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The best bisexual-themed short stories, all in one book. Showcasing the depth and breadth of bi experience and bi literary talent.

Cambridge, MA Fiction
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If you don't know Sheela Lambert yet, let me introduce you. Sheela is the powerhouse of passion for bisexual visibility who founded the Bi Writers Association, organizes the Bi Lines literary arts readings in New York City, and was a co-founder of Bi Women of All Colors. She's the national writer on the bisexuality beat for Examiner.com. She has fought for the inclusion of the words "bisexual" and "transgender" in many of New York City's queer institutions, including The Center, the Pride March, and the Film Festival, and she's the woman who convinced the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2006 that a category for bisexual books was sorely needed in the annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Sheela Lambert
Sheela Lambert

However, the fight for bisexual inclusion is far from over. One of Sheela's efforts was to compile an anthology of short stories from authors all over, Best Bi Short Stories. The book contains stories from lauded authors such as Katherine V. Forrest, Ann Herendeen, Jane Rule, James Williams, and Jan Steckel. 23 authors in all! You'd think it would be a natural fit for any queer publisher.

But times are tough in publishing, and even some seemingly supportive gay and lesbian presses don't see a surefire hit in a bisexual-themed book. Sheela shopped the book around extensively. Many publishers praised the book but declined to publish it with comments like, "it's not in our wheelhouse" or "it wouldn't be fair to you because we're not sure how to market it." One offered only $25 per story to the authors but then reneged on the deal before sending a contract. Another would only publish if half the stories were removed. 

It reached the point where many of the authors offered to pool their money together to help Sheela self-publish if that was the only way to get the book out.

When I heard that, I said "enough!" Authors deserve to be paid for their work, not the other way around. I'm Cecilia Tan, a longtime bisexuality activist myself and one of the authors in the book, and I also happen to be the owner of a small press called Circlet Press. Circlet recently launched a new imprint, Gressive Press, for sex-positive fiction that celebrates life outside the big "binary" categories of gay/straight, male/female. (Unlike the main Circlet publishing program, Gressive's books don't necessarily have to be graphically erotic. The focus can be sexuality, not so much sex itself.) I believe two things: one: BEST BI SHORT STORIES is a great fit for this new imprint, and two: THESE AUTHORS DESERVE TO BE PAID DECENTLY, especially after the rigamarole and tribulations Sheela and they have been through trying to get this book to see the light of day.

So with that in mind, I hatched the plan to launch this Kickstarter. 

The minimum we need to raise with this Kickstarter to get this book off the ground is $4,000. Some of the stories we would like to include carry significant permissions fees from the previous publishers, and this amount would not only include those permission fees, it would also allow us to pay all the authors in the book a full three cents per word as an advance against royalties, as well as a $500 advance to Sheela. That amount also takes into account our best guess on what it will cost to fulfill the rewards (i.e. printing and shipping books, tote bags, etc), as well as the campaign fees charged by Kickstarter. 

Because Circlet Press is already committed to paying the production expenses (including proofreading, design, layout, etc.) the main purpose of this campaign is to raise the cash needed to pay the authors a truly professional rate for their work. Here's a sneak peek at the cover design:

The math is pretty simple. 83,000 words in the book, at 3 cents each: $2500. After all her hard work over the past six years, Sheela deserves some cash on the table, too: $500. Add in at least $600 for manufacturing and shipping the rewards, plus $400 to cover fees, and that all adds up neatly to $4,000.

Stretch Goals 

If we raise $6,000, we can raise the pay rate to authors to 4 cents a word. We'll also raise Sheela's advance to $650.

If we raise $8,000, we can raise the pay rate to authors to 5 cents a word and Sheela's advance to $800, AND we'll be able to dedicate $500 to advertising and marketing efforts.

If we raise $10,000, we'll be able to run a full marketing and publicity campaign on par with a bigger publishing house! Wouldn't it be fabulous to see the book advertised alongside those fancy gay and lesbian titles published by HarperCollins and St. Martin's Press? We'd be able to pay a dedicated publicist to run a campaign to get the book mentioned everywhere possible! We can dream, can't we?

REWARDS!

So now it's up to you! You can choose from a host of rewards in addition to just buying the book as an ebook or printed edition. All donors at all rewards levels will be thanked in the book (unless you opt out of being listed). Below is a rundown of everything we're offering. 

