After my last tour through the Kickstarter engine (with THE2NDHAND's 10th-anniversary collection) went so well in 2011, I dusted off a story collection I'd shopped around extensively between 2008-09. I'd continued to work on it in the intervening period, adding stories, nixing others -- all in all, revising throughout. When I decided the long series of polite dismissals from publishers and agents numerous -- often accompanied by jarring though ultimately appreciated words of high praise, some of the writers among you will no doubt feel the sentiment -- was definitively over, I took the collection to publication myself via THE2NDHAND’s sometime book-publishing endeavor.
Triumph of the Ape started its existence as an ebook-only affair. Today it's available for most eReading platforms. And the printed book, too, has been available for several weeks at this point via online order -- I set up the title utilizing the CreateSpace print-on-demand service after being impressed by the overall quality of books sent through that engine, with per-copy production prices competitive with what I've been quoted by many larger-run digital printers at the 500-1,000-copy level. (If you just must have the book now, by all means....)
But wait: This campaign is to enable a print run of several hundred copies to go to you and get the book into the hands of readers at events and in friendly bookshops around the nation, likewise to those souls lucky or unlucky enough to run into me at a Nashville coffeehouse or on the street in Chicago or wherever I may be (yeah, can't say I've never sold a book out of the trunk of my car -- ask Michael Workman)...
As with my last effort , a host of extras are available to contributors at $25 level, including my 2006 novel Sons of the Rapture, one or another of THE2NDHAND's two All Hands On collections, a 2001 chapbook of shorts that includes an embryonic version of a story revisited and featured in Triumph... At $5, ebook readers can get a download of the book in most platforms.
Good stuff at the highest level includes the entire collection of THE2NDHAND's broadsheet series (Nos. 1-37, with several half-issues besides, published between 2000 and 2011), plus both All Hands On books, packaged in an archival box fronted by a wood-block print by Nashville-based printmaker Martin Cadieux.
In any case, I hope you'll help me get there. I'll be running excerpts from certain of the stories during the next month and a half, so stay tuned for those.
You can find one of the stories, "Zoo," via this post to THE2NDHAND txt online magazine. Enjoy.
Risks and challenges
Upon the project's funding, most funders will receive rewards within just two-three weeks. For funders at the highest level, the time may extend up to a month or more as my partner in building the archival boxes, printmaker/wood/metalworker Martin Cadieux, springs into action to get those done. Otherwise, everything is ready to go, so to speak.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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