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A full cast audiobook production to premier Gail Carriger's new Y.A. science fiction adventure, Crudrat.
A full cast audiobook production to premier Gail Carriger's new Y.A. science fiction adventure, Crudrat.
340 backers pledged $16,597 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals

If you're new to this project, you can find the project description and challenges below under the heading "The Crudrat Project"

Thanks to all of you who helped us hit our primary goal! With so much time left, we've got the opportunity to stretch a little bit, so here's what we're offering. 

First stretch goal: 
$10,000 - Special Features!

When we hit the $10k level, the following things will happen to the rewards:

1) Those of you who ordered the hardcover will find, contained within, some photoplates from Gail's Crudrat notebooks, where she worked out the details of the plot and the world. You'll get to see how her process unfolded--but don't worry, nothing we put in there will spoil you for things that happen when she returns to the world.

2) Those of you who ordered the ebook will also get those photoplates, included as an appendix in the ebook.

3) Those of you who ordered the audiobook will find bonus features, such as blooper reels, interviews with the production and creative staff, and some isolated music tracks from composer Danny Schade.

Second stretch goal:
$15,000 - More Full-Cast Audio!

When we hit $15k, we will add four short productions to the production schedule. These will be full cast audiobooks of the following Gail Carriger stories:

My Sister's Song
Fantasy and history and subversive strategy collide in this Roman-era tale of a warrior, Mithra, who must repel an entire legion alone and armed only with a very peculiar weapon. Her sticky solution to this impossible problem must be heard to be believed.

Marine Biology
Alex is a werewolf with problems: he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman. An unconventional romance between impossible partners told with the kind of wit and comedy that made Gail a household name.

Fairy Debt
Despite being a fairy, Cups can't grow wings due to a death promise to a local king. Entering service in his castle as the Least Jester, she must find a way to earn her wings while navigating the hazards of cupcakes, tea deamons, and the occasional Earth dragons.

And, last and perhaps best: 

The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar
A story from the Parasol Protectorate universe, this story gives you a window into the hijinx and adventures of the most mysterious figure in the Parasol Protectorate series: Alexia's father, Alejandro Tarraboti.

Rewards Enhancements for the $15k level
If we hit this goal, the rewards will get even better. Everyone who has donated over $25 will automatically get these as downloadable audio. People who have donated between $10 and $24 will get to pick which one of the four they most want.

Third Stretch Goal:
$25,000  - Crudrat Anthology!

Many have asked for more stories in the universe, and here's where we can provide it. At $25,000, we will commission & edit an anthology set in the Crudrat universe. 300-400 pages of new short stories expanding the Crudrat universe and written by fantastic, specially invited science fiction authors. Alasdair Stuart and Gail Carriger to edit. 

Reward Enhancements at $25,000If we hit this goal, backers at the $100+ level will receive a hardcover edition of the anthology, while backers at the $25-$75 reward levels will receive an ebook edition of the anthology. For backers who contributed $10-$24, we haven't forgotten you - you will receive your choice of any two stories in ebook format. 

Since anthologies take a little time to put together (inviting the authors, giving them time to write, editing, etc.), estimated delivery date will be May, 2014. 

Fourth Stretch Goal:
$30,000 - Audiobook of the Anthology!

When we hit this goal, we can produce a full-cast audio of the entire anthology, with more original music, more unique voices, and more rich production goodness. About 8-10 hours of additional audio content for your listening pleasure. 

Reward Enhancements at $30,000If we reach this goal, backers who opted for the a CD collection of the Crudrat audiobook will also receive a CD set of the anthology audiobook. Anyone who opted for digital downloads will also receive downloads. And, as a special thank-you to backers who contributed $10-$24, you will receive your choice of any two stories in audio format. 

Estimated Delivery Date: June-July of 2015

The Crudrat Project

Gail Carriger has partnered with ArtisticWhispers Productions (a small San Francisco area media company specializing in podcasts, radio spots, and audiobooks) to debut her new YA Science Fiction adventure, Crudrat, as a full-cast audiobook. It will feature an original score, cinematic sound design, and award-winning veteran voices alongside up-and-coming industry talent.

In the far future in a space-port the size of a city, Crudrats scrape out a meager living cleaning the great machines of the pollution generated by converting dark energy into usable power. Only children can safely traverse the cramped tunnels, filled with mechanical perils–grow too tall or too broad, and they’ll get caught in a fan and killed, or worse. Like rats, they scurry frenetically on their daily errands to clean the crud so their city can continue, only to face expulsion when they reach puberty.

Meet Maura. Orphan. Outcast. Crudrat. Grown too tall, alone in a city with no use for her, doomed to starve. With only her crud-eating murmel and an alien monster to help her, she must find a way to survive, or escape, before they catch her and blow what’s left of her life, and her companions, out into space.

Gail Carriger’s Crudrat brings golden age-style science fiction adventure into the 21st century, stuffs it full of heart, and gives it a finely polished, gleaming edge.

We at AWP are immensely excited about this project and want to share a sample of the story, our production values and the wonderful music of our composer Danny Schade with you to give you just a taste of the world of Crudrat.

Audio trailer:

Crudrats sample chapter, single reader version:

Sample chapter from Gail's book Soulless (produced by AWP):

 Sample of Free Will, another AWP Full-Cast production (contains adult language):

Samples of music by composer Danny Schade:

More info available at the project website.

We hope you'll join us on this spectacular audio adventure! Thank you for your time.

Risks and challenges

The larger a cast and creative crew grows in an audiobook, the more vulnerable the production is to a mishap (illness, injury, drop-out, etc.) that delays the recording and production process.

A minor cold, for example, will render an actor unable to perform, or a sound engineer unable to mix accurately enough to create the layered environmental sound that AWP's productions are known for.

To this end, we have scheduled our project with the following safeguards:
1) Extended production time. A production of this sort normally takes six to seven weeks from start to finish. We have set our delivery date fourteen weeks from the completion of funding to give us extra safeguards in case of mishap.
2) Extensive pre-production. Many necessary preproduction steps are already done, and all but one of those remaining (casting the minor roles) will be finished by the end of the funding period. This means that when we hit November first, production will already be in full-swing, shaving a good two weeks off the normal six-to-seven weeks that a book of this length and sophistication normally requires.
3) Dual casting. Using accomplished voice actors provides us with the ability to assign each actor an understudy role or two, in addition to whatever main roles they are performing. By ensuring that every role has an understudy or two who is already involved in the production, we know that, even in the event of the death of one of the principles, we will be able to turn the project around in the scheduled time.

Other challenges, both likely and not so likely:
Earthquakes. As we're in the SF Bay Area, we are vulnerable to data loss, infrastructure damage, and venue loss due to natural disasters. To this end we keep multiple redundant backups of all project assets both on-site and off-site, and keep in reserve a handful of spare computers pre-loaded with our production OS so that we can maintain the workflow under a deadline, even if two of our servers and two of our workstations were to crash all at the same time.

Supply chain disruptions for printed materials (such as the hardbacks, and the CDs) are also a factor for concern in any project that sees a shipped physical product as its endpoint. To this end we have already selected our print houses and are preparing test runs to test their delivery time and error detection/correction capacity, as well as their shipping turnaround.

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    You become a producer of the audiobook, credited both in the liner notes and in the credits--every time someone listens to the book, they'll hear that you helped make it happen. In addition, you will receive all rewards at the $150 level.

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