Hey hi folks! I'm Alex Zandra, gamedev everything person, artist, writer, and light novel author—and I have a new book! I Signed Up To Be The Substitute Familiar Of A Struggling Witch To Pay My Bills And I'm Just Now Realizing What I Got Myself Into (or, Substitute Familiar) is my third light novel; it's about magic, witches, demons, and getting in over your head. It's also my biggest book yet!
Which brings me to this campaign: I need help to print it! It's too big to make a saddle stitch print, so it's going to be perfect bound like a paperback. However, that means the print run will be more expensive—and that's why I need your help!
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 sketches and stories, get turned into a demon) and help me make my third light novel a reality in print form!
If you'd like to read the digital version, it's available on itch.io (where you can find the first two chapters as a free demo) as well as Amazon! You can also find my earlier books Squid Maids (itch, amazon) and Cat Wishes (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.
I printed a sleeve that I slipped over an existing book I had to give you an idea of what the finished product will be like; here it is next to my other books!
Thank you so much for your support! :D
Oh my gosh we got funded!! :D I was planning to have to wait on these for a little bit more, but here are some stretch goals!
I had some savings put aside to help make sure I didn't need to ask too much from the campaign but you folks blew past that in record time! So here's what I had planned for beyond that: short stories! These would be in digital formats (PDF/ePub) and about the length of a single chapter. They'd give some additional backstory on existing characters, or a peek at things that happened off-camera in zandraverse books! I've wanted to do small stories like this for a while and this campaign should give me the resources and motivation to do it. ^^ Here's what I have in mind:
Tora's First Day: the origin story of Cat Wishes' intimidating tiger girl!
Penelope and the Council: this scene was alluded to in Substitute Familiar, but we never got to know what actually happened... until now!
Therapy Catgirl Tabbi: everyone's favorite striped catgirl from Cat Wishes finds herself a part-time occupation as a therapy cat!
(These are all text-only, but if we reach the illustration stretch goal, each story above and below will get exclusive art!)
A Drink To Amanda: time for Substitute Familiar's number one magical girl to shed some light on her origin story!
Of course, everyone who backs this kickstarter campaign at any level will get access to any and all stretch goal short stories as soon as they're made; but just in case, I've also added digital tiers for folks who want to support Substitute Familiar (and get just the bonus digital content) but who don't want or need physical things!
...and because everyone's been absolutely amazing, we reached the final stretch goals: cosplay photoshoots! I'll put together outfits for some of the characters of each respective book and take some pictures! :D (You can also bet I'll be in costume at future events where I table if I can help it.)
I'll also finally get around to taking that nap I really need. =_=
So that's all the stretch goals! Any money beyond this point will go towards making those short stories and cosplays even BETTER!
Thanks again so much for your support! I'm stoked that we made it this far and I can't wait to see how much further this campaign can go! <3
Risks and challenges
The book's already done and ready to print! Doing a perfect bound print run requires me to work with a new printer, but I have kickstarter veterans helping me and I have a bunch of proven print shops lined up. I've also printed books before, so there's a lot of experience on my side! ^^
I'll also be undergoing surgery soon, which will require me to rest and recover for several weeks (while I wait for the kickstarter funds to be collected and make their way to me). That's why the delivery estimates are in September! I'm very optimistic about getting the books printed and shipped before then, but I wanted to give everyone a date I knew I could hit in the worst-case scenario.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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