UFO6 Kickstarter Live!

March 7, 2017

The Kickstarter campaign for Unidentified Funny Objects 6 launched this morning. It is also the cover reveal: gaze upon another awesome illustration by Tomasz Maronski!

 

There are special Early Bird rewards as well which are available to those who back the campaign in the first 36 hours (by 10pm Wednesday Eastern time) — so please check it out and also help me spread the word: I can only reach a certain number of folks but everyone who shares and posts about the project will reach further, letting others know about the campaign and the UFO series!

Link to Kickstarter here.

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Unidentified Funny Objects 5 Kickstarter Campaign and Cover Reveal

March 1, 2016

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Here it is! Another excellent cover by Tomasz Maronski. Stories are coming in at a steady pace from the invited headliners and we’re only a month away from the open submissions window, so read the guidelines and get your funny fiction ready!

Today we also launch the Kickstarter campaign for this book. The entire series wouldn’t have been possible (at least at its current quality and quantity of stories) without the support of our Kickstarter backers. It has provided me the freedom to pay writers, artists, and other professionals involved fair rates and to do everything I can to make the books look and feel like they were published by a major press rather than some guy from Brooklyn. Any faults are my own, but the success of the series belongs entirely to the amazing authors and artists I find myself so fortunate to collaborate with on these stories.

Which is a very long-winded way of saying please support the Kickstarter campaign. Even if you can’t afford to pledge (which is okay), you can help by letting your friends who might want this book know about the campaign. Please spread the word far and wide on social media.

Kickstarter link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/776571295/unidentified-funny-objects-5

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Kickstarter Creator Basics Videos

May 7, 2015

Kickstarter posted a series of brief Creator Basics videos on their YouTube channel, where Lisa Lucas, Daniel Jose Older, Farai Chideya and yours truly get to dispense some wisdom about preparing to launch a Kickstarter project in publishing and journalism fields.

This is pretty basic information (as advertised in the series’ title!) but if you are relatively new to Kickstarter and are thinking of creating a campaign, it’s a good start-off point.

Watch the videos here.

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UFO4 Kickstarter: Final Day

April 7, 2015

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I’m very excited to report that UFO4 has already reached its initial funding goal of $8,000 and we’re now working toward our $10k stretch goal of a second, reprint anthology of humorous science fiction.

If you’re inclined to support this project, please visit the Kickstarter page and see if there are some rewards you might like?

I can also report that we’ve received a bit over 150 submissions to date and have responded to over half of them. I’m inclined to concentrate on the crowdfunding campaign over submissions today and tomorrow, but will catch up soon. Even at our “slow” times we tend to respond to an overwhelming majority of submissions in under a week, and often in 1-2 days. So send your stories — we won’t waste your time by sitting on the manuscripts for months before they’re even read!

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How to Pay Your Writers panel at Kickstarter HQ

April 2, 2015

I recently participated on the live panel at Kickstarter HQ about paying writers for their work.

You can now watch the panel in its entirety, posted at the Kickstarter blog:

https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/talking-shop-how-to-pay-your-writers?ref=email

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UFO4 Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live

March 9, 2015

Today I launched the Kickstarter campaign for Unidentified Funny Objects 4 – the 4th annual collection of humorous science fiction and fantasy. This will be our first themed volume, and will feature stories by George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony, Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Karen Haber, Jody Lynn Nye, Gini Koch, Karen Haber and Tim Pratt.

There will be a submission window in April so that newer authors have a chance at sharing the table of contents with these established pros. All authors will be paid at pro rates.

And, of course, there’s a gorgeous and funny cover, by Tomasz Maronski:

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Please check out the campaign page, and help me spread the word of it to others? #SFWAPro

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Kickstarter Staff Pick Button

August 14, 2014
Small Kickstarter Staff Pick Button

Small Kickstarter Staff Pick Button

My short story collection “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories” is doing really well on Kickstarter. Not only is it well on its way to the second stretch goal (have you backed it yet? If not, why not?), but it was also selected as the Kickstarter Staff Pick early on in the process. I noticed that many of the campaigns that received this honor have pasted “Staff Pick” buttons onto their cover images, but when I searched through Google Images for a freebie copy of such a button that I could copy, there was none to be found.

Sure, anyone who has even a modicum of graphics design skills can make their own in about 5-10 minutes. But what about those of us who lack even the basic level of such skills? I reached out to my friends, and Iulian Ionescu of Fantasy Scroll Magazine was kind enough to do a quick design of such a button for me. With his kind permission, I’m making it available for everyone else — if you need it, feel free to grab it from here and use it in your campaign! Stop by his site and leave him a note of thanks, but otherwise, have fun. I’m posting both small and large files here, and tagging them so people can have an easier time finding them via search engines.

Kickstarter Staff Pick Button

Kickstarter Staff Pick Button

 

And, of course, I would be remiss not to plug my ongoing Kickstarter campaign one more time:

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories by Alex Shvartsman#SFWAPro