EDIT: We're also adding the ability for you to get add-ons, specifically more copies of the book. If you want 2, 3, or more copies, here's how: 

Select one of the physical rewards. then raise your donation amount above that reward level by $20 for each additional book you want to receive and we will include it with your regular reward. (Outside the USA, up your donation amount by $25 to handle the increase in shipping cost.) After the campaign ends, the backer questionnaire will include a field for you to specify that the additional amount is intended for additional copies of the book.

So for example, if you chose the $35 Bookplate special edition, and you want just a regular paperback also, raise your donation to $55 total, and in the end you'll get a questionnaire where you can remind us the additional $20 was for an additional book!

Here are all the rewards being offered: 

Various contributors to the book have donated autographed copies of their books as rewards! See the listing of what's available in the righthand sidebar and at what levels, as these are in limited quantities.
Various contributors to the book have donated autographed copies of their books as rewards! See the listing of what's available in the righthand sidebar and at what levels, as these are in limited quantities.

$1 - $9 Thanks! 

Thanks for chipping in! You'll be thanked in the book as a supporter (unless you opt out of being listed).

$10 The Ebook 

For your $10 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

$15 Ebook Deluxe 

For your $15 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND an additional ebook of either Like Twin Stars or Scheherazade's Facade (your choice) in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

$20 Ebook Superbundle 

For your $20 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND both Like Twin Stars and Scheherazade's Facade in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

$24 Ebook Super-duper Bundle 

For your $24 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND four other ebooks featuring bisexual characters: Like Twin Stars, Scheherazade's Facade, Nymph by Francesca Lia Block, and Simulacrum by Rian Darcy, in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

$25 Paperback Edition 

For your $25 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (no ebook). Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

$30 Paper & E Combo 

For your $30 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

JUST ADDED! $35 BOOK PLATES!

For your $35 donation you will receive a special paperback edition of Best Bi Short Stories including a fabulous custom designed book plate by author Kate Durré! Only 15 of these are available!

Custom book plate by Kate Durré
Custom book plate by Kate Durré

$40 Double Book Package 

For your $40 donation you will receive not only the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), you'll also receive a paperback of Best Erotic Fantasy! Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

The audience enjoying the 2013 Bi-Lines Event
The audience enjoying the 2013 Bi-Lines Event

$50 Bi VIP Package 

For your $50 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi, AND admission for one with VIP seating at Bi Lines VlI & Bisexual Book Awards II: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing, which will take place at the end of May in New York City (admission only, does not include travel expenses). Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

Mock up of what the tote bag may look like! Final bag may appear different.
Mock up of what the tote bag may look like! Final bag may appear different.

$60 Book Lover Package 

For your $60 donation you will receive the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), and a special Best Bi Short Stories book tote! These book totes are real canvas, made to last, and screen-printed in Massachusetts. Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

$75 Rare Book Package LIMIT 5 

For your $75 donation you will receive not only the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), you'll also receive a paperback of the first printing of Best Bisexual Erotica volume 2, long out of print! Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere, please add an additional $15.

$100 Bi VIP Deluxe 

For your $100 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi, AND admission for FOUR people and VIP seating at the annual Bi-Lines celebration at the end of May in New York City (admission only, does not include travel expenses). Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

$200 Short Story Edit 

For your donation of $200, you would receive an edit from Sheela Lambert on your short story up to ten pages long, plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

$200 Coffee or Tea! 

For your donation of $200, you would have coffee or tea with your choice of either editor Sheela Lambert in New York City or publisher Cecilia Tan in Boston/Cambridge, plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

$250 Written Manuscript Critique 

For your donation of $250, you would receive a written manuscript critique on either the first 50 pages of a novel or a short story up to 7500 words in length by Circlet Press editorial director Cecilia Tan. Plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

$500 In-Person or Skype Writer Advice 

For your donation of $500 you would receive a manuscript critique or writer advice session of at least 60 minutes via Skype or phone (or in person if you can travel to Boston/Cambridge) with Circlet Press editorial director Cecilia Tan. Manuscript up to 50 pages of a novel or a single short story up to 7500 words. Plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges:
We think we've done a pretty good job of covering every eventuality, and one of the reasons we waited to launch the Kickstarter until AFTER we'd invested a bunch of money and time in getting the book ready is so that if we make our goal, we will be able to move very quickly to delivery of rewards. Some of the things that have slowed this process down for us already: for example, one story we wanted to include, the author passed away, and her estate wouldn't answer our requests for permission. Sheela has already recruited another story to replace that one. The manuscript as currently compiled has already gone through one round of proofing and will only need one more before the ebook conversions are done. We already have the permissions forms from the publishers that we need: we just need to raise the money to cover the fees they are asking. Both Sheela and Cecilia have had various health setbacks in recent years that could slow us down a little, too, but the prep work and heavy lifting that each of them has needed to do to bring the project to this point is now done. The competent staff at Circlet Press are ready to swoop in and complete the production now that the editorial work is done!

