Cold Antler Farm is a small, livestock farm set into the side of a mountain in upstate New York. It is the home of author, blogger, and homesteader, Jenna Woginrich. There she runs the farm by herself, following her dream of a creative and feral life. Every day Jenna takes care of sheep, horses, dairy goats, pigs, poultry, gardens and bees while writing about it on her blog - Cold Antler Farm. Thousands of readers and hundreds of visitors have been a part of her story, reading along as she went from a corporate graphic designer with farm dreams to a full-time writer on her own piece of land.
Woginrich will write about her rural county in the early 1900's and the strange occurrences happening in the farmland around it. Birchthorn is a mystery and paranormal thriller. A widow and her small farm in the winter, her community of eccentrics and farmers alike, and the strange resurgance of an old legend coming back to life in a small town. And the best part about this story? YOU can be a part of it. Part of its creation process through an interactive blog where you get each chapter as it is written to comment and suggest storyline with, or you can pledge your way INTO the novel itself as a character! More details in the video above!
Birchthorn is a story which been started and slowly added to over the past three winters. You can get a 10,000+ word preview here. But since this novel project never had any publisher or due date behind it - it was never a priority to finish, and the farm's pressing needs took place over it. So that story was set aside. Not anymore!
The goal is set to cover the price of publishing and mailing up to several hundred copies of the book, hire a professional editor, and pay the author a small advance to write it. That advance goes towards the author making a living so a roof remains over her head while she writes about people losing theirs...
Photo of sheep and lantern by Tara Alan of Goingslowly.com
Risks and challenges
When the project is funded I'll start writing! And when the story of Birchthorn is completed, edited, and ready to print it will be published and mailed to those who donated at that pledge point. Good friends with plenty of experience in self publishing are ready and willing to help with the process of getting the manuscript on paper and in the mail to you.
To avoid obstacles with the printer and mailing this will not be another task added to my own schedule. I will print from a reputable, on-demand, publisher that will hopefully have the option of drop shipping right to you. If not, books will be shipped from here at the farm every week until all are signed, sealed, and delivered.
If the Yellowstone Super Volcano errupts before this is possible, I'm sorry and all bets are off. That's the biggest risk. Short of that, this basically has to happen. I can't not publish a book at such a high investment from loyal readers. You will get your story!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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