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Cobalt Press, the print-publishing arm of Cobalt Review, is about to blow up the literary marketplace with all-new full-length books!
Cobalt Press, the print-publishing arm of Cobalt Review, is about to blow up the literary marketplace with all-new full-length books!
88 backers pledged $2,560 to help bring this project to life.

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WITH THREE DAYS LEFT, WE HAVE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL!
Thank you to all who have gotten us here; you believed in this project as much as we do, and you're helping to make FOUR FATHERS a real thing.

BUT WE AREN'T DONE YET! Let's push this to $2,500 so that Cobalt can double the first print run and bring more of this awesome book into the world. And if we keep going beyond that, we have big plans for every dollar, including an increase in our annual writing prizes and a chance to sign on another book over the next couple months.

Hope you don't mind that I updated the main project video with a new one of me being giddy.

Thanks again! You all rock!

-Andrew Keating, Publisher

STRETCH GOALS

Now that we have reached our initial $2,000 goal...here's what we plan to do with additional funds we raise:

$2,500: We will be able to DOUBLE our first print run of Four Fathers. We've negotiated it out with a printer, and based on the expected page count, size, etc., a few hundred bucks will make a HUGE difference in print volume. 

$3,500: We will increase the Cobalt Writing Prize winnings to $250 (from $100). This will make the contest more competitive, without forcing us to increase the entry fees. Our contests play a large part in connecting Cobalt with new and exciting writers, and we plan to continue using our contests as a means to find that next great book we'll publish.

$5,000: We will be able to sign two more books within the next 12 months.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Cobalt was founded almost two years ago by Andrew Keating, who envisioned a quarterly online journal that would also publish at least one print issue each year. Thanks to the additions of Rafe Posey, Samantha Stanco, and Tabitha Surface, Cobalt was a quick success, featuring new work and exclusive interviews with dynamic writers both well-known and emerging.

June 10, 2013, marks the final issue of the second year of publishing, and we are well into our second annual Cobalt Writing Prize contests, which funds and provides most of the content for the annual print issue (released in the fall).

In November of 2012, Cobalt published its first annual print edition, which features selections from the first year of online publication, as well as winners and finalists from the 2012 Writing Prizes. In 2013, the annual print edition will expand to also include exclusive interviews with awesome authors and more original content than ever before (in addition to Prize winners and finalists).

BOOK PUBLISHING

So, everyone on Cobalt Review's staff attended University of Baltimore's MFA program for creative writing and publishing arts. We love books. We love being knee-deep in the production of them. This means that all of the editing, design, etc., will be done by Cobalt staffers who have, for the most part, been doing this on a purely voluntary basis up until now. We have each designed and published books, and we know what it takes to be successful in the literary marketplace. Stacie Keating has also stepped into the role of co-publisher to assist in the editorial process for book projects.

If this campaign goes well, we will have enough funding to develop high-quality books (such as Where You Should Be) while also building a royalty scheme that pays our staff for all of their excellent work over the past two years (and into the future). NOTE: No money raised in this campaign will be used to compensate our staff. All compensation will come from sales of future book projects.

FOUR FATHERS/WHERE YOU SHOULD BE

Four Fathers (working title, previously Where You Should Be) is a collection of fiction and poetry on the subject of fatherhood, written by Dave Housley (Ryan Seacrest is Famous), BL Pawelek (So Hold Me Tight and Hold Me Tight), Ben Tanzer (Orphans, Daddy Cool, My Father's House) and Tom Williams (The Mimic's Own Voice). Housley provided a novella-length story, Pawelek wrote a series of poetry for his daughter Abbey Road, Tanzer contributed a collection of flash fiction, and Tom Williams offered a pair of bookend short stories.

This collection is the first full-length book to be published by Cobalt Press, and is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014. It will make a spectacular father's day gift for sure.

Timeline: ARCs will be available starting in November, 2013, in PDF format with a limited number available in print. The official release date for Four Fathers has not yet been determined, but will likely fall in April or May of 2014 (with plenty of time to purchase for Father's Day).

Check out this great video of Ben Tanzer reading his story "Lies" from Four Fathers.

WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING

Everybody liked to know what they're spending money on, especially when it's for a cause. So here's the deal. We need between $2000 and $3000 to get ourselves set up for the next year of publishing. Most of this money will be going toward printing and shipping costs for the first book, Where You Should Be. However, as most publishers know, getting set up for a first book is usually the most costly and the most aggravating. ISBNs and other initial setup costs are really the toughest thing to get around. This is the best breakdown we can offer, an estimation of where the money is going:

$750 | Initial setup costs (Purchasing a decent quantity of ISBNs, website development, pre-publication marketing materials)

$1200-1900 | Printing and shipping costs (shipping from the printer to Cobalt)

THE REWARDS

This is the section you probably care most about, right? You know the money is going to a good cause, but, like a PBS telethon, you're really just doing it for the multi-disc DVD of Victor Borge.

