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About this project

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 the imaginations of readers of all ages.

What Is This Book About?

How would an immortal deal with the End Times? The world will inevitably come stumbling into apocalypse, and They will be there to witness it. We want to explore how myths, how fae creatures of all cultures, beings generally seen as eternal (or at least very long-lived) would cope with the end of the world around them. Be it through nuclear incident, religious fervor or rampaging zombies, we are going to discover just What Follows…

Who Is This Book For?

Everyone! Anyone who has ever enjoyed fantasy, horror and all the beautiful and subtle things that fall into the cracks between. Bear in mind some language might be strong for young audiences.

Who Is Participating?

We have invited an amazing group of authors to submit stories for this anthology. Fans of Fight Like a Girl (our first anthology project through Kickstarter) will recognize some names, and others are completely new! Among them are:

Joyce Chng
Freya Marske
JJ Kahrs
Crystal Sarakas
Wendy Gowins
Cathy Carpenter
Elizabeth Sebertsen
Meg Belviso
Nina Waters
Gwenne Dawson
Kate Larking 
MJ King
Sarah Lyn Eaton 
E.V. O'Day 
Chris Kocher 
Leigh Allen
Ross Bennett
Jennifer Hanold Logan

Cover Art by Zack Smith

So Why a Kickstarter Campaign, And Why Should I Care? 

Many authors saw their first paid-publication with our last Kickstarter, Fight Like a Girl: A Short Story Anthology. Because of our backers’ generosity, we were successfully able to produce a fantastic book which received positive reviews. 

 Reviews for Fight Like a Girl: A Short Story Anthology

 “A wonderful anthology. It's rare for me to find a short story anthology where I like almost all of the stories - I think I only skipped/speed through two pieces here. A very good mix of stories. My favorite was probably the last story: "The Way of Sisters" by April Steenburgh, but there were quite a few engaging ones whose authors I will certainly be looking up. Overall a really impressive book.” -Kelly on goodreads.com 

 “I really enjoyed the stories. It is great to see an fantasy anthology by new female writers. I especially liked Leviathan's Bride.” -Sara Crofford on amazon.com 

“Great stories! I'm not even much of a fan of fantasy, but I really enjoyed this collection. I hope the authors keep writing.” -Kate Gowins on amazon.com 

We were able to assist twenty-two authors in getting paid for their craft, and we want to continue supporting these and other creative careers. As such, we want to again be able to pay our writers the industry standard rate of $0.05 per word for their work, plus front any costs publishing would accrue (including getting you your books!). 

 Anthologies are spectacular ways to get to know authors you would not run into otherwise, and are not published as often by the big publishing houses. Kickstarter has made it possible for writers to get together with an idea and put together magnificent books. We have a group of skilled writers, and an amazing theme. All we need is the backing to make this happen.

Who are We?

We are life-long students and lovers of the written word. April is a librarian with experience in book sales, publishing, editing, and all aspects of eBook production. She is also a published author. Christy recently completed her Master’s Thesis and immediately jumped back into fiction. She has worked as a freelance graphic artist since 2005, specializing in print media and layouts.

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.

Most of these authors we have worked with before, and we suffered negligible kinks along the way. There is always the possibility of life throwing us a curveball, but we are confident we can adapt and keep the project rolling. We have enough writers interested, and then some, to fill the book- so if someone drops out for any reason we can still make the anthology happen.

We have a relationship with a printing company that is able to fill the order for paperback copies. We have done this once before, and had a successful run of it. We have learned a LOT from our first Kickstarter, and we are applying those lessons learned to make this project run a lot smoother, mostly in regards to shipping speeds.

More than that, we are excited to be doing it again.

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    We love you and thank you! Receive a thank you email from April and Christy with a special photo.

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    Get your name in the eBook version of What Follows! We will be constructing a special acknowledgement section in the eBook just for you.

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    Own your own copy of the eBook version of What Follows! Also, receive the thank you email, get your name in the acknowledgements of the eBook!

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    Backers in the US- Paperback copy of the book.

    Own your very own paperback copy of What Follows! Plus your name in the eBook acknowledgements and a copy of the eBook.

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    April and Christy will both personalize your paperback copy of What Follows before it is sent to you.

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    Three Copies! receive Three copies of What Follows! Plus your name in the eBook acknowledgements and a copy of the eBook.

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    Your name (or that of a loved one) used in one of the stories featured in What Follows! This name will be used for one of the characters appearing in the story. Also receive both copies of the book.

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    eBook Dedication. We will dedicate the eBook version of the anthology to someone of your choosing. Also receive both copies of the book.

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    April will give you detailed feedback on a short story or novella. A great service for any current or potential author! Also receive both copies of the book.

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    Exclusives!
    April's editors/authors copy of the print edition of 'Fight like a Girl', signed if desired, eBook version of 'Fight Like a Girl' in the format of your choosing, paperback of 'The Modern Faes Guide to Surviving Humanity' (anthology put out by DAW, signed if desired), and an anthology of April's unpublished short stories put together exclusively for you in the eBook format of your choosing. Also receive both copies of What Follows and a special acknowledgement in the eBook.

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