I LOVE SHORT STORIES
I always have and will love short stories. I love to read them, buy them for magazines I edit, and write them as well. To say that short stories are a passion for me would be an understatement of some size.
And for three years now I have been interested in this Kickstarter idea of Making 100.
So this year, as I was working to bring back Smith’s Monthly after a year away, I wondered why not make 100 Paperback Short Story Books?
Yup, I am that crazy.
But I have a background for this craziness. About eight years ago, for fun, before I started a monthly magazine with only my stories and novels in it, I started putting my short stories in paperback.
Just one story per book. Each one looks like a book, just very thin compared to novels. I did 80 of them over an eight-month period before a friend’s death derailed the process.
So now I want to do 100 new ones for the Kickstarter Make 100. All the books will be branded as Smith’s Stories in the same look as my monthly magazine Smith’s Monthly that is coming back this spring with issue #45.
And what better place to do this launch of Smith’s Stories than a Kickstarter campaign?
WHAT I WILL DO
Most of the stories I will put out in this 100 stories will be original, never-before-published stories, so for some time this will be the only place to read these stories. (I hope to write more this spring to make all 100 original, since I already have about sixty stories unpublished and ready to go. But no promises on that.)
I will do all the covers for all 100 books.
I will do all the interior layout for all 100 books.
I will have the help of my publishing company, WMG Publishing Inc., on the layout of the limited edition collections and help with the shipping as well. Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing can do some really beautiful books, so I would be a fool to not let her do the limited editions. But anything to do with the smaller 100 books is all on me, including the writing, of course.
SOME EXACT DETAILS
--- 100 Short Stories (most, if not all original, first published just for this campaign).
--- Each story will be in both electronic and paper edition.
--- I will sign all paper editions.
--- Three collections will be generated from the 100 stories. 33 stories in the first one, 33 in the second, 34 in the third.
--- The three collections will be sold as a set in the following way:
1… A signed hardback set with dust jacket, signed and numbered by me and strictly limited to only 100 copies.
2… A trade paper set.
3… An electronic set.
--- This will take about six months for me to do the work on all 100 short story paperbacks. So the collections will not be available until October.
Since I also do a lot of teaching through the WMG Publishing workshops on Teachable, I have added in some workshop deals here to give writers some extra help. Any questions on any of them, feel free to contact me.
And for those who love novels more than short stories, I have also put in as rewards eight of my mystery novels from my Cold Poker Gang series and eight of my science fiction time travel novels from my Thunder Mountain series. (And you still get the three electronic collections of all 100 stories.)
And I have a reward to get a subscription to Smith’s Monthly Magazine and another reward to get all 44 existing issues of Smith’s Monthly Magazine. Yes, I have filled 44 issues of a magazine with a novel and four short stories and other stuff every issue.
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF
I suppose, since I am hoping you will buy some of my fiction or take a workshop from me, I should tell you a little about myself. In the 45 years since my first short story sale, I have managed to become a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer under a variety of names. I have published far over two hundred novels and hundreds and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction books. I am considered one of the most prolific authors in modern fiction with over twenty-three million copies of my books in print. (That hurts my mind to think about sometimes, to be honest.)
Along the way, I also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. I wrote a bunch with my wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch and under the name Kathryn Wesley we wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.
I have written novels under dozens of pen names and ghost names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from X-Men to The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.
I also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing where Kristine Kathryn Rusch and I serve as executive editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series. I also took over the editorship of the acclaimed Pulphouse Magazine in 2018.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
I really do appreciate you giving this crazy idea of mine of making 100 paperback books some thought and I hope you will support it. I am excited about the prospect of putting those 100 paperbacks on my shelf and getting Smith’s Monthly back on a monthly schedule again.
So thank you.
Dean Wesley Smith
Since we went flashing past the original goal, I figured it was time to get a really cool stretch goal posted. This stretch goal has something for the readers and something for the writers.
So if this campaign hits $9,000, I will give everyone who pledged at any level an electronic copy of my large collection Stories from July. It contains 32 short stories plus all the blogs I wrote about writing them.
And also, on top of that, each person pledging to this campaign will get a credit for a Classic Workshop of their choice worth $150. (If you are a lifetime workshop subscriber, you can take the equivalent in lectures or Pop-Ups we offer.)
Nifty stretch goal, huh? Workshop and huge collection. And since the campaign hit this stretch goal, everyone gets a copy of the book plus the workshop.
And again, thank you, everyone, for your support.
TWO NEW GREAT THINGS!!!
The Campaign Just Went Past Its First Stretch Goal!!!
So now everyone backing the campaign will get Stories from July (a large collection plus blogs about writing the stories) and a Classic Workshop of your choice (value of $150.) If you are not a writer, you can give away the workshop to a writer friend if you would like.
Second, Kickstarter just picked this campaign as a Recommended Campaign!!
And it is on the front page. That is nifty as well. Never thought that would happen. I just wanted to play with their Make 100 Challenge. So thank you folks at Kickstarter. Very much appreciated.
So now I get to announce the next stretch goal.
If this campaign can reach $15,000, everyone supporting the campaign for any reward level of $20 and up (where the rewards start) will get the following:
--- Three of my short collections in electronic form. That's right, not one, not two, but three of them.
--- Everyone will also get the bundle of the first five Pop-Ups we did.
Each Pop-Up is on a varied topic like Writing Mysteries into the Dark, Keeping Focused, or Great Comic Book Writers, plus two others. And each has a short story prompt to help you write a story for yourself. (In the first two weeks of the Pop-Up, I would read the stories, but these have been up since December, so I am not reading for them anymore.)
The value is $600 for the bundle of five Pop-Ups.
That's right, you get them both if we hit the next stretch goal. Three short story collections and a bundle of five Pop-Up topics for writers.
So pass the word or buy yourself a couple workshop credits and help get this campaign past the next goal.
And thank you all for the wonderful support.
SECOND STRETCH GOAL HIT... For about an hour...
But as far as I am concerned, that counts, so everyone who has supported this project at any reward level will get the second stretch goal.
And that includes three more collections for everyone, plus a $600 bundle of five Pop-Ups on Teachable. Thanks, everyone!
And write me directly if interested in the mentor program at all. I still have one spot open it seems.
Risks and challenges
I have done five successful Kickstarter campaigns already and feel the risks on this one are easily controlled. I have more than a hundred short stories right now that would be possible to be in these books and these collections, so no worry there. So very little risk that I can see on either side of this. In fact, I think doing these hundred short story paperbacks will just be wonderful fun.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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