FAQ: Community of Magic Pens Anthology
For the most up-to-date information about the status of our project, check our project updates on Kickstarter!

I'm new to Kickstarter and don't understand it. Can you give me a rundown?

Sure. We asking you to consider pre-ordering the book through this website, known as a “crowdfunding campaign.” We are doing this to raise money to pay up-front costs, including author royalties and editing. Thank you for helping us do that - and we hope you love the book that you receive in return.

Here’s what you do: 1) Click the “reward level” to the right. If you just want a paperback copy, you’ll select “paperback” 2) Check out of Kickstarter - you can do this with an account or as a guest. You need to check out to complete the pre-order.

Don’t hesitate to message us with any questions. And thank you!

Last updated: October 14, 2019 10:25

How do you know you'll get enough good submissions?

For our last collection, we had enough top-quality submissions to fill many books. For this one, I’m already seeing enough really great writers say on Twitter that they plan to submit to fill a whole book. I’m not worried about this at all. Honestly, my biggest worry is the emotion of having to tell people they will -not- be included, because that’s how competitive this will likely be.

Last updated: October 15, 2019 12:46

Are you accepting submissions?

Yes - the project is submissions based. Guidelines are posted to atthisarts.com/magicpens - underrepresented writers are welcome - we are committed to presenting a collection that reflects the writing community. Submissions open 15 December and close 15 January.

Last updated: October 15, 2019 12:50

I'm a writer who plans to submit a story and I don't know if I'll be accepted. Should I back this?

The point of this campaign is to raise money to fund the project and pay the writers. So this campaign is for readers and for people who want to help our goal of paying writers, whoever they will be. If you want a copy of the book to read, regardless of whether you’re in it, this campaign is for you. (And we appreciate your support!) If you are included in the book, you’ll have the opportunity to buy discounted copies later.

I personally back anthologies all the time without knowing if my story will be included (and it’s usually not!) - but again, I back them as a reader and supporter, not as a writer.

Whether one backs the campaign will have no bearing on the selection of stories. At all.

And no matter what, sharing the link with a message of support helps a ton! Thank you!

Last updated: October 15, 2019 12:49

I paid shipping but wasn't asked for an address.

That’s ok. You’ll complete your checkout after the campaign is over. We’ll tell you how to do that. As long as you are confirmed as a backer, you’re good to go for now.

Last updated: October 15, 2019 12:48

Why are the limited editions so expensive?

The limited editions are meant to raise money for the project, for people who want to provide that extra support. The paperback copies are set at a standard retail price. That said, small run hardcovers are getting increasingly expensive to produce. The challenges of indie publishing! And why we appreciate your support. : )

Last updated: October 27, 2019 04:57

I enjoy Bell's writing - will she have a story?

I will! Some people don’t like when an editor participates in the collection, but, eh, it’s my party and I’m going to it. And, no, I don’t get paid. More specifically: 1) I think it’s fun for people to see what I do with the theme 2) From a practical standpoint, the most copies sold are by me at in-person events. Those people specifically ask if I have a story, and want the answer to be yes. And since those sales will help cover the costs this campaign doesn’t, I need to keep that avenue open.

Last updated: October 27, 2019 04:58

Are you concerned about ongoing developments at Kickstarter?

Yes. Our statement is located at atthisarts.com/projects.

Last updated: November 09, 2019 15:21

Shipping Updates
For the most up-to-date information about the status of our project, check our project updates on Kickstarter!

Current Estimated Shipping Date: May 2020

Last Updated At: 12/02/19
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