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    THE EBOOK
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    EBOOK DELUXE
    For your $15 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND an additional ebook of either Like Twin Stars or Scheherazade's Facade (your choice) in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

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    EBOOK SUPERBUNDLE

    For your $20 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND both Like Twin Stars and Scheherazade's Facade in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

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    EBOOK SUPER-DUPER BUNDLE
    For your $24 donation you will receive the completed ebook of Best Bi Short Stories AND four other ebooks featuring bisexual characters: Like Twin Stars, Scheherazade's Facade, Nymph by Francesca Lia Block, and Simulacrum by Rian Darcy, in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi.

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    PAPERBACK EDITION
    For your $25 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (no ebook). Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    PAPER & E COMBO
    For your $30 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi. Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    An autographed copy of Lambda Literary Award-winning and Pushcart Prize nominated poet Jan Steckel's chapbook THE UNDERWATER HOSPITAL, plus the ebook edition of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    BOOK PLATES! For your $35 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book including a special limited edition book plate designed by author Kate Durré, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi. Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    An autographed copy of Pushcart Prize nominated writer and poet Jan Steckel's Lambda Literary Award winning book, THE HORIZONTAL POET, plus the ebook edition of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    DOUBLE BOOK PACKAGE
    For your $40 donation you will receive not only the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), you'll also receive a paperback of BEST EROTIC FANTASY! Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    BI VIP PACKAGE
    For your $50 donation you will receive the paperback Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book, as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi, AND admission for one and VIP seating at the annual Bi Lines celebration at the end of May in New York City (admission only, does not include travel expenses). Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    KATHERINE V. FORREST Autographed book of your choice! Best Bi Short Stories Contributor Katherine V. Forrest will autograph and send you the novel Curious Wine or any other of her books in print. You'll also receive the paperback and ebook of Best Bi Short Stories!

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    BOOK LOVER PACKAGE
    For your $60 donation you will receive the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), and a special Best Bisexual Short Stories book tote! These book totes are real canvas, made to last, and screen-printed in Massachusetts. Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    CECILIA TAN REWARD PACK: Receive autographed copies of The Velderet, Black Feathers (out of print), and White Flames (out of print), plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    RARE BOOK PACKAGE
    For your $75 donation you will receive not only the Kickstarter edition of the Best Bi Short Stories book (as well as the ebook edition in your choice of formats: PDF, epub, or mobi), you'll also receive a paperback of the first printing of Best Bisexual Erotica volume 2, long out of print! Donation includes the cost of shipping within the USA. Elsewhere please add an additional $15.

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    Ann Herendeen Reader Package
    Receive a literary package including not only the Best Bi Short Stories paperback and ebook, but also autographed copies of Ann Herendeen's delicious bisexual historical novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, and Pride/Prejudice (a bi retelling of Austen).

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    SHORT STORY EDIT
    For your donation of $200, you would receive an edit from Sheela Lambert on your short story up to ten pages long, plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    Coffee or Tea!
    For your donation of $201, you would have coffee or tea with your choice of either editor Sheela Lambert in New York City or publisher Cecilia Tan in Boston/Cambridge, OR a half-hour phone call, plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE
    For your donation of $250, you would receive a written manuscript critique on either the first 50 pages of a novel or a short story up to 7500 words in length by Circlet Press editorial director Cecilia Tan. Plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

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    WRITER ADVICE OR CRITIQUE IN-PERSON OR SKYPE
    For your donation of $500 you would receive a manuscript critique or writer advice session of at least 60 minutes via Skype or phone (or in person if you can travel to Boston/Cambridge) with Circlet Press editorial director Cecilia Tan. Manuscript up to 50 pages of a novel or a single short story up to 7500 words. Plus the paperback and ebook editions of Best Bi Short Stories.

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