections now that I really believe could help make this a great success!

I want to publish with IngramSpark, which offers bookstore distribution to indie authors. I also want to make the book available through CreateSpace to give my readers options. Formatting for print publication also requires some skill, so if I want to do it right, I have to pay someone to do that. Here's the breakdown of where the money would go:

  • $75 - IngramSpark startup fee, adjusted for exchange rate, fees & taxes
  • $250 - Formatting, adjusted for exchange rate
  • $100 - Proofing
  • $300 - Initial purchase of first printed books, plus shipping, adjusted for exchange rate, fees and taxes
  • $100 - Marketing
  • Everything else is a buffer for reward fulfillment and Kickstarter's fees

With your help, I believe I can offer a really great book that science fiction and fantasy fans would truly enjoy! I'm asking you to be a part of it! Most of the rewards I'm offering are about being a part of the experience. Will you ride with me, pardner?

Risks and challenges

I need to format my book to meet IngramSpark and CreateSpace's formatting requirements for successful publication. This isn't as easy as it sounds; the automated formatting is very strict. I need to do it by a deadline because I've been telling people for ages that publication will take place on September 1st. And this is my first Kickstarter, so I suppose I may run into problems there due to unfamiliarity with the system. I feel I have successfully estimated cost of shipping, time required, etc., because it's not the first time I've self-published a print book, nor is it the first time I've had to calculate shipping, nor is it the first time I've done crowdfunding (I have a modest Patreon); but every platform is different, right? Bear with me, and if there's any problems, we'll work it out!

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    Even a dollar's contribution gets your name in the credits! I will print your name in the book acknowledgements! If you include your email address, you also get access to my monthly update newsletter (only once a month, or *very* occasionally for special announcements, I promise! You can unsubscribe at any time!)

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    In addition to getting your name in the credits, contributing $5 gets you a free ecopy of the first story in the series, Showdown, which will be part 1 in the book! If you've already got Showdown, I'll give you the second one, Vice & Virtue, instead! Indicate whether you'd like pdf, epub or mobi, and I'll need your email address.

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    Not interested in ebooks but want to throw $5 my way? No worries! I got you covered! Instead, I'll send you a list of 100 books, movies and songs that influenced the Wyrd West Chronicles, including what it was about them that I think had an influence! Have I written this yet? Well, no; but don't worry, I have read a lot of books! I'll need your email address.

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    In addition to all the previous rewards, you'll also get a limited-edition Wyrd West commemorative bookmark, signed by me, shipped directly to you! I'll need your email and snail mail addresses.

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    This is for the folks who prefer audiobooks! You get an audio file that you can keep of me reading part 1, Showdown, and part 2, Vice & Virtue. Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one part per month until competed. I'll need your email address.

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    Ghost Whisperer

    This is for the folks who prefer audiobooks! You get an audio file that you can keep of me reading part 1, Showdown, part 2, Vice & Virtue, and Part 3, The Vigil. Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed. I'll need your email address.

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    Lead Hand

    In addition to your name in the credits, BOTH of the first two ebooks in the series (that's right, I said BOTH,) and my list of Wyrd West influences, you'll get exclusive access to a livestreamed reading of the first story in the Wyrd West series, Showdown! And don't worry if you miss the stream: the archive will always be available for you to access! How cool is that? I'll need your email and snail mail addresses.

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in an audio file of me reading part 1, Showdown, as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

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    Psychic

    This is for the folks who prefer audiobooks! You get an audio file that you can keep of me reading part 1, Showdown, part 2, Vice & Virtue, Part 3, The Vigil, and Part 4, Way of the Gun. Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed. I'll need your email address.

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    • Audio File of Part 3, The Vigil, Read by the Author
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    Deputy

    Okay, this one's pretty awesome. In addition to your name in the credits, my list of Wyrd West influences, and the livestreamed reading of Showdown, you will get ALL SIX Wyrd West Chronicles on ebook! That's the whole series so far! Please indicate whether you'd like pdf, epub, or mobi, and I'll need your email and snail mail addresses.

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    Apprentice Slinger

    Welcome, Slinger! This reward tier is especially for those who just want the book, Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West! It will be sent to you as a full colour cover, trade paperback, printed on quality cream paper, with matte cover finish. Fulfillment will be through CreateSpace or IngramSpark, whichever makes the most sense at the time. You also get your name in the credits, but no livestreams, ebooks or extras. I'll need your snail mail address.

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    This is for the folks who prefer audiobooks! You get audio files that you can keep of me reading ALL SIX PARTS of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed. I'll need your email address.

