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Jack Heart is a lone hiker who wanders into a quarantined mountain town.  A violent tale of isolation, survival, and zombies.
Jack Heart is a lone hiker who wanders into a quarantined mountain town. A violent tale of isolation, survival, and zombies.
64 backers pledged $2,045 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

Been A Long Time

You might have noticed the posts slowing down, you might have even thought they were over with.  NOPE.  Chuck Testa.

Now that I have your attention again, there is some pretty good news going on here.

We have slowly but surely been gathering reviews for KTUSA on Amazon and Goodreads.  And...the reviews are positive!  People like it.  Likewise, we're set to start receiving reviews from bloggers and print journalists within the next month or so.

The backer rewards are coming along as well.  I hope you have enjoyed reading the digital copy, and for those waiting on the paperback and other rewards, I can say that April is the month for you.  We hit a snag with our art, but we're back on track and should have our completed designs ready for printing and merchandising by April.  We're pretty excited to unveil some brand new art, and we can't wait to share it with you, too. 

Oh, and the website has been updated (misspelled names: fixed, blog: online, media kit: uploaded).  Meanwhile, I'm keeping a detailed spreadsheet of KTUSA's expenses.  I'm a nerd for spreadsheets, so...perhaps expect a printout when the whole thing is over?

Lastly, I'm also excited to announce that a separate book of mine, Habits and Hijabs, has made it to the quarter-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.  Out of 5,000 entries, mine is among the remaining 250.  

This was a year of revision.  Not only did I revise KTUSA, but I revised Habits and Hijabs (originally titled The Appalachian).  H&H was written long before I dreamed of zombies.  It is a literary, cultural novel.  It is dense.  It is emotional.  It is dramatic.  I really never saw it moving past a dusty file folder.  I wanted to share this wonderful news with you, because you believe in what I do.


The High Cost of Free

We have been working to get review copies out the door, and we thought it'd be fun for you to see what it costs to get just one packet to a reviewer.

Media Kit:

$4.96/4 page packet ($1.24/page)

$0.12/publication slip

$6.34/review copy of KTUSA


$1.54/bubble mailer

$0.07/shipping label

$0.01/return label

$0.15/sticker label for folder



x 20 packets = $273.41

Also, we prepared our 14 giveaways, which were a little cheaper at $7.48/prize, and $104.72 total.

More to post soon!

Dedication Pages

We are working on updating our website, eBook, and paperback dedication pages for our Kickstarter backers.  We have a list of backers up on the website (for Backers who pledged $25 or more), and we'd like you to make sure you see your name on that list.  If you don't, just send us a message and we'll get your name up there ASAP.  

If you selected "No Reward" when you made your pledge, your name will not be included on any of the dedication pages unless you request otherwise.  Just let me know and I will be more than happy to add your name.  

Check out the dedication page at:

Joseph Love

What Now!?


Before I go any further, I'd like to present...FACTS AND FIGURES!!

They aren't boring.  Promise. 

In total, we raised $2,045, which is 102% of our goal.  We had 64 backers, the most common pledge amount was $25, and the average pledge amount was $31.95.  See?  Not boring at all.

So...what now?  Hopefully, you've been reading the project updates.  They have a lot of information about where the money is going and all the stuff we have on our plate. 

Here is a quick rundown of how the rewards work.

First, everyone who chose to receive a reward will be receiving digital copies (PDF and .doc) shortly.  We are adding the Kickstarter dedication page to the book and website and have to wait for our backers' full names, so it could be a few days before you see those gems in your inbox or your name up on the website.

Next, if you are expecting prints of the artwork or signed copies of the paperback, we plan to ship them all at once so we don't get confused.  We have to wait for our backers' shipping addresses, so bear with us.  It could take several weeks just to get all our addresses.  Please allow 4-8 weeks for us to gather our shipping information, let our printers do their thing, and get the book in its final state.

If you are one of the lucky few expecting a one-off book of short stories or the original KTUSA, they should be ready the same time as your other rewards. 

We are being very picky with the manuscript at this point and need it to be absolutely perfect before it is made available to the public on July 1st.  Backers will receive their paperbacks much sooner than July 1, but please know that there may be last-minute edits to the book before its release.  

Keep in mind: stuff happens.  Please check these Kickstarter updates, because this is how I plan to keep everyone informed of the latest news (good and bad).  Sometimes dates get pushed back, or a whole bunch of stuff has to happen really quick, and I don't want any of our backers to feel left out of the loop.  I really want everyone to come away feeling great about supporting Kill Town, USA, so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me.  

We'll be putting together a final budget sheet so you can see exactly where every penny of the Kickstarter fund went. 

Lastly, everyone is invited to the official KTUSA book party at Aya Sushi in Murfreesboro, TN on April 1, 2012.  If you are serious about going, just ask and I will provide the address and the time.  We are trying to get a big crowd out there, and of course we'd love to see our backers in person.

Joseph Love

Success! Also known as: 100%

With 26 hours left in the campaign, we have reached $2,033!!!!

So, I can sleep easy tonight.  You can chill on the Facebook updates.  And we can all collectively wait for the campaign to close.  Once it ends, I will have to gather shipping information for backer rewards, so be on the lookout for yet another Kickstarter email. 

As soon as the campaign is over, all backers who requested rewards will receive Kill Town, USA as a PDF and .doc file.  Please note, this is not the eBook version, but it's close.  As a side note, we have also decided to employ an editing service to catch the things we simply overlooked (because we look at it a lot and get project blindness). All backers will receive the official eBook when it goes up for sale on Amazon.

Tonight, I'll update the Kill Town, USA website to include all the backers who pledged $25 or more to the campaign.  You can expect another update when that page is online.  I'll also be creating the dedication page in the book for backers who have pledged more than $50.

Individual pledge amounts will not be disclosed, nor will any of your contact information go to people who will send you weird emails. 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS!  We are excited to make good on our rewards and to get the ball rolling on getting Kill Town, USA into the world.