Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kickstarter Update and Future Anthologies

As of today, The Memory Eater has raised $2,837 (or 66%) of its $4,250 goal.  With 16 days left to pledge, there’s still a lot of hard work to do, but boy oh boy has the ride thus far been a nail biter.  At least for me anyway.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked my email, fingers crossed, hoping to see a new backer alert.

77 people have supported the project so far, and I can’t really put into words what that means to me.  I also can’t put into words how excited I am to bring a new and refreshing form of entertainment to the world.  Yes, the journey begins with The Memory Eater, but I hope to eventually develop Hance LLC into so much more.  With your desire and support, this dream can become a reality.

Which brings me to a few new updates to the Kickstarter campaign.  First, I recently added bulk orders.  You can now purchase 10 books for $120 (saving you $30) or 20 for $220 (saving you $80). 

I’ve also tried to spice up the poster deal by making an option to purchase a poster, paperback and bookmark for $60.  There’s also an $80 option where you get the poster, paperback, bookmark, t-shirt, special edition ebook and a personalized inscription from me.

The last announcement includes stretch goals, and here are the details:

If we go $3,000 over the initial goal and hit $7,250, everyone who pledges $8 and above will get The Memory Eater 2 ebook for free. I plan to commission 50 contributors, so with the $3,000, that will be enough to pay each person $50 instead of profit-sharing like the first book. The remaining $500 will cover Kickstarter fees and the cost of compiling the ebook.

If we go $3,000 over the first stretch goal of $7,250, everyone who pledges $8 and above will get Fairy Tales for Adults ebook for free in addition to The Memory Eater 2 ebook. The $3,000 will be divided the same way as in first stretch goal.

The stories in Fairy Tales for Adults will either combine original childlike plots with mature settings or mature plots with childlike settings. Think The Giving Tree, except the tree just won the lottery, prompting every ruthless person in existence to come out of the woodwork. Think The Very Hungry Caterpillar, except the caterpillar is a super morbidly obese guy who runs an orphanage and eats all of the orphans' food before eating them. While the end result will vary based on the submissions received, I'm aiming every sort of twist (humorous, dramatic, brutal, lovey-dovey) on stories we tell our children.

If you’d like to support the project, but can’t find room within your budget (damn you high gas prices/daycare/life in general), we could really use your help spreading the word through any media outlets possible.  You can like us on Facebook (!/pages/The-Memory-Eater-Anthology/107422172673789), follow me on Twitter (@thememoryeater), or give us a shout out in real life! 

 Again, thank you to everyone who has taken a serious look at this project.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I write for pure entertainment purposes, meaning if I were on a deserted island, and I knew no one would ever read my work, I’d never do it.  I’d just sit there and be bored.  Maybe kick the sand really, really hard to show the sky my frustration.

So here’s to your eyes…or attention!


C. P.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Memory Eater Story Trailers and Interview

In just 9 days, The Memory Eater Kickstarter campaign has raised $1,476 (34% of the goal).  With 31 days left, we’re doing very well but still need a lot of support.

To give you a better look at what kind of stories can be found in The Memory Eater, Justin Swapp (one of the contributors), was kind enough to create mini trailers for each of the 27 stories.  He will be updating the channel as he goes, but in the meantime, the 16 videos which are currently finished can be found right here.  Below is a trailer for the Memory Eater story Cigars for Sawyer.

You can also read my recent interview done by Lauren C. Teffeau (one of the talented story contributors) regarding The Memory Eater right here.

Also, if you haven’t checked it out yet, here are 4 story samples from The Memory Eater.

We hope you’ll check out the Kickstarter page at which offers a paperback copy of the book for $15 along with many other rewards, because your continued support is what will ultimately bring this project to life!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Purchase The Memory Eater Anthology

At last, after having worked on this for over a year, I'm excited to share with you The Memory Eater: Stories that Erase the Past to Save the Future.  This science fiction-inspired anthology consists of 27 uniquely written and illustrated stories based on a futuristic device with the ability to locate and destroy any memory in the human mind.  Each of the 24 authors wrote original stories around the concept, and 27 artists contributed a companion original piece of art for the stories.

The anthology was pitched to select publishers with positive feedback, but ultimately, I decided to take advantage of the evolving book publishing landscape and retain control over the book publication and distribution by raising the funds to self-publish.  Today marks the launch of the fundraising campaign to raise funds to publish The Memory Eater, which is ready to print right now!

Kickstarter is a unique Internet funding platform for creative projects by writers, musicians, artists, designers, filmmakers and visionaries of all kinds.  Artists post an in-depth profile of their creative work and ask interested people to pledge a donation over a short period to reach a funding goal.  If the goal is reached, the pledges are funded, and the artist can help bring their creative project to life. 

Please visit The Memory Eater fundraising campaign right here to support the project.  The page includes a project introduction video, story and art samples and links to several contributor web sites.  The platform offers several pledge levels ranging from $1-$300 with rewards attached to each donation.  Rewards run the gamut from written acknowledgement in the anthology, to free books, to bookmarks and T-shirts, to custom created, artist-signed The Memory Eater artwork on canvas.  Pledges are not collected (via PayPal or credit card) unless and until the project goal of $4,250 is reached in the 40-day campaign period.

The Memory Eater's Kickstarter campaign runs through May 12, 2012.  Don't forget to check out the 4 story samples from the finished book right here or click on the picture below.

Thank you for checking out the campaign and for your support!

C. P.