Recently, I read a Kickstarter update from Amanda Palmer that really hit home for me. Kickstarter is a marketplace that brings together buyers and artists in a way that allows the project to be funded in advance, giving full creative control to the people creating the art.
What I love about this idea is that Kickstarter truly places artistic creation in the hands of the artists rather than in the hands of a design/marketing department. It’s reminiscent (in a 21st century way) of how art used to be funded by patrons who supported the artists in order to see what new creative ventures were in store for the likes of Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Blake, Mozart, Van Gogh, etc. It’s an exciting time for art, artists, and art lovers of all types, and Kickstarter is the modern day marketplace that brings us all together.
So, that leads us to Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction. Since we opened for submissions we’ve received well over 150 pieces from all over the world, from authors of all levels, and from people who love the idea of a science fiction anthology for young adults. Rather than rewriting or recapping the update that I posted yesterday on Kickstarter, I thought I would just use a little “copy & paste” magic so that you can read it here. See below for our most recent Kickstarter update. If you have any questions, let us know!
Since our last update on Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, we’ve passed the halfway mark in our Kickstarter campaign. [YAY! THANK YOU!!!] However, we still have 21 days to go and just over $600 left to reach our goal. While things look good, we need to keep up the pressure to meet the $1,700 mark we set for ourselves.
We’ve also been busy establishing arrangements with our printer and distributor. We are set to make Futuredaze available in the US and Canada as a printed anthology and an eBook, but we’re also working on making it available in the UK and Australia, which only seemed fitting given the number of submissions that we have received from outside of the US. We’ll keep you updated on our progress.
Since submissions are still open and final decisions on the Table of Contents have not been made, we’re not ready to start talking about contributor names. However, we’ve had a few inquiries about who might be appearing in theFuturedaze line up. Believe me! I wish I could tell you, but we have to wait a bit longer before sharing that news. Well … there is one name that I am excited to share. New York Times bestselling young adult author Nancy Holder will be one of Futuredaze’s contributing authors. So, that’s you’re little sneak peak. We’re looking forward to letting you know who else is on the list.
In the meantime, as we ready ourselves for Futuredaze, we wanted to share a quote with you from a passage in Jules Verne’s novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth. As Harry and company approach the volcano’s chasm, he takes a moment to consider this turning point, but he can’t possibly imagine the incredibly journey that awaits them:
“I had not as yet ventured to take a glimpse down into that horrible abyss into which in a few minutes more I was about to plunge. The fatal moment had, however, at last arrived. I had still the option of refusing or accepting a share in this foolish and audacious enterprise.” – Jules Verne
Thank you for your support and for joining us in our own incredible journey to bring Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction into the world. Hopefully, our journey will be a bit smoother than what Jules Verne prepared for Harry & Company! Thanks again for all of your support. It makes a world of difference.