For the past year, "Notes from the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference" has existed in the ethereal realm (of the internet). What started as a bimonthly post on the Nashville Scene's arts blog, Country Life, is now ready to assume its physical form (as a book).
The "Notes" detail my imagined experiences at a literary conference hosted by and for ghosts. Though very few non-ghosts are invited to enjoy the wide range of seminars, workshops, and presentations offered by the conference, I somehow score an invitation. During a workshop on well-water scrying, I receive an ominous message and spend the rest of the week looking over my shoulder for signs of my doppelgänger. The result is an intriguing work of fiction that weaves a gripping story of survival around an anthology of ghost stories.
In a recent interview, I explained what it is about ghost stories that has always captivated me:
What the Money Goes to:
The money raised by this Kickstarter will finance the production of at least 100 copies of "Notes from the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference," more if the goal is surpassed. The 50-page book will be 6" by 9" and feature never before seen pen and ink illustrations. The funds raised will also pay for materials to produce the rewards by hand (screens, ink, pins, etc.) and shipping costs.
Read It Here:
You can currently read all past installments of the story online via my Web site www.ameliagarretsonpersans.com under the "Wraiths for Writing Blog" heading, or you can just wait for the book to come out and read them all at once under the covers with a flashlight.
(The following are mock-ups of the finished products. Final designs and colors may alter slightly from these.)
Risks and challenges
When I first began compiling my writing and artwork into book format, I experienced many setbacks: formatting errors and prints not turning out how I expected were chief among them. Now that I've got several projects of this type under my belt, I feel much more like I know what I'm doing. I've found a great online printer and have learned to order a proof copy in advance of a bulk order, so I feel confident that the book will look great.
That said, I'm still very much an amateur screen printer. I love the medium and jump at any chance to use it and I've learned a lot from trial and error. As long as my supporters aren't overly irked by a slightly unregistered print, I feel that I can rise to the challenge of creating a successful run of 100 prints.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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