Funtastical Bedtime Stories Anthology
Funtastical Bedtime Stories Anthology
Over 20 fun and fantastical bedtime stories for children 3-8 years old, to be read by their parents! With illustrations!
Over 20 fun and fantastical bedtime stories for children 3-8 years old, to be read by their parents! With illustrations! Read more
About this project
Early Backer Incentives:
First 35 Backers: The first 35 backers pledging $25 or more will get a signed copy of the trade paperback of WELL OF SORROWS by Joshua Palmatier (writing as Benjamin Tate)!
First 50 Backers: The first 50 backers pledging $25 or more will get a signed postcard for Fortunes of the Imperium, Jody Lynn Nye's second Lord Thomas Kinago book.
Note: All Early Backer incentives will be sent after the successful completion of the Kickstarter.
About this project:
This project will fund a children’s book of short stories called FUNTASTICAL BEDTIME STORIES to be read to children ages 3-8 years old by their parents at bedtime. It will contain approximately 20 all-original (no reprint) short stories each from established SF&F authors, actors, cartoonists, and personalities in the publishing world and media industry—including Elena Beloff, S.C. Butler (SF&F writer), David B. Coe (SF&F writer), Julie E. Czerneda (SF&F writer), Barry Dutter (DC Comics), Ron Ferdinand (Dennis the Menace), Esther Friesner (SF&F writer), Jim C. Hines (SF&F writer), Tony Isabella, Susan Jett (SF&F writer), Liana K (TV personality), Barbara Randall Kesel, Amy Lago (Washington Post syndicate), Jessica Lahr (Mrs. New York), Laura Magnusson (graphic audio), Jeff Mariotte & Marcy Rockwell (SF&F writers), Lee Nordling, Jody Lynn Nye (SF&F writer), Aprilynne Pike, Scott Roberts, Tony Sokol (Den of the Geek), and Bobby and Peter Timony (cartoonists). The books will be edited by John Zakour & Joshua Palmatier, both authors published by DAW Books Inc.
Backers of this project will essentially be generating the base funds needed to produce this anthology—including payment for the contributing authors, payment for the cover artist, payment for artists providing the illustrations for each story, production costs for producing the anthology, etc. The reward levels for the anthology have been set to closely resemble the cost of the final product when it goes on sale to the general public. In essence, backers of the project are simply “preordering” the anthology. This anthology will be produced only as a trade paperback (unlike Zombies Need Brains’ previous anthologies for adults that had a special Kickstarter edition in a smaller format).
ZNB produces quality anthologies from leading authors (check out our two current offerings—“Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and “Temporally Out of Order”—if you have any doubts), offering professional pay rates and featuring stellar cover art and illustrations. With your help, we hope that ZNB will then be able to expand into novels and other projects in the future. We can't do this without you! Consider backing our Kickstarter and then help spread the word. Just as Zombies Need Brains, we need your support to make this new small press a success. The backers of the "Clockwork Universe" and “Temporally Out of Order” anthologies helped set up the press. You can help solidify that foundation! So what is the current project? Well, as you’ve already seen, something slightly different. Here are the details:
Funtastical Bedtime Stories:
Overview: Reading a bedtime story has been a time-honored tradition for parents and their kids since the dawn of the universe. Evening story time allows for bonding, entertainment, and relaxation. There can never be too many bedtime stories. That’s where this anthology comes in. We will present at least twenty brand new fun and fantastic (funtastical) takes on the bedtime story, each with its own unique, perhaps even modern, twist. Stories will be written by a talented collection of SF & F writers, cartoonists, media people, and actors/writers. It will be loaded with entertaining reads for the entire family (even if they’re not sleepy . . .)
What it is: An anthology of 20 or more 1,000 – 6,000 word fun fantasy bedtime stories. Each story will revolve around sleep or bedtime or a related matter with a fun fantasy twist. The stories will be written by an assortment of SF & F writers, cartoonists, actors, actresses, sports stars, and TV personalities, and will target an audience of parents with children ages 3-8. Each story will have an accompanying illustration. The anthology will be edited by John Zakour and Joshua Palmatier and will include short stories by: Elena Beloff, S.C. Butler (SF&F writer), David B. Coe (SF&F writer), Julie E. Czerneda (SF&F writer), Barry Dutter (DC Comics), Ron Ferdinand (Dennis the Menace), Esther Friesner (SF&F writer), Jim C. Hines (SF&F writer), Tony Isabella, Susan Jett (SF&F writer), Liana K (TV personality), Barbara Randall Kesel, Amy Lago (Washington Post syndicate), Jessica Lahr (Mrs. New York), Laura Magnusson (graphic audio), Jeff Mariotte & Marcy Rockwell (SF&F writers), Lee Nordling, Jody Lynn Nye (SF&F writer), Aprilynne Pike, Scott Roberts, Tony Sokol (Den of the Geek), and Bobby and Peter Timony (cartoonists).
