About this project
For many people, the realm of acceptable sexual practices is widely variable. In recent years, the shift towards acceptance of non-binary genders and sexualities has served to further the diversity of acceptable fetishes and practices.
NASTY formed as a result of the #NastyWoman movement after now-president-elect Trump’s unfortunate comments. These comments combined with a growing anti-gay sentiment, which has been exemplified by the horrid Orlando shooting, are making people less comfortable with their sexuality and ultimately themselves. To protect the mental and physical stability of these individuals is NASTY, a pride-focused movement specializing in published erotica.
To build a feeling of acceptance, NASTY is creating a compilation of the best fetish erotica it can find. This diverse collection of works will come from acclaimed authors like Selena Kitt, Gemma Files, and Lucy A. Snyder as well as the submissions from the public. This variety will ensure that every reader will be able to find something that gets their specific likings as well as a few new and enthralling ideas.
And there's more.
UPDATE: Submissions are now open.
How many stories will we take?
That will be dependent on two things:
1. How much money can we raise? We're committed to paying our writers professional rates (at least $0.06 per word).
2. We're only buying stories we love--stories that we feel include all of us. Big, little, gay, straight, poly, queer, trans, and every race, creed, color, and place of origin are all welcome and encouraged. So if that's what you're writing, please help us by not only supporting this Kickstarter but by spreading the word in whatever way you can.
$5,000 = Open five more unsolicited story spots.
$7,500 = Ten more illustrations.
$8,000 = 2 more unsolicited stories.
$8,500 = 2 more unsolicited stories.
$9,000 = 2 more unsolicited stories.
$10,000 = 40 STORIES (in total).
$20,000 = Second Anthology (40 story anthology): NASTIER.
$30,000 = Third Anthology (40 stories): NASTIEST.
$40,000 and more = More Anthologies full of awesomeness!
NEW APPLE iBOOKS:
And don't forget about the interactive iBooks available through iTunes. This multi-media format was designed for a project like ours. With music, photo galleries, pop-ups (yes, pop-ups...) and more, the iBook version of NASTY will definitely be a treat.*
*only available on Apple devices
THE NASTY AUTHORS:
Selena Kitt - is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and award-winning author of erotic and romance fiction. She is one of the highest selling erotic writers in the business with over two million books sold. When she’s not pawing away at her keyboard, Selena runs an innovative publishing company (www.excessica.com) and bookstore (www.excitica.com), as well as two erotica and erotic romance promotion companies (www.excitesteam.com and www.excitespice.com) and is now head of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (www.erotica-readers.com). Her books EcoErotica (2009), The Real Mother Goose (2010) and Heidi and the Kaiser (2011) were all Epic Award Finalists. Her only gay male romance, Second Chance, won the Epic Award in Erotica in 2011. Her story, Connections, was one of the runners-up for the 2006 Rauxa Prize, given annually to an erotic short story of “exceptional literary quality.”
Lucy A. Snyder - Five-time Bram Stoker Award Winner, Lucy A. Snyder wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine,Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Scary Out There, Seize the Night, and Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.
Gemma Files - Award-winning horror author Gemma Files is also a film critic, teacher, screenwriter, Writer's Guild of Canada member, wife and mother. In 1999, her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won an International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She sold five of her stories to erotic horror anthology TV series THE HUNGER, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free production company. She wrote the Series Two episodes "Bottle of Smoke" and "The Diarist" herself. Her first novel, A BOOK OF TONGUES, is available right now from ChiZine Publications. It will be followed by two sequels, A ROPE OF THORNS (2011) and A TREE OF BONES (2012).
Douglas F. Warrick is a writer, a musician, and a world-traveler. Their first published short story appeared in Apex Digest back in 2006. Since then, Douglas's work has been published in a variety of periodicals, websites, podcasts, and anthologies, and has grown progressively stranger.
Cassie Alexander is the author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series, focusing on new nurse Edie, who’s been forced to work at a secret floor for supernatural creatures at her local County Hospital. As Cassie is a nurse in real life, most of the medical stuff is accurate, except for the vampires part. (Not that she hasn’t had patients who could have been vampires, though!) Cassie’s also written the Sleeping with Monsters series, about strong women and the dangerous creatures they love, and The House, a choose your own erotic adventure novel.
Tim Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer's pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. Overall, he has published close to thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal.
Steve Berman is a writer. Mostly he writes queer speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, surreal and quirky) for teens and adults. He's an editor. He adores short stories and has edited a fair number of acclaimed anthologies. He lives in New Jersey, the only part of the United States that has an official devil.
Tom Cardamone is the editor of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered, author of Lambda Literary Award-winning speculative novella Green Thumb and the erotic fantasy novel The Werewolves of Central Park. His short story collection, Pumpkin Teeth, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Black Quill Award. In 2013 he published the novella Pacific Rimming and the anthology Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy! His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, some of which have been collected on his website: www.pumpkinteeth.net. - See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/03/12/american-honor-killings-desire-and-rage-among-men-by-david-mcconnell/#sthash.xSYpoAxv.dpuf
Kelly Robson In 2015, Kelly's first fiction publications appeared in major Science Fiction markets Clarkesworld, Tor.com, and Asimov's Science Fiction, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and License Expired. Kelly Robson is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, the Prix Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sunburst award. After years in Vancouver, she and her wife (fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica) live in Toronto.
