The Way of the Gun - A Bushido Western Anthology

A Sunday matinee shoot’em up with a dash of philosophy and tension as an ancient code deals with an increasingly modern world.
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Scott Roche
Writing
Winston Salem
United States
5 Team Members

Who Am I And What Is This?

My name is Donald aka Scott Roche and I am a blogger, podcaster, author, and editor for Flying Island Press. I've been a fan of Westerns all of my life and have always wanted to write one. Thanks to Jared Axelrod, I got an idea for setting and a brace of characters a few years ago and began writing a story. As occasionally happens, I put the story away to let it simmer.  

This year I took it out of the drawer and started working on a novella. After sending it around to some friends, I decided to open up the universe to a select few authors and see what they would do with it. Imagine the gunslingers of the old west with an honor code similar to a samurai’s Bushido, the way of the warrior. These Martials and Rangers, along with the followers of the Clockworker - fabulous tinkerers and healers - are in conflict with an increasingly corrupt justice system lead by the Judges.

The short stories in this anthology will have all of the action and adventure that you’d expect from a Sunday matinee shoot’em up with a dash of philosophy and tension as ancient codes deal with an increasingly modern world. 

In addition to my own story, this anthology will contain works by some of my favorite authors. Jake Bible, the mind behind Dead Mech and The AmericansJustin Macumber, author of the military sci fi novel HaywireZach Ricks, editor of Flagship magazine and author of his own Weird Western series,Jared Axelrod, creator of the rich world behind Fables of the Flying City andDoc Coleman podcaster and author of the steampunk series Crackle and Bang

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STRETCH GOAL!!!!

If we can hit $2750 a story from none other than Alasdair Stuart will be added to the anthology. I want this. I want this some kind of bad. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

 There are several risks and challenges in this project. I have to rely on the artist and authors to supply their works. I then have to take those works and compile them into a book. It's a lot of work. Thankfully my years of work as a self publisher, as well as my work for Flying Island Press have provided me the skills I need. Add to that the fact that I have worked with all of the people associated with this project and have ultimate confidence in their ability to meet deadlines.

What's the money for?

Each author will be paid a semi professional rate ($.025/word). I have also allotted money for an editor and an artist. IndieGoGo gets a piece, and there are taxes. I also have money earmarked for "miscellaneous" which will go towards fulfilling rewards and other expenses.

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  • $5USD
    School Marm

    Digital version of art from the book in various sizes for desktop wallpaper.

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    Buckaroo

    An e-book signed by the authors electronically.

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    Telegraph Operator

    Alasdair Stuart will write 1500 words on the topic of your choice!

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    Yarn Spinner

    Alasdair Stuart will write a personalized 2000 word flash piece on either a character of their name OR A 2000 word, bloody knuckled fight scene between two fictional characters of their choice.

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    Gunslinger

    A printed copy of the book and the e-book.

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    Early Vaudeville Act

    Add the straight read audio versions of all stories to your pledge. It will include an audio personalized thank you by the author of your choice, but will be read by various people.

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  • $50USD
    Rifleman

    A printed copy of the book, the e-book, and e-books of Battlehymn and the three Sinner's Tales written by Zach Ricks!

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    Deadshot

    A printed copy of the book and the e-book.. And from the mind of Jake Bible; a signed ebook copy of each of the Apex Trilogy books (DEAD MECH, The Americans, and Metal and Ash).

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    Painted Lady

    A printed copy of the book and the e-book and a piece of Signature Nutty Pop Art. She will immortalize you as she has others here - http://nimlas.org/blog/tag/pop-art/

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    Clockwork Champ

    In addition to a printed copy of the book and the e-book you will receive a signed copy of Haywire by Justin Macumber!

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    Big Hoss

    A character named after you in your choice of author's story, the e-book, and the printed book signed by all authors.

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    I Scream Social

    You get the anthology in book and ebook form and a hardcover, limited edition, signed, personalized copy of Fiends: Vol1 from Paul E. Cooley @ http://shadowpublications.com/

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