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March 26th, 2012

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01:39 pm - Scheherazade’s Facade: The VICTORY Update

Originally published at Schrödinger's Bookshelf. You can comment here or there.

Dear Everyone -

We did it.  As of 3:08 PM EST, March 26, 2012, the Scheherazade’s Facade Kickstarter Campaign hit its goal of $5000.00.  This means that, barring the zombie apocalypse, we’re fully funded and this anthology will move forward with all due speed to see the light of day.  The authors will be paid, the art team will be paid, the editor will get a double ration of gruel, the cats will get their gold-plated litterboxes (JUST KIDDING), and everyone who’s chosen to do so will get the anthology itself.  I can’t thank you enough.  For the LJ posts and mailing list hits, the Tumblrs and Tweets and Facebook updates and the Jerry Lewis telethon and the one enterprising person who tried to get me to donate to that political party you don’t like.  This was a team effort from top to bottom, and I owe it all to friends, family, my authors, and everyone else who thought this sounded like a good idea.

So there’s a problem.  We’re fully funded… with three weeks to go.  What now?  I mean, do we roll up our publicity apparatus, congratulate ourselves on a job well-done, and move on to something else?  I mean, we have 176 backers. At least 170 of those want the book.  That’s a fair number, right?  It’s not like we have to do anything now that we’ve hit our goal.  Or….

Hey.  Just between you and me, there’s no reason we can’t continue to spread the word.  Y’know, spend the next three weeks casually mentioning this to people, and allowing as how it’s definitely a book that’s going to come out, with a dozen all-new original fantasy and urban fantasy stories by a stellar lineup of authors from around the globe.  Y’know, remind people that it’s not too late to pledge if they want a copy of Scheherazade’s Facade in electronic or trade paperback, and they can still take advantage of our fabulous deals.  Because there have got to be more people who want to read this, who haven’t pledged already.  Just because we’ve hit the goal means we have to -stop-, after all.

I know I can’t ask anything more of you guys, but why let the next three weeks go to waste?  In fact, tell you what.

If we manage to hit $10,000 before the end of the campaign, there will be a Scheherazade’s Facade 2: The Science Fiction Edition.  (Not final title.  Also not final titles: SF2: Bend Harder;  SF2: Electric Sheep Boogaloo;  SF2: I Think I’m A Clone Now.)  Now, I don’t know who’ll be in it yet – I haven’t even written guidelines, much less asked authors, pulled out my blackmail folder, or calculated whether a yacht fits in my driveway. (Hint: it wouldn’t.)  All I know at this point in time is that I’d love to do the science fiction companion to this fantasy anthology, and I’d love to get the same level talent and vision, and I’d love to pay them that professional rate.  So if we hit that next tier, I’ll find a way to put the money towards a second volume.  (And if we don’t hit it, I’ll think of something else.  And if for whatever unthinkable reason this anthology bombs, and I’m forced to move to Siberia and work as a rock farmer, at least I can afford thermal undies…)

So that’s my say.  We’ve hit our goal, I love you all, and a sequel is entirely possible if things go well.  Spread the word.  And thank you.

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Date:March 26th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Kickstarters traditionally continue to their set end. For the additional funds, assuming you get them, you might consider giving little perks to the funders, etc. Look at some of the other successful Kickstarters for hints, if you need them.

Also, in any fundraising you should assume that some percentage of the pledged funds WON'T actually come through, so continuing and getting cushion means that you have some margin.

In addition, costs have a way of escalating; more money means less chance of disaster later.

There have been some truly staggering Kickstarter overfunding events -- Rich Burlew of "Order Of The Stick" was looking for (I think) about $30,000 to finance full re-issue of the OOTS books... and got about $1.2 MILLION.
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Date:March 26th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
All good points, thanks. I'm certainly looking into what else I can do. Luckily, the amount we targeted for has some flex room built into it, just in case anything unexpected happened. I'm hoping for a decent cushion, and crossing my fingers that the next three weeks will bring in a steady trickle of interested people, those who show up after a project is a success, and those whose budgets didn't allow it sooner. But at least now I can breathe easier, even as I tackle all the little details that pop up whenever I'm in the shower. :)

I know I can't hit Order of the Stick or Wastelands 2 level of success, but I wouldn't mind seeing how far this takes us. A second anthology would seriously satisfy my need for symmetry. :)
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Date:March 26th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
That is SO FREAKING FANTASTIC! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!
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Date:March 27th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)

For the sequel, how about: The Left Hand of Scheherazade?
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Date:March 27th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your authors would be glad to help you get rid of any excess money. ;)

Seriously, Woohoo, and here's to the SF version!

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