Kickstarter Update: July 2013

Last year we used Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds for two anthologies: FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica. As a stretch goal, we funded the first year of a speculative fiction anthology series. As a single mom going through a divorce and a move but still committed to publishing amazing short fiction, Kickstarter was a lifesaver. My small staff and I, all of us volunteers, were thrilled to be able to stay in business, and set out to get our titles into production.

A month after the Kickstarter ended, someone no longer associated with Dagan Books removed the money from our account. While I went through the legal process, I wasn’t able to talk about the situation publicly, which left me in the position of having to pursue the missing funds, continue to push forward with our publishing schedule, and still create/mail all of the rewards you all deserved for your support. Though it took all year, Dagan Books stayed in business, and the titles we promised have now been published.

Though we ultimately settled the court case, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see that money again. We have taken steps to protect Dagan Books from anything like this happening in the future–including filing for status as a Limited Liability Company (which is why our company name is now Dagan Books, LLC), and opening business accounts at a new bank, with very limited access.

As hard as it has been to get through this year, we never forgot our backers. We’ve been operating in debt this whole time, which means that any money which does come in goes straight back to paying bills. We’ve paid our FISH contributors now, FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica are out, and our first novella, KV Taylor’s Inedible Sins, has been published–all out of my pocket. Still to go are paying the contributors for BF, printing and shipping the physical books to contributors, and the print rewards from our Kickstarter. No matter how long it takes, we will fulfill every one of the rewards we promised.

I am sorry that it’s taken this long to get where we are, with so much work left to do. I am also sorry that I couldn’t update you on this sooner; it was never my intention to make you feel as if we wouldn’t complete your rewards, but there was a lot I couldn’t say.

If you ordered ebooks from us, those have gone out as the books have been ready, and will continue to go out on time.

If you ordered print books or other print rewards from us, you can do one of two things:

1) You can let us know that you still want the print book(s), give us an updated mailing address, and be patient–we will get you your books as soon as possible. Or,

2) You can trade in that reward for an ebook bundle of the same value (which means getting more titles, since they don’t cost as much as print books do). We can offer epub, mobie, and PDF formats of any title, including subscriptions to our novella series.

Also, our updated publishing schedule no longer includes Wendy Wagner’s Dark Depths. Our push to focus on short fiction intersected perfectly with her desire to pull the book, since she felt it no longer reflected her current writing style and skill. Though I enjoyed Dark Depths, I agree that Wagner has only improved since she began writing it, and her current work is amazing. If you ordered a copy of that title and would like to trade it for any of our other current (or upcoming) titles, or a subscription to our novella series, please let me know.

The more backers switch to the digital rewards, the faster we can get caught up and back on track, so we appreciate anyone who wants to make that trade.

If you have read any of our titles, and want to review them–anywhere is fine (including your own website, Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, etc)–please do. We’re very proud of the stories we’ve published and your good review might encourage others to try them as well. You can find links to buy all of our titles here: http://daganbooks.com/our-books/ if you want to share it.

I also want to thank Don Pizarro and KV Taylor, for editing Dagan anthologies this year; Kelly C. Stiles and Andrew Kelly for volunteering as slush readers and, later, acquisitions editors; Galen Dara, who has always given us the most gorgeous art; all of our authors, who were understanding about delays; and our readers, who have loved the books we finally did produce.

Thank you for your support last year, and for your patience since then. If you want to update your information, change your reward, or ask any questions, please contact me at cuinn@daganbooks.com.

– Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

(Cross-posted to Kickstarter)

Thank You, Kickstarter Backers

In all, 135 people purchased our books through our first Kickstarter campaign. Though a few wished to remain anonymous, most allowed us to create this public notice of their support. In alphabetical order, here are those backers:

