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A collection of 12 Young Adult short stories, featuring warriors who identify somewhere within the LGBTQIA spectrum!
A collection of 12 Young Adult short stories, featuring warriors who identify somewhere within the LGBTQIA spectrum!
284 backers pledged £7,053 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 13/12/16: The audiobook is happening! Thank you all so much! Our second stretch goal is up and running: we're donating up to 30 places on a short-story writing course to underrepresented young writers! Find out more here!

Update 9/12/16: We are currently working towards our first stretch goal, which will be funded at £4,500! We want to have the anthology produced as an audiobook! You can read about it here!

WARRIOR: 12 short stories featuring LGBTQIA warriors
WARRIOR: 12 short stories featuring LGBTQIA warriors

WARRIOR is a short-story collection consisting of 12 science-fiction and fantasy stories. They all feature exciting plots, dangerous monsters, unexpected twists and – above all else – fierce heroes.

These heroes all happen to identify within the LGBTQIA spectrum, but that is not the main focus of their stories. It's simply part of their lives and personalities – just like it is in real life.

Why is this book important? 

It is hard to grow up with questions about your identity and part of the challenge is struggling to find heroes that are "just like you". 

We believe that all children, teenagers and young adults deserve to find characters they can identify with. This is our first anthology, and presents LGBTQIA-identifying characters.

But I'm not a young LGBTQIA person, nor do I know anyone who is…?

Then help us spread the book to those who need it! 

Besides, reading about characters that are different from ourselves helps us develop empathy and understanding. We hope to spread this book to as many schools, libraries and organisations as possible – not only for those who identify as LGBTQIA themselves, but also for those who are their allies, partners, friends and family. 

Who are the authors?

We are lucky enough to present you with stories by: Claudie Arseneault, Kayla Bashe, Natalie Cannon, Tyler Gates, Kelly Matsuura, Tash McAdam, Kirstie Olley, Lewis Rees, Helle Reiersen, Abigail Rosenhart, B R Sanders, E H Timms. Some of them are seasoned veterans, while others are making their debuts in this anthology. We are excited to share them all with you!

Throughout the campaign, you will find author interviews, tidbits and teasers on our website www.inkandlocket.com   

Who are we?

Ink & Locket Press is a small publishing house, running mostly on volunteerism, idealism, love and caffeine. We do not work for profit: all our funds are circled back into the distribution of our books and the funding of new projects.

How will you spend the money raised here?

Most of your money will go towards the printing and shipping of books and rewards, paying the authors for their stories, and compensating the editor and artists for (some of) their time. We also pay our volunteers in copies of our books.

Whatever is left will be used to donate more books and fund the beginnings of new, exciting heroes. 

Are there any stretch goals?

Yes! We are currently working towards our stretch goal #1: WARRIOR aloud. We want to have the anthology produced as an audiobook! This stretch goal will be funded at £4,500. You can read all about it here.

Risks and challenges

There are a couple of risks and challenges involved in this campaign:

1. Should we not meet our £3,000 goal, we will not be able to produce the book as specified.

2. Should the campaign go exceedingly well, we may not be able to fulfill all the backer rewards in January. We will do our ding dong darnedest, but we're only human – and all volunteers.

3. Should the campaign be fulfilled exclusively by 'Saint Warrior the Generous' perks, we will not be able to pay our authors! Our editor and artists are willing to forfeit their payment in such an eventuality, but we would have to cut 10 books off each bundle to be able to pay our authors the minimum agreed fee. In other words: if no other perks are sold than the 'Saint Warrior the Generous' perk, this bundle includes 90 books, not 100.

4. We aim to ship the special-edition hardcover in early February, but as this is produced by a different printer than the paperback, some delays may arise.

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    Warrior of instant karma

    We appreciate every penny and will put it towards making sure this anthology reaches as many young people as possible.

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    Warrior of light reading

    In your inbox, sometime in January, you will find two full short stories written by our authors.These stories are not part of the anthology and are only available through one of these digital bundles. A little light reading and some good karma – not bad for £5!

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    Get the ebook with all 12 dazzling stories! Just let us know if you want epub, mobi or pdf format.

