About this project
Alliteration Ink Presents:
When you talk about outsiders, it's easy to think about that sense of isolation when you're not one of the "popular kids" in high school, when you're the new person on the job, when you stand out in a bad way.
But there's more than that.
There's the sense of wonder at a new, alien place. There's seeing everything you know through a new, different point of view.
These stories defy expectations and easy genre boundaries.
But if you want that sense of wonder and amazement when you first encountered speculative fiction, that idea that there is something different, something *more* just around the corner, just out of sight, that sense of coming home to the unfamiliar, then this is the book you want to read.
The Kickstarter exclusive edition will feature at least a frontispiece by Jenna Fowler, which will only be available through this Kickstarter. Retail copies of this book will not include this interior art.
Jenna also did the interior artwork for another anthology that Steven has a story in: Gears & Growls: Beast Within 4, edited by Jennifer Brozek (who is a story contributor to Not Our Kind).
Upon successful funding, all backers will additionally get audio of Steven Saus' story "The Wild Charge They Made" from Gears & Growls: Beast Within 4. This story features steampunk werebadgers, and is not available in audio anywhere else.
Who is Behind This Project
Edited by Nayad Monroe - who also edited What Fates Impose - these nineteen stories bring us tales of being the other, of belonging, and not belonging. Our contributors have won a wide range of awards for their previous work, and include:
Wes Alexander, Alex Bledsoe, Maurice Broaddus, Jennifer Brozek, Amanda C. Davis, Sarah Hans, Janet Harriett, Tyler Hayes, Michael Haynes, Erika Holt, Gary Kloster, Marissa Lingen, Remy Nakamura, Andrew Romine, Ekaterina Sedia, Lucy A. Snyder, Reinhardt Suarez, Juliette Wade, Tim Waggoner, Damien Angelica Walters ...and perhaps YOU. (See the stretch goals below!)
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.
GETTING THE BOOKS
When you pledge $10 or more, you will receive the eBook in all three major formats: PDF, ePub, and Kindle. Every reward level above $10 includes the eBook!
When you pledge $25 or more, you will get the eBook and you will also receive the trade paperback with the gorgeous cover from Steven Gilberts!
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 $10 per copy to the reward level of your choice, whether it already includes the book or not. For copies of the paperback, add $20 per copy to any level, and for copies of the hardcover, add $65 per copy to any level.
BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE ADD ONS AVAILABLE.
Selected digital books
If you're just getting started with Alliteration Ink's publications, the $75 reward level is a quick (and least expensive) way to get all of our titles digitally. But what if you already have some of them? You can add on any previously published Alliteration Ink digital title for $4.50 - that's 10% off the cover price. Get as many as you need to complete your collection; the full list is here: http://alliterationink.com/pubslist.html
Any digital book from Alliteration Ink comes in PDF, ePub (nook, iTunes, Kobo), and Kindle formats.
If you've been to any conventions this summer where Alliteration Ink had a presence, you might have seen these gorgeous, comfortable t-shirts:
They feature the feather logo on the left breast, and no other advertisement. Classy, sophisticated, and awesome - just like you. Before now, these were only available to a very small group of people, but I'm making them available to you as an add-on reward. These shirts are not available for retail sale. They're $30 for any size (including shipping, US only, I'm afraid).
You can choose any combination of any number of extra copies, t-shirts, or extra eBooks; just add the total price of your copies to the amount you pledge. At the end of the project be sure to answer the survey with the extra awards you selected.
Once we hit this fundraising goal, the project will be able to go ahead and pay all the creative folks for their work. All authors will get at least the current SFWA professional rate.
This fundraising goal adds value for all backers - when we reach this fundraising goal, your funding will unlock two additional stories - to be filled by an open call for submissions!
When we reach this fundraising goal, all backer's books will include interior artwork for each story!
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:
About The Extra Rewards
The Alliteration Ink Collection: You can see a full list of the publications (with descriptions) that Alliteration Ink has produced at http://alliterationink.com/pubslist.html . All of these titles are included in the Alliteration Ink Bundle levels.
Mo*Con: This is an annual, small convention held in Indianapolis hosted by author Maurice Broaddus. Mo*Con is a convention focused on conversations revolving around genre literature and social justice. If you enjoy writing, conversations, and food, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at Mo*Con (basically, imagine a room party held in a con suite). While official dates have not been finalized, it should be the first weekend in May. Read about last year's Mo*Con at http://mauricebroaddus.com/mocon/
The Publisher's Mystical Creations Dragon Chess Set: This chess set was a gift to the publisher, and now can be YOURS, signed by the publisher! This chess set is in the original box.
What Fates Impose: Life is uncertain. The chance to get a peek into the future is so tempting... but is it a good idea to look? Edited by Nayad Monroe, this anthology brings together stories from a diverse group of speculative fiction writers who provide insight into the possibilities. The book includes cover artwork by Steven C. Gilberts, and an introduction by Alasdair Stuart. Between the contributors, they have won the Bram Stoker Award, a Nebula Award, an AU Shadows Award, an Origins "Cleo" Award, a silver ENnie Award, the Authorlink! New Authors Award, a Octavia Butler Scholarship, and multiple other recognitions across the industry.
Kicking the Habit (and other works from Steven Saus): From the introduction: "If you’re looking for unyieldingly bleak stories, this collection might not suit your needs. As a member of Steven’s writing group, I’ve had the privilege of reading many of these pieces as they grew from nascent drafts through publication. In his stories, as in his life, Steven wants the weird, strange, even the horrifying, to be shot through with a thread of hope. Though the stories evolved across revisions, one constant was that his stories never lost their fundamentally optimistic undercurrents–even the Sophie’s choice of "Broken." That doesn’t mean Steven’s work isn’t darkly thought-provoking as in the alternate history of Sherman’s march to the sea in "The Burning Servant" or off-beat, as with the love-struck zombies of "Kicking the Habit"–it is. Yet without being preachy or saccharine, these stories manage to discomfit readers before ultimately leaving us a little more hopeful, a little more alive than before. At his desk, Steven has a sign that says "get excited and make stuff." He does, and he has.
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.
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 three Kickstarters so far, and whenever problems have arisen, we've been transparent about what the difficulties were and getting them fixed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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