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The new literary weaponized version of the series. Enjoy Playing with Fire, Hoofin' It, and more in a whole new way.
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Greetings from Tia the Majestic!
Greetings from Tia the Majestic!

Dear humans, you might be wondering why you're staring at a picture of a cat. Well, I'm Tia the Majestic, the representative of the Furred & Finned Management responsible for wrangling the human also known as RJ Blain.

She's an author. She needs all the help she can get.

You can check out her books here.

While my human always budgets for paperback editions, hardcovers are more intensive and expensive. She'd love to bring the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series to bookstores in a hardcover edition. But, it costs money. There needs to be a print spread made for each individual copy, test copies printed to make sure everything looks okay, and generally a lot of behind-the-scenes work.

It's just not in her budget. I'm a cruel manager and refuse to make room in her budget. The math just doesn't work, human!

As such, my human is looking to raise $2,000 to be able to print and distribute a hardcover edition of these stories to book stores and libraries.

This is a fairly simplistic process; my human already distributes paperback versions of her titles through Ingram Spark, so it's a matter of getting the new designs, ISBNs, and formatting the titles for print. All of these things cost money.

She needs a minimum of $1,000 to pay the cover designers for their work. In addition to this, she needs to have the ISBNs, invest in formatting, and pay appropriate image licenses for the graphics used in the interior and exterior of the books. After that, the money is used to send out rewards to pledgers.

Math. It's too complicated for the human, which is why I'm doing it. (With a little help from the male human, who is rather good at the whole math thing.)

Extra profits earned will be used to advertise books in the series and fund future hardcover titles.

These are the titles featured in this hardcover bonanza:

  • Playing with Fire
  • Hoofin' It
  • Hearth, Home, and Havoc
  • Serial Killer Princess
  • Whatever for Hire
  • Last but not Leashed
  • Owl Be Yours
  • Fowl Play
  • No Kitten Around
  • Blending In

You can unlock additional titles as stretch goals.

STREEEEEETCH GOALS!

Who doesn't like stretch goals? I mean, really. Stretch goals are where it's at, humans!

Note: the digital tier will only receive digital copies of unlocked books.

$5,000: an additional Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) novel will be added to all prize tiers receiving books. This book is entitled Cheetahs Never Win, and it will release in early December 2018.

$10,000: Inquisitor and Winter Wolf, the first two novels of the Witch & Wolf series, will be turned into hardback and added to all prize tiers receiving books.

$15,000: Blood Diamond and Silver Bullet, the third and fourth novels of the Witch & Wolf series, will be turned into hardbacks and added to all prize tiers receiving books.

$20,000: The Dae Portals novels will be turned into a hardback novel and added to all prize tiers receiving books. The Dae Portals novels include The Dawn of Dae and Unawakened by Trillian Anderson, a pen name owned and operated by RJ Blain and the Furred & Finned Management.

$30,000: The Furred & Finned Management will write a (digital) book about how to care for an author human, which will be sent to all contributors upon completion. Note: as this book will be written by cats, you will be receiving a pile of feline gibberish and pictures of cats and fish.

You have been warned.

$50,000: RJ Blain will bring the Royal States series (Susan Copperfield) into hardcover and add them to all prize tiers receiving books. Note: At least one cover in the book will have to be completely redesigned in order to bring it into hardcover. The Royal States Novels include: Null & Void, The Captive King, A Guiding Light, Huntress, and Storm Called (To be released in 2019.)

Due to the potential inclusion of books not yet in print, fulfillment dates may be subject to change.

As tiers fill, The Furred & Finned Management will unlock additional rewards with adjusted dates to allow for her to send packages. She's a solitary human living in a small apartment. She can only sign and ship so many books at one time.

NOTE: The stretch goals do not apply to the Water Viper signed, numbered edition tier. This is a special tier only for those who want that specific book. If you want the stretch goals plus Water Viper, you'll need to select a different tier.

Please enjoy these pictures of the rest of the Furred & Finned Management.

Princess the Understudy
Princess the Understudy
Desmond and Landen, the Finned part of the Furred & Finned Management.
Desmond and Landen, the Finned part of the Furred & Finned Management.

Risks and challenges

The challenges of this aren't too difficult due to limiting the availability of prizes. The real expense is in paying for design work and ensuring there is enough funds to pay for the copies of each book to be sent to pledgers.

Thanks to Print-on-Demand technology, it's no longer necessary to invest in a major print run; the Furred & Finned Management can print the exact number of copies needed to send to pledgers. As time is the main factor, tiers will be limited in copies and only so many will be sent a month to ensure the author has time to continue writing books.

The primary potential for delay is if there are issues with the design work and designer availability, which is why the physical books will not be shipped until 2019. This gives time to make sure there are no issues with the print editions and get them ordered and shipped out.

