Support the new wave of horror writers

Support the new wave of horror writers

 

The aim of my new Kickstarter is to gather interest in the forthcoming Dark Chapter Press horror anthology, “Kill For A Copy”. Backers essentially place pre-release orders on this fantastic collection that will be fulfilled in late June, early July 2015. The goal is two-fold. The first outcome is that those who backed the project, who then read the e-book that they helped to launch, could review “Kill For A Copy” on Amazon and Goodreads when released for general sale and help to generate buzz through social networking and word of mouth.

At present, as a new small press, our marketing is very limited and with a practically non-existent budget. The royalties from sales on Amazon come in drips and drops and so get consumed by the usual bills and overheads associated with running a small press. That’s where the second outcome becomes clear.

Through this Kickstarter project, instant sales of “Kill For A Copy” would generate a lump-sum of funding, from which I could raise more awareness through focused advertising to reach a carefully targeted audience, including a half-page advert in a UK horror magazine.

I can produce 10 promotional copies of Kill For A Copy to issue to reviewers and bloggers and additional copies to offer in competitions/giveaways on Booklikes and Goodreads.

Dark Chapter Press was established in August 2014 following a successful campaign to launch the Jack Rollins novella The Séance. Since then, the Dark Chapter Press website has received almost 50,000 visitors and featured excellent monthly competitions from August 2014 to February 2015.

In January, the Dark Chapter Press site hosted Writer’s Block Month, where writers at all stages of their career gave advice on coping with the dreaded block. Contributors included Shaun Hutson, Graham Masterton and David Moody. The response to our initial open submission call was literally overwhelming and we recently called up prolific horror writer and editor Stuart Keane, to lend us his support. Stuart is taking the lead on one of our planned summer releases.

Now well-established with horror writers, it is time to move to the next phase and focus on attracting new readers to the exciting line-up of books we are launching this year. This includes Flashes In The Dark (a collection of flash fiction stories), Bloody Heather (a Scottish horror anthology), Under The Knife (a medical horror anthology) and Kids (as if parenthood isn’t horrific enough), which has proven to be so popular with our horror writers, that we have had to open up submissions to a second volume..

You are invited to join the launch of this new anthology, which will see your name included in the Special Thanks Kickstarter Backers page of the anthology, and on the Dark Chapter Press website. Not only will you have supported this fantastic book, you will also have supported a small business to develop, and expand its reach. Imagine that, in a few years’ time when Dark Chapter Press has dozens of titles in the stable – you were there at the beginning, helping us to make sure we could grow. You get to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like you just ate a warm and fuzzy creature. One of the authors from this anthology has written about his experience with us. He’s put it better than we can, and is perhaps a better source of information than us just telling you what we do: http://www.thydemonsbescribblin.com/scribblin-maniacs/help-feind-and-dark-chapter-press

Please take the poll below, and if you would like to back this exciting new project, and see your name in a book right there with Shaun Hutson, please follow click here.

 

 

My new #Kickstarter campaign: Kill For A Copy

My new #Kickstarter campaign: Kill For A Copy

Hi everyone. It’s been a while, but I wanted to give this very important update.

I’m doing it again!

Last year, with the help of a generous group of supporters, I not only launched the novella The Séance, but started up Dark Chapter Press. Since then I have worked hard to build the presence of this small press and very soon, Dark Chapter Press will launch its first ever horror anthology, Kill For A Copy.

17 horror writers have assembled to create a collection that is by turns chilling, brutal and darkly humorous. And the best part? I managed to get master of horror, Shaun Hutson, to provide the foreword.

Kill For A Copy is going make a big splash with Mr Hutson’s involvement. But the really nice part of it is that this anthology features first appearances by some unknown writers who will, first time out, claim that connection to Shaun Hutson.

This time around, the goal is much more ambitious and with good reason. Dark Chapter Press already has a great reputation for you know… actually replying to the writers who submit work, giving guidance and support, rather than leaving them hanging on for a reply. Now is the time to go a step further. We need to build a reputation for paying authors a professional rate and in order to continue to grow, we have to market more precisely.

The initial funding goal will enable all of the authors involved (except me) to take a professional per word payment for their stories, and will also allow me to advertise Dark Chapter Press’s publications through top UK horror magazine Scream.

