We’re keeping it simple today. Each cover is $100 for the designer work, about $50 extra for other garbage I have to do to make them happen. I’m tacking on a 25% “I have to put up with this” fee, and the entire amount will be increased by whatever percentage backerkit and kickstarter will take. It’ll be in the kickstarter, assuming there is sufficient interest.
I am not footing this bill myself, because paperbacks don’t sell all that well for me because I’m an indie. (I do mass market because that’s the size I personally like.)
Like the mass market, the trade versions will be larger font and line spacing for improved visibility for the visually impaired, which means additional printing costs. (I am not sorry for this. I want the books to be accessible for most people, and as someone who suffers from impaired visibility, this is important to me.)
I would charge $25 for each paperback for the kickstarter, which would be autographed. Maybe swag, maybe no swag. Swag will be a surprise, and probably determined by how much excess swag I have kicking around from the convention in November.
The tiers will be set to the following to make my life easy: 1 book, 2, books, 3 books, 4 books, 5 books, 10 books, complete mag rom com series (18 books), complete royal states series (8 books), and complete set of both series. (If you want 15 books, you will need two kickstarter accounts and submit two different pledges, sorry. Thems the kickstarter rules.)
Fulfillment will tentatively start in January 2022 or February 2022, depending on when I get the kickstarter put together. I might be able to do a very limited number of Christmas deliveries, but it would be very limited. I’ll fulfill as time allows, with updates on where we’re at in the process of getting the covers designed. It’s a huge amount of design work on my designer, and can’t be done all at once.
Books will be individually wrapped in kraft paper for shipping, groups of books will be individually wrapped and then wrapped together into a bundle before being shoved into a box. Newspaper/padding will be tossed in as needed to protect the books. Shipping fee will include the cost of supplies to ship the books.
That’s it, that’s all.
If there isn’t enough interest in trade versions, this idea goes to the grave. I have NOT selected the trade size yet, but it’ll probably be 6×9. What I have done in the past has no bearings on the choice of trim size for this kickstarter.
If the kickstarter does well, a new tier to do the witch & wolf books will be opened, with a large tier of all three series available.