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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
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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!

mockup of Substitute Familiar's print form
mockup of Substitute Familiar's print form

Thank you so much for your support! :D

UPDATE:

goals tbh
goals tbh

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.

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    Digital Support

    For those who want to offer their support but don't need physical things! BACKERS AT THIS TIER (AND ALL HIGHER TIERS) GAIN ACCESS TO ALL STRETCH GOAL DIGITAL CONTENT.

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    For those who want to offer their support but don't need physical things! Your name will also appear on the backer thanks page of this print run!

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    Substitute Familiar

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    A print copy of Substitute Familiar, mailed to you!

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    Substitute Familiar, Signed

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    A print copy of Substitute Familiar, mailed to you, signed! With a little message if you want!

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    Substitute Familiar VIP

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    A print copy of Substitute Familiar, mailed to you, signed! With a little message if you want! Also, your name on the backer thanks page of this print run!

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    Zandraverse Bundle

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    Print copies of Squid Maids, Cat Wishes, and Substitute Familiar, mailed to you!

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    • print copy of Squid Maids
    • print copy of Cat Wishes
    • print copy of Substitute Familiar
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    Zandraverse Bundle, Signed

    (~USD$48)
    Print copies of Squid Maids, Cat Wishes, and Substitute Familiar, mailed to you, all signed! With little messages if you want!

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    • print copy of Squid Maids
    • print copy of Cat Wishes
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    Zandraverse Bundle VIP

    (~USD$57)
    Print copies of Squid Maids, Cat Wishes, and Substitute Familiar, mailed to you, all signed! With little messages if you want! Also, your name on the backer thanks page of this print run!

    Includes:
    • print copy of Squid Maids
    • print copy of Cat Wishes
    • print copy of Substitute Familiar
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    Custom Zandraverse Sketch (+SubFami VIP)

    (~USD$ 99)
    Want to have a custom sketch of a character from Squid Maids, Cat Wishes, or Substitute Familiar? Here's your chance! Zandra will make you a color sketch of any zandraverse character with your choice of pose, outfit and/or prop! (Within reason.)
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    Everything in the Substitute Familiar VIP tier!

    OPTIONAL ZANDRAVERSE VIP UPGRADE: want to get signed copies of Squid Maids and Cat Wishes too? Add CA$ 36 to your pledge!

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    Custom Mini-Story (+SubFami VIP)

    (~USD$ 150)
    Ever wanted to see your favorite light novel characters meet? Have a scene you've desperately wanted to see play out? Now you can! Zandra will write you a mini-story of a few paragraphs starring any 2-3 zandraverse characters you want—even from different books! Want to see Tora and Emilynn play tag? Find out how Es and Em's first date went? Watch Salt and Ollie discuss high fashion while fitting Tabbi for a maid outfit? Pick the characters and premise, and Zandra does the rest! (Within reason.)
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    Everything in the Substitute Familiar VIP tier!

    OPTIONAL ZANDRAVERSE VIP UPGRADE: want to get signed copies of Squid Maids and Cat Wishes too? Add CA$ 36 to your pledge!

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    • print copy of Substitute Familiar
    • signature (with optional message)
    • backer credit in the book
    • custom scene with your choice of 2-3 zandraverse characters
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    Custom Demonsona (+SubFami VIP)

    (~USD$ 275)
    BECOME A FAMILIAR! Zandra will work with you one-on-one to design your very own demonsona! No matter how detailed or concise your starting concept, Zandra will turn you (or an original character) into a unique demon—complete with looks, abilities, special powers, across multiple forms if desired—who's a fully canonical resident of the Substitute Familiar setting! Includes a written bio, description of abilities, and sketches of each form in a format that can be easily shared or printed! (Witch not included.)
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    Everything in the Substitute Familiar VIP tier!

    OPTIONAL ZANDRAVERSE VIP UPGRADE: want to get signed copies of Squid Maids and Cat Wishes too? Add CA$ 36 to your pledge!

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    • custom demonsona (detailed description + sketches)
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