First cultivated by the Aztecs, once feared and later embraced by Europeans, the tomato has an intriguing legacy, and now the mythic fruit-vegetable has inspired a creative collection of short pieces. Tomato Slices is a veritable chopped salad of tomato-themed short stories, essays, poems, recipes, and artwork. These tasty pieces are grown from nearly fifty creative minds and harvested from seven countries.
Where do funds go?
Our initial goal will cover the expenses of rewards, shipping, Kickstarter fees, and most importantly paying our contributors a base pay. The $1111 will allow us to set Tomato Slices up as a print-on-demand and ebook title and print roughly 50 copies to debut at the Tomato Art Fest.
Kickstarter funds beyond our initial goal will enable us to pay the contributors higher rates, do a larger initial print run, and invest a little into advertising. Our ultimate goal is to pay our contributors full professional rates and upgrade to offset printing, which would allow us to set a lower retail price.
All rewards include shipping for the U.S. As a special perk our Kickstarter backers will get their copies of Tomato Slices two months early – in June instead of August, and backers who pledge over $20 will be listed as tomato patrons in the book itself. We have a great range of rewards set up, but to help simplify, we're offering some rewards as add-ons.
Our Primary Reward is copies of the Tomato Slices anthology, the 6"x9" book is approximately 300 pages long, with 27 short stories, 16 poems, 10 recipes, and 3 art pieces. Many of the pieces are only a page or two, but some are several pages long. It's the sort of book you could gulp down in an afternoon or savor over a few weeks. Content is PG to PG-13. With the common feature of tomatoes throughout, this is an anthology that celebrates variety in the written word from comic to dramatic, sardonic to inspiring, and slice of life to the fantastic. Art pieces will be in black and white unless we're able to hit a stretch goal that covers color insets.
Ebook will include some full color artwork and be available in multiple formats including .mobi and .epub.
Since the book will likely be in black and white, we're happy to showcase our artists on rewards in full color.
Add $10 for Tomato Slices Bottle Charm. The bottle charms and tomato slice confetti inside are made by Tomato Slices author Sarah Doebereiner.
You may add-on as many of these as you like, in any combination, but are limited to a maximum of 10 for each type of add-on in accordance to Kickstarter rules.
We have Tomato Artwork for the potholders and apparel, but you may choose from any design on the Amoeba Ink Cafepress Shop.
We hit our initial goal and are unlocking some new rewards.
Backers who pledge over $25 may choose one free ebook. Backers over $50 get both ebooks. Backers under $25 may add an ebook for $5 each.
All in Letters Bound in String is a short story collection by Samantha Memi (18+...pdf or .mobi) You can read a review here.
Horse Feathers is the newest fantasy novel by Iscah (10+...pdf, epub, or .mobi) more.
Next stretch goal reward unlocks at $1600!
The Tomato Slices Contributors
Scáth Beorh – Scáth Beorh is a writer and editor. He may be reached at email@example.com
The Black Rabbit – Illustrator and storyboard artist from Atlanta, Georgia, The Black Rabbit's illustrations dabble in ethereal romanticism. He is currently finishing his first published art book, "Through the Woods..", aiming for early 2016 release. ( www.facebook.com/theblkrabbit)
H. David Blalock - H David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for over 40 years. His work has appeared in novels, novellas, short stories, reviews and commentary. His work continues to appear from multiple publishers. Find out more at his website, www.thrankeep.com.
Tracy Davidson – Tracy Davidson writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including: Poet's Market 2015, The Binnacle, Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Mslexia, Journey to Crone, The Great Gatsby Anthology and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights.
Sarah Doebereiner - Sarah Doebereiner is a short story author, novelist, and poet. She graduated from Wright State University in 2010 with her BA in English. Sarah lives in central Ohio with her husband and two small children. She enjoys writing everything from micro-fiction to novella length works. https://www.facebook.com/sarahadoebereiner.com
D. G. Driver - D. G. Driver is a Young Adult author of Cry of the Sea, Whisper of the Woods, and Passing Notes. She lives near Nashville, TN, and when she’s not writing or working, she’s singing in a local community theater musical. Learn more about her at www.dgdriver.com
E. M. Eastick - E. M. Eastick worked as an environmental professional in Australia, Britain, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates before becoming a writer of no-fixed genre. She currently spends most of the year in Colorado.
Rick Eddy – Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Rick Eddy has been writing poetry and short stories for almost 40 years. Through his writings he has sought to explore moral and spiritual issues in this complex and challenging world.
David Elliott – David Elliott is the author of two books of poetry, Wind in the Trees (AHA Books) and Passing Through (Nightshade Press), and has been published in many journals including Parting Gifts, The Cape Rock, High Plains Literary Review, and Passages North.
G.L. Francis - G.L. Francis is a Midwest writer of speculative fiction and nonfiction essays, artist, tinker, and jane-of-many-trades with too many interests.