Cover Art: The image that will be used to design the cover art is a commissioned piece called "Funtastical Bedtime Stories” created by Justin Adams of Varia Studios. The art has already been completed (see below for the image). The official covers for the anthology based off this artwork will be revealed sometime after the end of the Kickstarter.
Timeline: If the Kickstarter is funded, the intention is to have all stories handed in by the end of March 2016. We expect the editing and revision process to be finished by the end of May 2016 and the ebook and physical books to be designed, produced, and ready for release by the end of November 2016. Funding will cover the costs of producing the ebook in all standard formats (MOBI, Epub, PDF), producing trade paperback versions of the anthology for the backers, cover art commission, payment of the editors, advances for the authors (at a minimum of 7 cents per word), payment for interior illustrations, and advertising and promotional expenses. Funding above the minimum would be used to increase the advances of the authors and illustrators, allow for higher production values for the ebooks and books, increase the number of stories in the anthology, and increased advertising.
Stretch goals would include production of promotional bookmarks, an increase in pay for the authors, adding additional story slots to the books, etc. We will be adding more stretch goals as those at the lower levels are achieved. Here are the stretch goals so far:
Stretch Goal: BOOKMARKS! At $25,000, every backer pledged at $25 or more will receive a free promotional bookmark for FUNTASTICAL BEDTIME STORIES.
Stretch Goal: At $30,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word.
Stretch Goal: At $40,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word.
Other stretch goals will be added as the Kickstarter continues.
Add-ons are extra items that current backers can add to their current pledge level. These would include t-shirts and hats with the Zombies Need Brains LLC logo, etc. Add-ons can be added by backers at any reward level by simply clicking “Manage My Pledge” and adding on the amount of the add-on to their initial pledge. Once the Kickstarter has ended, we will ask everyone in the survey what the additional add-on amounts were for, so keep track of what you wanted added-on until that survey can be sent and returned to us. Also note: some reward levels have been set up already that include some of these add-on items. Please see if one of those reward levels fits your needs first, thanks.
Kickstarter Paperback Add-on: If you'd like additional paperback copies of FUNTASTICAL BEDTIME STORIES, choose any reward level at or above $25 and add on $20 for each copy of the paperback that you'd like. Add on $20 for EACH copy (so if you want 3 copies, that's $60 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional paperback.
Clockwork Universe Trade Paperback Add-on: If you'd like a trade paperback copy of CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS, Zombies Need Brains' first anthology collection (for adults), choose any reward level at or above $25 and add on $16 for each copy that you'd like. Add on $16 for EACH copy (so if you want 3 copies, that's $48 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $21 for each additional paperback.
Temporally Out of Order Trade Paperback Add-on: If you'd like a trace paperback copy of TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, Zombies Need Brains' second anthology collection (for adults), choose any reward level at or above $25 and add on $17 for each copy that you'd like. Add on $17 for EACH copy (so if you want 3 copies, that's $51 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $22 for each additional paperback.
Art Print Add-on: If you'd like additional art prints of FUNTASTICAL BEDTIME STORIES, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, ALIEN ARTIFACTS, or WERE- choose any reward level at or above $25 and add on $10 for each art print that you'd like. Add on $10 for EACH print (so if you want 3 prints, that's $30 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $15 for each additional art print.
T-shirt Add-on: If you'd like a t-shirt in either black or light gray with the vertical Zombies Need Brains logo used on the spine of the book on back, choose any reward level above $25 and add $20 each for a S, M, L, XL, XXL, or XXXL size to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional t-shirt.
Baseball Cap Add-on: If you'd like a baseball cap with the horizontal Zombies Need Brains logo on it, choose any reward level at or above $25 and add $20 for each cap to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional baseball cap.
Totebag Add-on: If you'd like a totebag with the Zombies Need Brains logo on it, choose any reward level at or above $25 and add $20 for each totebag to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional totebag.
