Posted: 28 September, 2011 Filed under: kickstarter
The first is the 3-volume trade paperback Baen editions of Pittsboro author David Drake’s “The Complete Hammer’s Slammers”, signed of course:
The second is another set of 3 signed books, being Hillsborough author James Maxey’s “Dragon Age” trilogy from Solaris Books in mass market paperback, including Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed:
Whew! Just about 48 hours to go… can we make it to $2000? I would love to see it happen.
Posted: 27 September, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
Just added another limited, last-week award to the Bull Spec Year 3 Kickstarter
fundraising campaign which ends on Friday: A complete set, signed, of the 5 hardcover Afterlife Series
novellas from Durham author and podcaster extraordinaire, Mur Lafferty
: Heaven, Hell, Earth, Wasteland, and War. These are beautiful (and darkly funny!) books, with a through-designed cover series that you really, really want:
Whew. Only 10 of these sets are available, and I can’t thank Mur enough to allowing me to include them.
Posted: 26 September, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
Well, it’s Monday of the last week for the Bull Spec: Year 3 Kickstarter
fundraiser, which ends Friday at 5 PM EST. To try for some last-ditch, on the fence backers, I’ve added something to spice this week up: limited to 20 backers, a complete set, signed, of the 6 “definitive edition” trade paperback versions of Raleigh author Lewis Shiner’s first six novels: Frontera, Deserted Cities of the Heart, Slam, Glimpses, Say Goodbye, and Black & White:
Tell me that wouldn’t look great on your bookshelf?
Posted: 16 September, 2011 Filed under: kickstarter
With two weeks left to go, the Bull Spec Year 3 Kickstarter has met its “drop dead or not” goal of $1000! Thank you all SO MUCH for spreading the word and contributing to this effort.
But, really, we need to keep going. One of the scary things about the Kickstarter was trying to pick a number that we thought was achievable — because if you don’t make it, everything goes to $0 and the whole thing is canceled — but also substantial enough to make it look like actually doing a third year is possible.
As I wrote in the Kickstarter project description:
This Kickstarter project is to help fund the 60,000 words or so of original fiction, 20 or so illustrations, the reviews, the poetry, and the serialized graphic short story (and more!) which will comprise the four issues of the third year ofBULL SPEC which will run from about Spring/Summer 2012 through Winter/Spring 2013. At $0.05/word for fiction and poetry and $100-$200 per illustration, the year’s content budget will come to about $5,000. The printing budget adds another $5,000, giving a total budget for the year of $10,000.
That’s the base financial cost — and of course, some of that will come to Bull Spec in the form of continuing subscriptions, issue sales in bookstores, etc. And of course, if we can ever get on top of getting advertising, that would be great, too! I want to go ahead and put some numbers out there so folks know where we’re coming from. Subscriptions are at about 100 people, bringing about $2,000 into the “good” side of the budget. Bookstore sales are about 100 per issue, bringing another $2,000 into that “good” side. That leaves us about $6,000 short. Advertising (thank you, advertisers!) brought in about $1,000 last year, bringing things up to just about $5,000, leaving $5,000 to come from … well, thin air, mostly. (Here I must thank my in-laws, Valerie and Mike Montgomery, for paying some printing bills outright. And again my wife Kendra, for her unbelievable patience in allowing me to really do this the best way that I can.)
So we need to keep going. Two more weeks. Let’s do this! If I had to pick a number, I want to grow to 200 subscribers and fill that “75 x $75” patron page as much as possible. Thank you so much for your support and for spreading the word!
Posted: 12 September, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
This week sees Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books hosting two events of note:
1. Thursday, September 16, 7:30 pm: Clay and Susan Griffith for The Rift Walker: Vampire Empire, Book 2:
So many links have popped up, but most recently a great review from Paul Goat Allen is a good place to get started. There’s a Facebook event by which you can invite your friends, the Quail Ridge event page to send around, and the current fall events flyer to print out and post and hand around as well.
2. Friday, September 17, 7:30 pm: Lewis Shiner for Dark Tangos:
You can of course read Richard Dansky’s review of the book, along with an at-length interview of Shiner, in Bull Spec #6. He also wrote a short essay for John Scalzi’s Whatever blog’s “Big Idea” series, about violence — very much worth the read, and there’s another (shorter) interview courtesy the book’s publisher, Subterranean Press. There’s a Facebook event with which you can invite your friends, the Quail Ridge event page to send around, and yes that current fall events flyer to print out and post and hand around.
There you go! Two reading events this week very much worth taking the time for.
Posted: 5 September, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
Though yet, yet again you should have a stack of flyers you’re handing out, and likely have this stuff memorized and/or tattooed:
MONDAY AT DRAGON*CON:
11:30am Clay and Susan Griffith: Supernatural Alternative History
11:30am Mark Van Name (SFLIT)1pm Gray Rinehart science of zombies panel (Hilton)
And the last of the The Missing Volume dealer room signings:
10:30 AM Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
2 PM Tim Zahn
That’s it! It’s the last day! Don’t forget to check out of your room on time…