Frequently Asked Questions
There are four of these currently available. The first will be included in Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom because I wanted to throw in something extra for folks who'd already read the Putnam version of the book.
The other three are available at certain reward levels starting at DAREDEVIL. Folks getting these will be getting actual trade paperback copies of them, using the same size and book design elements of the novels, with their own covers by Gary Chaloner. That means they'll all fit perfectly as a set with the main books on your book shelves.
Also, these stories will never be available for sale in this form. While I may use some copies in the future for rare promotional purposes (raffle prizes at festivals and such), they are primarily a Kickstarter exclusive.
I've only just begun writing these, so this may change with the whims and vagaries of inspiration, but my current plan is to use them to pay homage to various pulp genres in which the Wildes might not usually operate. The one I'm writing now is basically a love letter to Fritz Leiber and other formative sword and sorcery greats and is called "Doc Wilde and The Gate to Nowhen."
I've also added a stretch goal related to the short adventures:
If we raise $6,000, I will write a fifth short adventure and everyone who has pledged $5 or more will get an ebook copy for no extra charge. Supporters at PULP HERO and above will receive a signed trade paperback copy as well. In the event anyone else wants a trade paperback copy, you'll be able to get it for $10 (plus international shipping if needed); supporters at SERIAL CLIFFHANGER and above will have their copies signed to match their existing set.
The story will probably be "Doc Wilde and The Spicy Zeppelin," a somewhat more risque adventure than the Wildes usually have (and no, it's not gonna be some weird slash fiction kinda thing). Which is to say I plan for that to be it, but I want to make sure the story will work the way I want it to before fully committing to it.Last updated:
Age-wise, my intention has always been to write these stories for both kids and grown-ups. There's a lot of action and humor for the young readers to enjoy, but other things going on that adults will appreciate. As I put it to someone recently, these aren't books for kids; they're books for readers.
Specifically, I see the audience as a three-part demographic. The first is kids my son's age (15 now, but nine when I wrote the first book), because as a dad I wasn't finding much modern adventure fiction he could enjoy that captured the feel of the old pulps. The second is people my age who grew up with the reprints of those old pulp adventures, like the Bantam Doc Savage paperbacks in the sixties and seventies. And the third is the older folks who actually read the original pulps when they were kids.
The oldest reader I ever heard from regarding FROGS OF DOOM was in his eighties and had enjoyed the original pulp stories in his youth. He loved the book. The youngest was just this week, a couple was posting on Facebook about reading it to their six year old, who wouldn't let them put it down. And I've heard from quite a few folks of various ages in between those two, all of whom really liked the book.Last updated:
When I pledge, how do I choose which book I want, or whether I'd like a personal message with the autographs, or the organization I'm making a "Literacy Hero" donation to?
After the Kickstarter project is finished (April 28th), I'll set up a supporter questionaire which will allow you to share all the pertinent information we need to fulfill your pledge rewards.
For the Literacy Hero option, all you need to do at the time of pledge is add ten dollars for each copy of one of the books you're donating.Last updated:
I'm a writer. I live in a cave. I'm out of practice with this whole "clothing" thing.Last updated:
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