If you have any questions about what your reward level should be with add-ons included, please send me a message with what you’d like to have in your reward level and I will determine the correct amount based on the information I’ve given here.
Artistic Zombie Reward: The Artistic Zombie pledge level (limited to 15) includes the following art print "Steampunk Octopus", used as the cover art for the CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS anthology. The prints are not framed and are signed by the artist, Alex Broeckel, are limited to a printing of 25 and are numbered.
Here’s a brief introduction to some of our anchor authors in the anthology:
S.C. Butler: S. C. Butler is a writer living in New Hampshire with his wife and son. He is the author of the Stoneways trilogy: Reiffen’s Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magicians’ Daughter, published by Tor Books; and a contributor of short stories to several anthologies and magazines. His favorite children’s books include Charlotte’s Web and The Adventures of Captain Underpants. Reading bedtime stories to his children and grandchildren is one of his favorite things to do in the whole world.
David B. Coe: David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of eighteen fantasy novels. Under the name D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy from Tor Books that includes Thieftaker, Thieves' Quarry, A Plunder of Souls, and, the newest volume, Dead Mans Reach, which was released on July 21. Under his own name, he writes The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy from Baen Books. The first volume, Spell Blind, debuted in January 2015. The newest book in the series, His Father’s Eyes, came out on August 4. He lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.
Julie E. Czerneda: Since 1997, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her debut fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel, and now Book One of her Night`s Edge series. Her most recent publications: a special omnibus edition of her acclaimed near-future SF Species Imperative, as well as Book Two of Night`s Edge, A Play of Shadow, a finalist for this year’s Aurora. Julie’s presently back in science fiction, writing the finale to her Clan Chronicles series. Book #1 of Reunification, This Gulf of Time and Stars, will be released by DAW November 2015. “Reading aloud to our children was something I loved dearly and I think of them whenever I read in public now. I look forward to writing a new story meant to be enjoyed together. May all of the stories in this anthology lead to such warm memories.” For more about her work, visit www.czerneda.com or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
Ron Ferdinand: Ron was born in 1951 in New York City. “My interest in cartooning began as soon as I could turn on a TV set! Crusader Rabbit, Colonel Bleep and Clutch Cargowere early influences,” said Ron. With the advent of the ’60s and Hanna-Barbera, I was in seventh heaven. The animated Disney films were also a sanctuary from the outside world Ron attended The School of Visual Arts from 1971-1973 and The Art Students League in 1974, where he studied anatomy with Gustav Rehburger. In 1981, Ron read an interview with Hank Ketcham in Jud Hurd’s monthly publication, Cartoonist PROfiles. “I sent Hank some pencil sketches of the various characters, and after a few months of correspondence, I was brought on board to work on the Dennis the Menace comic books for Marvel.” In 1982, Ron began drawing the DennisSunday page, which he continues to draw today.
Esther Friesner: Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over 40 novels and almost 200 short stories. Educated at Vassar College and Yale University, where she received a Ph.D. in Spanish. She is also a poet, a playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. The best known of these is the Chicks in Chainmail series that she created and edits for Baen Books. The sixth book, Chicks and Balances, appeared in July 2015. Deception’s Pawn, the latest title in her popular Princesses of Myth series of Young Adult novels from Random House, was published in April 2015. Esther is married, a mother of two, grandmother of one, harbors cats, and lives in Connecticut. She has a fondness for bittersweet chocolate, graphic novels, manga, travel, and jewelry. There is no truth to the rumor that her family motto is “Oooooh, SHINY!” Her super-power is the ability to winnow her bookshelves without whining about it. Much.
Susan Jett: Susan Jett shares a 100-year-old farmhouse--whose barn was converted into a library--with her husband, son, and dogs. She worked as a Young Adult librarian in Queens before moving to the country to raise chickens and grow tomatoes; and has taken to caressing her antique card catalog whenever she misses New York. She blogs at www.susanjett.com and occasionally can be found on Twitter at @JettSusan.
