LAUNCH DAY (03/03/2015): Received our first bit of news via email with the campaign just one hour old:
Someone on the Kickstarter team loves your project and now it’s a staff pick! Tell your friends, your family, scream it from the rooftops… or tweet about it. ;) We're featuring you amongst other Staff Picks and New & Noteworthy projects, so there's no need to add any badges or banners. Spread the good news and keep up the great work!
03/04/2015: In the first 24-odd hours we've gathered 200+ backers, been featured on the "popular" page in Publishing on Kickstarter, and surpassed the midway point to our target goal. Thank you! – Update #1
03/09/2015: One of our favorite Kickstarter Publishing Community Managers wrote: "Every day, we highlight one project from each of our 15 categories and on Monday, you'll be the featured Publishing project! Keep up the great work!" She wasn't kidding!
03/14/2015: FUNDED! We hit our target goal of $14.5k today! Genius Loci is going to happen for sure now. Now to the stretch goals! Thank you + excerpts — Update #4
03/31/2015: DELUXE FORMAT STRETCH GOAL! We hit a significant stretch goal of $22k today! Genius Loci is going to not only happen for sure now but it's gonna be beautiful, featuring deluxe cover stock, deckled edges, and more. Thank you, you awesome backers!
“Hill House, itself not sane, stood alone against its hills, holding darkness within.”
—Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
The concept of 'genius loci' is indeed an ancient one, found in nearly every human mythology. Guardian spirits. Divine presences. Demonic powers. Ghosts. In GENIUS LOCI, the emphasis is on the locale as much as it is on the spirit inhabiting it.
We have a huge anthology of 31 all-new fantasy and science fiction stories drawing on the rich tradition of place-as-person. Within the pages of GENIUS LOCI, the authors present stories of sentient deserts, beneficent forests, lonely shrubs, and protective planetary spirits.
Who Is Behind Genius Loci?
GENIUS LOCI IS EDITED BY JAYM GATES, who has an extensive background editing SFF and horror anthologies such as Rigor Amortis (2010), Broken Time Blues (2011), and War Stories (2014), as well as Crossed Genres Quarterly. She has been the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA) since 2010, runs publicity and communications for the Nebula Awards, and is the author of over 30 pieces of fiction and nonfiction.
Every story for Genius Loci is already turned in AND edited, and based on word count we're looking at a book in excess of 500 pages. We're charging a little bit more than the average anthology because we want to provide the most beautiful product for you (especially if we manage to hit our stretch goals), while still paying our authors and artists a great rate that's actually a bit above the industry standard.
We believe in the support of our artists and writers, and in treating our readers to really lovely projects that they can treasure for years to come!
Without further to-do, we present the authors of Genius Loci:
- “Long Way Down” by Seanan McGuire
- “The Snow Train” by Ken Liu
- “Twilight State” by Gemma Files
- "Santa Cruz" by Andy Duncan
- “And the Trees Were Happy” by Scott Edelman
- “Blackthorn” by B. Morris Allen
- “Ouroboros in Orbit” by J. Daniel Batt
- “Reef” by K.C. Norton
- “Scab Land” by Wendy N. Wagner
- “The Forgetting Field” by Caroline Ratajski
- “The Town the Forest Ate” by Haralambi Markov
- “Imperator Noster” by Sonya Taaffe
- “The Other Shore” by Rebecca Campbell
- “The South China Sea” by Z.M. Quynh
- “Iron Feliks” by Anatoly Belilovsky
- “Forest for the Trees” by Steven S. Long
- “Drowning Again” by Ken Scholes and Katie Cord
- “The Grudge” by Thoraiya Dyer
- “Coaltown” by Heather Clitheroe
- “In the Water, Underneath” by Damien Angelica Walters
- “Afterparty” by Chaz Brenchley
- “The Gramadevi's Lament” by Sunil Patel
- “Blue & Grey and Black & Green” by Alethea Kontis
- “Heartbeat” by Laura Anne Gilman
- “The City” by Vivienne Pustell
- “The Crooked Smile Killers” by James Lowder
- “Threadbare Magician” by Cat Rambo
- “Well of Tranquility” by Steven H Silver
- “Beer and Pennies” by Rich Dansky
- “The Sleck” by Keris McDonald
- “The Transplant Specialist” by Sarah Goslee
- “Cactus Flowers and Bone Flutes” by Mercedes M. Yardley
- Backer Exclusive Updates: We have some fun Backer Exclusive content planned for updates such as story profiles, author interviews, sneak peeks of the art, video outtakes of the editor drinking and complaining about technology, etc.
- The eBook: The illustrated eBook in pdf, mobi, and epub, DRM-free.
- The Physical Book: An illustrated trade paperback of the anthology.
- The Making and Inspiration of Genius Loci: Inspirational photos, sketches and making-of discussions from the artists, notes on the stories from Carrie Sessarego, and story-inspired cocktail and food recipes, including a WWII-era cookie recipe from Wendy Wagner's grandmother! This will be released as a pdf, and exclusive to backers of the Kickstarter.
Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: Genius Loci's own J. Daniel Batt will personalize a copy of his children's book, Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: The Dreamside Omnibus, for you or a loved one.
"There is more to your home than what you’ve seen. There is a place you have never stepped foot in. Your home has an outside, an inside, and a side you didn't know existed: Dreamside! If you have a very healthy dose of curiosity and courage, you might be able to find it. In fact, on an afternoon not too many days ago, a young boy named Keaghan discovered the way in."
Pretty Little Dead Girls: Genius Loci's own Mercedes M. Yardley's Whitney Award-nominated novel of murder and whimsy, Pretty Little Dead Girls, signed via bookplate.
Bryony gave her father a kiss on his withered cheek. "I can't live here anymore, Daddy. The desert is calling out for my bones. Do you understand that?"
Of course Stop Adams understood it. He’d known it for years, ever since she was a baby, practically.His wife had tried to tell him since the day Bryony was born, but he never listened.Finally she had packed up.
“I can’t stand here waiting for my little girl to die, Stop.I can’t take it one more minute.One more second. I will always love you, and her.”She kissed them both on the cheek, just as Bryony did now.They both said the same words.“I can’t live here anymore.”
“I understand, baby girl,” Stop said.His heart quietly broke in half, but he knew that he would shuffle home and sew it back together again.Old men break and break and break into smaller and smaller pieces, going on until there is nothing left.He always had something left, as long as he had his daughter.He knew that on the day she died, he would disappear as well, and they would rejoice together wherever it was that they would rejoice.But until then, he stayed.He didn’t mind it a bit.
- Launch Party: We're planning a San Francisco launch party, but we're also going to do a backer-only livestream with as many of the authors as I can convince to show up. It will be silly and fun, and while all of the backers will get to watch the nuttiness, we're inviting a few to join us in a special Google Hangout afterparty to chat with the authors and editor. (Backer Exclusive)
- Critiques, author chats, hangouts: Seanan McGuire, Sunil Patel, and Jaym Gates are offering chats and critiques over Skype or Google Hangout. Check out the Rewards for more information!
- Prints and Postcards: The interior artwork will be used to create postcards and prints for certain levels.
- Plushie Trees: A hand-sewn anthropomorphic tree plush doll from author Vivienne Pustelle. Have your very own mini-Ent! Without the tendency to squashing or 'hooooming'. (Backer Exclusive)
Martisor: The martisor (pronounced 'mart-sea-shore') is a symbol of Spring. The tale is that Spring once tried to free a snowdrop from a thorny bush, only for Winter to freeze the little flower. As Spring tried to warm the frozen snowdrop, the bush pricked her finger, spilling a drop of blood and reviving the flower.
The colors of the martisor represent the snowdrop and the blood of Spring. In Moldova, friends give each other a martisor on the first day of March. The recipient wears the token throughout March. On the last day of March, the martisor is tied to the branch of a tree. (Backer Exclusive)
ACHIEVED! $16,000: PAY RAISE! All of the authors will receive another 1¢ per word, raising their rates to 8¢ per word.
ACHIEVED! $18,000: MORE ARTWORK! At this level, Lisa and Evan will create two more art pieces, as well as receive a pay raise.
ACHIEVED! $20,000: EXCLUSIVE PDF: James Lowder's prequel to "The Crooked Smile Killers," entitled "The Night Chicago Died," will be illustrated by Richard Pace and released to backers as an exclusive pdf.
ACHIEVED! $22,000: DELUXE FORMAT: This is a biggie. If we hit this stretch goal, we will be adding foil stamping to the cover and spine, deckled edges, and a ribbon bookmark to the printed edition of GENIUS LOCI.
$25,000: EMBOSSED SEAL: The cover will now feature an authentic, embossed seal verifying it as a limited, backer-only Kickstarter edition, as well as come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are the usual: money and fulfillment. Even the most carefully-plotted Kickstarter springs hidden costs on the creators all the time, from shipping rate increases to damaged product needing to be replaced. On the fulfillment end, there are dozens of moving pieces to keep straight, and it's terribly easy to drop a ball here and there, which can snowball quickly.
We've dealt with a number of those challenges. This is our third Kickstarted project, as well as Jaym's third editorial Kickstarter. We've participated in, managed, or consulted on numerous Kickstarters from small eBook projects to gigantic games. Jaym's day job is in PR and Crisis Communications, so she knows what to prepare for, where to get help, and how to respond to any issues that arise unexpectedly.
We also have a fantastic team around us, and we're all fully-committed to making this the best-possible experience for everyone from the authors to the backers. We have our table of contents, interior art, a cover piece waiting for a finalized contract, editors finalizing the stories, and two publicists involved in helping spread the word.
If challenges or delays present themselves, we will keep in steady communication with backers and the team to make them as clean and short as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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