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MURDER IN THE MAIL: A BLOODY BIRTHDAY is a mystery told through letters, objects, and artworks posted to you over several weeks.
MURDER IN THE MAIL: A BLOODY BIRTHDAY is a mystery told through letters, objects, and artworks posted to you over several weeks.
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    Collaboration & Coffee in Canberra

    Join contributors in a chatty and enjoyable session of putting together packets for readers while drinking coffee and chatting. (Some spoiler danger!) You would need to make your own way to Tilley's Devine Cafe in Canberra.

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    Art Art Baby

    A full quality-printed set of the eight artworks of the story, in a single envelope.

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    "A Bloody Birthday" story (Australia/NZ)

    You will receive a letter, postcard, object and artwork every week for eight weeks. This includes postage costs and high-quality art prints. At the end of eight weeks, the story will be complete and you will know who the killer is.

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    Notebook with Cover Art

    A spiral notebook, A5 size, with one of the artworks from the story on the cover.
    80 pages. You choose which artwork, and blank or lined pages.

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    "A Bloody Birthday" (US/UK/China)

    You will receive a letter, postcard, object and artwork every week for eight weeks. This includes postage costs and high-quality art prints. At the end of eight weeks, the story will be complete and you will know who the killer is.

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    "A Bloody Birthday" parcel (worldwide)

    You will receive a single parcel containing the full story, with each week's content clearly marked so you can discover it piece by piece or all at once. NB: If you live in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US or China but you can't stand the suspense, you can choose this option but you'll have to pay the extra fee.

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    An Impatient Birthday

    You receive the full "A Bloody Birthday" story in a single package, so you don't have to deal with the more suspenseful full-length version of the story. The contents are identical to the standard story—the only difference is that you receive it in one parcel instead of receiving it over eight weeks.

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    Mini Book Bundle

    Every one of the seven writers on this story has at least one novel published (or soon to be published) by Odyssey Books (Tash Turgoose, as both writer & artist, is published by the Publisher Obscura imprint).
    This pack includes one digital novel from each of the novel writers.
    *Bendon, Carmel: Grasping at Water
    *Barr, Julian: Ashes of Olympus
    *Banks, Felicity: Antipodean Queen 1: Heart of Brass
    *Denman, Carolyn: Sentinels of Eden 1: Songlines
    *Goodlin, Laura E: After the Bloodwood Staff
    *Hore, Phil: Order of the Dragon

    And, of course, "A Bloody Birthday".

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    "A Bloody Birthday" Premium Edition

    The "A Bloody Birthday" story with several special extras including a hand-stamped notebook, the type of pen that the character of Drew uses for both his letters and his art, and a ring based on a ring in the story.

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    Pitch Session (Aust/NZ only)

    15-minute skype pitch session with Odyssey Books & Publisher Obscura acquisitions editor Michelle Lovi. Odyssey Publishes fiction and non-fiction for middle grade and up. Publisher Obscura publishes visually stunning books for adults.

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    A Story Just For You

    Felicity Banks will write a story just for you, on the back of a postcard—by hand—and will post it directly to you. We will need your postal address and (if you like) a prompt of up to 12 words. Eg "Something sad", "Use my name for a cowboy", "Old age", "Something with dinosaurs". The story will be photographed for records, but it will not be sold elsewhere (except in later physical versions of the story, as a bonus).

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    "A Bloody Birthday" Ultimate Edition

    Every item in this story is made by hand. It includes the original hand-written letters, original versions of the art (as much as possible), a hand-stamped cloth notebook, hand-stamped clue storage case, and a hand-made ring that is completely unique and lovely.

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    Custom Artwork

    A piece of art by Shauna O'Meara, based on your specifications.

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    Mega Book Bundle

    All but one of the 12 contributors in this story has some kind of physical book presence elsewhere, ranging from a short story in an anthology to multiple novels. This reward gets you every single one: an epic collection of twenty books by all the writers and artists from "A Bloody Birthday". Novelists published by more than one publisher only have their Odyssey-published books included.
    --Novels:
    *Bendon, Carmel: Grasping at Water
    *Barr, Julian: Ashes of Olympus
    *Banks, Felicity: Antipodean Queen 1: Heart of Brass, Antipodean Queen 2: Silver and Stone, Heest Trilogy 1: The Monster Apprentice
    *Denman, Carolyn: Sentinels of Eden 1: Songlines, Sentinels of Eden 2: Sanguine, Sentinels of Eden 3: Sympath
    *Goodlin, Laura E: Mud and Glass, After the Bloodwood Staff
    *Hore, Phil: Order of the Dragon
    *Warren, Kaaron: The Grief Hole, illustrated by Keely Van Order
    --Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild Anthologies:
    *Never Never Land: Cover and illustrations by Shauna O'Meara, short stories include stories by Shauna O'Meara and Laura E. Goodin
    *Winds of Change: Cover by Shauna O'Meara, short stories include a story by Jane Virgo and her model Cat Sheely.
    --Other Books
    *Lee, Annabelle: Octopus and Family, Super Arm-ey Heroes, 3rd Octopus Book
    *Turgoose, Tash: Makeshift Galaxy
    *Van Order, Keely: Companion to "The Grief Hole"

    And, of course, "A Bloody Birthday" is #20.

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    Bloody Cake (small version)

    A real and delicious version of the ruined birthday cake from Naomi's fateful party (but with strawberry sauce instead of actual blood). It would be served at the book launch on August 25th. And, of course, a copy of the story for you.

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    Big Bloody Cake

    A real and delicious version of the ruined birthday cake from Naomi's fateful party (but with strawberry sauce instead of actual blood). It would be served at the book launch on August 25th and would serve 100 people. And, of course, a copy of the story for you.

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    Join Us

    Become a contributor: A 1-hour skype meeting with the convenor (Felicity) to discuss art and ideas (with potential influence from you) for another story in the series, including choosing at least one character's name and being paid sales bonuses along with other contributors (most likely $50 per 100 sales after the first 200 sales).

    And, of course, "A Bloody Birthday".

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