NEW STRETCH GOAL!
Oh dear. You people. You lovely, insane people.
If we hit $9500... you will get two exclusive 'backstory' vignettes of two characters... as voted on by you-the-backers. Yep, I won't have a clue who I'm writing about until you tell me.
*....rethinks the wisdom of this, does it anyway*
STRETCH GOAL! Because one of the Minions is an evil, evil person and made a comment this morning about reality shows set in the Cosa's world... if we hit $8,000, y'all get a transcript of the wildly popular reality "self-help" talk show SEER STEERING, featuring the topic: "Fauns: assholes, or just jerks?"
In 2004, the first Cosa Nostradamus novel, Staying Dead, was published. In 2012, the last novel in that universe, Dragon Justice, was released. My publisher thought ten books was enough - time to write something else.
But I still had a character's story to tell. And readers were asking about it. So this Kickstarter is my way of making that happen. Yeah, basically, the success of this project is telling Big Publishing that they were wrong.
(I rather like Big Publishing. But sometimes...they're wrong)
THE WORK OF HUNTERS and AN INTERRUPTED CRY follow the adventures of PI Danny Hendrickson (human mother, faun father, 100% Attitude) and his partner/assistant/student Ellen, a human with magic she doesn't understand and can't contain. As private investigators, they work the space between the magical and the Null world, where people can - and do - get lost...
These stories will be the follow-up to MILES TO GO and PROMISES TO KEEP, but can be read independently, following Danny and Ellen as they (try to) save people in need, and maybe end up saving each other, too.
No Kickstarter is accomplished alone. The editor who has worked with me on all the novels and the first two novellas has signed up again (bless you, Mary Theresa). We also have the designer who worked on "Promises to Keep" and "Miles to Go" along to create the covers, and the Ever-Capable April to do the file-wrangling and trouble-shooting. That's Team SI. All hail them!
A chunk of money from the project will go to pay Team SI (and to feed them pizza during the crunch hours).
Backers talk about the first two Sylvan Investigation novellas:
“Danny and Shadow are a great team. They aren't perfect (and wouldn't it be boring if they were) but both are willing to risk everything to save lives and help. You want magic, sardonic humour and great stories? You've come to the right place.” – Ruth
"Since I can't hang out with Danny (and his cute little horns) in New York for real, reading some more of his adventures will just have to do." – Catherine
“Because Danny Hendrickson is never what you expect, yet he always manages to do the right thing. And get his man/woman/whatever. Like a Mountie, only shorter, cuter, and with horns . . . .” - Elektra
"if Mr Tumnus and Lucy had been written by Raymond Chandler it might be as cool as Danny and Shadow!" – M. Bernardi
“I've got a problem. My problem is that I’m addicted to Danny, you see, and that’s why you have to support Laura Anne’s Kickstarter: I need my fix. I’m out of Danny, and I. Need. Some. More.” - Joanna
Praise for the World of the Cosa Nostradamus
“…an entertaining, fast-paced thriller set in a world where cell phones and computers exist uneasily with magic, and a couple of engaging and highly talented rogues solve crimes while trying not to commit too many of their own.” – Locus
“Gilman’s deft plotting and first-class characters complement her agile blend of science and spell craft, and readers will love the Mythbusters-style fun of smart, sassy people solving mysteries through experimentation, failure, and blowing stuff up.” (Starred Review) - Publishers Weekly
First: if we get to $7,501, there will be a little extra 'kick' to the S.I. id cards!
Risks and challenges
I've set a deadline for the actual writing that I feel comfortable with hitting, even allowing for the usual sick days and minor catastrophes. My editor, who has worked on all the Cosa Nostradamus novels, and the two previous novellas, has already signed onto this project to help crack the whip. The real issue will come with some of the bonus rewards that are out of my control, specifically the planned trade edition.
The first two novellas are being done in paper format by PlusOne Press, out in California. They have voiced interest in working with me on these new novellas, so I am hoping that this will go through, and everything will be copasetic. If that does not work out, I have already priced other options, and should be able to cover my costs (although the delivery date may slip a little).
The other reward bonuses are already scouted, with backups planned in case the companies go out of business.
My real concern is that the USPS yanks mailing costs again. But that's beyond anyone's control.... . I've tried to keep the out-of-country shipping fees reasonable, despite not knowing what the USPS is going to pull in the next year. That's a risk I'm willing to take, for people who pony up pre-support. :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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