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Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter under way for latest in cross-genre series
May 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Mythic Delirium Books has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the latest in its series of Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, "a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques." Mythic Delirium continues: "We started the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series in 2008. The first three volumes were met with all kinds of critical acclaim and award nominations. But then we lost our funding. In 2012, to bring the series back from the dead, we decided to publish Clockwork Phoenix...

Joshua Hoffine kickstarts the photography project from Hell – or Innsmouth
May 4, 2015 | 10:25 am

Horror photographer and visual artist Joshua Hoffine has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for his latest project, "Innsmouth: A Joshua Hoffine Photograph," targeting $20,000. Yes, that's $20,000 for a single photograph. But no ordinary photograph. For one thing, Hoffine has cut his teeth on very bizarre and scary imagery. For exactly how scary, see here. And he has already produced a series of vignettes with hardly a CG rejig in sight: set pieces with real actors - really horribly made up. The project outline explains: The subject of INNSMOUTH is taken from H. P. LOVECRAFT’s 1931 tale The Shadow over Innsmouth. In this...

Where’s Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign brings madness to your mobile, weirdness to your wall, fear to your fridge
April 17, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Bucking hard for the cutest piece of horror around - even more than a Cthulhu plushy - is the current Kickstarter campaign for "Where's Cthulhu? Arkham Parade" - brought to you by the brave insanity-battlers of the Cthulhu Project. Lovecraftian cultists of all kinds and denominations (or should that be demoni-nations?) can enjoy the spectacle of Arkham's carnival floats (and crawls, and slithers) creeping over their wall, or - thanks to a handy mobile tech tweak - over the screens of their mobile phones. "We are building Arkham in retro style, pixel by pixel," explains the campaign blurb. "Everybody is around the...

Morning Links: Free things for writers. Whose digital content is it anyway?
February 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

digital contentBrooklyn Bookstore Launches Kickstarter to Save Vintage Sci-Fi (Apartment Therapy) Brooklyn bookstore and publisher Singularity & Co. has launched a Kickstarter to save sci-fi. *** 8 Free Things for Writers (Media Shift) Everyone loves free stuff. Food samples, household products through the post –- even winning the odd competition –- things taste better when they are free. *** Questions to Ask for the Ideal Client-Freelancer 'Marriage' (An American Editor) The right questions asked at the right time can make the difference in a smooth, rewarding experience for both client and freelancer, whether the project is a writing, editing, proofreading, graphics, desktop publishing, or other assignment of some...

Lightspeed supports Queers Destroy Science Fiction
February 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

One of the latest crowdfunding projects in anthology publishing has just totally destroyed its funding goal. With nine days still on the clock at the time of writing, Lightspeed Magazine presents Queers Destroy Science Fiction has reached $34,866 pledged of the $5,000 goal in its Kickstarter campaign. Needless to say, its stretch goals have been blown open, and a great many backers are in line to receive a great deal. "Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine Lightspeed 100% written—and edited—by queer creators," explains the preamble. "Even in science fiction, supposedly the genre of limitless possibility, where everyone...

For your Hugo consideration: Designers & Dragons
January 31, 2015 | 7:06 pm

Just a quick reminder: nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are upon us, and if you signed up for last year’s (to get the entire Wheel of Time series that was included in the Hugo voter packet, for example) you’re eligible to nominate now. Nominations are open through March 10, and you can update and change your ballot as often as you like. And I’d just like to stump for a book that I feel is extremely worthy of consideration: the four-volume history of the role-playing game industry, Designers & Dragons, which was published via Kickstarter last year. Given...

Kickstarter funds weird science for Lovecraft fans
January 11, 2015 | 3:26 pm

fanficFred Lubnow, a figure fairly well known in Lovecraftian horror writing circles and "freshwater ecologist with a very strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft," has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that builds on his work to date: Lovecraftian Science Volume 1. This expansion of the scientific basis of the work of this notoriously materialist writer currently stands at $945 out of its $3000 target. "Back in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to give a presentation at the NecronomiCon in Providence, RI," explains Lubnow. "My presentation was on the Biology of the Old Ones. I enjoyed giving the presentation and...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...

Successful TVTropes Kickstarter to fund site revamp enters final hours
December 30, 2014 | 10:50 am

imageI noticed this very late—there are only about five hours remaining on the Kickstarter—but I’ve learned that TVTropes is running a modest Kickstarter to get funding to revamp its site and become even better. The Kickstarter has surpassed its $50,000 goal, and is just a few hundred dollars away from making its $100,000 stretch goal as I write this. A lot of pixels have been spilled about how Wikipedia exemplifies the impact of the digital revolution upon old media, being a form of encyclopedia that could never have been made without computers and networking. But so, too, is TVTropes....

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy
November 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK's library system in the face of devastating - and ideologically dictated - "austerity" cuts, is the Library A to Z, which "has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources and facilities that make libraries so fantastic." The site contains: "materials, including illustrations, book, posters, cards and other advocacy materials that you are free to share and re-use,"as well as "links and information about what you can do to support libraries." But its own story is almost as important and encouraging as the resources...

Can Flio save your reading angle?
November 18, 2014 | 6:25 pm

One of the types of tablet, ereader, or smartphone accessory that tends to become the focus of endless experimentation, trial and error, and questing for further improvement - at least for me - is stands. The perfect balance of portability, stability, viewing angle, is the kind of topic that tech geeks and OCD sufferers of all kinds - like me - can spend hours on. And now a new Kickstarter project, Flio, has come along that could offer the answer to at least some of my prayers. Flio, launched by Vlad Butucariu of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, promises to be "a collapsible laptop...