The Weird Wild West


Back in the summer, while standing in the hallway after a raucous session of Live Action Slush (it’s a panel we do – loads of fun and definitely something you should check out if you come to ConCarolinas next year) Emily Leverett, Margaret McGraw and I were talking about weird westerns.  Ideas were flying fast and furious, and all of a sudden, before we really had a chance to think about it, the three of us were agreeing to edit an anthology of western fantasy stories.  Over the next few months, we approached publishers and writers until we found one we were happy with – Danielle Ackley-McPhail, of eSpec Books.  The quickest way to get the ball rolling seemed to be trying a Kickstarter to fund the project, so we had photos made, arranged pledge rewards and stretch goals from our committed authors, created a video and built the site.   And now we’re on the threshold of launching the Kickstarter.  It goes live tomorrow.

And I’m trapped somewhere between excited and terrified.

The book depends on our fans and readers being as excited as we are.  We’ve got some amazing authors lined up to write stories.  We’re offering readers the chance to have characters named for them (and John Hartness intends to kill one of you off in his pages, so that’s fun!)  One of our stretch goals is a chance to add some slush spots in the book, meaning one of you wonderful Magical Words readers might be joining all of us in the pages of the book.  Besides, who doesn’t love a little weirdness with their cowboys and stagecoaches?  But the book only comes to life if we manage to achieve our funding goals.  Want to know what you can do to help this project come to life?

– Choose a pledge level and pledge to the project.
– Click on the “Notify me on launch” button.  This tells Kickstarter that people are interested in the project, and might result in us getting a higher KS ranking.- Share the link with people who might also want to throw money at it.

If you have any questions about the anthology, feel free to ask me in the comments. And keep checking back here for updates on The Weird Wild West!

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