Did you miss out on all the super-fun rewards available to Kickstarter backers? Not to worry. Here at the Arcana Shop, you can be the first on your block to become a backer of Bluecrowne, which is scheduled for release in summer 2013. Got questions, like WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS AGAIN? Scroll past the rewards for FAQ’s.
Sales are securely processed through Gumroad and Vook. For their pains, Gumroad takes %5 plus $0.25 per sale and Vook takes 15%; everything else goes straight into the Arcana Project coffers toward the costs of Bluecrowne. Your rewards will be fulfilled immediately, with the exception of Bluecrowne itself, which you’ll be sent in early summer, just in advance of its official release.
Without further ado, here are the rewards I’ve come up so far! Many are one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you love, don’t wait or it may disappear on you. Unless otherwise noted, domestic shipping is included on all items (international backers, add $10 unless otherwise instructed). Would you like to add a digital copy of The Kairos Mechanism and a handmade bookmark (because those go together like peanut butter and jelly)? Add $10. ProTip: you can contribute whatever you like–the amounts listed here are, as on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, a minimum.
$0-As Many Dollars as You Wanna Plunk Down: A digital copy of The Illustrated Kairos Mechanism, with 18 pieces of original art by reader artists (PDF)
$11.95: The Kickstarter edition of The Kairos Mechanism, including a story from The Raconteur’s Common-Place Book (The Arcana, #3)
$25: A signed poster of Jake Limberleg’s Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show handbill, a handwritten thank you card, and Bluecrowne in the digital format of your choice. International backers, add $10.
$30: The Boneshaker in paperback and Bluecrowne in the digital format of your choice, as well as a handmade bookmark and a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10.
$40: Bluecrowne in paperback and the digital format of your choice, as well as a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10. (20 available)
$49.99: The Kairos Mechanism Pinned Edition (AKA the Andrea Offermann is Awesome Edition): Andrea Offermann created the cover for The Kairos Mechanism beginning with hand-cut silhouette art. I sent 50 copies to Germany for her to autograph for a special edition, and she surprised me with hand-cut pins in the style of the cover for each book. Your copy will be numbered (these are 51-100 of the 300 copy first printing), signed by both Andrea and myself, and will include a pin, a handwritten thank you card, the digital edition of your choice, and a small but special gift related to the story. international buyers, please add $10 for shipping. (15 available)
$50: the Wildly Popular Ephemera Reward: In this reward, I send you something interesting and/or weird from my collection of oddball stuff, along with a handwritten thank you card and a digital copy of Bluecrowne. International backers, add $10.
$60: The Wildly Popular Ephemera Reward plus The Boneshaker in paperback, Bluecrowne in the digital format of your choice, and a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10.
$60: Kairos-Inspired Baubles Handmade by the Students of South River High School, plus Bluecrowne in the digital format of your choice and a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10. (specific bauble choices with images linked below; ONE OF EACH IS AVAILABLE.)
- Blue Flower Tile
- Clockwork Kairos Pendant
- Clockwork Scrawl Pendant
- Coiled Kairos Pendant
- Dark Flower Tile
- Kairos Butterfly Pendant
- Kairos Flower Pendant
- Oval Bits Kairos Pendant
- Pink Kairos Tile
- Robin Tile Pendant
- Rose Pendant
- Smiley Kairos Pendant
- Smiley Kairos Pendant 2
$75: Paperback and digital copies of both The Kairos Mechanism and Bluecrowne, and a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10.
$80: Paperback copies of The Boneshaker, The Kairos Mechanism, and Bluecrowne, plus a handwritten thank you card. International backers, add $10. (20 available)
$150: The Broken Lands in hardcover, as well as paperback copies of The Boneshaker, The Kairos Mechanism, and Bluecrowne, plus a handwritten thank you card and your name on the special thanks page of Bluecrowne. International backers, add $10. (20 available)
$325: The Broken Lands in Hardcover and The Boneshaker, The Kairos Mechanism, and Bluecrowne, all signed by Kate Milford and Andrea Offermann. Also includes a handwritten thank you card and your name on the special thanks page of Bluecrowne. International backers, add $15. (10 available)
$400: First printing copies of The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands in hardcover, a first (numbered) printing copy of The Kairos Mechanism and Bluecrowne in paperback, all signed by Kate Milford and Andrea Offermann. Also includes a handwritten thank you card and your name on the special thanks page. International backers, add $15. (2 sets available)
$500: The Clockwork Foundry Subscription. Your reward begins with signed hardcover copies of The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands, and a signed paperback and a digital copy of The Kairos Mechanism. It continues with a signed copy of each forthcoming traditionally-published hardcover release I have, and a signed paperback plus a digital copy of each Arcana edition I create. So basically, everything I publish, you get, signed and delivered to you. Please note that you are responsible for updating me on changes to your preferred shipping address. International backers, add $20. (10 subscriptions available.)
Q: Didn’t we just finish doing this?
A: Sure, but didn’t you like how it turned out?
Q: So why aren’t you doing Kickstarter this time? And if it comes out next summer, why are you putting this page up so far in advance?
A: Well, frankly I’m naively hoping that sales from The Kairos Mechanism will pay for most of Bluecrowne, but whether or not they actually will remains to be seen. So the plan here is to attempt to raise some of the costs of Bluecrowne (which I am estimating to be $8000), while still allowing time to do a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign next spring if necessary. Why so early? Next spring I’m also going to be deep in revisions for Greenglass House (coming out from Clarion in spring 2014) and The Left-Handed Fate (coming out from Holt in fall 2014), so this is also an attempt to set up the structure in advance so as to give myself some breathing room and minimize my likely stress.
As with The Kairos Mechanism, funds will be used to copyedit the Bluecrowne manuscript, illustrate and design the cover and interior, print a first edition of 300 paperbacks on the Espresso Book Machine, and pay one young illustrator per chapter to create a special, reader-illustrated digital edition.
Q: Your Kickstarter goal for Kairos was only $6500. Why the bump?
A: $8000 is just about what I actually raised for The Kairos Mechanism, and it turned out to be not a penny less than what I needed. I underestimated shipping costs by a landslide, for instance. Also, I decided I wanted to plan to bump up the artists’ compensation from $100 to $150 right out of the gate. They are turning in amazing work for Kairos. Really amazing.
Q: When’s the Illustrated Kairos coming out?
A: November, just in time for holiday e-giving. Want to be the first to know when it’s ready? email kate (at) clockworkfoundry (dot) com.