A. Merc Rustad is a queer transmasculine non-binary writer and filmmaker who likes dinosaurs, robots, monsters, and cookies. Their fiction has appeared in nifty places like Lightspeed, Cicada, Escape Pod, Fireside, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Apex, Shimmer, and others. “How To Become A Robot In 12 Easy Steps” was included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (ed. by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams). Merc is mostly found on Twitter @Merc_Rustad and sometimes playing in cardboard boxes.
Anne Harris (writing queer romance as Jessica Freely) can't resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other's arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, she also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn't seem to care that she's an award-winning and best-selling author in multiple genres. She just wants to play tug of war with Anne's manuscript pages.
Darien Cox lives in New England and enjoys using romantic fiction to explore the intensity, insanity, humor, and chaos that accompanies cupid’s arrow.
Lucien Soulban is a twice-nominated BAFTA writer for Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. He started writing in the stone age of games with tabletop RPGs and properties like Vampire: The Masquerade and Dungeons & Dragons. He jumped to fiction, where he wrote novels for Warhammer 40K and Dragonlance, as well as various horror anthologies including Blood Lite 1, 2, & 3. In the last decade, Lucien has worked on Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon, Far Cry 4, and Watch_Dogs 2 as writer and lead writer. He is currently working on an as-yet-to-be-named project at Ubisoft Montreal.
Molly Tanzer lives in Boulder, Colorado along the front range of the Mountains of Madness, or maybe just the Flatirons. She writes literary fantasy, horror, and science fiction, and edits the same. Her debut novel, Vermilion, was an NPR and io9 Best Book of 2015. Her first collection, A Pretty Mouth, was nominated for the British Fantasy and the Wonderland Book Award. Fancy! She’s also the author of The Pleasure Merchant, Rumbullion, and the forthcoming Creatures of Will and Temper. She edits Congress, a magazine of thoughtful erotica, and is the co-editor of Swords v Cthulhu and the forthcoming Mixed Up! Molly is represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Jason Ridler is a writer, improv actor, and historian. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. His popular non-fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Dark Scribe, Flash Fiction Online, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
NAME THAT FETISH:
More than spicy stories for your after-hours enjoyment, NASTY wants to give back in other ways.
So we’re putting our money where our mouth is..
MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
We’re going to donate 20% of future royalties raised (outside of Kickstarter) to Planned Parenthood. Let politicians huff and puff up there on Capital Hill all they like, but we’re doing our damnedest to keep PP up and running.
A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING:
***Shipping is free to the US and Canada. If you live somewhere else and would like a reward including a paperback or hardcover copy of NASTY, send us a message and we'll figure out a way to get your copy to you. Granted, it has to be legal in your country (sadly) and there might be extra shipping costs, but we'll do our very best. ***
THE NASTY TEAM:
Anna Yeatts, Publisher/Editor, is also the publisher of Flash Fiction Online, a professional monthly literary magazine affiliated with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Anna is a member of SFWA as well as the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her own fiction has been published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Mslexia, and Penumbra eMagazine among other venues.
Chris Phillips - Editor, was born the son of a traveling preacher and grew up across the country from the Midwest to the Deep South,devouring a buffet of American culture. In 2007, he earned an English degree from The Ohio State University, and he is now pursuing an MFA at Seton Hill University. His work appears in IGMS, Apex Magazine, Penumbra eMag, Sci Phi Journal, and elsewhere. Chris is also an active member of SFWA and a Managing Editor of Flash Fiction Online.
Damon Shaw - Artistic Director, is a writer and craftsman, who sold his first professional short story to Flash Fiction Online in 2009. Since then he has had work published in Daily Science Fiction, Bull Spec, AE and a host of anthologies from Lethe Press. He is often to be found in the carpentry covered in sawdust, where he makes wooden...things to sell on a market stall. He is occasionally commissioned to make absurdly curvy furniture, having an inbuilt abhorrence for straight lines. He lives in Lanzarote in the Canary Isles with two dogs, two cats, a fighting fish, a grapevine that has only produced moldy vinegar, and an olive tree that this year produced seven mighty olives. Damon is also a Managing Editor at Flash Fiction Online and an administrator at Liberty Hall, an online writers forum.
Javier Reta - Illustrator, Multimedia Artist.
Risks and challenges
NASTY won't be without its challenges. There are a lot of authors and designers to coordinate before the finished product can hit bookshelves. All the authors have to write their stories, the editors and copyeditors have to do their jobs, and then the technical publication process has to take place. But we're all professionals. That's a heavy-hitting list of authors who have met deadlines time and again. They know what they're doing, how to manage their own time, and if they weren't prepared, they wouldn't have committed to the project. The editors on this project are veterans. We've worked in the field for years, doing just this--working with authors and producing finished products ready to put into the readers' hands.
Publishing Erotica is a separate challenge. There are obstacles in bookstores and e-distributors to overcome, but again, this isn't the first rodeo for any of us. It's a matter of knowing the correct guidelines and procedures to follow, and which markets are erotica-friendly.
The finished product determines the timeliness of reward fulfillment. We'll get those books (whatever the format) to you as quickly as possible. While there's always the chance a hitch will cause a delay, that's what multiple tiers of editors are for--the more eyes, the better.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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