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Future Tense Books is an independent publisher of innovative writing that is readying itself for publishing in a new era.

Dear Friends,

After 21 years of publishing books from more than fifty authors, Future Tense Books is embarking on its first ever fundraiser. We are entering a new era of publishing, and with it comes a new era of costs for our constantly evolving publishing house.

For Future Tense to continue its evolution and continue publishing exciting books, we need your help. We are looking for partners who will help vault us to a new level. We started out publishing lo-fi zines, and now we’re publishing perfect-bound books and embracing the dawn of the ebook. We have set a goal of $3,500 to cover higher printing costs and the fees associated with setting up ebooks.

We've launched this Kickstarter campaign so that YOU can help us fund more great books and help the future of the press and our writers. We are offering some really special perks for each of the different sponsorship levels, including writing advice, books, t-shirts from indie bookstores and publishers, 1-on-1 meetings, poker nights, custom cakes, limited edition records, show tickets, a ukulele, and much more.

Many thanks in advance for your contributions and continued support; we can’t do what we love without you.

Kevin

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"What matters is that they live up to their name, living in that productive tension between now and the future, between the word you're reading and the one you're about to read. They take you there, the Future Tense folks. Help them do their thing." -Richard Nash, Red Lemonade Press, Publisher

"Future Tense is one brave and durable little press that constantly surprises and delights. It deserves to last at least another twenty years." -Johnny Temple, Akashic Books, Publisher

"For decades, Kevin Sampsell's Future Tense has published lively, original works of great imagination by authors who clearly love the art of writing. Future Tense continues to delight readers with its unconventional humor and reckless courage, and is worth supporting in every way!" -Jen Joseph, Manic D Press, Publisher

“Future Tense is a constant champion of great writing and new voices.”
-Michael Signorelli, Editor, HarperCollins Publishers

“For the past 20 years, [Future Tense] has been publishing the offbeat, experimental and risqué in the form of just three or four chapbooks, short-story collections, memoirs and novellas a year. Many of the works have gone on to be picked up by bigger publication houses, but many would be considered unprintable by just about any other publisher in the country—which is exactly why Future Tense is so great.”
-Willamette Week


"A smart, daring, small press publisher like Kevin has found something really cool before the big guys were willing to take a risk on it. Thank god for the Kevin Sampsells of the world."

-Rebecca Brown, The Stranger

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    **THE EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS LEVEL** Any donation on any of the levels on this page will get you a letterpressed thank you card and a Future Tense button. At this level, we'll also send you a Future Tense chapbook of your choice.

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    **THE IT"S ALL ABOUT THE BOOK LEVEL** A copy of one of our paperback releases: Everything Was Fine Until Whatever by Chelsea Martin, The Book of Freaks by Jamie Iredell, Embrace Your Insignificance by Bob Gaulke, or our upcoming release, I Remember by Shane Allison.

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    **THE COMBO BOOK LEVEL** Any Future Tense chapbook and paperback combo, and a bonus book from one of our other publisher friends: Dark Sky, Publishing Genius, Octopus Books, Magic Helicopter, Mud Luscious, Housefire, and some other fun surprises.

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    **THE CLAUDIA SMITH PACKAGE** Claudia is generously giving up her next-to-last copy of her award-winning chapbook, The Sky Is a Well (Rose Metal Press) as well as a copy of her Future Tense release, Put Your Head In My Lap. Both signed (to you if you like!). She'll also call you and read you a story with that silky sweet voice of hers.

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    **THE SUPER SWEET EMILY KENDAL FREY PACKAGE** Get signed copies of all three solo books from this fantastic Portland poet, an original typewritten poem on a subject of your choosing, and a poem read to you over the phone?

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    **THE LOOKING AHEAD $50 LEVEL** Gets you the next two Future Tense titles (I Remember by Shane Allison and Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell), in print and ebook format.

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    **THE $50 CAKE AND BOOK LEVEL** Elizabeth Miller, of Haiku Inferno as well as the food blog, www.savorysaltysweet.com, will make you a delicious cake from scratch (only for Portland donors; we can’t mail you a cake!). You also get two Future Tense chapbooks of your choice. Limit 10 donors.

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    **THE $50 JAMIE IREDELL CONSULTATION LEVEL** An exciting phone call with Jamie Iredell (The Book of Freaks) where you will chat about fatherhood, books, beer, or whatever you want. You and Jamie will become fast friends because Jamie is so goddamn nice. You’ll also get a Future Tense T-shirt and a book of your choice. Limit three donors.

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    **THE $50 ZOE TROPE CONSULTATION LEVEL** Zoe Trope was just sixteen when her classic chapbook, Please Don’t Kill the Freshman, was snatched up by HarperCollins and became a sensation. Since then, she has gone to college, lived in Denmark, and bought a house. And she’s still so young! This level awards you with a phone (or gmail) chat with Zoe about any ol’ thing on your mind. Includes a rare out-of-print copy of the original PDKTF chapbook. Limit three donors.

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    **THE LUSCIOUS MR. TYLER PACKAGE** Daring young writer and publisher J.A. Tyler will reward you for your support with a subscription to Mud Luscious Press releases through 2012 (four books including one by Gregory Sherl!) and a handwritten original chapter from his own novel-in-progress, Stag Country. http://mudlusciouspress.com/books/subscribe/

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    **THE $50 CHLOE CALDWELL + MUSIC = SWEETNESS LEVEL** Not only will you get to have Chloe Caldwell read for you and your friends at your party, local park, or bar, but this music-loving writer (she writes the Love & Music column for The Faster Times) will also make you a mix CD with liner notes. This in-person appearance is only good if you’re in the New York area. If you’re not, she will call and read to you over the phone and then send you a signed copy of her book of essays, Legs Led Astray, when it’s out in April. Limit five donors.

