Hello internet, and all the ships at sea! You might know me as the Alfie Award-winning humorist and commentator who made both light and sense of the drama around the Hugo Awards for a couple of years running. You might know me as the blonde lady on Twitter who calls everybody babies and breaks down political news. You might know me as a pioneer in the fields of internet self-publishing and crowdfunding, who was making a living through this kind of model before there was a word for it or a platform like this.
My name is Alexandra Erin, and among the many other hats I wear, I am a writer of speculative fiction: fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
I've been telling stories all my life. It's one of my first loves and the way I first broke onto the internet as a creator. While I've had a great run with publishing stories online, readers are always asking me when I'm going to give them something they can hold in their hands, something tangible, something they can bring to a signing table at a convention.
So for an all-new print edition of some of my best stories, I have contracted fantastic fantasy illustrator Amanda Sharpe to create a beautiful, original painted cover that will really bring the collection to life. I've included some examples of her previous work, below.
The price of this painting comprises half of my goal here. The other half is to finance an initial print run to send out to backers at the appropriate level and take with me to conventions.
The purpose of this project is to make the book available in perpetuity. So after we're done here, it will remain available in both e-book and print-on-demand form from major online booksellers.
Please note that while I cannot offer overseas shipping of rewards for logistical reasons, the finished book will be available anywhere the major online book retailers ship!
About The Collection
Our working title here is First Dates, Last Calls, because at the core what I write best about is people. We're talking a collection of surreal or too-real stories tinged with fantasy or horror that deal with human emotions, interactions, relationships. We're talking mothers and daughters, lovers, friends, would-be suitors. We're talking twelve stories, ten of them previously published elsewhere and two brand new for this collection.
If that's enough to hook you, then please, come in. If you're not sure, feel free to browse a little before you make up your mind. The collection will be anchored by my short stories "Women Making Bees In Public" and "The Numbers Game", just to give you an idea of what to expect and where the title comes from.
If you like my stories — or if you even like my other writing and want a place to start — backing this project will let you reserve your copy, help me demonstrate demand and build buzz for my future fiction projects, and of course help ensure it actually comes to the market.
Images are provided as examples of the cover artist's work. They are not representative of the finished product.
Risks and challenges
This is the first product I'm Kickstarting and obviously there are risks there, but with the size of my audience and the interest I have gauged, I am confident of reaching my goal. $1,000 is entirely reachable. I have crowdfunded other, less tangible endeavors with higher goals and reached them.
As for producing the book: the bulk of the work here is already finished. The stories are written. The formatting is well under way. The cover is in process, but with an experienced and proven artist.
So really the biggest challenge is going to be fulfillment, something that can be difficult for someone with my disabilities. This is why I'm keeping the rewards short, simple, and to the point. I can send out physical copies of the book directly from the printer, which is why I've absorbed the shipping cost into the tier level and limited it to the United States.
Signed copies obviously have to come home to be, be signed, and sent out again. This is something that could easily overwhelm me, so I have set a relatively high price point and limited the number. It is my belief that this will help keep things manageable.
I know there are risks. My strategy is to identify them and then do what I can to minimize them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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