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For years, I've been asked to write sequels to my various science fiction and fantasy novels, but in a world where taking chances in media is increasingly rare, I was always happy to offer standalone novels.  But with my tenth book coming out this year, I feel like I've established myself as a unique writer.

While I currently have a lot of projects on my plate, more and more, I've come up with ideas that would be solid short stories featuring worlds and characters I've previously explored.  Anthologies aren't super popular though, and publishers aren't eager to publish them, so I thought it would make the perfect Kickstarter project.

I'll be writing 10 never before published short stories, each sharing setting or characters from my previous standalone novels.  Each story will be based on a different novel.  For those playing along at home that list is:

Gil's All Fright Diner

In the Company of Ogres

A Nameless Witch

The Automatic Detective

Too Many Curses

Monster

Divine Misfortune

Chasing the Moon

Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain

(Upcoming) Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

I will be publishing the anthology in both softcover and e-book form.

Risks and challenges

Self-publishing will be a learning process for me. I do, however, have access to people with plenty of self-publishing experience who I can say with confidence are on the ball.

The biggest obstacle will be other writing projects on my plate. This is why I have chosen to go this route and to give myself plenty of time to work on the anthology. I feel confident that I can meet this deadline.

If something happens though (hey, you never know), I will release all the stories I have completed up to that point and continue to finish the rest as quickly as possible. If this is unsatisfactory to some, I will, of course, see that they get their money back. But, hey, that's basically how Kickstarter works, right?

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    No reward other than the good feeling you'd get for helping a guy out. Oh, and a mention in the acknowledgements (which, incidentally, is also now part of all other reward tiers too.).

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    You'll get an e-book version of the anthology.

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    You'll get a printed softcover of the anthology.

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    You'll get an autographed printed softcover of the anthology.

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    You'll get an additional signed softcover books of the anthology. One for you! One for a friend! Or an enemy! Or a stranger you just feel like giving it to! Or just a second to keep for yourself. Hey, it's your book. I'm not going to tell you what to do with it.

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    All the lower reward tiers (of course) as well as a signed 11 x 17 inch poster of the cover art. Signed by me, Sally Hamilton (my wife / artist). Or just me. Or just my wife. Or nobody. The choice is all yours.

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    You'll get an autographed softcover of the anthology. You'll also get to choose a character to be the focus of one of the short stories. This is first come, first serve, and once one novel has been "claimed", the next choice will have to be from a different novel. I'm not interested in writing five different stories about Rockwood, even if it certainly is possible. (Though such an idea is not beyond consideration at some point in the future.)

    You get to choose a character featured in one of the stories. The same rules apply as the $100 contributors. Once a setting has been claimed, you'll have to find another. Note too that because of the timing of the anthology's release, Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest will have a story in the anthology, but there won't be time for anyone to suggest a character from the novel, which is why the total number of requests is limited to 9, though 10 stories will be in the anthology.

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    You'll get an autographed softcover of the anthology. You'll get to choose a character to focus a story on. (Note: The same rules apply as the $100 reward. One a novel has been claimed by someone else, it is no longer a candidate for this option.) Finally, you'll get an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of original art by me (and touched up by my graphic artist wife for that extra professional touch). This art can feature any character you like, will never be duplicated by me or placed on the internet (unless you choose to do so). It can be yours and yours alone, forever and ever.

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