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Unbelievable, but no sh!t, there I was, seeing a Kickstarter for 24 improbable tales from science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors.
Unbelievable, but no sh!t, there I was, seeing a Kickstarter for 24 improbable tales from science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors.
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Alliteration Ink Presents

Is there a better phrase to start a story than "No Shit, There I Was..."? If you hear someone start with that phrase, you know it's going to be worth listening carefully. That's how all the craziest - and most interesting - stories start.

And then we turned a bunch of speculative fiction authors loose on that phrase.

I mean, these stories - whew.  Science fiction. Fantasy. Humor. Even horror. What they came up with is kind of hard to believe.

But no shit, there we were.

Who is Behind This Project

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. In addition to her steampunk novella series, she’s had short stories in Strange Horizons, Waylines, Daily Science Fiction, Penumbra, and more. She’s an active member of SFWA, the Northern Colorado Writer’s Workshop, and Codex.

The publisher is Alliteration Ink, who has a track record of fulfilling Kickstarter-backed anthologies and making sure that backers get the rewards they signed up for.  Please see our crowdfunding policies if you have any questions.

These twenty four stories from authors around the globe bring us tales that stretch the realm of probability. 

Our authors are: Matt Dovey and Stewart Baker, William Ledbetter, James Beamon, Rachael K Jones, Wren Wallis, Heather Morris, E. Catherine Tobler, Tyler Hayes, Darcie Little Badger, Jo Robson, Premee Mohamed, R. K. Duncan, Sarah Tchernev, Linda Tyler, Anne M. Gibson, Andrew Barton, Sunil Patel, David Jón Fuller, William Wood, Devyani Borade, Adrian Simmons, Frances Rowat, Lou J Berger, and Alanna McFall. 

Stay tuned to our updates to hear more from the authors about how their stories came to be!

Our cover artist is Brandon Chng. This art has been used for our Kickstarter video and promotional materials, as well as the cover for this anthology.

Want more copies? 

if you want more than one copy, increase your pledge by the appropriate amount - $15 + shipping ($5 US/$15 worldwide) for the trade paperback, $50+ shipping ($10 US/$20 worldwide) for hardcover.

OUR GOALS

Once we hit this fundraising goal, the project will be able to pay all the creative folks for their work. All authors will get at least the current SFWA professional rate.

Once we reach this fundraising goal, it will add value to all backers by adding interior line artwork to half the stories!

Once we reach this fundraising goal, it will add value to all backers by adding interior line artwork to (the other) half of the stories!

Once we reach this fundraising goal, we will be able to give all the authors a pay increase for their stories!

GETTING THE BOOKS

When you pledge $5 or more, you will receive the eBook in all three major formats: PDF, ePub, and Kindle. Every reward level above $5 includes the eBook. When you pledge $15 or more, you will get the eBook and you will also receive the trade paperback with the gorgeous cover.

BUT WAIT. We make it easy for you to pledge for the number and kind of books that you want. Want to get the paperback and the hardcover? Want the hardcover and a story critique? No problem.

We also offer add-ons for more copies to ANY REWARD LEVEL! For extra copies of the eBook, add $5 per copy to the reward level of your choice, whether it already includes the book or not. For copies of the paperback, add $15 per copy to any level, and for copies of the hardcover, add $50 per copy to any level. 

Please do this as part of your pledge; to keep costs down we do not utilize any third-party Kickstarter fulfillment companies.

Where is the money going?

Our initial goal is enough to pay everyone involved - the authors, the editors, and the cover artist - a professional rate. Here's how the funding percentage for our initial goal breaks down: 

Risks and challenges

In all projects that involve contributions from multiple people and companies, there's the possibility of an unexpected delay here or there. That said, we already have the stories and are working on editing at this time.

If we reach the additional artwork level, it will take time to obtain quality art for your books.

That said, we're stacking the odds in our favor. We already have the cover art and all of the listed stories in our hands, but there are details, revisions, and production schedules to consider. We will do our best to get this book to you on schedule.

Alliteration Ink has a robust crowdfunding policy at https://github.com/uriel1998/ainkpolicies/blob/master/kickstarter.md

We've also successfully fulfilled several Kickstarters so far, and whenever problems have arisen, we've been transparent about what the difficulties were and getting them fixed.

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    BALDERDASH: Get a can of Virginia Peanuts direct from author William R.D. Wood. They're the only thing he eats while writing. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    CREDIBLE TO FOUR YORKSHIREMEN: While reading, get proper British pub snacks - pork scratchings, scampi fries, bacon fries, roasted nuts - from author Matt Dovey! PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    DRINK ANOTHER ONE: Get the publisher's Bill The Cat "The Soju Experience" mug from his time that he was stationed overseas. Whether the Soju or the military is the source of his tall tales is a mystery. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    COCK AND BULL STORY: A signed paperback copy of *Kicking the Habit*, *Pencils Made This Scar*, and *Bought Love is a Salaried Position* courtesy of author and publisher Steven Saus. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    'ROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Author Robin Duncan will provide you personalized Eldritch horror focused housing search advice! PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 1: A critique of a short story up to 6,000 words from author Matt Dovey. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 2: A critique of a short story up to 6,000 words from author and editor Rachael Acks. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 3: A critique of a short story up to 6,000 words from author William RD Wood. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 5: A critique of a short story up to 6,000 words from author David Jón Fuller. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 6: A critique of a short story up to 6,000 words from author Sunil Patel. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 7: A critique of a short story up to 7,000 words from author Andrew Barton. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 8: A critique of a short story up to 7,000 words from author William Ledbetter. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 9: A critique of a short story up to 7,000 words from author Lou J. Berger. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD WIVES' TALE 10: A critique of a short story up to 7,000 words from publisher and author Steven Saus. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 1: Authors Baker & Dovey will immortalize your name (or the name of your choosing) in an upcoming ridiculous fantasy parody. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 2: William Ledbetter will immortalize your name with a tuckerization in his current novel project - your choice of being devoured alive by an alien monster or die screaming in the cold vacuum of space. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 3: Editor and author Rachael Acks will preserve your name for the ages with a tuckerization in her current novel project. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 4: Author Wren Wallis will let you - or at least your name - be a part of the story, with a tuckerization in another of Esmat’s (mis)adventures. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 5: Author William R.D. Wood will subject you - or at least your name - to things beyond space with a tuckerization in his next work of cosmic horror. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    WHAT A YARN: Shoot the sh!t with author (and assistant editor of *Mothership Zeta*) Sunil Patel with a One-Hour Google Hangout/Skype Group Chat. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    OLD CHESTNUT 6: Author Lou J. Berger will let you - or at least your name - experience the improbable with a tuckerization in his next work of fiction. PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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    WHOPPER: You will get the entire print Alliteration Ink collection - over $300 in value - delivered directly to you. That's twenty books! PLUS You'll get the trade paperback of the anthology, PLUS DRM-free digital copies (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) delivered to your email inbox.

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