Karin Britt Gall - Karin Britt Gall has been writing fiction and nonfiction from Central Ohio for over 25 years. She lives with her husband and attack cat Smokey. Her work has appeared in stories, articles, magazines, and newspapers both in print and online. She recently completed a spiritual memoir and a cozy mystery for which she is seeking representation. Blog: In Other Words (https//karinsgall.wordpress.com)
Peter Goulding - Peter Goulding's work has been published in four continents by badgering editors until they capitulate. He has self-published many books of alleged humorous verse, because nobody else will. He has just completed his first novel and plans to read another one soon. He has no practical talents at all.
John Grey - John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Perceptions and Sanskrit with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Owen Wister Review and Louisiana Literature.
Robyn Groth - Robyn Groth has an M.A. in linguistics and is a fanatic of lifelong learning and autodidacticism. She is fond of form, mythology and cephalopods. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three sons. Her work has been published in *Blue Monday Review*. Read more at www.robyngrothwrites.wordpress.com.
Ann Hart - Ann Hart was born into a tomato and literature loving family. She has lived in Georgia (eating tomatoes fried and green), Arizona (eating tomatillos), and now resides in Illinois enjoying heirloom tomatoes and great poetry. Tomato Heirloom is Ann’s first published poem.
Amanda Rotach Huntley – Amanda Rotach Huntley is the owner of Line By Lion Publications, LLC and the author of "Hunter the Horrible" and "Charlotte and Daisy." Ms. Huntley lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her four children.
Katie Irish - Katie Irish is a Freelance Writer living in Hartford, CT. Her work as appeared in 34th Parallel Literary Magazine, Connecticut Gardener Magazine, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, The Ithaca Journal, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and Edible Nutmeg Magazine. She lives with her Siamese cat, Cleopatra. Her website is http://www.katiejirish.com.
Robert Iulo - Robert Iulo’s work has been published in Gastronomica, Museum of Americana, Hypertext and others. He’s had a special feature published in The Mississippi Sun Herald about his volunteer work on the Mississippi Coast after Katrina. He lives in New York City. For more information go to http://robertiulo.naiwe.com/
Lora Keller - After earning a creative writing degree in 1979, Lora Keller was a scriptwriter, public relations executive and educator in Milwaukee, New York and Kansas City. Now when she’s not writing poetry, she runs three small Milwaukee businesses. To connect with Lora and more of her work, visit her website: lakeller.com.
Wendy Kennar - Wendy Kennar is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her seven-year-old son and from her memories of her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both print and online. She writes a weekly blog at http://wendykennar.blogspot.com.
Richard Koreen - Richard Koreen is a retired teacher living with his wife Diane on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. His stories reflect a very unserious, often madcap perspective. He hopes you enjoy this offering. For him retirement is a process of continually re-inventing himself. Who knows who he’ll be next year.
Robert J. Krog - Memphian, Robert J. Krog, is the author of The Stone Maiden and Other Tales, A Bag Full of Eyes, and numerous works of short fiction from Alban Lake, Ink Monkey, and Dark Oak, two of which have won Darrell Awards at Midsouthcon. He co-edited Potter's Field Five from Alban Lake. www.krogfiction.yolasite.com
Richard Leavesley - Richard Leavesley was born, raised and lives in Central England and has been writing for small-press publications for over twenty years. Most recently his poem “Leviathan” was published in the horror anthology “Fossil Lake II.”
Gerri Leen - Gerri Leen lives in Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has stories published by: Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Grimdark, and others. She is editing an anthology, A Quiet Shelter There, which will benefit homeless animals and is due out this year from Hadley Rille Books. Website: http://www.gerrileen.com.
Randall Lemon - Randall has lived in the vivid landscape of his imagination his entire life. He was a director, an actor and a world-class roleplayer. Earlier in his career, he wrote articles for magazines but has now turned to fiction in 19 published short stories and 1 novel. Find him on Amazon.
Mark L. Levinson - Over the years, Mark L. Levinson has provided Israel’s English-language newspapers with political commentary, book reviews, humor, and even a bit of reportage. He once regularly blogged on the puzzling points of technical writing but, having somewhat rerouted his career, now blogs on the puzzling points of Hebrew-to-English translation: http://www.elephant.org.il/translate
Nicole Lim - Nicole Lim is an artist, children's book illustrator, and self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur from the Philippines. Most of her illustrations are drawn digitally and revolve around nature, fantasy, and whimsical themes. See more of her work at www.rinianart.com
Sam Matteson - Sam Matteson, physicist, professor, poet, essayist and story teller is an unexpected writer who combines a realist world view with a deeply felt sense of the spiritual in everyday life. In addition, to scores of publications in scientific journals he has authored many published poems, essays, and short stories.
Samantha Memi - Samantha Memi lives in London. She is the author of the chapbook Kate Moss & Other Heroines, and the story collection All in letters bound in string. http://samanthamemi.net
Catherine Moore - Catherine Moore’s work appears in many literary journals such as Tahoma Literary Review, Cider Press Review, and The Southampton Review. She won the Southeast Review’s 2014 Gearhart Poetry Prize and had work selected for the 2015 Best Small Fictions anthology. She is the author of two published chapbooks.
