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UPDATE: Four ebooks added to PAGETURNER and EARLY BIRD levels, five ebooks added to READER level!

Progress towards goals!
Progress towards goals!

Great Stories. Clean Writing. 

You can find graphic descriptions of sex and violence anywhere but here. TM Publishing is all about bringing you fantastic things to read—without coarseness or sleaze to distract from the story.

Our magazines are part of that mission—and they're free to the public, as often as we can make that happen. That's where you come in. 

The Goal: Release three extra Emerald Sky magazine issues in 2013!

At this point, we release one magazine a month, rotating through our different imprints:
Emerald Sky: Sci-fi and Fantasy
Crimson Fog: Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Burgundy Grove: Literary Fiction
Azure Valley: General Fiction and Romance

If we hit our goal, we'll double the number of Emerald Sky magazines in 2013— from three issues per year, to one every other month. (The money goes mostly to pay short story authors; see the Q&A below for details.) If we exceed our goal, we'll double the issues we publish from the other imprints in 2013, as well as add more prizes to the rewards!

And speaking of rewards...  

SUBSCRIBER LEVEL - $1 or more


A year's subscription to our online magazines, a thank-you on our website, and an exclusive forum badge (when the forums go live in December)—so everyone can see how awesome you are. All higher-level pledges will also receive these rewards.

PAGE TURNER LEVEL - $5 or more

Our five fabulous launch titles in ebook format! How, do you ask, is this related to the Emerald Sky magazine? Because the Emerald Sky magazine will contain sample sections of many of these stories!

Why no cover art? Because Kickstarter backers at the PAGETURNER , EARLY BIRD, READER, and FRIEND levels will help pick the cover design!

(Books available in PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and potentially other formats)

The books are as follows:

Hatter - by Daniel Coleman: 
Hatta knows his destiny is to save the kingdom - but the kingdom doesn't know it needs to be saved! Join the childlike Hatta, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and other familiar characters in a world ablaze with color for the tangled ascent into madness of literature’s most lovable lunatic.

Winner of the Diamond Award for Outstanding Book of the Year from the League of Utah Writers!

The Shifting - by Alison Hymas: 
In a world where magical ability has become a science, Sarah Flinn and Thomas Carter are outcasts. But when a friend casts a spell that brings the human world into a dangerous collision with another, all three of them must journey across a wilder, more magical America than they have ever known -- to save two worlds from dying.

The Traitor's War - by Scott MorrisIn search of a new home, a group of refugees from Earth discover a land ruled by the magic of dreams. But as the humans are pulled into the intrigue of their new world, it becomes clear that their hope for peace was nothing more than a dream itself.

Unauthored Letters - by Tara C. Allred:
At the death of her father, Rebecca Brownell's life is shattered - until psychologist Dr. John Sanders challenges her to fight back. After Rebecca builds a new life with a beautiful family, her demons resurface; and though, John Sanders struggles to save her, his intervention may place both of them in grave danger. 

Eidolon - by Emily YounkerJak and Lesli are each fighting the dangerous substance that has allowed their world to be overrun by a vast and unending forest. Their efforts bring them face to face with Eidolon, the leader of a rebellion they know only to fear.

PLUS—everything at the SUBSCRIBER level

PLAYER LEVEL: $10 or more

Emerald Sky cards shown. All four decks available; pictures of other options forthcoming.
Emerald Sky cards shown. All four decks available; pictures of other options forthcoming.

One of our four decks of exclusive TM playing cards, featuring distinctive, imprint-specific artwork from the magazines!

PLUS—everything at the SUBSCRIBER level

EARLY BIRD LEVEL: $15 or more

Our five launch ebooks—early! Read the books in PDF, EPUB or MOBI format one month before the rest of the world. Check out the ebook descriptions at the PAGE TURNER level to see your awesome ebook options. 

PLUS—everything at the SUBSCRIBER level

ILLUSTRATOR LEVEL: $15 or more

PAGETURNER + PLAYER levels - All five of our launch titles in ebook format, plus one of our decks of playing cards!

SPEED READER LEVEL
: $20 or more

EARLY BIRD + PLAYER levels: Our five fun launch titles, plus one of our awesome decks of playing cards!

ARTIST LEVEL: $20 or more
Kickstarter exclusive!
A wall calendar featuring the breathtaking, intriguing, and often haunting cover art and illustrations exhibited in our magazines! Right now, we favor Emerald Sky artwork—but if you make a sufficient ruckus on the comments page, we'll add images from the other imprints as well. 