Barbara Randall Kesel: Barbara has been in the comic book industry since she wrote a Batgirl backup story for DC Comics’ Detective Comics while sitting in the tech booth during a college play. Since then she has written scripts for just about every major comic company on titles from Aliens to My Little Pony. The series Hawk & Dove (DC) and Meridian (CrossGen) are special favorites. Her professional life in comics began at DC Comics (1984-1989), where she worked in editorial on titles including The New Teen Titans, Tailgunner Jo, and the Eisner-award-winning Watchmen, and the DC/TSR line of RPG-inspired comics. She then moved on to Dark Horse Comics, editing comics from Star Wars to Alien, and creator-owned comics from Hellboy to Body Bags. A span of years as a freelance writer/editor followed before she was asked to help start up CrossGen Comics, the first comics company to bring all its creative personnel together under one roof. Post CrossGen, she continues to be a freelance writer/editor (with a side of jewelry sales). Her current projects include the Shadowzone graphic novel with Ryan Odagawa, a YA fantasy novel in progress, and a new SF series for Emet Comics, and more adventures of colorful tiny equines. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at her desk.
Lee Nordling: Lee Nordling is an Eisner-nominated and award-winning writer, editor, designer, and creative director. He worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. His book, “The Bramble,” won the 2013 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Picture Books (ages 4-8), and “BirdCatDog,” a 2015 Eisner Awards nominee, was chosen by “Kirkus Reviews” as one of the best children’s books of 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Cheri, and numerous pets that earn their kibbles by offering inspiration.
Jody Lynn Nye: New York Times bestselling author Jody Lynn Nye (Crisis on Doona) lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats,” but she is also the big sister of three brothers, the eldest cousin of many, and former junior sleepaway camp counselor, and has told more bedtime stories than she can even remember. She has written over forty books, including The Ship Who Won with Anne McCaffrey, eight books with Robert Asprin, a humorous anthology about mothers, Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!, and over 140 short stories. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium (Baen Books), and Wishing On a Star (Arc Manor Publishing). Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their cat, Jeremy.
Aprilynne Pike: Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.
Scott Roberts: Scott Roberts is the artist for WORKING DAZE and MARIA'S DAY, with writer John Zakour. Scott is the creator of the fan favorite comic PATTY-CAKE, and author of the fantasy novel THE TROUBLING STONE, and novelette THE KING'S WINGS. Scott's writing and art were seen regularly in Nickelodeon Magazine.
Marsheila Rockwell & Jeffrey J. Mariotte: Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written more than 60 novels between them, most recently an original collaborative SF/H novel, 7 SYKOS (January 2016, HarperCollins). Other recent titles include The Shard Axe series and a trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books (Rockwell) and Empty Rooms and Season of the Wolf (Mariotte). They’ve also written dozens of short stories, separately and together. Some of their solo stories are collected in Nine Frights (Mariotte) and Bridges of Longing (Rockwell). You can learn more about their upcoming projects, both collaborative and solo, at marsheilarockwell.com and jeffmariotte.com.
Tony Sokol: Tony Sokol is a journalist, writer, playwright and musician. He writes articles, interviews and movie and film commentary for Den of Geek, Daily Offbeat, The Chiseler, KpopStarz and Diabolique. He wrote for Altvariety, Smashpipe, Coed.com, Wicked Mystic, Self-Help, 1,001 Home Ideas and numerous other magazines as well as being the on-staff writer at PRNewswire for 20 years. Sokol has had over 20 plays produced in NYC, including "La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre." "You Must Have Been A Beautful Baby," "Everybody ODs," "How To Skip Alimony Through Voluntary Manslaughter," and the rock opera "AssassiNation: We Killed JFK." Sokol's plays "Baby Jane on Training Wheels" and "The Intervention" were given performed readings at the Irish Arts Center. Sokol was a regular contributor to Manhattan Public Access Cable's "Young, Gifted and Broke" and performed and co-produced the radio play "The Excommunication of God." His short stories and poetry have been published in several anthologies. His play "Let Us Prey" was published by Fuck That Weak Shit Press and his album "A Thief's Hole" was released on XOX Records. Sokol appeared on the Joan Rivers (TV) Show, Strange Universe and Britain's "The Girlie Show." His music can be heard in such films as "Zaritsas," "Hide Me," "The Gauntlet," "Woman Man, Gun," his own short film "Don't Forget, Hire the Vet" and the upcoming homage to Russ Meyer, "Desperate Fate." Sokol has also contributed dialogue and music for live theater productions and co-wrote, directed and performed standup comedy for "Insightful Riot," an interactive evening of standup comics. Tony was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Peter Timony: PETER TIMONY is the author of The Night Owls, which was a graphic novel published by DC Comics in March of 2010, and nominated for three Harvey Awards that same year. It was illustrated by his twin brother, Bobby Timony. www.twincomics.com
And here’s a brief introduction to the editors of the anthology:
John Zakour: John Zakour is a humor/sf/fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousands of gags for syndicated comics, comedians and TV shows (including: Rugrats, The tonight show and, Joan River's old TV show.) John has written seven humorous SF, Zachary Nixon Johnson novels for DAW books (the first The Plutonium Blonde was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction). All seven of John’s novels have been reproduced as audio books by Graphic Audio. John has also written three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML. John has also optioned two TV shows and three movies. The latest movie Mayor Minor will be shot in 2015.