Heidi Morrell - Heidi’s work has appeared in magazines, anthologies, among many: East Coast literary Review; Poised in Flight, Hurricane Press; Emerge Literary Journal; Poetry Pacific; Rotary Dial, Canadian; Outside In Lit Magazine; Mothers Always Write; -Fiction: Blue Skirt Press; Oval Magazine, Ink Monkey Press; Dual Coast Magazine, and a Chapbook from Finishing Line Press.
Violet Nesdoly - Violet Nesdoly lives near Vancouver B.C. and has had poetry published in Time of Singing, Your Daily Poem, and others. She has published two poetry books, Calendar and Family Reunion. She enjoys trying out new poetic forms and writes often about nature and faith. Read more about her work at VioletNesdoly.com.
Lucas Olson - Lucas Olson is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work has previously appeared in Beorh Weekly, Sugard Water Myth + Magic, and The Golden Key.
Rao Vandana Parankusam - Vandana is from India. Tomato Pergu Pachady is a typical South Indian dish usually served in the hot summer months. It is one of her favorite tomato recipes.
John Pierce - John Pierce is a teacher from the Texas Hill Country. Some of his recent work has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, Valley Voices, and Ometeca.
JM Prescott - JM Prescott resides in Nashville, where it’s normal to play Frisbee in front of the Parthenon. She is an avid reader and has written several books. Jo is a member of the Nashville Writer’s Meet-up. She likes to travel, design jewelry, knit, and hike in the mountains. www.authorkatedonnelly.com
Herika R Raymer - Herika R. Raymer grew up consuming books - first by eating them, later by reading them. After finally being published, she continues to send submissions, sometimes with success, and currently has a collection of stories in the works. She also does semi-pro editing. A participant of the voluntary writer/artist/musician cooperative known as Imagicopter, Herika R. Raymer is married with two children and a dog in West Tennessee, USA. Her website is at: herikarraymer.webs.com
Betty Rocksteady - Betty Rocksteady is an author and illustrator with a love for the strange and macabre. Keep up and keep in touch at www.facebook.com/bettyrocksteadyart
Laura Rushing - Laura Rushing is a copywriter, Slytherin, and vintage cookbook collector from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes her tomatoes three ways: pureed in spaghetti sauce, sun dried on a pizza, and eaten plain with a sprinkle of kosher salt.
Melissa Z. Savlov - Melissa Z. Savlov has been publishing her creative writing since 1993. Her work has appeared in The Best of Foliate Oak, The Wall, Happy, COMBAT, and The Chinquapin Journal. The poems in this anthology were inspired by her maternal grandmother, who deeply loved her family and local, farm-grown fruit.
Wayne Scheer - Wayne Scheer has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net. He's published numerous stories, poems and essays in print and online, including Revealing Moments, a collection of flash stories. (http://issuu.com/pearnoir/docs/revealing_moments). Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife.
Holly Schofield - Holly Schofield's stories have appeared in many publications including Lightspeed, Crossed Genres, and Tesseracts. For more of her work, see http://hollyschofield.wordpress.com/
Tania Simcock - Since childhood, Tania Simcock has been known to live in a dream world. She expresses herself through artwork, music, cakes and fantasy writing. Her current goal is to publish her Fantasy Series, a budgeting book and a novel of short stories. Website: www.taniasimcock.com/main/
Bret James Stewart – This will appear at the end of the anthology: Bret James Stewart is an author, poet, playwright, and game designer living in the forested slopes of North Carolina. He spends his days dreaming about nonsense. Check out his website: http://www.bretjamesstewart.com
Alarie Tennille – Alarie Tennille was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class admitting women. Now in Kansas City, she misses the ocean (and long tomato season!). Her poetry books, Running Counterclockwise and Spiraling into Control, are available on Amazon. alariepoet.com
John Vicary – A contributor to almost fifty compendiums in his career, John Vicary is the submissions editor at Bedlam Publishing and also co-founded the editing business The Letter Works. He enjoys playing piano and lives in rural Michigan with his family. You can read more of John's work at keppiehed.com.
Sarah Susanna Wood - Sarah Susanna Wood is a writer and volunteer who lives near White Rock Lake in Dallas. She taught college English for sixteen years in community colleges in the Dallas area, and was a technical writer for eight years. Currently, she volunteers at East Lake Pet Orphanage and writes in her spare time.
Christopher Woods – Christopher Woods lives in Texas and takes photographs - http://christopherwoods.zenfolio.com/
Risks and challenges
With so many creators, there's a lot of paperwork and personalities to coordinate. But the stories are written, the cover art selected, and we're well into the editing (mainly proofreading) phase. That fine tuning work will continue during the Kickstarter period.
We've tried to build in extra time to our schedule to accommodate for road bumps while still making our projected release at The Tomato Arts festival in August 2016.
Worst case scenarios are natural disasters or individual contributors pulling out before the book is finalized. But we've got the essential files backed up in multiple physical locations. So shy of global apocalypse, we have a very good chance of making our deadline with everyone intact, and while there's a chance of delays, we're working hard to make that as close to nonexistent as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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