What is good in life? ROBOT DINOSAURS!
In the summer of 2018, ROBOT DINOSAUR FICTION! will be publishing a new flash fiction story every Friday, from May through August (and hopefully longer)! Stories are solicited and selected by editor Merc Rustad, and the author lineup is made of epic win.
Authors & Artists
We have a magnificent line-up of solicited authors for the summer of ROBOT DINOSAURS! Each story will be published on https://robotdinosaurfiction.com and will be free to read; at the end of the summer, all the stories will be collected into the anthology ROBOT DINOSAURS!
Alexis A. Hunter
Darcie Little Badger
Naru Dames Sundar
Rachael K. Jones
In addition to these fabulosaurus people, the anthology will have an exclusive new robot dinosaur story by Nebula and Hugo nominated author Vina Jie-Min Prasad (check out her story "Fandom For Robots")!
We have a spectacular line-up of artists so far as well:
Kelsey Liggett (website header)
Rhiannon R-S (illustrations)
Grace Fong (anthology cover art)
Even More Robot Dinosaurs!
Want to join us and write a robot dinosaur story of your own? Stretch goals will let us open to general submissions to fill out the month of September, and a secondary goal will let us buy stories for a special Halloween issue in October!
Should we reach these goals (see below), submissions will be open on July 15th-31st, 2018. Stories must be 1,000 words or less, and will be paid a flat fee of $60 (US) for rights to publish the story on the website, and an additional $10 (US) to include it in the anthology.
We are asking for $6,000 for the base funds. Here's how we will be spending the money (costs rounded up):
- $1,500 for author payments
- $1,000 for artwork (website header, anthology cover art, interior illustrations)
- $1,500 for anthology production costs (formatting, proofing, printing)
- $500 for production of backer rewards (postcards, plushies, etc, plus additional rewards we may be adding)
- $250 for website upkeep, domain, hosting, ads
- $400 for shipping of books! (probably hiring a company to manage shipping of backer rewards)
- $250 of administrative costs (bookkeeping, office supplies, etc)
For a total goal of $5,500! We're asking for $6,000 in order to cover Kickstarter's fees and the processing fees for payments.
- Kickstarter fees (5% of $5,500 = $275) and Stripe processing fees (3-5% = about $275) + miscellaneous taxes or administrator costs: $600
Like the magnificent long-necked sauropods, we like to reach for the highest branches of the fauna!
September Stories! ($6,500)
With an additional $500, we can buy four (4) new stories from slush for both the website and the anthology, commission color art for that month, and address the KS and processing fees. These will fill the month of September, 2018!
Special October Halloween Issue! ($7,000)
With an additional $500, we can buy four (4) new stories from slush for both the website and the anthology, commission color art for the month, and address the KS and processing fees. This will fill the month of October from slush—and be a specially themed Halloween issue!
Raptor Novelist Column! ($7,200)
At this level, Raptor Novelist will pen four columns of advice: from how to break into publishing as a robot or a dinosaur, to screenplay tips, and other fun topics!
Can't get enough robot dinosaur fiction in your life? Neither can we! At this goal, we will have funds to purchase stories for the months of January, February, and March (a total of 13 new stories). An open submissions period will be held December 15th-31st, 2018.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ROBOT DINOSAURS ($13,500)
Why stop at March? At this goal, we can buy stories for the rest of 2019! Open submission periods will be announced if we get here. Let's rule the earth once again.
At this ultimate stretch goal, we would be able to publish thirty-nine (39) new stories, commission artwork, and begin production on a new anthology of YEAR TWO.
Join us in our dominion of the earth and help unleash ROBOT DINOSAUR FICTION!
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Some of the risks and challenges with an anthology project like this is juggling the moving parts: collecting and editing stories, commissioning artwork, meeting deadlines, correctly budgeting for production and shipping costs. This is also my first Kickstarter, so there will be a learning curve!
However, I am confident in my authors and artists, and given that the stories will be published on a rolling schedule, there is room to shuffle stories around to keep the production flow going. All stories through May are bought and scheduled!
If we hit open submissions, I will be recruiting some slush readers and a co-editor to assist with managing the slush in order to send out responses in a timely manner.
As for backer rewards, the challenges I foresee is mainly shipping, for which we will probably hire out a company to mail rewards (such as books). Also making some of the custom rewards. But again, I am confident in finding help where needed and as this is a passion project, I will do my utmost to get everything fulfilled on time and make sure backers are satisfied with their rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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