Real Talk: How This Whole Charity Anthology Business* Became A Thing

one of the mini-buttons you can get when you back the kcickstarter campaign!

one of the mini-buttons you can get when you back the kcickstarter campaign!

(*By “business” I mean “activity or concern,” not industry!)

So, 2017 has had many of us feeling pretty powerless–especially if you’re not in a swing state, and/or don’t have enough disposable income to donate to reputable charities every month. The world is a hot mess sundae, and the US is a steaming pile of cherries on top. What is there to do?

Like many of you, I don’t have much extra income to donate to charity, but I do have a skill set. I can donate my time and effort to creating a product that will produce sales, and I can donate sales from that product to the charities that speak to my heart, and hopefully yours as well.

I’ve decided to publish this anthology not just because I enjoy the process of publishing, and not just because it’s fun to work together with other authors on a creative project, but because I see this as an opportunity for a group of us to make a little bit of a difference in the world.

But I’m not doing this alone. The authors writing their stories and submitting their work are contributing. The amazingly talented illustrator is contributing. All of the friends helping me spread the word are contributing.

Can you help us reach our goal by backing this Kickstarter campaign, or sharing the link? Every dollar and every share is deeply appreciated.

And if you are a YA author, would you consider submitting to the anthology?

Thanks!

Announcement: Unknown Press’s First Anthology

So I’m doing a thing, because I work well under pressure, and I have a Critical Thesis to write this semester and not enough pressure to cook with apparently!

This summer and fall I’m using my expertise in indie publishing to put together an anthology of Halloween-themed short stories written by YA authors. Why? Because Halloween (the most important holiday of the year) deserves to be celebrated in all possible ways, and reading a collection of Halloween-themed stories is a pretty great place to start! After all, what goes better with your October mood than a cozy Halloween story?

Even better: 50% of the proceeds from this publication will be donated to Girls Not Brides, a “global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.”

Because I’m just poor confused millennial lass, I don’t have the funds up front to pay the authors for their hard work. BUT AUTHORS DESERVE TO GET PAID, so I’ve put together a Kickstarter campaign where you can, if you so choose, support the anthology with a few dollars, a pre-order, or just spreading the word. When you support the campaign, you can receive:

  • Our undying thanks!
  • A free Halloween costume suggestion
  • 1 of 4 (or all 4) original “I Support Halloween” mini buttons
  • A pre-ordered eBook copy
  • A pre-ordered print copy
  • Or even YOUR NAME forever emblazoned in the Acknowledgements section of the book!

I hope you’ll take the time to check out the campaign! And now, I leave you with my favorite Halloween .gif (from “Over the Garden Wall”):