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Last updated October 31, 2019

Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations

An illustrated book of strange sayings and very short stories

Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations

An illustrated book of strange sayings and very short stories

$656
pledged of $1,800pledged of $1,800 goal
20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 31 2019 5:20 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2019

About

Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations came about because of a chance comment on a Facebook post. I had a friend post a short, weird little thing that made me laugh. I mentioned that it would be fun to have a book of quotes and sayings like it - strange, quirky things that just don't fit in the normal publishing pigeonholes. The idea started snowballing from there and before I knew it, I had a pile of submissions. And wouldn't it be fun if it were a short book with fun illustrations? Then I realized I had to fund this project somehow. It costs money to pay authors and artists. It costs money to print and ship books.

So I'm turning to you to help me realize this dream. For me, it's a fun project. I love doing book layout and cover design as much as I love writing bizarre and silly stories.

I have self-published sixteen books, including story collections and anthologies. I've been doing graphic design for almost 25 years. I do projects like this for fun.

Cover Mockup - Probably not the final cover, still playing with ideas.
Sample page - story by MichaelBrent Collings, art by Rowan Ray Eve

Beer-Battered Shrimp is a collection of extremely short things that will hopefully bring a smile to your face or make you stop and think for a moment, or just entertain and amuse. My vision is a colorful, quirky little book, a very short story on each page. The authors range from best-selling authors to some just breaking in to some never-before-published authors. The youngest is four. The oldest isn't telling.

Authors appearing in this collection include:

Deborah Drake • William J Joel • Jaleta Clegg • C H Lindsay • James Dorr • Michaelbrent Collings • Tricia Lowther • Karen Thrower Walker •  Juleigh Howard-Hobson • Scott Huggins • Diane Clark • C Michelle Jefferies • Dianne Arrelle •  Stephan P Mount • Rowan Ray Eve • Jacek Wilkos • Lena Ng • Yrik Max Valentonis • Jude-Marie Green • Rose Blackthorn • A Collings, Age 4 • D J Tyrer • Andrew Wilson • Nemma Wollenfang • Jeffrey G Roberts • Jennifer D Lerud • Karina Fabian • Edward Ahern • Abra Staffin-Wiebe • Jenna Eatough • Stephen Coghlan • Wm Henry Morris

Artists include:

April Hennis • Hannah Bartholomew • Yrik Max Valentonis • Natasha Hartman • Rowan Ray Eve

The authors and artists will receive a token payment of $5 per story/illustration - which is still a very generous pro rate when looked at per word - and a copy of the book. As I've found out, printing full-color books is quite different from text-only novels. The costs are substantially higher, so I'm funding the project through your generous contributions.

After publication, all proceeds from this book will be donated to a charity that buys bees, goats, chickens, and other livestock for people in poverty. Mostly because it amuses me to do it. And it's a good cause.

Risks and challenges

The only real risk here is that something will get delayed somewhere along the line. The stories have already been submitted and accepted. The art is coming along nicely. Cover design is underway.
Any project involving multiple authors and artists takes a lot of coordination. Some delays might happen in the process of pulling the book together, but I've given myself plenty of time to finish the project.
If a major delay happens, I will be in touch and keep you updated with the progress of the project as it is finalized.

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    Mantis Shrimp Ninja

    Includes a physical copy of the book, the pdf, author and artist swag, AND a one-of-a-kind hand-crocheted shrimp made by Jaleta Clegg (approx. 9 inches long).
    You are like a mantis shrimp - total ninja with a punch so fast it breaks the sound barrier and creates lightning under water!

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