Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 20.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Help us improve access to, and distribution of, the Rachel Peng novels by funding their conversion to audiobooks!

There is no elevator pitch for A Girl and Her Fed. Oh, the webcomic starts off simple enough... Girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a Secret Agent who's been watching her because she's been mistakenly identified as a terrorist, boy learns that he's a cybernetically-enhanced technopath with the ability to control all networked technologies... After that, things get complicated.

The Girl, the Fed, Speedy the Koala, and Benjamin Franklin's ghost... As we said, it gets complicated.
The Girl, the Fed, Speedy the Koala, and Benjamin Franklin's ghost... As we said, it gets complicated.

(I hope you enjoyed the sock puppets and the talking koala, because the tone of this Kickstarter will get formal from here on out. This is my business proposal to you, so to business!)

The Rachel Peng Novels

Rachel Peng is a survivor of a top-secret government program whose members chose to go public with what they could do, and what had been done to them. Now, Rachel works as the cyborg liaison to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. A former Warrant Officer with Army CID, Rachel has experience as both a cop and a sleuth, and her new role with the MPD requires her to apply these skills in high-stakes situations. DIGITAL DIVIDE, the first book in the series, was released in April of 2013. Its sequel, MAKER SPACE, will be released on March 3, 2014.

The Rachel Peng novels are set in the same universe as the webcomic, but they uncomplicate the setting, as the novels require no prior knowledge of the comic or its characters. They follow a procedural mystery format blended into a contemporary urban science fiction setting.

Audiobook Conversion

The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to convert DIGITAL DIVIDE and MAKER SPACE to audiobook format. Releasing the novels as audiobooks will achieve multiple goals, including:

  • Meeting the requests for an audiobook format from readers who are already familiar with the series;
  • Access to expanded audiences via audiobook distribution channels;
  • New revenue opportunities for the author; and
  • Improving accessibility to Rachel Peng's character.

Most of these goals are self-explanatory. As for the last, it is necessary to note that Rachel Peng is blind. While she uses her ability to perceive electromagnetic frequencies as a substitute for her vision, she's a remarkable character in that she cannot see or read without effort. Audiobook conversion would promote improved accessibility of these novels to persons who have visual impairment or reading disabilities.

Funding

A total of $7000 will be required to convert these two books to audiobook format. Funding will be used for:

  • Studio recording fees
  • Fair hourly wage for the voice artist
  • Rewards for Kickstarter Backers
  • Shipping and taxes

Rewards

Backer rewards are offered as gifts for supporting this campaign. The number and type of gift(s) will depend on your contribution.

  • Digital copies of the audiobooks.
  • League Night: A Rachel Peng Story - A lightly-illustrated .pdf about that time Rachel took Shawn bowling. And then running.
  • Desk nameplates - Backers at the $35 level get a "Rachel Peng" acrylic nameplate. Backers who pledge at the $50 level and up can customize their nameplates with their own name and title. Sample below.
  • "Cuddly Hippo" T-shirts - The Office of Adaptive and Complementary Enhancement Technologies has its own team of wetworks specialists. Underestimate them at your peril. Add $1 for sizes 2XL and up. Sample below.
  • OACET Badges - A jeweler with experience in producing custom decorative badges for law enforcement will be handling this reward for Backers who pledge $100 and up. Sample below.
Custom acrylic laser-cut name plates.
Custom acrylic laser-cut name plates.
The mascot for the Cuddly Hippos. His name is Brad..
The mascot for the Cuddly Hippos. His name is Brad..
The jeweler's rendering of the OACET badge.
The jeweler's rendering of the OACET badge.

Stretch Goals

If we pass the $7000 mark, there are multiple stretch goals planned. The first of these is physical copies of the audiobooks on flash drives at $10,000. Other stretch goals include Braille conversion of the novels, challenge coins, bonus comics and stories, and more! As each stretch goal is unlocked, the next will be announced.

Timeline

It will take approximately 4 weeks to produce the Kickstarter rewards, and 8 weeks for recording and producing the two books. Estimated shipping dates are noted in the Backer reward categories.

Thank you!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell my stories, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As long as qualified service providers are used, conversion of an existing novel to an audiobook is a low-risk process. I have located a voice artist and a recording studio, and have already secured manufacturers for backer rewards. A project completion date of May has been set to give me ample time to acquire, package, and mail all materials associated with this Kickstarter. However, if the projected schedule goes according to plan, all materials will be shipped at the beginning of April.

FAQ

391
Backers
$20,738
pledged of $7,000 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    You'd like to support this, and we'd love to thank you! Thank you!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    93 backers

    So this one time, Rachel took Shawn bowling. A .pdf of an all-new short story when Shawn did that thing during League Night. Digital delivery.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    The audiobook of MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2). Digital delivery.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    The audiobook of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1). Digital delivery.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $15 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    The Braille e-book versions of DIGITAL DIVIDE and MAKER SPACE, and the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story. Digital Delivery.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $15 or more
    You selected

    43 backers

    The SPEEDY CHALLENGE COIN! A gold-colored coin the size of a U.S. quarter, with Speedy's likeness and motto. Also includes the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story. Digital delivery for the .pdf. Shipping and handling for coin. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $20 or more
    You selected

    120 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1), MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), and the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story. Digital delivery.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    11 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, and a laser-etched nameplate with Rachel's name, title, and OACET seal. Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    39 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, and a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    10 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, and a Cuddly Hippos t-shirt! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for shirt. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, and a t-shirt with the Cuddly Hippos logo! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate and shirt International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    12 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $125 or more
    You selected

    12 backers

    The audiobook of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1), MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    13 backers

    The audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    21 backers Limited (14 left of 35)

    NEW BACKER REWARD! (1/29) Join the Agents! You provide the character details, I provide an inked head shot on on 9"x7" Bristol board. This character might never appear in a story, but will be officially recorded as one of the 400 surviving Agents. You also get the audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO WAIT AN ADDITIONAL 3 MONTHS FOR DELIVERY!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Become an Agent! Have an Agent in MAKER SPACE named after you or a person of your choice (with my approval). You also get the audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $750 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Become a Wacky Scientist! Have a "forensics ballistics expert" named after you or a person of your choice (with my approval). Your character will appear in MAKER SPACE as a happy-go-lucky guy/girl who also happens to be an expert in firearms. It is highly likely this character will appear in at least one other future Rachel Peng novel. You also get the audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $750 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Become a Grumpy Scientist! Have a "medical examiner" named after you or a person of your choice (with my approval). Your character will appear in MAKER SPACE as a very angry guy/girl who also happens to work with dead bodies. It is highly likely this character will appear in at least one other future Rachel Peng novel. You also get the audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Become a Total Jerk! Rename "Randall Jarrell," a character in MAKER SPACE, after you or a person of your choice (with my approval). Your character will appear in future Rachel Peng novels. He/she might die a horrible death, be redeemed as a nice guy/girl, or both! You also get the audiobooks of DIGITAL DIVIDE (Rachel Peng #1) and MAKER SPACE (Rachel Peng #2), the .pdf of the new Rachel/Shawn short story, a custom nameplate with the name and title of your choice next to the OACET seal, the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt, and an OACET badge! Digital delivery for audiobooks and .pdf. Shipping and handling for nameplate, shirt, and badge. International shipping will require additional postage.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
Funding period

- (30 days)