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: https://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 email@example.com.
— Carrie Cuinn, Publisher
(Cross-posted to Kickstarter)