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    Courtesan

    This is the exclusive social butterfly package! In addition to the complete ebook collection, my top 100 influences list, and your name in the credits, you get exclusive access to my livestreamed book release party on August 31! I'll be reading the first installment "Showdown," playing related music (yes, I'm a musician too!) answering your questions, and maybe doing another giveaway or two!

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in an audio file of me reading part 1, Showdown, and part 2, Vice & Virtue, as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
    • Name in the Credits!
    • Audio File of Part 1, Showdown, Read by the Author
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    Alchemist

    This reward was inspired by 801 Jenn, who didn't see what she wanted on my list! This is for those who just want the hard copies. You get a beautiful trade paperback copy of the book, AND the commemorative bookmark! Thanks for the suggestion!

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in an audio file of me reading part 1, Showdown, and part 2, Vice & Virtue, as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

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    • Commemorative Signed Wyrd West Bookmark
    • Name in the Credits!
    • Audio File of Part 1, Showdown, Read by the Author
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    Inventor

    Again inspired by 801 Jenn, this is the "all the creativity" package. It's Alchemist plus a little extra: the 100 influences list!

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    Gunslinger

    Howdy, Slinger! I think this is the best value. You get ALL the stuff from the Apprentice Slinger AND Courtesan tiers! AND you get all SIX of the ebooks so far that will be going into the print book! The archives will always be available for you to access! I'll need your email and snail mail addresses.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

    Includes:
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    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
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    Sheriff

    This tier is identical to the Gunslinger tier, except that your book will be upgraded to a hardcover copy! I'll need your email and snail mail addresses, and whether your prefer pdf, epub, or mobi.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Livestreamed Readings of ALL Wyrd West Chronicles So Far!
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
    • Name in the Credits!
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    Marshal

    You get all the stuff from the Gunslinger tier, except that you also get livestreamed readings of ALL of the Wyrd West Chronicles so far! The archives will always be available for you to access! I'll be doing one of these a month so I'll need a little extra time to see that they are fulfilled. I'll need your email and snail mail addresses.

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in audio files of me reading ALL SIX parts as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

    Includes:
    • Livestreamed Readings of ALL Wyrd West Chronicles So Far!
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
    • Name in the Credits!
    • Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West Print Book!
    • Audio Files of All Six Parts of the Book, Read by the Author
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    Circuit Judge

    In addition to EVERYTHING listed so far *except* the hardcover, you get ANOTHER BOOK from my back catalogue, and BOTH are personally signed by me! You'll have to let me know which one you want, I'll need to know your preferred format for ebooks, and I'll need your email and snail mail addresses. Choose from:

    As Sable Aradia:
    *The Witch's Eight Paths of Power (Pagan non-fiction)
    *The Pagan Leadership Anthology (Pagan non-fiction)

    As Diane Morrison:
    *Food on Their Table (dystopian horror fiction)
    *Chasing Fireflies: A Summer Romance Anthology (romance fiction)

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in audio files of me reading ALL SIX parts as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

    *Note: All Estimated Delivery times are estimates of when all the expected deliveries in this reward tier should be completed.

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    • A Signed Book from My Back Catalogue! (Select from 4 Options)
    • Signed Copy of "Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West"
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Livestreamed Readings of ALL Wyrd West Chronicles So Far!
    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Commemorative Signed Wyrd West Bookmark
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
    • Name in the Credits!
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    Abbot of the Order

    THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. You get it ALL; except that instead of a trade paperback or a hardcover, you will get ONE of the FIVE ORIGINAL PROOFS, personally signed by me (or left blank if you're a collector and you choose that). You'll also receive a handwritten thank you note. Wow! You're the best! THANK YOU!

    Because this tier hasn't had any takers yet, I'm sweetening the deal! I'm throwing in audio files of me reading ALL SIX parts as well! Note that this won't be professional audiobook quality; it's just me, reading the story, with every cough and cleared throat. But, you can take it anywhere and listen to it any time! These will be released at a rate of one Part per month until completed.

    Includes:
    • Signed Original PROOF of Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West!
    • A Signed Book from My Back Catalogue! (Select from 4 Options)
    • Complete Wyrd West Chronicles 2017-18 Ebook Package!
    • Handwritten Thank You Note
    • Livestreamed Readings of ALL Wyrd West Chronicles So Far!
    • Exclusive Access: Livestreamed Virtual Release Party!
    • Commemorative Signed Wyrd West Bookmark
    • Top 100 Influences on the Wyrd West Chronicles (list)
    • Name in the Credits!
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