About this project
Final Stretch Goal!
If we make it to $12,300 Elizabeth Sebertsen has offered an additional story for all who back at $15 and over. It is a story with some kick ass women and zombies. It will be in digital format only.
If we make $11,300, contributing author M.J. King will be providing an additional short story for all who back at $15 and over. It is a short story about pride and love and War. It will be in digital format only.
Looking forward, if we can make $10,000, contributing author Freya Marske will be providing an additional story for all who backed at $15 and over. It is a (long) short story about a young daughter of a sin-eater who must go on a dangerous journey and use all of her skill with stories and needlecraft to make a bargain for the safety of her mother's soul. It will be in digital format only.
Backer reward added!
Anyone who backs at $35 or higher will receive an additional short story from editor April Steenburgh.
We all love short stories. There is nothing better for the busy individual who loves to read (but has none of the time) to crack open a book, read an entire story in twenty pages and then put the book down. No wondering what is going to happen in that next chapter when you’re chained to your desk at work or in the middle of class. No daydreaming when you should be paying attention during that important meeting.
We know that pain. We both work for Universities, both have two jobs, and time is a precious thing. We decided to put together this anthology to not only capture the imagination of the working individual, but hopefully inspire them to be strong and independent in their lives.
What is this book about?
The image of the strong female has been a pervasive one in literature through time. From Medea to Lisbeth Salander to Katniss Everdeen-we are eternally enthralled with what it takes to fight like a girl. More than just weapons in hand, we want to explore just what a girl’s got to do to make her way in the world and through some hairy situations. This short story anthology will explore the strong female protagonist in a genre where the female is typically the “damsel in distress.” We have a strong list of fantasy genre writers that have come together to put forward their strong female characters for your enjoyment.
Who is this book for?
EVERYONE! Just because the book features strong female protagonists does not mean that it won’t be enjoyable to other readers. With the only restriction being that the story must encompass the fantasy genre, you can expect a wide range of expertly told stories in different settings and circumstances.
Who is participating?
We have an amazing group of writers backing us and this idea we have for a collection of stories that highlight women at their fierce, feisty, tricksy and testy best. A list of participating writers as follows:
Catherine V. Carpenter,
So why a Kickstarter campaign, and why should I care?
For a lot of these talented writers, Fight Like a Girl will be their first published credit. As we are using this campaign to prove to ourselves that we can put together a well-rounded and well-received anthology (and should possibly make a go of continuing to do so), we hope to help these writers in garnering attention for their writing in hopes that it will help further their creative careers.
As such, we want to be able to pay these writers the industry standard rate of $0.05 per word for their work, plus front any costs publishing even our small run would accrue (including getting you your books!). As of now, this will be the only print run for Fight Like a Girl. Treat your donation like a pre-order: this will be the only way you can get this limited-edition anthology.
So far, we have developed a list of contributing writers willing to work with us. Already they are putting fingers to keyboards and pens to paper. Drafts are due in to the editors by mid-April for edits, and the final product is planned to be assembled and ready in digital format by the end of June.
Examples of the Fierce Female Foto print-pack can be seen by clicking the links provided below:
Who is “we?”
We are life-long students and lovers of the written word. April is a librarian with experience in book sales and publishing. She is also a published author. Christy recently completed her Master’s Thesis and has been a freelance graphic artist since 2005.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk when working with writers is whether or not they can all pull together for a deadline. The challenge here will be keeping everyone on track for getting their pieces in on time for edits and then for the final submission. Late entries will make for a late final product, which no one wants, but is always a possibility. We will work closely with our authors to prevent this as much as possible. The other possibility is an author dropping out of the project. We had an amazing rush of interest when we approached folks in regards to participating, so in the event of a drop, we would work to fill that spot and again, there may be a slight delay, but we will pull through.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Of course. If you want to back the project, but do not want your name to appear in the acknowledgements or be mentioned on the website, back at whichever tier you are interested in, and message me to let me know you would like to remain off these acknowledgements.
When we send out the backer surveys we will also be asking what name you would like to be listed in the acknowledgements- there will be an option for backers to opt out of being listed.
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