My epoch-making book of 4 zombie novellas plus my iTunes zombie lectures needs to be done for Walker Stalker Convention November 1-3!
Hi! I'm an author, on-and-off college creative writing professor, and a world-renowned* expert on all things zombie. Check out my iTunes U podcast and other zombie articles showing my bona fides at www.seanhoade.com/zombie.htm. I've been a consultant for zombie novels, movies, and documentaries, and I have a book of zombie novellas I'd like to debut, with your help, at a major zombie convention this Fall.
I few months back, I blogged about the Kickstarter project for The Walker Stalker Con, an all-things-zombie convention that will rise in Atlanta the first week of November. (You may remember me getting all frothy at the mouth over the fact that Judith O’Dea will be there.) I helped them get over their fund-raising goal, which in turn meant that I was going to be invited out to give some of my awesome “zombies in society” talks at the Con.
Such an invitation means a great deal to an academic (and zombie aficionado), but I need to finish my book of four zombie novellas (see below for contents) in time for Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta from November 1-3 in order to have something to present. It's half-written, but because I'm trying to work two other writing jobs (that pay stuff like rent and food) right now, I need help to allow me the time to get 'er done.
In fact, supporting zombie experts such as myself may be the smartest thing you can do in the face of an imminent Zombocalypse. Why? Well, the iTunes U part of the book will tell you how to recognize and survive a zombie infestation. And the four interlocked novellas will keep you entertained while you hide out from the undead. Remember, adventurism due to boredom in zombie scenarios almost always leads to somebody letting the flesh-hungry horde inside!
I have several books of fiction available, but no zombie stuff! But with your help I will have my first actual ZOMBIE BOOK to share at Walker Stalker Con 2013. The book will be called Reviva Las Vegas! and feature four interlocking novellas about zombies in Sin City:
“Pawn of the Dead,” which shows how an unwitting group of Las Vegas reality TV show pawn shop workers unleash the Zombocalypse;
“Hoover Damned,” a story following a group of Vegas ne’er-do-wells as they try to save the city they call home from the rising dead;
“Dead Man’s Hand,” the story of a post-zombocalyptic drifter gambler who has to play a “sudden undeath” game of poker if he wants to leave Vegas alive; and
The title story, “Reviva Las Vegas!”, in which Sin City stages its last stand against the undead.
In addition to all this goodness, there will also be an extra section in the back with a transcript of all of my “Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film, and Culture” lectures on iTunes U. This is the only place where these will be available in print form!
So you’re no doubt thinking, “Heck, Hoade, I’ll take one!” and while I appreciate that enthusiasm, hear me out for the rest of this. You’ll be glad you did, methinks.
This book, chock full of the zombie goodness you know and love, will be unveiled at the Walker Stalker Con in November. That is, if I can make it there, get a table to sell them, and so on. I have calculated the approximate costs thusly:
Four to six weeks of full-time writing and editing: $1000
“Artist’s table” at Walker Stalker Con: $300
Production costs for books to sell at Con: $600
WAY approximate total: $2,100
So you might be thinking, “Heck, Hoade” — that’s kind of a verbal tic you have — “why the hell should anybody support you to go make money off your own dang books? GET A JOB, HIPPIE!”
Okay, that’s harsh, but you’re a little emotional right now. I understand. But this is where the incredible donation rewards come in. I’m setting up a Kickstarter of $2100, with the following irresistible awesomesauceome kickbacks for different levels of support:
$10: An ebook copy of Reviva Las Vegas!
$25: An ebook copy and a signed hard copy of Reviva Las Vegas!
$50: The ebook, the signed hard copy, and you will be thanked by name in Reviva Las Vegas!
$75: The ebook, the signed hard copy, the thanking by name, and a character in Reviva Las Vegas! will be named after you (or given a name of your choosing).
$100+: All of the above, plus ebook and signed copies of all of my books — the novels Ain’t That America and The Act as mentioned above, and also the literary historical novel Darwin’s Dreams and my crazy-ass collection of short stories, Inappropriate Behavior!
Any level of support: My sincere and undying gratitude, OBVIOUSLY.
These are unique rewards that no one else in the world will have. JUST MY SUPPORTERS, because you are angels and deserve it.
I have never tried doing a Kickstarter project before, although I have supported a lot of them. I think it's the right thing for me to do, and I will post video from the Con when I read from the book that YOU helped me finish! If you'd like any rewards or kickbacks I haven't though of, please contact me and they shall be yours.
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The book of Reviva Las Vegas is half written, with the rest in convenient outline form just waiting for the writin'. Getting a large writing project finished is always a challenge, but a deadline is the greatest motivator there is -- and knowing I must have a book to present at Walker Stalker Con in November would be an unbreakable deadline.
Any writers out there know that a whip applied to one's fundament is a sure-fire way to finish that literary work. I hope you guys can help me get there, because you will be rewarded handsomely with big love for the rest of my writing career.
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You will receive an ebook copy of my new zombie collection, "Reviva Las Vegas," which includes the following novellas: “Pawn of the Dead,” which shows how an unwitting group of Las Vegas reality TV show pawn shop workers unleash the Zombocalypse; “Hoover Damned,” a story following a group of Vegas ne’er-do-wells as they try to save the city they call home from the rising dead; “Dead Man’s Hand,” the story of a post-zombocalyptic gambler who has to play a “sudden undeath” game of poker if he wants to leave Vegas alive; and the title story, “Reviva Las Vegas!”, in which Sin City stages its last stand against the undead. * Plus extra section in the back with a full transcript of all of my “Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film, and Culture” lectures on iTunes U. This is the only place where these will be available in print form!Estimated delivery:
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You will get all of the above -- the ebook, the signed hard copy, the thanking by name, a character named after you ... PLUS ebook and signed hard copies of ALL of my books: The thriller "Ain’t That America"; the SF novel "The Act"; The literary historical novel "Darwin’s Dreams"; and my crazy-ass collection of short stories, "Inappropriate Behavior"!Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus literally anything else you want that's legal. Or illegal but unlikely to get me arrested. Or likely to get me arrested but out of jail in time to present at Walker Stalker Con.Estimated delivery:
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