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Don't know where to start with some authors' work? Dive in with this fun, accessible book that covers classic to contemporary lit.
Don't know where to start with some authors' work? Dive in with this fun, accessible book that covers classic to contemporary lit.
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What is “Start Here”?

There are so many fantastic authors and great books out there that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

Say you’ve always wanted to read something by William Faulkner. You probably know a bunch of his books: The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Light in August; Absalom, Absalom! Maybe you’ve even come close to buying one. But every time you think about it, there’s that big question:

Which should you read first?

Start Here solves that problem; it tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres--children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels.

Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.

Start Here will be available both as an ebook (compatible with Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and a variety of other devices) and as a printed edition.

Who is writing “Start Here”?

Start Here will be written by a wide array of writers, critics, and bloggers, all of whom bring not only their expertise but also their passion for these authors. This combination of passion and expertise is at the heart of Start Here. Passion without expertise is unhelpful, and expertise without passion is uninspiring.

Some notable names who have agreed to contribute: Ruth Franklin (Book Critic for The New Republic), Ron Charles (Senior Critic, The Washington Post), Jane Ciabattari (former president of The National Book Critics Circle), author Kevin Smokler, author Joe Hill and author Erin Morgenstern.

What Authors Will Be Covered?

Some of them we’ve already planned, some we’re still planning, and some of them we’ll ask for your help in selecting.

Here are some we know we are going to include: Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Philip Roth.

Here are a few we’re thinking about: Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, James Baldwin, Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, and others.

Who’s on your wish list?

Where's the money going?

The proceeds will cover:

  • editorial costs (compensation for contributors and behind-the-scenes work, software for book creation, legal fees, licensing)
  • promotional costs (cover design, PR and marketing, special giveaway items)
  • rewards & shipping (including print edition)
  • admin fees to Kickstarter and Amazon.

What if you exceed your initial funding goal?

Once we meet our target, we’ll add a second goal and five more chapters. If we meet that, we’ll add another five chapters and another goal. Basically, your support will determine if the book exists and how many authors will be covered.

Who Are You Guys?

Always books, never boring--Book Riot is a community dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.

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REWARDS INFORMATION

Here's a little more information about some of the backer rewards:

START HERE eBook/Book Cover
START HERE eBook/Book Cover

$15 Level Reward Example:

Book Recommendation Based on Public Social Media Profile

$75 Level and Above Rewards

At the $75 level and above, backers get to vote on an author they would like to see included from a candidates list.

$125 Level and Above Rewards

Ideal Bookshelf Reward (example only)
Ideal Bookshelf Reward (example only)

$350 Level and Above Rewards

At $350 level and above, backers get to guarantee an author is included from a candidates list.

Here are the candidates:

Virginia Woolf
Ray Bradbury
Ernest Hemingway
Jane Austen
John Steinbeck
China Mieville
Stephen King
Joyce Carol Oates
Graham Greene
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ford Madox Ford
Philip K. Dick
Robert Heinlein
Issac Asimov
Alan Moore
Frank Miller
Willa Cather
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Herman Melville
Zora Neale Hurston
James Baldwin
Cormac McCarthy
Alice Munro
Nadine Gordimer
Richard Ford
Don DeLillo
Susan Sontag
Edith Wharton
N. Scott Momaday
Henry James
Gertrude Stein
Katherine Ann Porter
Ursula K. LeGuin
Octavia Butler
John Updike
Salman Rushdie
Neil Gaiman
Richard Wright
Joseph Heller
Franz Kafka
Italo Calvino

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    A great big, huge, not very small at all list of the top 100 bookish lists, curated by obsessive Book Riot editors who eat the internet for breakfast so you don't have to. All backers at all levels will get this reward, because who doesn't love a bookish list?

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    One copy of the print edition of START HERE. Backers outside the U.S. add $5 for shipping.

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    ebook + print edition of START HERE. Backers outside the USA, add $5 for shipping.

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    $35 level rewards + your name listed on the acknowledgements page as a backer, an invite to an exclusive web chat with one of the included authors, AND the opportunity to vote for an author to be included (candidates listed in the Rewards Information section on left). The top 3 vote-getters are guaranteed inclusion in book. Backers outside the USA, add $5 for shipping.

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    $75 level rewards + signed first editions of LOCKE AND KEY and HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill. Backers outside the USA, add $5 for shipping.

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    $75 level rewards + Margaret Atwood will send you an e-version of a short story she penned in high school and a photocopy of the never-published manuscript, stamped with a Trilobite block she used to enhance her dirndl-skirt fabric circa 1954. Where else are you gonna get that?!

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    $75 level rewards + a 5.5” by 7.5” Book Riot commissioned Ideal Bookshelf print (picture on left) displaying books by authors included in START HERE. Backers outside the USA, add $5 for shipping.

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    INDIE BOOKSTORE 12 PACK: Get 12 copies of START HERE to spice up handselling in your bookstore. Includes shipping and a big MWAH from us. Books will ship end of October for early November delivery. Availability limited to USA.

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    INDIE BOOKSTORE 24 PACK: Get 24 copies of START HERE to spice up handselling in your bookstore. Includes shipping and a big MWAH from us. Books will ship end of October for early November delivery. Availability limited to USA.

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    $125 level rewards + 2 tickets to START HERE launch party to be held in New York City. Backers outside the USA, add $5 for shipping.

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    $250 level rewards + guarantee the inclusion of one author in START HERE, selected from candidates list (candidates listed in the Rewards Information section on left).

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    $350 level rewards + 2 tickets to exclusive launch pre-party meet-and-greet hour with START HERE contributors and other special guests.

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