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    **THE $60 PUNK & ART LEVEL** This one-of-a-kind package includes a signed album (vinyl!) by Justin Maurer (Don’t Take Your Life) and his band, Clorox Girls. Plus a surprise CD and a piece of art by Kurt Eisenlohr (Meat Won’t Pay My Light Bill). Limit three donors.

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    **THE CHELSEA MARTIN EVERYTHING AND WHATEVER PACKAGE** Your sixty clams scores you a treasure chest of Chelsea Martin goodness--select C-Mart zines and books (signed), chocolate from her employer, Bittersweet, some original artwork, and a T-shirt from her company, Universal Error. http://universalerror.com/

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    **THE $75 NIGHT OUT IN NEW JERSEY WITH JACKIE CORLEY LEVEL** Jackie Corley, the kickass publisher of Word Riot and author of The Suburban Swindle, will take you out and show you the sites of Middletown, New Jersey, and give you the scoop on whatever you’re wondering about—how to start your own press, how to craft a bitchin’ short story, or what your next hair style should be. Plus, she’ll give you some free Word Riot swag. Limit one donor. Must be able to travel to Middletown, the “biggest small town in New Jersey.”

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    **THE $75 EXCLUSIVE STEVE ALMOND DIY LEVEL** The notorious author of Candy Freak and God Bless America is also a devoted champion of the DIY publishing and small press scene. This special package includes signed copies of his three self-published little gems: Bad Poetry, Letters From People Who Hate Me, and This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey.

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    **THE GREGORY SHERL IS LIKE MAGIC LEVEL** This special package includes a custom song written by Greg and recorded by him and his friend's band, Bedrooms. You come up with a topic and music will magically happen, in that awesome Sherl style. You also get signed copies of Greg's books, Heavy Petting (YesYes Books), The Oregon Trail Is the Oregon Trail (Mud Luscious), and next summer's Monogamy Songs (Future Tense).

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    **THE $75 POKER AND WHISKEY WITH ELIZABETH ELLEN AND AARON BURCH LEVEL** If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, you can enjoy a night of poker, whisky, and literary gossip with Elizabeth Ellen (Before You She Was a Pit Bull) and Aaron Burch (Hobart). Plus, they will give you some free books from the Hobart catalog. Limit two donors.

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    **THE $75 CHLOE CALDWELL + A UKULELE = AWESOMENESS LEVEL** Not only will you get to have Chloe Caldwell read for you and your friends at your party, local park, or bar, but CC’s dad will donate a beautiful Mahalo ukulele from his music shop, Musica. This in-person appearance only good if you’re in the New York area. If you’re not, she will call and read to you over the phone and then send you a signed copy of her book of essays, Legs Get Led Astray, when it’s out in April. Limit one donor.

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    **THE PATRICK DEWITT PACKAGE** DeWitt is a good friend of Future Tense Books and fellow Portlander. But he's also Canadian, so he was able to land himself on the finalists list for this year's Booker Prize as well as the Governor General's Award. His newest book, The Sisters Brothers, is an awesome western in the vein of True Grit. This package gets you a signed copy of that book as well as his first novel, Ablutions, and his very hard-to-find small press release, Help Yourself Help Yourself (Teenage Teardrops). An awesome trio.

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    **THE BUNDLE OF RESPECT LEVEL** Any three Future Tense books, a Future Tense T-shirt, a book from one of our aforementioned publisher friends, and a shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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    **THE $100 PORTLAND GOLD PLATINUM LITERARY INSIDER LEVEL** This exciting package gets you a lunch and exciting conversation with Future Tense publisher, Kevin Sampsell. Topics could include books, football, favorite TV shows, parenting, music, movies, cats, and childhood memories. You will also get the next two Future Tense books, two tickets to the hit storytelling show, Back Fence PDX, and a Powell’s T-shirt. Limit five donors.

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    **THE $100 TIN HOUSE ACTION PACK LEVEL** A year subscription to the award-winning literary journal, Tin House, as well as a stack of new books from this Portland/New York publishing power.

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    **THE $100 PORTLAND ALL-STAR STACK O’ SIGNED BOOKS LEVEL** Autographed (possibly even personalized!) copies of books by Portland pals Jon Raymond, Colin Meloy, Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, Leni Zumas, Pauls Toutonghi, and Richard Meltzer.

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    **THE GARY LUTZ PACKAGE** I'm pretty sure that a signed hardcover copy of the Knopf edition of Stories In the Worst Way (1996) is probably worth twice as much as the price on this reward. But you'll get that as well as a story read to you over the phone from Gary, some conversation if you like, and a personal note with your book.

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    **THE BUNDLE OF RESPECT AND MAD LOVE DELUXE LEVEL** Any three Future Tense books, a Future Tense T-shirt, a book from one of our aforementioned publisher friends, a shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook, and an additional T-shirt from one of our favorite Independent bookstores: Elliott Bay, Green Apple, Skylight Books, Powell’s Books, Reading Frenzy, or St. Marks Bookstore.

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    **THE AMAZING DELUXE SPORK PACKAGE** If you've seen anything produced by Spork, you know they hand-print and hand-bind hardcover books that are stunning and durable. Wouldn't you love to see your book (up to say 60 pages) given the Spork treatment? Editors Drew Burk and Kevin Sampsell will lay out, print, and bind an edition of 50 of your books and--PRESTO!--you'll quickly become the envy of all your friends. http://sporkpress.com/

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    **THE $1,500 (OR MORE!) I'M NOT SURE WHO WILL DONATE THIS MUCH LEVEL** Kevin Sampsell will write a custom story for you, turn it into a beautiful handmade chapbook, travel to your U.S. town, read to you and buy you dinner. Plus, you know—some free books, a hug, and endless gratitude.

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