A personal note from the editor, Kimber Grey:
I have been writing fiction and poetry since I was in grade school, and I can genuinely say without hesitation that it is, and has always been, my Bliss. I wrote my first (laughably bad) novel in the sixth and seventh grades, and wrote my first pieces of short fiction in high school (which were, thankfully, much better).
I keep the company of editors, authors, agents, and publishers because they are my kind of crazy, and I love watching them delve into their passions nearly as much as I love to follow my own. My beautifully nerdy friends are the ones who inspired me to assemble this, my first anthology. I have followed along with editor and publisher colleagues as they reveled and lamented the task of collaborating with many authors to create their own collections, and I was drawn to the challenge and glory of becoming an 'anthologist'.
I began day-dreaming about what collections would captivate me. 'What would I HAVE to read if I saw it on a bookshelf?' 'What concepts would I love to write about?' 'What would I be utterly tickled to edit?' 'What have I never seen before; what is the anthology world lacking?' I have worked with a handful of authors before on collaborative projects, but GWGP has never before taken on a task as complex and challenging as coordinating a host of authors. When my inspiration journal was filled with pages upon pages of concepts and notes, I knew it was time to grow into this new role.
My one major issue: I have written for many markets where pay was 'exposure' or one 'contributor copy'. These markets have their place, and I have enjoyed being a part of them. Still, I could not bring myself to ask other authors for their work without offering them at least a token payment of 1 cent per word. I believe they deserve to be paid for their work, and that is where you come in.
I thought there could be no better way to pay the contributing authors than selling pre-orders of their anthology. A lion's share of the money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will go to paying the authors and fulfilling the incentive rewards for the backers. The minimum goal will also fund a small print-run of 30 books for the anthology's debut at GenCon Indy.
The bottom line: this book is more than just one person's dream, it's a collaborative effort of more than twenty talented writers, and it is something I feel the world needs. It is hard science, soft fiction, humor, and horror all folded into one masterpiece. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these authors and reading their stories, and I'm sure you will, too.
UPDATE: Everyone receiving a physical copy of the book will also get a beautiful, glossy bookmark with a hand-made tassel.
UPDATE: If you want more than one of a particular incentive (sans the one-of-a-kind items), simply increase your pledge to twice the reward's cost (plus additional shipping if needed), and let me know about the doubling in the survey you receive after the campaign end date.
HEAVY-DUTY VINYL POSTER: My favorite object to offer! Bright printing of the cover art, and I love the product! I have had one printed featuring Quietus and left it on display outside in a thunderstorm. It blew over in the wind, got covered with mud and leaves... an wiped perfectly clean afterwards. It has traveled to every event since 2009, and still looks brand new. It will not rip, will not tear out of nails or tacks, will not be damaged by tape, and from my experience, does not fade. It's a beast, and it's beautiful.
MOUSEPADS! These are lovely and durable. I have some from my first book Quietus, that have really stood up to wear (2009). They are 1/8", so they can be easily rolled up and tucked into laptop cases, and still grip very nicely on any surface. They work great with optical or rolling-ball!
COASTERS: This is a fun one! A bundle of 5 thick, pressed-paper-fiber coasters. I have some of these that I carry around in my purse because sweat-rings drive me nuts. They last a long time, absorb a lot, and grip well to any table I've put them on.
THROW PILLOW! This is a first for me. I've never been able to offer pillows before, but I was too excited by the opportunity to resist! These are a vibrant print and a great conversation starter (and pillow-fight ender).
One thing you must remember, these items will not be for sale any time in the foreseeable future. They are for promotional purposes only at this time, and I do not know if we will be able to extend the license to produce these cool products for retail. So, you will have to get yours here!
EASTEREGG: (not cleverly hidden, I'll admit) There is an alternate cover option for the physical copy of the book, it's a negative exposure of the cover image. If you would like to have one of these, they will not be available for sale online for at least a year, if ever. Just increase you're pledge by $2 and let me know you want the alternate cover. (there will be a survey after the Kickstarter sent to your inbox)
Cover Art Credit: http://thyc-graphics.deviantart.com/
A Note About Tuckerization:
We will work with the backers who select this incentive to be sure the name chosen works with the story and anthology. For the most part, the backer's name will be used. In the event that the name is of an original character or invention of the backer, we will work together to make sure it works with the story.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge in putting together a great anthology is collaborating with a host of people who all work at their own pace and who have their own methods. A good editor can seamlessly marry the work of many into one cohesive body.
To ensure the quality of this collection, the deadline for receiving your copy of the book has been set for when Singular Irregularity debuts at GenCon Indy in August 2016.
Since GWGP has previously funded a publication project through Kickstarter, we are familiar with the production pitfalls that may befall our project and are confident of timely fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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