With several projects in the pipeline this year, Dark Chapter Press is about to step out of the shadows and make its presence known not only with horror writers, but with many more horror readers worldwide.

Of course, while all of this is going on, I continue to write, and the next stages of the Dr Blessing Legacy claw their way ever-closer to your bookcase.

In the meantime, friends and strangers came out to bat for me before, I hope you can support this ambitious new project and, as I always ask, tell your friends, family and followers to jump on board, too by forwarding this link http://kck.st/1EJHzDV and sharing this post.

My thanks as always,

Jack Rollins

Adventures In Crowdfunding

Adventures In Crowdfunding

I’m pleased to launch my new WordPress Blog with a celebratory entry.

Recently, I successfully funded the launch of my next novella through crowd-funding. I wanted to write this blog post not only to thank my Kickstarter backers, but also to share my overall Kickstarter experience.

While publicising the campaign for the launch of The Séance, I discovered Kick It Forward, where you receive free publicity for your campaign if you agree to pledge to make other projects successful. I had already been bitten by the bug, pledging initially to get a better understanding of how the system worked and then really thinking about what I wanted to help develop. I thought I’d give a summary of the projects I supported while my own campaign was active.

The most unusual thing I’ve backed, I suppose, is a film. This one is close to my heart, being a short film on the life of Nikola Tesla (http://kck.st/1kYbfB8), great inventor of the Victorian era. When one or two of the other projects I was backing didn’t come off, I increased my pledge on this one, and my name will be in the film’s credits. How mad is that?

I looked for some indie authors in a similar situation to myself, and showed some solidarity with them and so I am waiting for a collection of Cyberpunk stories (http://kck.st/1mtiMvB) and the first in a new series of Steampunk tales (http://kck.st/1jZbw6C), which I am very keen to get into.

One or two of my backers invited me to look at their projects, which I did, and I pledged on them, using my own social networking efforts to increase their visibility, too. It worked for me, right? Well, sadly, for one or two of them it didn’t. A sci-fi thriller I had pledged on won’t be coming my way now, but the author generated enough interest that he is going to be able to put the book into print, so it was a happy ending for him. A book for children to help to educate them on loss was a project I was keen to see get off the ground, but unfortunately it didn’t make it. There was also a cool little book about hidden coffee shops and cool eateries in East London, which I was looking forward to receiving and working my way through; unfortunately they didn’t make it either.

On a more local level, I backed a comic book project (http://kck.st/1m2wL8c) launched by some guys in Newcastle. Comics? Newcastle! How could I resist? I didn’t resist, they got funded and I now have this excellent little comic with my name in the back credits.

I am really pleased to have backed and supported to completion, two children’s books. One of them is called “B is For Blobfish” (http://kck.st/1qGuaZ7) and is essentially an A to Z of weird animals. I’m so looking forward to going through these with my son Archie, as the A for Apple, B for Butterfly gets a bit stale after a while. The other project was “The Tale of The Greedy Fish” (http://kck.st/1pbnrCC), in which the author was raising funds to create enough copies of this beautifully illustrated children’s book, to donate to libraries, schools, children’s groups and literacy programmes, as well as fulfilling the backer rewards. So, my son has some pretty cool, unheard-of (hopefully soon to be Children’s bestsellers!) stories coming his way for his 2nd birthday.

Then my inner geek got the better of me. I backed and have enjoyed a card game called “Virus!” (http://kck.st/1o68kY2) and an entry level tabletop adventure game which looks perfect to play with my 4 year old nephew (not to mention my son and 2 year old nephew, when they’re ready in a couple of years), called “Pocket Dungeon Quest” (http://kck.st/1p9VVH0).

In terms of Kicking it Forward, I more than kept my commitment in the spirit of the generosity shown to me by my own backers.

So without further ado, I’d like to give a big thank you to all of those who backed my project. The list below is not an exhaustive list of the people who made The Séance possible – I mean through pledges and in the actual creation of the book – but it represents the backers who came in with the increased pledges where they covered their rewards and more, to enable me to reach further with The Séance and go beyond the original plan of launching an e-book.

Special thanks to:

LeeAnn Day
Heather Dodd
Robert Elliott
Trish Gordon
Ben Greener
Jim Hardison
Kevin McEwan
Robert W McEwan
Mick Rollins
Mark Tudor-Williams
Lisa Wood

Hope we get to do it again sometime…