May 18, 2018
As you patiently wait for the UFO7 kickstarter campaign (which should be coming next month!) there are several anthology projects I’d like to encourage you to check out. I find myself involved in not one, not two, but three separate anthologies that are seeking funding at the moment, and I hope some of them will strike your fancy.
First up is the anthology edited by Mike Ventrella and published by Fantastic Books where Mike has asked a group of funny and imaginative authors to come up with a story which has the line “Release the Virgins!” in it at some point. Some of the authors involved include David Gerrold, Allen Steele, Jody Lynn Nye, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, and Keith R. A. DeCandido among others. If this project funds I will contribute a funny original story from the Coffee Corps universe!
Release the Virgins on Kickstarter
Another project that also launched tonight is Timeshift: Tales of Time, edited by Eric S. Fomley. This is an anthology of flash fiction stories about time travel, time dilation, and other time-related weirdness. You’ll get stories by Bob Silverberg, Cat Rambo, Ken Liu, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and two of my own tales (two assuming the project reaches a very achievable milestone of 25 backers)
Timeshift on Kickstarter
Finally, there’s another anthology of even tinier stories, also edited by Eric Fomley. Drabbledark is a collection of drabbles — stories that are exactly 100 words long. I posted about this one a couple of weeks ago and am happy to report it has reached its initial funding goal. It’s now in stretch goals and has 11 days left to pick up some more steam.
Drabbledark on Kickstarter
In addition to all the crowdfunding news, I also learned today that my story “Ambassador to the Meek” (originally published in The Sum of Us anthology edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law) has been selected to appear in Best Indie Speculative Fiction, volume 1, forthcoming in November 2018.
March 5, 2018
Several folks have reached out to me this week to ask why this year’s UFO Kickstarter campaign has not been launched. In the past several years I ran the campaign in March and followed it with an open submission window in April. First of all, thank you for the concern! Please do not worry, UFO7 will be published on schedule and we’ll open to submissions on April 1 as promised. However, I’ve decided to run the campaign after the submissions close, probably starting around mid-May this year. There are several reasons for this:
- Late last year I ran a (much smaller) campaign to fund my second collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories. While I doubt many people would mind, I still feel somewhat uncomfortable asking friends and fans for more money before I deliver that book. Golem should be ready in about a month, but not in time for an early March campaign.
- Running a crowdfunding campaign is really hard work, and I hope that some additional signal boosting from 20+ authors will make reaching our goal a bit easier. To be clear, no one is expected to help promote the campaign. This will be purely voluntary.
- Due to various other projects and business obligations, this March is an especially tough month for me to run the campaign in.
This is a bit of a risk for me. I will accept stories and pay ten cents per word, just like last years, assuming the campaign will fund. If it does not, I will pay everyone out of my own pocket. I may look for ways to lower the upfront costs a bit (such as printing the anthology via Print on Demand instead of an offset run) but none of those measures will jeopardize the quality of the stories, the layout, and all the other things you might care about as a reader. At the end of the day, I feel reasonably confident that there are enough people out there who want to read the books and for the series to continue and that the campaign will fund.
In any case, you have a month or so to get those stories ready. My team and I can’t wait to get reading!
November 7, 2017
I just launched a campaign to fund my second collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories. If you’ve enjoyed my writing, I hope you will take a look. (And if you’re primarily familiar with my work as an editor, there are sample stories linked there that will give you a taste of what my own writing is like.)
This book will include approximately 30 short stories, including the following:
• Refugees with a salvaged mech suit find that family ties are stronger than armor.
• Two artificial intelligences in love turn the world into their playground.
• Modern-day Dante is guided through hell by the ghost of Bob Marley.
• Ancient gods and monsters stalk the halls of a 1920s night club.
• A young woman must save her planet by committing an act of terror.
• In the rekindled space race between the United States, Russia, and India, the winner might be the nation willing to sacrifice the most.
Please take a look for yourself:
April 6, 2017
The UFO6 kickstarter campaign is ending tonight. 250 readers have already backed it and we’re approximately $1100 from the finish line as I type these words. Please help us with a last-minute push by letting others know about the campaign and, of course, consider backing it by pre-ordering a copy of the book and possibly availing yourself of other backer rewards.
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.
March 1, 2016
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.
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.