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.
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.
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.
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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