PLUS—everything at the SUBSCRIBER level

VACATIONER LEVEL: $25 or more

ARTIST + PAGETURNER levels. Our Kickstarter exclusive calendar, plus our five fantastic first titles as ebooks!

READER LEVEL: $25 or more

One physical Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), signed by the author, two to four weeks in advance of its worldwide release! This is a unique opportunity—you may get to see cover art, layout choices, and even text that don't make it into the final product.

PLUS—everything at the EARLY BIRD level

See the PAGE TURNER level for a description of the books. 

Note: Copies of The Traitor's War will not be signed due to geographic constraints. (But, see FAQ below.)

STUDENT LEVEL: $35 or more

READER + PLAYER levels. Perfect for students and those who love both to read AND to play cards!

VISUALIST LEVEL: $50 or more

All four decks of exclusive TM playing cards, plus the wall calendar featuring magazine cover art and illustrations! 

PLUS—everything at the SUBSCRIBER level

WELL ROUNDED LEVEL: $55 or more

VISUALIST + PAGE TURNER levels: All four decks of playing cards, the Kickstarter exclusive calendar, and our five launch titles in ebook format!

PRODIGY LEVEL: $75 or more

VISUALIST + READER levels gets you all five of our launch titles in ebook format a month before their worldwide release, one of our launch titles in physical format 2-4 weeks before the worldwide release, all four decks of cards, the Kickstarter exclusive calendar, and a year's subscription to the magazine!

FRIEND LEVEL: $100 or more

Advanced Reader Club Membership—PDF, EPUB or MOBI versions of each and every book we release in 2013, one month before they’re released to the rest of the world! Plus, lifetime subscriptions to our magazines. (We don't intend to charge for them, but just in case that changes, this guarantees that for you, they'll always be free.) 

PLUS—everything at the READER level

(Add $10 to also gain the rewards of the PLAYER level, $20 for the rewards of the ARTIST level, or $50 for the rewards of the VISUALIST level.)

CHARACTER LEVEL: $150 or more

Your name as a character in one of the magazine stories! We make no guarantee as to what will happen to your namesake (Will he or she fall in love? Fall apart? Fall off a cliff?), but he or she will definitely make an appearance sometime in the next two years.

PLUS—everything at the FRIEND level 

AUTHOR LEVEL: $250 or more

An author and editor conversation via Skype.
An author and editor conversation via Skype.

A 30-minute pitch to a TM editor. So you've written a book, and now you want to publish it. Maybe you want TM Publishing to review it—maybe you just want a prep session to help you hone your pitch. Either way, this reward gives you the opportunity to pitch your book to one of our editors, then receive fifteen minutes of feedback about your story and the quality of your pitch. The session will be conducted via Skype, and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout 2013. 

WRITER LEVEL: $250 or more
Kickstarter exclusive! 
Normally, we don't give feedback on short stories unless we accept them for publication—but, as part of our Kickstarter campaign, our editors have agreed to review short stories (<10,000 words) and provide substantive feedback. They'll consider your story’s plot, characters, structure, etc., and give you detailed comments in the margins. An invaluable service for both aspiring and successful writers!
(Please, still no graphic descriptions of sex or violence—we don't like reading them, and we're not good at critiquing them.)

Ok, you got us: we don't actually speak Latin. But hopefully you get the idea.
Ok, you got us: we don't actually speak Latin. But hopefully you get the idea.

PLUS—everything at the FRIEND level 

STORYTELLER LEVEL: $500 or more

Kickstarter exclusive!
Feedback as offered in the WRITER level, but with novella-length work (10,000 - 60,000 words). Whatever publisher you hope to pitch to, getting professional editorial input is a great way to polish your work!

PLUS—everything at the FRIEND level!

CORPORATION LEVEL: $500 or more


A full-page, full-color advertisement in one of our Kickstarter issues! Companies only; subject to content approval. Exact ad specifications will be made available at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, but ads should be designed for an 8 1/2 x 11 vertical sheet of paper. Two-page spread ads are also available; see SPONSOR level below. 

NOVELIST LEVEL: $750 or more

Kickstarter exclusive!
Pro editorial feedback as offered in the WRITER level, but with novel-length works (>60,000 words). Take it from those of us who sift through the slush . . . A professional once-over can make your novel stand out—in a good way!

PLUS—everything at the FRIEND level!
 
HOST LEVEL: $1000 or more
A visit from TM Publishing! A TM Publishing editor or staff member will visit your book club, writing group, or convention to offer advice, listen to pitches, and/or partake of your hot chocolate and donuts.

Reward assumes one weekday appearance. For multi-day visits or weekend options, there may be additional costs; send us an email and we will try to work something out. Travel included for the continental U.S. For other locations, please add cost of travel.

