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CA$ 2,686 pledged of CA$ 3,956 goal
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By Katya Kolmakov
CA$ 2,686 pledged of CA$ 3,956 goal
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About this project

 

At this stage, Hammer Up! is a 78+K word draft of a feminist, body positive, and sex positive novel. The novel is based on the authentic Greek mythology, and abundant with Geek/fandom/pop cultural references and allusions. 

What started as a webserial is now the first draft of a book in all of its G(r)eek mythology filled glory. It needs editing, formatting, and a handful of other 'ings' that help turn it into a proper book. 

To take care of all the 'ings' I plan to hire Virginia McClain as my editor, formatter, and graphic designer. However, picky woman that she is, she insists on being paid for her work, and preferably at more than $0.75 to the $1.00. That's where Kickstarter comes in. 

With your help, I can pay Virginia a reasonable hourly wage for her time, and the result will be a thoroughly edited, beautifully formatted, and generally 'everything-ed' book. 

Here is a pie chart of what the money will go to. And since I decided to draw my own pie chart, why not make it a pizza pie chart? 

 

Besides a Kindle or paperback copy of the book, the rewards for this project include:

  • prints of Katya Kolmakov's original art;
    You can see Katya's art on her Instagram, Etsy, and/or DeviantArt page. 
  • short stories about the later adventures of the protagonists, delivered to your Inbox as PDFs, each including original illustrations by Katya Kolmakov.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Virginia estimates that her work for the project will take a total of 110 hours. Working 5 days a week at 5.5 hours a day (because she has an infant to take care of, and is training for a triathlon and such) works out to a month of work, assuming she takes weekends off. Ideally then, the book will be ready for readers about six weeks after the Kickstarter concludes. However, knowing the way that life can throw curve balls, and that both Virginia and Katya have offspring to take care of and spouses to, well, you know, not ignore completely, there could be delays.

With a two person team there is a lot of potential for efficiency (only two of us have to approve things after all), but if either of us gets derailed for personal reasons, the project basically comes to a halt. So, that's a potential delay.

However, Virginia has independently published two of her own books so far (one of which was a successful Kickstarter), and she has done formatting, editing, and cover design for a dozen other books that have been independently published. Similarly, Katya has also independently published a book, so both are familiar with the entire process, and confident in their ability to produce the book in a competent and timely fashion.

Also, as Virginia has run a successful Kickstarter before and is available for Katya to consult throughout the process, Katya is prepared for many of the challenges that arise with sending out rewards for backers.

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    eBook!

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    Art!

    Humorous and loveable artwork by Katya Kolmakov. Choose from two available prints when you get your backer survey at the end of the campaign!

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    Art and Book Combo!

    A first edition 6"x9" trade paperback print copy of the book, AND an 8"x10" print delivered right to your door (or wherever it is you receive mail)! *Please note that items will ship separately*

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    Book and Art and Short Stories!

    A 6"x9" paperback of the book, AND an 8"x10" print (you'll be able to choose out of two available designs), AND a PDF of two short stories about the further adventures of the protagonists, including original illustrations by Katya Kolmakov *Note that the physical items will be delivered separately*

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    Superpackage!

    Wow! Thank you! In this Superpackage, you will receive:
    - the paperback copy of the book, SIGNED by the author;
    - the PDF of short stories with the original illustrations (sent to your Inbox);
    - TWO art prints (mailed separately from the book);
    - lots of love from the author and the editor!

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