The authors in this collection of 15 short stories each give their own spin to the concept of the bard, with tales running the gamut from traditional high fantasy to urban and post-apocalyptic fantasy.
The authors of The Bard's Tale are: Donald J. Bingle, Dylan Birtolo, Tracy Chowdhury, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Stephanie Drummonds, Ed Greenwood, Sarah Hans, Gabrielle Harbowy, Rosemary Jones, C.S. Marks, Muffy Morrigan, Daniel Myers, Brian Pettera, Aaron Rosenberg, and Kelly Swails.
For this anthology we have chosen to follow the model pioneered by Silence in the Library Publishing. The funding goal for this project was set at a level necessary to produce the anthology and pay the authors a competitive rate for their work, Should the project go above and beyond, the authors will share equally with the publisher in any profit from the sale of books.
Ever wonder what a real bard would eat? Each of the stories in the anthology will be accompanied by a real recipe from a fictional tavern, The Black Dragon Inn. The recipes have been carefully adapted from a variety of sources, including medieval European cooking manuscripts, to reflect the unique cuisine of a fantasy world while still appealing to the modern palate.
The Black Dragon Inn is one of those strange little places that exists on the edge of town that somehow seems to be the center of action while still being a quiet refuge. There is a fire in the open hearth that lights the wood of the tables and bar with its warm, flickering glow. The air is filled with smells of wood smoke, and ale, and roasting meat. The barkeep looks up from filling pints for other patrons and nods to you. "Take a seat," she says, "and I'll get you something to eat."
Each of the stories in this anthology will be illustrated by David Szilagyi. Here is David's illustration for "The Haunting of the Lordly Lion" by Ed Greenwood.
$15 - A signed 8x10 print of an illustration of your choice from the anthology (if you're an international backer, please add $3 for shipping)
$20 - A signed 11x14 print of an illustration of your choice from the anthology. (if you're an international backer, please add $3 for shipping)
$15 - An extra trade paperback copy of The Bard's Tale (If you've backed at an electronic reward-only level, please add $5 for shipping. If you're an international backer and have backed at a print reward level, please add $5 for shipping. If you're an international backer and have backed at an electronic reward only level, please add $20 for shipping)
The Bard's Tale is all about telling stories, so the stretch goals are centered around getting more stories into the hands of the readers.
The First 100 Backers - ACHIEVED - Will get a free digital download of the first novel in Maxwell Alexander Drake's Genesis of Oblivion Saga, Farmers and Mercenaries.
The First 200 Backers - ACHIEVED - Will get a free digital download of Donald J. Bingle's anthology Not-So-Heroic Fantasy. This anthology includes Donald's story "The Eye-Candy of Argon", a critical and satirical re-telling (from a different perspective) of "The Eye Of Argon"--widely regarded as the worst published fantasy story of all time.
$6,250 - ACHIEVED - All backers at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Brian Pettera's novella "The Golden Path" from Bards and Sages Publishing.
$6,500 - ACHIEVED - All backers at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Muffy Morrigan's novels The Sail Weaver and The Hunt.
$7,000 - ACHIEVED - We'll add an original story to the anthology by Forgotten Realms author Richard Lee Byers.
$7,500 - All backers at or above $5 will get a free digital download of C. S. Marks' novel Elfhunter.
$8,000 - We'll add an original story to the anthology by Forgotten Realms author Elaine Cunningham.
$10,000 - Hard Cover! We'll produce a hard cover version of the anthology, and make it available to all backers for upgrade or purchase.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges with any project. We've done our best to minimize them by having as much of the book ready to go to press before launching the Kickstarter. The stories have been written, edited, and formatted, and the cover is complete. Some of the interior artwork has also already been finished. The remaining artwork and additional stories for stretch goals add some complexity, but nothing that should delay publication.
Aside from the content of the book, the biggest challenges for a publisher are printing and order fulfillment. We are working with the same printers and shippers that Silence in the Library have used for their projects, and expect the same excellent quality of service. Generally they have been able to get proofs back and books printed within 30 days of sending them the book, but there is always a chance that things will take longer than expected. If that happens and it causes the project to run past the promised date, we will send out regular status updates until the books have arrived.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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