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    Digital warrior

    Get the ebook with all 12 dazzling stories, as well as a handful of short stories written by our authors Tash McAdam, Kirstie Olley, E H Timms and Abigail Rosenhart. Some complement the author's story in the anthology, while others are complete stand-alone adventures. Just let us know if you want the ebook in epub, mobi or pdf format.

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    Prefer the feeling of paper between your fingers? Get the paperback with all 12 exciting short stories. It's quite snazzy, if we may say so ourselves!

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    Warrior of small kindnesses

    We want to make sure that as many young people as possible find heroes to identify with. You can help us by donating a book to a school, library or organisation. If you have a preferred recipient, let us know in a comment; if not, we will pick one for you. Let us know if you want the donation to be anonymous or in your name.

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    Warrior of ink and screen

    Get the paperback with all 12 dazzling stories, as well as a digital bundle consisting of a handful of short stories written by our authors, Tash McAdam, Kirstie Olley, E H Timms and Abigail Rosenhart. Some of the stories complement the author's story in the anthology, while some are complete stand-alone adventures.

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    Warrior of the good heart

    We want to make sure that as many young people as possible find heroes to identify with. You can help us by donating 2 books to a school, library or organisation. If you have a preferred recipient, let us know in a comment; if not, we will pick one for you. Let us know if you want the donation to be anonymous or in your name.

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    Warrior of word hunger

    Sure, you can have all the words! With this, you will be rewarded with the ebook, the paperback and all the digital content. As a special thank you, you will also get a bonus novella by our author Tash McAdam.

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    Warrior of the rare edition

    There will be a special-edition hardback version of the book. This has a gorgeous fairytale-inspired cover, a special introduction and a beautiful interior. We will print a maximum of 100 copies. Everyone who orders this edition through the campaign will also receive the ebook and full digital bundle. We will send you the ebook and digital bundle in January; the book itself, we will aim to ship in early February.

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    Warrior of the mighty pen

    Got a sci-fi/fantasy short story of your own? Our author Claudie Arseneault is also a freelance editor, and she will help you perfect your short story (up to 10,000 words). You will receive thorough feedback and guidance, and for extra help on your writing way, we'll send you the ebook as inspiration! The ebook will be sent in January, and we will put you in touch with Claudie so you can make arrangements.

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    Warrior of the written word

    This is a reward for aspiring authors. Our editorial team will look at the first 3 chapters of your novel (or full picture book manuscript), your pitch letter and synopsis. They will provide detailed written feedback, and – if you wish – a skype conversation to talk about your material. They will be happy to look over any edits or changes you make and give brief feedback (and/or a skype call) about those as well. We will get in touch in January to make arrangements. For inspiration, we will also send you the ebook!

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    Warrior of scholarly pursuits

    This reward will secure you a spot on an online short-story writing course run by soon-to-launch writing hub Storywelling. This ten-week course, with video lectures, weekly Q&A sessions and two live webinars, will give you all the tools you need to develop, write and edit a short story, and aims to make you pitch-ready by the end of the period. The course will run from early April 2017, with places normally priced at £250. This means you are saving £150 on the normal fee, while giving us the ability to donate even more books! For inspiration for your own short-story work, we will also send you the anthology as an ebook.

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    We want to make sure that as many young people as possible find heroes to identify with. You can help us by donating 10 books to schools, libraries or organisations. If you have a preferred recipient, let us know in a comment; if not, we will pick one for you. Let us know if you want the donation to be anonymous or in your name. As a special thanks, we will send you the ebook and full digital bundle for your own enjoyment.

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    We will provide you, a worthy recipient, or an organisation of your choice with a book giveaway bonanza. 100 books shipped to your local youth advocacy group, neighbourhood-watch meeting or family gathering? Want 100 prisons to receive a copy each? Want to drive around and slip these through letterboxes all over your town? We can make that happen! We will get in touch with you in January to discuss the details. As a special thanks, we will send you the paperback, ebook and full digital bundle for you to enjoy. A small disclaimer: we will not break any laws or purposefully upset anyone.

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