All donations will be recognized in the online donors list at cobaltreview.com. Donations of $1-4.99 will be listed for 60 days, and donations above $5 will be listed for one year. If you donate more than $10, we'll recognized you in print too. All donations above $10 will qualify you for a drawing to receive an invitation for you and a guest to attend the Cobalt Volume 2 release party in Baltimore, MD (three invitations will be awarded from this drawing).

Any shipments (donations involving print issues and books) will include Cobalt-themed paraphernalia (stickers, buttons, etc.).

Most books will be accompanied by signed postcards of artwork by the spectacular Sophie Johnson, who we featured in online issues #1 and #7.

"Metro" by Sophie Johnson
"Metro" by Sophie Johnson

Keating's Favorite: At the $50 level, we'll name your father on the FAVORITE FATHERS page (We'll probably change the name of the page. Suggestions?) in Where You Should Be. You can choose to have us ship a copy directly to your father in time for Father's Day 2014 with a special Cobalt-themed card. Or we'll send the card and book to you, and you can see him jump and down with excitement in person!

Shipping to US locations is included in your donation. If you live outside the US, there is a $5 additional charge.

For some rewards, there are multiple options (such as the "fatherly video" and signed books). We will email you with information about making your selections.

All rewards for Where You Should Be and Volume 2 will be shipped or emailed within 5 business days of the official release date. If your reward involves both, your items will be sent separately according to release dates.

Risks and challenges

Most non-funding issues related to this project are being mitigated by the timing of this campaign. Our plan is to have the book edited by August and produced by December for release in April or May 2014. This prevents issues related to printing delays. We have multiple levels of plans in place to address even the worst-case scenarios (aside, perhaps, from death).

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    Maybe you are a father desperately trying to figure out how to talk to your child about the birds and the bees. Maybe you are a son whose father is away traveling, and you really need someone to play catch with. Maybe you just need a little fatherly support. Donate $25 to Cobalt and one of our expert fathers (Dave Housley, Tom Williams or Ben Tanzer), co-authors of WHERE YOU SHOULD BE (a collection of fiction and poetry about fatherhood) will record a personal video in which they perform fatherly duties to fit your needs.

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    FINAL TWO WEEKS ONLY: Help us reach our goal! We are still a few hundred dollars away, so we're upping our reward offering. Donate $30 and you'll receive print copies of Cobalt Volume 1 & Volume 2, plus a print copy of FOUR FATHERS (Previously WHERE YOU SHOULD BE). We'll even put FOUR FATHERS in the mail two weeks before the official release.

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    #1 DAD REWARD | Have your dad listed on the FAVORITE FATHERS page in WHERE YOU SHOULD BE + we will mail your father a copy of the book just in time for Father's Day 2014! (We can also mail to you, if you prefer to be there when he gets this awesome book with his name on it.)

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    Print and PDF copies of Volume 2 + Sophie Johnson signed postcards + copy of WHERE YOU SHOULD BE signed by all four authors (Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, Ben Tanzer and Tom Williams).

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    Hang out with the editor for a day.

    You'll get serious recognition in our print journal, as well as online and in a special thanks section in the back of WHERE YOU SHOULD BE. In addition to receiving copies of everything we publish within the next 12 months, we'll give you the postcards of Sophie Johnson's work, a signed copy of WHERE YOU SHOULD BE, an invitation to the Volume 2 release party, and you'll get to hang out with managing editor Andrew Keating for a day. That's right. If you donate $300, Andrew will drive you around for 5 hours, buy you lunch or dinner, and spend the day with you. He'll give you a signed copy of his book, treat you to a delicious meal at a local favorite restaurant, and maybe even throw in some gelato at the end. (This deal is for Baltimore-area residents only. Andrew will do this in DC, Philadelphia or New York City as well, but you must select the $500 option for that.) Andrew will contact you with more details if you sign up for this ridiculous reward.

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    Just like the $300 option, Andrew Keating will treat you to 5 hours of fun (plus some awesome Cobalt freebies detailed above) in either DC, Philadelphia, or New York City (other cities are available, but must be within 3.5 hours of Baltimore). One meal is included (lunch or dinner). This deal is also available for Baltimore people who want to go to one of these cities with Andrew for a day (and get stuff too). You will be contacted with more details if you sign up for this ridiculous reward.

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