A. M. Douville
Adam Israel
Alan Smale
Alan Yee
Alex Shvartsman
Alicia Cole
Allen Salyer
Anatoly Belilovsky
Andrew Kelly
Andrew Penn Romine
Anonymous
ArcadianGirlv
Barbora Lyčková
Bear Weiter
Brad Dancer
Brian White
C.C. Finlay
Chadwick Ginther
Christopher ‘Vulpine’ Kalley
Christopher “Halaku” Buser
Christopher Long
Crossed Genres Publications
Damien Patrick Williams
Damien Walters Grintalis
Darrin Fesperman
David Eggerschwiler
David Garrett
Denise Gorse
Django O Gato
Djibril al-Ayad
Donna Hutt Stapfer Bell
Dustin Fickle
E. Kristin Anderson
Elizabeth Bourne
Emilie Nouveau
Eric Schneider
Evaristo Ramos, Jr.
Flitter Kitten
Fran Wilde
Galen Dara
Gavran
George S. Walker
Gillian Bradford
Graham Storrs
Gwen Perkins
H. Peter & April L’Orange
Helen Michaud
Ian McHugh
Ian Mond
Jamie Lackey
JasonAndrew
Jean & Rushon
Jeff Matthews
Jeffrey Scott Petersen
Jennifer Day
Jenny Graver
Jett Pontier
Jim Angell
Jimmy George
John Springer
Jon & Dava
Jon Carroll Thomas
Julie Kangas
Kaila Yee
Kanane L. Jones
Karin Montemayor
Kelly C. Stiles
Kelly V. Rothstein
Kristin Chan
Kristy Buzbee
Lady Sacbutt
Leon Higley
Lilly Ibelo
Loki Carbis
Lucas K. Law
Lyrania
M. Egmond
Magda Knight
Margaret
Margaret St. John
Matt Marovich
Matthew Carpenter
Mekenzie Larsen
Mel Obedoza
Michael Caldwell
Michael Cummings
Michael Griffin
Michael Haynes
Michael Wasserman
Michelle Goldsmith
Mike Allen
Mike Janson
Nathan Olmstead
Paul Hachmann
Paul Weimer
R.S. Hunter
Randy Cole
Ray Vukcevich
Rebecca Rahne
Richard Baron
Richard Leaver
Roger Bohn
Roo Wetzel
Rose Fox
Rrain Prior
Ryan Durney Illustration / Unknown Tome
Saira Ali
Samantha Brock
Sarah Page
Scott Gable
Shay Darrach
Simo Muinonen
Stephanie Nicole Noell
Steve Lickman
summervillain
Tracie McBride
Tristan J Tarwater
TwistedSciFi.com
Vashti Ross
Wednesday Lee Friday
William Groenendijk
William Renehan, Editorial Director, Dark Hall Press
Yaron Davidson
Yarrow Paisley

To everyone who appears here, and the ones who don’t, and everyone else who helped us to spread the word, thank you.

- Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

Post-Kickstarter Update and Cthulhurotica News

Thank you to all of you who contributed to our Kickstarter and ordered (or preordered) our books and art. We’re going to start rolling out the rewards that are ready (art, plus book orders of Cthulhurotica and IN SITU), but before that those who contributed will receive a “backer survey” in their email asking how they’d like your name to be spelled on our official THANK YOU page on our website. It will also ask how they’d like to get their rewards, and in some cases, which item they chose.

Please fill that out and return it as soon as possible.

If you’re wondering why this update took a few days to assemble …

The day after our Kickstarter ended, the ladies of Vaginal Fantasy (a book club hosted by Geek and Sundry) chose Cthulhurotica as their official book pick for September. This means that Felicia Day, Veronica Belmon t, Bonnie Burton and Kiala Kazebee will be reading our book this month, and discussing it with their viewers and fans on September 25 at 8pm Pacific time via a live chat.

The announcement was a surprise to us, and we’ve spent the last few days handling orders, answering emails, and being giddy.

If you’d like to know more, or get in on the Goodreads forum discussions, please see our blog post about it here: http://cthulhurotica.com/2012/08/29/as-seen-on-geek-and-sundry/

We’ll be in touch soon!

Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

Kickstarter: Successful!

As of this morning, our Kickstarter campaign was successfully completed. They’ll hold on to the funds for two weeks, and then it takes another week for us to get the money, but in the meantime we’ll be working on projects.

Before any of that happens, though:

THANK YOU. Without your support this would not have been possible. We appreciate you, so much.

- Carrie Cuinn, Publisher