Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good and Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good are anthologies of writing by women and authors of marginalized sex and gender identities, edited by Joanne Merriam and Octavia Cade respectively. Broad Knowledge examines the difference between information and wisdom, and Sharp & Sugar Tooth explores consumption and being consumed.
Both anthologies seek to find ways out of horror, abuse, and self-doubt, and to learn to fight and to make friends in the dark.
We're raising money to be able to pay our authors pro rates of 6 cents/word, and to properly promote the anthologies so they get the attention they deserve. (A detailed list of costs is below.) Our hope is to get the Women Up To No Good series on a solid enough footing that sales of the books will support future anthologies.
The first in this series, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, was nominated for a This Is Horror Award and praised as "gleefully dark" by Best New Fiction.
Projects like the VIDA Count have demonstrated that women account for startlingly less than half of those published, and writers of marginalized sex and gender identities account for much less than their presence in the general population:
To help counteract that—and also because we thought it would be fun—we started the Women Up To No Good series, which focuses on "bad" women, and "good" women who just haven't been caught yet.
There are other imbalances too, most notably race, and while we have no formal requirement for inclusion of writers of color, we strive for diversity in all of our anthologies.
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter allows you to fund the creation of things that don't exist yet. (Even though we have a picture of the books, they don't exist yet either—that's just a mock-up!)
In return for your pledge, you get to choose a reward. When you pledge, Kickstarter sends you to Amazon Payments to record your donation, but they don't bill you until the project reaches its end date. You can modify or cancel your pledge until the end date.
At the end of the campaign, I'll send you a survey (to the email address you give Kickstarter) for the information to get your pledge rewards to you. If you get a book as a gift, or opt for the $50 pledge, that's where you can give me contact info for the giftee or library—so, when you check out, give Amazon your own address so they aren't confused about who they're billing.
How We'll Spend the Money
These are our expenses (more than we're asking for, since we plan to eat some of these costs):
- $7,885: payments to the 35 Broad Knowledge authors
- $5,375: payments to the 22 Sharp & Sugar Tooth authors
- $4,000: printing of the first 500 copies of each anthology (estimated at $4 each) at local (to us) printer, Nashville's J&J Printing, which will be sent to contributors, Kickstarter donors, and reviewers
- $4,000: domestic shipping of those 1,000 copies (estimated at $4 each)
- $400: three-month title listing for both books at NetGalley (review website)
- $1,000: miscellaneous expenses like proofreading, Facebook ads, international shipping, and book release parties at conferences, bookstores, or libraries
- $1,800: Kickstarter keeps 5% of the total raised, and Stripe keeps another 4% for credit card fulfillment
Any extra funds will be used for: additional promotion, the additional costs of sending out additional rewards, and especially for future books in the series.
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The Original Anthology
The first in this series, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, was praised as "a welcome antidote to the conventional world of women’s fiction" by Best New Fiction and "a stellar collection of high caliber writing" by InDigest, and was nominated for a This Is Horror Award.
It contains fiction by Janet Shell Anderson, Sidney Archer, Alisha M. Attella, Gwen Beatty, Aimee Bender, Tina Connolly, Diane Cook, Kathy Fish, Amina Gautier, Amelia Gray and Lindsay Hunter, Tina May Hall, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Andrea Kneeland, Molly Laich, Heather Lindsley, Holly Lopez, Kelly Luce, Mesha Maren, Jessica McHugh, Mary Miller, Ellen Birkett Morris, Joyce Carol Oates, Jennifer Pelland, Cat Rambo, Joani Reese, Marytza K. Rubio, Nisi Shawl, Quill Shiv, Emily Slaney, Amber Sparks, Rachel Swirsky, Meg Tuite, Damien Angelica Walters, xTx, and Bonnie ZoBell.
Risks and challenges
These will be Upper Rubber Boot Books' 7th and 8th anthologies (and 21st and 22nd titles). This kickstarter will allow us to defray upfront costs, to pay for promotion, and to do print runs for each title with a local printer (which saves us money and directs more funds to local economies and away from behemoths like Amazon).
Despite our best planning, problems may crop up: printing delays, tornadoes, alien invasion. Short of a major catastrophe, though, we should be alright.
No matter what, we'll keep you updated on our progress and challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter