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A new short story collection from Bradley P. Beaulieu, the critically acclaimed author of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.
A new short story collection from Bradley P. Beaulieu, the critically acclaimed author of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.
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UPDATE - 2/8/16: Mary Robinette Kowal has joined the team! I've added an audio version of the book (PULSAR), which will get you the audio version of In the Stars I'll Find You and will include the ebook versions of the collection as well. The reward will be delivered electronically in DRM-free, MP3 format.

Audio Add-On: You can opt-in to the new PULSAR reward level, but If anyone wants to add the audio version to their existing reward, just include $22 extra and that will entitle you to the audio version as well.

Hello! I'm Bradley P. Beaulieu, the author of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and The Winds of Khalakovo, and I have a new short story collection I'd like to share with you.

It's called In the Stars I'll Find You & Other Tales of Futures Fantastic, and it's my second short story collection. My first collection, Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten, focused on my fantasy short work. In the Stars I'll Find You features 11 stories that explore our very human relationship with technology. We travel between stories that explore far-flung worlds to those that find what it means to be human through the lens of artificial intelligence to others that examine the cost of compartmentalizing our own consciousnesses.

The project will create two print editions of In the Stars I'll Find You: a trade paperback edition and a limited edition hardcover with dust jacket and a numbered print run of 100 copies. I'll also have ebooks available. I don't believe in DRM, and I also don't want you to be tied to any particular platform, which is why the ebooks will be DRM-free and will include the EPUB, Kindle (MOBI), and PDF versions.

A note to all backers of the SIX BY SIX Kickstarter I ran early last year: you are all entitled to the ebook of In the Stars I'll Find You! An updated was made to the SIX BY SIX Kickstarter in early January. If you haven't received that, please reach out to me at www.quillings.com/contact. That said, if you're interested in a print version, I'm more than happy to have you.

I'm including several stretch goals now, with more to follow as the project moves forward:

$1,500 — UNLOCKED — all backers receive a copy of "To the Towers of Tulandan", a prequel story to The Winds of Khalakovo.

$2,000 — UNLOCKED — all backers receive a copy of "Prima", a story that takes place decades after the events of The Lays of Anuskaya.

$2,500 — UNLOCKED — I'll share with everyone one of my very earliest short stories, a short short called "Internet Relay Catacomb." It's horrible, but I have a fondness for it since it was one of the first things I'd written. and you may get a kick out of seeing what my writing looked like back then.

$3,000 — UNLOCKED — All backers will receive a copy of my article on writing the hook in your query letters. It appeared in the Broad Universe newsletter some years ago, but I it's still very applicable today, perhaps even more so, to get your query letters off to good starts.

$3,500 — UNLOCKED — All backers will receive a copy of Tension on Every Page, the SFWA Bulletin article I wrote on the types of tension you can include in your writing and how to incorporate it.

$4,500 — LOCKED — All backers will receive a copy of Scene & Structure, another SFWA Bulletin article I wrote on the basic building block of modern fiction: the scene. It's spins off of Jack Bickham's excellent Reader's Digest book of the same name, using Pixer's Finding Nemo as a case study.

$5,000 — LOCKED — All backers will receive a copy of an article I wrote with Ian Tregillis that discusses the little things that George R. R. Martin does well. Hint: there are loads of them.

  • Quinta Essentia – Sean Brannon’s body was ruined by David Lock, a scientist driven by his quest to unlock the secrets of Quinta Essentia, the most elusive of the magical elements. However, it’s only after the Jovians land that Sean and David both discover the real secrets of the fifth element.
  • In the Stars I’ll Find You – Erin O’Shea finds herself at odds with her sister, Tara, and it’s only after a mission to a habitable planet, light years distant from Earth, that Erin truly understands her sister’s point of view, but by then it may be far too late to reconcile.
  • Chasing Humanity – The world has been waiting for the transcendence of artificial intelligence for decades. It finally arrives, but the AI is immediately plunged into mystery when it, and its creator, both disappear.
  • Bloom – A scientist struggles to contain a viral outbreak that threatens the world’s food supplies, “Bloom” is a story of heroism even in the face of unstoppable political forces.
  • Compartmentalized – Mitch has been hiding something. The trouble is, he no longer has any idea what it is, not after he’d submitted himself to a new procedure known as compartmentalization. There’s a part of Mitch that wants to learn more, but another part is desperate to keep it from him.
  • Cirque de la Lumière — A circus troupe runs into more trouble than it bargained for when it discovers that cargo they’d been hired to smuggle is in fact a girl in stasis. The question is not only who would send the girl and why, but what they’ll do to keep it hidden.
  • Foretold — Maks’s ability to foretell the future have become untrustworthy in recent years, and it all started when his apprentice, Yevgeniy began challenging not only Maks’s authority, but his abilities. When an ill-fated mission to the Ural Mountains threatens to tear the crew of their steam-powered walker apart, both Maks and Yevgeniy’s skill will be required to survive, but can they put aside their differences in time to do so?
  • Flashed Forward – A story about a man who kickstarts his leap into the future. As is normal for Kickstarter’s, it’s only after the project funds that things get really interesting.
  • And a Girl Named Rose – A ship’s AI struggles with the loss of its human cargo. When one of the last, a girl named Rose, threatens to leave as well, it strikes emotions in the ship it didn’t realize it had. But does it happen to late to save Rose?
  • Upon the Point of a Knife – Jonah is an orphan who runs the streets of 1800?s Providence, but everything changes when an old man approaches him and offers him a knife that doesn’t draw blood, but one’s very soul.
  • No Viviremos Como Presos – Miguel only has his grandfather’s best interests at heart, but when his grandfather starts talking about an organization whose motto is “We will not live as prisoners,” Miguel becomes worried.

I'm including in the rewards a variety of options, the ebook, signed trade paperbacks, and signed & numbered limited edition hardcovers being the basic options.

The ebooks are all DRM-free and come with EPUB, Kindle (MOBI), and PDF versions so you're not tied to any one platform for your reading.

The trade paperbacks will be 6" x 9" glossy covers with white interiors. The limited edition will be a 6" x 9" clothbound hardcover with dust jacket. The run will be signed, numbered, personalized (upon request), and limited to 100 copies total. They'll only be available in this Kickstarter initially. If I run out, they're gone for good and won't be available after the Kickstarter ends, so be sure to grab one now if you're interested.

ALSO NOTE that the limited rewards for print editions include the ebooks as well. That means you can read the books in print or ebook versions as you please. The only exception to this rule is The Singularity, which won't include the ebook version of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (as I don't have the rights to sell those), but will include the ebooks for all the others.

The interiors have already been laid out for both the limited edition and the trade paperback.

I'm also pleased to offer some of my other fiction in the rewards as well, including the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy, my premiere short story collection, Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten, and signed hardcovers of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.

Please take a look and see if there's anything you like, and remember, the rewards that include the Limited Edition all have a cap on the number of backers, so be sure to nab one early!

There are a lot of steps to complete a project like this. Fortunately, most of them are already complete.

First and foremost, you need the content itself. Most of the stories for this collection had appeared in prior publications. This project collects eight of those as well as three previously unpublished stories.

Next comes the editing process. In the case of the previously unpublished stories, they needed a structural edit as well as a copy edit once the a new draft had been created. For those previously published, they'd already gone through one level of editing but still needed a good copy edit, not only to check for any remaining errors but also to bring editorial continuity to the collection as a whole. I worked with Marty Halpern on both of these editorial stages (structural edits followed by copy edits).

The books then need to be laid out, and there are really three layouts required, one for the ebook, one for the trade paperback, and one for the limited edition hardcover (which is quite similar to the trade paperback). I've had experience with Scrivener and Sigil for ebook creation and InDesign for the print editions. All of those editions have already been laid out and are ready to go. You can see a screen shot of the interior below.