The major issue is shipping fees, as they are expensive, especially outside of the United States. This many books requires two boxes to ship (without running into weight limitations or being too heavy to realistically handle.)

As such, the first batch of books will be limited to 100 copies across all tiers, and tiers will be staggered after that should there be sufficient interest to need them.

To keep the signed, numbered copies of the hardbacks a true collector's item, no more than 50 copies will be offered.

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    A Virtual Pat on the Back and a Purr.

    The Sneaky Kitty Critic and Crew will purr and give you a virtual paw on the back in thanks. Should you give the Furred and Finned Management your name, you'll be mentioned in a blog post with a bunch of other people and likely mocked.

    They are cats, after all.

    This reward has no actual prizes. You're just a super cool human, and the cats will like you for two whole seconds.

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    Bring on the Catastrophe!

    Surprise! You are heralding in a Catastrophe! The Furred & Finned Management will create something for their human to send to pledgers. This will be a digital reward. As the Furred & Finned Management is responsible for this prize, expect gibberish.

    And expect to get the same exact catastrophe as every other person foolish enough to request a prize from a cat.

    You've been warned.

    P.S.: The Furred & Finned Management will require the human to draw a picture to give to individuals. It'll be bad. But you can color it in if you want. You're basically going to be enslaving the human to create a coloring book page for you. It'll probably be a unicorn.

    We like unicorns. It may be a unicorn cat hybrid of DOOM.

    Who knows what you'll get?

    Catastrophe, people. And you only have yourselves to blame.

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    It's a Surprise!

    Anything goes. RJ Blain will fill a standard envelope with surprises for your enjoyment. You might receive stickers. You might receive a handwritten letter. You might receive bookmarks. You will, at the very minimum, receive a stamped envelope.

    Proceed with caution: RJ enjoys glitter, and she is not above sending envelopes filled with glitter to people.

    P.S.: The cats are jerks and will likely aid in the filling and sending of envelopes. Expect fur. It's a way of life in the Blain household.

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    Digital Copies of the series.

    $11 off retail price. You'll receive a digital copy of the following stories: Playing with Fire, Hoofin' It, Hearth, Home, and Havoc, Serial Killer Princess, Whatever for Hire, Last but not Leashed, Owl Be Yours, Fowl Play, Blending In, and No Kitten Around. Stories will be distributed in mobi and epub formats.

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    Digital Copy of Novels with Mailed Card

    $6 off retail price. You'll receive a digital copy of the following stories: Playing with Fire, Hoofin' It, Hearth, Home, and Havoc, Serial Killer Princess, Whatever for Hire, Last but not Leashed, Owl Be Yours, Fowl Play, Blending In, and No Kitten Around. Stories will be distributed in mobi and epub formats.

    You will receive a physical card featuring the cover art for Burn, Baby, Burn that contains your redemption code.

    Your redemption code will also be emailed to you to ensure you receive the books should any letters be delayed in the mail.

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    Water Viper Signed, Numbered Hardcover

    Backers will receive a signed, numbered hardcover copy of Water Viper: A Jesse Alexander Novel, a surprise envelope, and a digital copy of the novel.

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    Signed Paperbacks

    This includes signed paperback copies of all ten Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) stories, a surprise envelope, and digital copies of the stories.

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    Signed Hardcovers

    You'll receive a signed, hardcover copy of all ten Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) stories, a digital copy of the stories, and a surprise envelope. (The books will be shipped in two boxes.)

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    Signed Hardcovers Including Water Viper

    You'll receive a signed, hardcover copy of all ten Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) stories, a signed copy of Water Viper, a digital copy of the stories, and a surprise envelope. (The books will be shipped in two boxes.)

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    Signed, Numbered Hardcovers

    Includes a copy of the ten Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) hardcover stories, signed and numbered (2-25.) You will also receive a digital copy of the stories and a surprise envelope. (The books will be shipped in two separate, tracked packages.)

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    Signed, Sketched Hardcovers

    Includes the ten Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) stories plus Water Viper. All copies will be signed, and the author will sketch at least one picture in every book.

    Note: These will not be numbered, but the sketches will be unique. Author's discretion on the sketches, but expect unicorns, cats, and wolves. (She's a one trick pony.)

    This tier also includes a surprise envelope and digital copies of the stories.

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    Handwritten Novel: Whatever for Hire

    The original handwritten copy of Whatever for Hire. It was written in two Moleskine journals, which were decorated by the author with glitter glue. Yes. You will be receiving glitter along with the original journals. The author is not sorry. At all. You will also receive a personalized set of hardback novels, a personalized set of paperbacks, and a surprise envelope. Note: these journals have been heavily used.

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