It's A Light Novel Team-Up!
Hey hi folks! I'm Alex Zandra, gamedev everything person, artist, writer, and light novel author—here with my latest book! My Friend Took Me To A Feline Therapy Place For My Anxiety And I’m Starting To Wonder Where The Cats Are? (or, Feline Therapy) is a first-person exploration of anxiety that's lighter on the gender feels and heavier on the ways we face our problems and the ways we escape them. Also, there's cats! ...Ostensibly? It’s my first full-color book, as well as my first collaboration with a professional illustrator!
The wonderful Satellite 9 drew some really neat fan art of Cat Wishes in the past, so I was overjoyed to team up with her for this book! (Here's a mockup I had printed at the local print shop; the end result will be similar, but shinier!)
Which brings me to this campaign: we need help to print it! I made a very small limited print run a couple of months ago for a convention premiere, and now it's time to make a newer, shinier version. While this book is relatively smaller than my previous works, the illustrations are in full color and that brings the price up. However, the more we print, the more affordable it gets—and that's why we need you!
Here's your chance to preorder the book, get some fun extras (like having it dedicated, get your name on the kickstarter backer appreciation page at the end of the book, commission custom stories, get turned into a cat) and help me make my fourth light novel (and our first collaboration) a reality in print form!
If you'd like to read the digital version, it's available on itch.io as well as Amazon! You can also find my earlier books Squid Maids (itch, amazon), Cat Wishes (itch, amazon) and Substitute Familiar (itch, amazon) there if you'd like! And if physical versions are more your style, you can order the print versions of my earlier works in this kickstarter too.
Also, heads up: this book gets a little bit more real than most of my other works, but it's still a light novel by me. My goal is and has always been to leave readers in a better place, so please keep that in mind! Here's the official content warning, just to make sure you're well-informed:
[content warning: this story deals with altered states of sentience; the last half gets intense, so please give yourself time to read it in one go]
There! Thanks for reading! <3
Digital Art Book & Stretch Goals
Also, this campaign introduces a special new companion to Feline Therapy: the official digital art book! Satellite 9 is putting together a delightful compilation of all her art from the book, including sketches, works in progress, and other things that ended up on the cutting room floor. It's over ten pages long and features stuff never seen anywhere else!
Once it's ready, download codes for the digital art book will be sent to everyone who backed at a Deluxe or VIP tier—and anyone at those levels will get stretch goal rewards as well!
Speaking of which...
Thanks to your generosity, we reached all of our digital stretch goals! First, we've got a mini-comic crossover where the Cat Wishes and Feline Therapy characters meet for some shenanigans; the details need to be worked out, but right now the tentative setting is a particular cat café. Everything is subject to change, of course, but that's what we've got planned so far!
We're also going to make a Cat Wishes art book! Like the Feline Therapy art book, it'll have never-before-seen art and creator commentary! I've always wanted to have the chance to give some more love to Cat Wishes, my very first kickstarted book, and I'm so grateful to be able to do this thanks to your help!
And finally... an important scene from the book will be turned into a narrated mp3! With music maybe??
All of these will be distributed digitally to everyone with stretch goal access (Deluxe & VIP tiers) once they're completed some time next year! I can't wait!
Adding Extras! Also, NEW STICKER!
In case you wanted to save on shipping and get more of my light novels and stickers, here's your chance! Just add the listed CA$ prices to your pledge and once the campaign is over, you'll get a survey to let me know what you picked! Also, Satellite 9 will be making a Feline Therapy sticker! Because everything's better with cats. Like with any other sticker, just add $4 to your pledge and it's yours!
That's it for now; please lend us a hand in making wonderful things together, and thank you so much for your support! :D
Risks and challenges
The book's already done and ready to print! This will be the second time I work with this print shop and they've done great work in the past, so I'm confident! ^^
I've shipped practically all the orders from my last kickstarter campaign, but I'm still working on a lot of the stretch goals; I underwent major surgery recently and underestimated the time it'd take me to recover afterwards. This is why the extra rewards for this campaign (and the stretch goals, if we make it there) are designed to showcase Satellite 9's art first and foremost, leaving me more time to wrap up my previous works! I learned a lot from that campaign and, going forward, things should go much more smoothly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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