***NOW HEAR THIS!!!!!
Thanks to the amazing generosity of our fans, and of the magazine Flash Fiction Afficionado, we have a BONUS REWARD FOR ALL BACKERS!
FFA has decided to give all backers an e-copy of their very first issue. ALL backers, even the $1 level folks who usually get nothing but a thank-you.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Stay tuned to out Facebook channel for additional bonus rewards coming your way as the campaign progresses.
You want some fiction? We got your fiction right here! A hundred tales of derring-do, introspection, love, hate, joy, fear, science fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, and all manner of other things for your reading pleasure.
It's our third flash fiction anthology, and looking to be our best one yet.
The concept here is so simple we haven't messed with it since the first one in 2014. We bring you 100 authors with 100 voices in 100 short stories under 1,000 words each. Easily digested tales you can devour in dainty bites whenever is most convenient for you.
Flash fiction is a challenging and intense form of fiction, where what the writer doesn't say is at least as important as what gets put on the paper. It's also underserved in publishing because it's a difficult model to make work with the traditional systems for rights and payment.
But crowdfunding makes the disadvantages of flash fiction (authors like to get paid, but an anthology needs a lot of authors) into assets (lots of authors can put lots of effort into getting the project out into the world).
Like we said, we have 100 authors ranging from established professionals to first-timers. For the first time in the history of our anthologies, we know who all 100 are going to be before we start our campaign.
We have authors from the USA, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Malaysia, China, and the Netherlands. It's truly become a worldwide celebration of fiction, and we hope you'll become a part of it.
Behind the authors, we have a professional squad of do-gooders set to make sure the whole project makes our contributors looks as awesome as they deserve to. Take a minute to meet:
Dani J. Caile, our design editor. He manages editorial feedback and layout. Dani is a veteran author and editor with over a dozen books to his credit.
Arthur Wright, our cover designer. You'll see a lot of cool stuff over the next weeks as he makes choosing our book's look an interactive process. Arthur is a professional artist and graphic designer with books, games, and fine art under his belt. Check out these sketches he did of some of our editorial team:
Lorna Simons, our copy editor. She's the proofreader, our last best defense against typos and other such nonsense. Lorna has been editing for over two decades, with clients in half a dozen countries.
Rachel Letofsky, our technical advisor. She's offering sage industry advice, and part of our review team for a couple of our backer rewards. Rachel is a literary agent working with CookeMcDermid, and has represented multiple best-sellers and award-winners.
Jason Brick, the head honcho. The guy who had the idea, and who's driving the project from start to finish. He's been at this for just shy of ten years and 50 books, with previous experience in marketing and business management.
There's a short answer and a long answer to this one. The short answer is simple: we need $1,800 to make the book happen. That covers overhead, marketing, design and layout costs, payment for the support staff, and a copy of the book for all of the contributors. That's our minimum level of success, and I'm confident we'll reach it.
Beyond that, we want to make sure the authors get paid well. For every $1,000 above the basic goal, they all get a raise. Our ultimate goal is $10,000, which raises even the beginning contributors' pay to professional scale.
To help us get there, Jason and a few others are going to be engaged in a variety of shenanigans...so stay tuned.
We plan to ship in June of this year. Here's our plan for making that happen.
- Already Accomplished: all authors selected, all rough drafts in, cover artist selected, cover concept sketches in, editorial team selected, delivery infrastructure set up
- Launch Date January 29
- Close Date February 21
- By March 15: editorial feedback to authors, final cover concept selected, all layout elements finalized
- By April 15: edited drafts turned in, final cover art turned in
- By May 1: all elements combined into proof copy, proof copy sent to team for final changes
- By May 15: proof approved and files sent to printer
- By June 1: books begin to shift
This will be the third time we've done this, so we're applying all of our previous mistakes to setting up a system that should allow for flawless execution here.
Will Ya Look at That? We're already getting some press attention, and support from some pretty nifty places!
Risks and challenges
We're pretty confident with this one. After all it's our third book like this, and Jason's 48th book overall. Still, book 2 delivered a fair bit behind schedule, so here's what we've done about that.
The delays from last time all came from trouble with the cover designer, creating a time lag, with a side order of the challenges of getting 100 writers to do _anything_ on time.
So this time we're frontloading. Our cover designer is part of the process from the beginning (rather than hired after we fund), and all of our authors have turned in at least their rough drafts. That alone should put us ahead of schedule.
Third time's the charm, folks. We anticipate smooth and flawless execution. And if we don't get it, we're experienced enough by now to make it work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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