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.
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?
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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