The books also need covers. Again, there are three layouts to create. I'm pleased to say that all three are complete at this point. You can see the ebook and hardcover dust jackets below.

And finally there's the printing process itself. This the only step I'm waiting for this project to complete before I initiate. I've already done this process twice with Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten and the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. The process will be a simple one once funding is secured through this Kickstarter.

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the Arabian Nights-inspired epic fantasy novel, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, the first in The Song of the Shattered Sands series. He also wrote The Lays of Anuskaya, a Muscovite Russia-inspired epic fantasy series that begins in The Winds of Khalakovo, continues in The Straits of Galahesh, and concludes in The Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

Brad’s stories have appeared in various publications, including Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies from DAW Books. With Rob Ziegler, Brad wrote The Burning Light, an near-future, ecopunk novella soon to be released from the Tor.com Imprint. And with Stephen Gaskell, Brad co-wrote "Strata," a science-fiction thriller set on the surface of the sun.

He lives in Racine, WI with his wife and two children. He is a software engineer by day, wrangling code into something resembling usefulness. He is a gamer, a Packer fan, and an amateur cook who loves to make spicy dishes, particularly Mexican and southwestern. As time goes on, however, Brad finds that his hobbies are slowly being whittled down to two things: family and writing. In that order…

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai introduced epic fantasy readers to The Song of the Shattered sands, a new world and a new adventure featuring Çeda, a character people are calling "one of the most intriguing protagonists to cross the page in years" and "hands-down one of the best heroines in the genre."

Here are a few of the many quotes Twelve Kings in Sharakhai has received:

“Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is the gateway to what promises to be an intricate and exotic tale. The characters are well defined and have lives and histories that extend past the boundaries of the plot. The culture is well fleshed out and traditional gender roles are exploded. Çeda and Emre share a relationship seldom explored in fantasy, one that will be tried to the utmost as similar ideals provoke them to explore different paths. I expect that this universe will continue to expand in Beaulieu’s skillful prose. Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb, author of The Assassin’s Apprentice

“I am impressed… An exceedingly inventive story in a lushly realized dark setting that is not your uncle’s Medieval Europe. I’ll be looking forward to the next installment.” —Glen Cook, author of The Black Company

“This is an impressive performance.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bradley P. Beaulieu’s new fantasy epic is filled with memorable characters, enticing mysteries, and a world so rich in sensory detail that you can feel the desert breeze in your hair as you read. Çeda is hands-down one of the best heroines in the genre—strong, resourceful, and fiercely loyal to friends and family. Fantasy doesn’t get better than this!” —C. S. Friedman, author of The Coldfire Trilogy

“Exotic, sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world.” —Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Chronicles

“The way the book ends will have you eager for the next installment.” —Romantic Times

I worked with the amazing artist, Donato Giancola, for this project, and chose a piece called Finger Pointing Solward for the cover.

Here's the cover for the ebook:

The dust jacket is in a near-final state. You can see it here:

The trade paperback will look very similar, of course, just without the end flaps.

Risks and challenges

The books are ready to go at this point. The content has been copy edited. The interior has been laid out for the ebook, trade paperback, and limited edition hardcover already. The covers are all designed as well. I have the printer lined up and ready to go. The other materials for rewards are ready to ship. So now it's a matter of gaining enough support to get this project into your hands.

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    STELLAR NEBULA: A DRM-free ePack for In the Stars I'll Find You that includes Kindle (MOBI), EPUB, and PDF versions.

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    QUASAR: Get the audio version of In the Stars I'll Find You with stories voiced by Mary Robinette Kowal. Audio files will be delivered electronically in MP3 format. Also includes the rewards in the PLANETARY NEBULA: A signed and personalized trade paperback of In the Stars I'll Find You, plus a DRM-free ePack of the collection that includes Kindle (MOBI), EPUB, and PDF versions.

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