I mentioned briefly last week that I supported my first Kickstarter — an anthology of urban fantasy tales called Winter in the City. A couple days ago, the folks running the campaign announced I was one of the authors who agreed to submit something to the anthology. It’s something I’m incredibly excited about for a number of reasons, and I’m hoping the Kickstarter gets more backers soon.
Why excited, you ask? (You didn’t, but I’ll assume as much on your behalf.)
For one, I have what I think is a pretty darn good idea for a submission. Yes, it’s urban fantasy and, no, it has nothing to do with the Known Worlds of the Daedalus series. It’s still going to have a historical bent to it, but the history will be much more recent. I also like the wintry theme of the anthology, as winter is one of my favorite seasons in general, and seems to be fertile ground for storytelling as well.
Plus, it’s a nice stretch for me. I’ve proven I can write a novel (well, two now) and I’ve written a novella as well. I’ve found short fiction to be generally more difficult, because there’s so much to get into a piece in a short amount of space. I started writing fiction in part to challenge myself, after all, so why shy away from another challenge?
And have you seen the list of writers who have agreed to participate? We’re talking some amazing folks here, like Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, Jack Skillingstead and the great Harry Turtledove (who is a fantastic guy in addition to pretty much owning alternate history fiction). I mean, seriously, there are too many great ones to list here. I totally want to be in an anthology with these people just to say I was, you know?
So here’s the deal. The campaign needs to raise $15,000 for the anthology to become a reality. Right now, they’ve raised just under $4,000. That means we’re looking at making up $11,000 in just 14 days. I’ve chipped in, and I’m hoping you’ll consider backing it as well. You’ll get a whole heap of excellent urban fantasy fiction from some of the best folks writing today (and, well, me). The reward tiers are also pretty cool, with lots of goodies for folks who chip in more.
If you’re so inclined, check out the Kickstarter campaign here and see if you’d like to chip in. I think it’s an exciting project, and I hope you do too.