SPONSOR LEVEL: $1000 or more
Sponsor an issue of our magazine! Two full-page, full-color advertisements in the Kickstarter issues, with one issue prominently displaying your company name and logo. Companies only; subject to content approval. See CORPORATION level for more information concerning advertising specifics.

PATRON LEVEL: $5000 or more
A special bonus issue produced for December 2013, in the imprint of your choice, listing YOU as the sponsor! Love seeing your name in print? This is the pledge for you. You'll also receive a printed, signed copy of your magazine issue, Advanced Reader Club membership for life, lifetime subscriptions to all of the magazines, physical editions of all of our launch titles, all four decks of exclusive TM playing cards, and the wall calendar featuring magazine cover art and illustrations. Limit one extra issue per imprint, determined on a first-come, first-served basis.


Q & A:

Q: What's Kickstarter?

A: In brief, it's a fundraising platform for creative projects (like books, magazines, and art). Creators upload projects with a specific funding goal (for us, $10,000). Backers pledge money. If the project hits or exceeds its funding goal, the backers' credit card is charged (through Amazon Payments, so its secure), the backers receive rewards based on how much they pledged, and the creators receive the money. If the project doesn't hit its goal, no one is charged anything (no fees, no duties, taxes, etc. Zilch. Nada) and the creators of the project receive zero money. 

Q: How will the money be used?
A:
About half will be used to pay the authors of the short stories; we pay $0.05 / word. Another forty percent or so will be used to pay for Kickstarter rewards and shipping, with Kickstarter and Amazon payments eating up the other ten percent.

Q: What if I don't read much?

A: Check out our playing cards and wall calendar rewards, listed to the right, with artwork from the magazines! This project isn't just for the magazine department - our book teams and graphic designers are getting in on the act too! Check out our listedrewards to see prizes from across the company. 

Q: Can I see your magazines thus far?

A: Of course! Check out our current issue at http://tmpublishing.com/current-issue or look through the site for back issues. 

Q: What's the deal with The Traitor's War?
A:
The author lives in Kazakhstan. Really! He'll be returning to the United States sometime after the book comes out to do book signings, though - so, if you'd like your copy to be signed rather than early, mention it on the survey email we send out at the end of the campaign and we'll work something out. 

Risks and challenges

Can we do it? Yes we can!

Cards: The designs of the cards are nearly complete - two decks are completely designed, with the other two decks nearing completion. We'll update this Kickstarter page as we finish the decks, so that you can see them and select the one you want most. We're outsourcing the printing to one of a number of professional playing card printers; we've already gotten quotes, and now are simply nailing down which will be the fastest, and of the highest quality.

Calendar: The wall calendar is somewhat dependent on how the campaign goes - if we barely make our goals, we'll focus on the Emerald Sky artwork, but if people show a lot of interest and enthusiasm, we'll put in artwork from the other genres as well. (Please feel free to comment with your enthusiasm and suggestions!) We'll be using one of a number of professional printers for this service, as well.

Books: The books are all in the editing process, and will be starting cover design somewhere around the end of the Kickstarter campaign. We're using national printing and shipping partners in that regard as well. And, because we're outsourcing printing, we have options in case something goes wrong.

Shipping: We'll be using one of the international shipping firms - FedEx, UPS, DSL (and/or perhaps USPS). We're still nailing down exactly which service we'll be using for specific orders and regions of the world, but again, using existing fulfillment systems allows us to hit our delivery dates on time. With that, we've tried to schedule the rewards so that shipping time is included; we'll beat our projections if we can. That's why we put the expected delivery dates for cards, etc. after the first of the year - shipping in the United States around Christmas is full of all kinds of unexpected surprises.

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    SUBSCRIBER: A (complimentary) year's subscription to our online magazines, a thank you on our website, and an exclusive forum badge (when the forums go live in Dec.)

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    PAGE TURNER: Ebook versions of our five 2013 launch titles! (Titles listed in the center column.) You'll receive your PDFs, MOBI or EPUB versions by email as soon as they are released to the world on Amazon, B&N, etc.

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    FRIEND: ARC (Advanced Reader Club) membership: Get all of the books we release in 2013, in ebook format, one month in advance of their worldwide release!
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    PATRON: We'll produce a special bonus issue for Dec 2013, in the imprint of your choice, listing YOU as the sponsor! You'll also receive a printed, signed copy of your magazine issue, Advanced Reader Club membership for a lifetime, lifetime subscriptions to all of the magazines, physical editions of all of our launch titles, 4 decks of cards, and the calendar.
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