*** IMPORTANT ***
I have made the decision to CANCEL this campaign.
*** PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE ANY MORE.***3/18/2014 - Update -
After many exchanges with Indiegogo support, and discussions with the contributors involved, ALL contributions ALREADY MADE (minus Indiegogo fees) will be retained and used for the Authors, and will be distributed to the Authors as originally intended.
According to Indiegogo, the campaign will run its course and cannot be deleted, nor can refunds be issued to contributors directly. The funds already raised to date will be deposited by Indiegogo into the designated account after the end of the campaign period, according to their rules.
3/17/2014 - Update -
Indigogo has informed me that they cannot delete this, and that I will need to reimburse the contributors directly. Since all the funds are still on their end, I am waiting for their response to my new inquiries.
I screwed up.
I take full responsibility, and it is all my fault.
The Long Story
I am Vera Nazarian, two-time Nebula Award Nominee author,
award-winning artist, publisher of Norilana Books. In 2006 I singlehandedly
started a small independent press Norilana Books, with about 300 paper print
POD (Print-on-Demand) titles in print, mostly classics of world literature
(about 90% of the complete catalog), and a few of my favorite contemporary genre authors such as Tanith
Lee, Sherwood Smith, Modean Moon, William Sanders, John Grant, Eugie Foster,
Roby James, Mike Allen, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Rosemary Hawley Jarman, Dave
Hutchinson, Jeffry Dwight, David Dvorkin, Leonore Dvorkin, Deborah J. Ross, Ken
Rand, Adam Campan, Catherynne M. Valente, and the Marion Zimmer Bradley
Literary Works Trust.
Norilana Books is also the original home of the much-acclaimed anthology series Clockwork Phoenix edited by Mike Allen, Warrior Wisewoman edited by Roby James, Lace and Blade edited by Deborah J. Ross, and the revived Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress edited by Elisabeth Waters.
Things were going well the first few years, and I was
promptly and happily paying royalties to all my wonderful authors, and
releasing handsome paper print editions of their works in hardcover and trade
paperback. And then the economy crashed, while at the same time, a series of
personal misfortunes struck.
Within a very short period of time I was faced all at once with the cancer of my mother, death of my father, the loss of my home to foreclosure, bankruptcy, a cross-country move from California to Vermont, and having to start my life over on a severely reduced income, after having to undergo major life-saving surgery myself.
At the same time, the publishing industry started to change rapidly, with the advent of ebooks and ereaders, and paper print sales dropped considerably, so that my already inadequate income was reduced to about one third of what it had been.
But this fundraiser is not about me...
It’s about the wonderful Norilana Books authors who need to be paid their long overdue royalties. As months went by and I was struggling just to survive, I was no longer able to pay my authors the royalties owed them.
My authors have understood my dire situation and have waited patiently throughout all this—are still waiting. All rights to their books are theirs, and some of them chose to exercise their reversion, while others are still with me and my tiny press because they prefer for their books to stay in print in their current editions.
Regardless, they all need to be paid as soon as possible—all the back royalties, down to a cent.
At this point I am still struggling, still not back on my feet, still fighting every month to barely cover the rent and the bills.
But my authors should not be made to wait any longer, and deserve their hard-earned money NOW. The fact that I cannot pay them is killing me.
This Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is a real means for me to raise all the funds necessary without costing my authors anything.
What We Need & What You Get
The total amount of Norilana Books royalties owed to everyone is $19,198.36. Together with the Indiegogo fees, the amount I must raise is $20,926.21.
I have set up a dedicated bank account just for this campaign. All the funds placed in this account will be disbursed to the authors directly. I will not get a single cent.
If anyone wants to step in and administer the funds and use a different financial account of your own to which I have NO access, I would be only too grateful. In fact, I would PREFER that a trusted third party manage this entire process and disburse all funds directly to the authors. Please contact me if interested!
And now I ask you with all my heart to help my authors out.
As rewards for your generous contributions to this campaign, I am offering you my own books, as a loss only to myself.
For every $5 you contribute, you will get an ebook of your choice from the list of my own books below.
In fact, here is a free ebook up-front, with my thanks, just for reading this page!
Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One)It's free on Amazon Kindle, B&N NOOK Book, Smashwords, Apple iTunes, Kobo, and Sony.
And here are the rest of the book rewards you may choose from:
- Cobweb Empire (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Two)
- Cobweb Forest (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Three)
- Salt of the Air, with introduction by Gene Wolfe
Vampires are from Venus, Werewolves are from Mars: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love
In addition, I offer as a high level rewards:
- The chance to be “Tuckerized” by me – to appear as a real character in my future works of fiction.
- A dedication in one of my future books.
Other exciting stretch goal rewards will be revealed if the fund goal is exceeded. All extra funds will go towards future author royalties.
You might ask why don’t I offer my authors’ books as rewards instead of my own. It's because I cannot give away copies of their books without paying them additional royalties, I cannot have them incur any additional losses without compensation, and since I don’t publish ebook editions of their work, there are no ebooks to give away.
You might ask why I don’t offer paper print editions as rewards. My answer is simple—I cannot afford it. I cannot even afford to buy copies of my own books from the printer warehouse.
So it has to be ebooks. And really, in this day and age, when pretty much everyone has a smartphone, a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, or other tablet, digital is the preferred format for most of you.
Thanks for reading all the way through, and thank you for your kind and generous help, from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all my amazing, wonderful, incredibly talented authors!
Times are tough for all of us, and likely for you also, so I can understand if all you can afford to pitch in is $1 or $3 or $5 bucks. That’s okay! Every dollar helps!
And for just a few dollars you get to pick out some very entertaining reading material written by yours truly—ranging from epic fantasy, to science fiction, to mythic literary fantasy, to pop humor, to inspirational philosophy, to historical satire, to hilarious and romantic Jane Austen parody.
Take your pick!
All it takes is a few generous bucks!
And for that you have our boundless gratitude!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot make a contribution—which is okay!—you can still help immensely by spreading the word!
- Please re-post, blog about this campaign, tweet, share it on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, and any social network of your choice! Ask folks you know to get the word out and make some noise!
- For your convenience, use the Indiegogo share tools!
And that’s all there is to it.
Thank you immensely for your generosity!