John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria’s Day for Universal Press. Working Daze appears in papers all over the world (well the US, Scotland, Canada and Taiwan) and has a regular following with over 200,000 readers. John has been a contributor to Nickelodeon magazine writing Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats, and Jimmy Neutron comic books. John writes Bart Simpson comics for Bongo comics. Spacerun, a video game John wrote the story to, recently passed 100,000 sales. John is currently working on interactive books and an animated short based on his Zachary Nixon Johnson novels, in which Colin Ferguson (Eureka, Haven, Vampire Diaries) has voiced Zach.
In the 80s and 90s John was a computer programmer and web guru for Cornell University and was also an EMT and judo instructor. John currently lives in upstate NY with his wife, a professor at Cornell University. The two of them have one son, a student at Cornell. For exercise John plays softball, is a competitive pickleball player and javelin thrower, and still hits his punching bag daily. To relax John likes to play World of Warcraft, watch TV, and does Tai Chi.
Joshua Palmatier: A professor of mathematics at SUNY College at Oneonta, Joshua Palmatier has published six books—the “Throne of Amenkor” series (The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne, The Vacant Throne) with DAW and the “Well of Sorrows” series (Well of Sorrows, Leaves of Flame) with Baen. His most recent novel is SHATTERING THE LEY, the start of a new series. He has also published numerous short stories—“Mastihooba” in Close Encounters of the Urban Kind and “Tears of Blood” in Beauty Has Her Way (both edited by Jennifer Brozek), “The River” in River (edited by Alma Alexander), and "Daughter of the Sands" in Apollo's Daughters (edited by Brian Young). He has edited four previous anthologies, including After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar, The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens, and Temporally Out of Order. He is currently editing two additional anthologies, Alien Artifacts and Were-. Find out more at www.joshuapalmatier.com and www.benjamintate.com.
Zombies Need Brains LLC:
Zombies Need Brains LLC is a newly created small press owned and operated by Joshua Palmatier. It will start by focusing on producing professional-quality science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies, initially funded by Kickstarters. The intent is to produce two anthologies a year, then branch out into more anthologies and other stand-alone books once the press has gained its footing. Past anthologies include CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS and TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER. Upcoming anthologies include ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. Check out the webpage at www.zombiesneedbrains.com and the online store at https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc. You can also find Zombies Need Brains on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/zombiesneedbrainsllc) and Twitter (@ZNBLLC).
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Silence in the Library 2015 Fall Releases
Silence in the Library is back with their Fall 2015 slate of books. In this Kickstarter, you'll find books that will take you from the mountains of upstate New York to the far reaches of space; from a school where children are taught to literally conquer the world to a wasteland full of monsters to an alternate universe with a very different United States of America.
These four books are from a variety of genres: urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fantasy, and mystery/alternate history. In Kelly Swails, Michael A. Stackpole, Stuart Jaffe, and Ginger Breo, Silence in the Library has brought you authors you know, and authors you'll want to know. With so many excellent choices, you're sure to find something you'll love. So, go check it out now at http://tiny.cc/SITLfall2015 and join an exciting adventure!
Risks and challenges
As with any production of a book, the timeline for delivery of the book may change due to unexpected delays in the editing process or the production process (such as a delay in printing at the press, etc). Every effort will be made to have the books ready for release and in backers’ hands by December 2016. Also, there is always a chance that life and circumstances will force a confirmed anchor author or artist to drop out of the anthology. In the unlikely event that an author or artist cannot deliver a story for whatever reason, their slot would be filled with another published author or artist. Since everyone involved—both anchor authors, artists, and editors—are professionals in the field already, there is no real expectation that there will be a delay or that the confirmed authors and artists will not deliver, but it does happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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