“Aim For The Heart” FAQ

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What is Duck Prints Press?

Duck Prints Press LLC is a small, independent press based in New York State, USA. Claire Houck (aka Nina Waters, aka unforth) is the managing member/owner. A. L. Heard, Alessa Riel, P. J. Claremore, Pallas Perilous, and Lacey Hays have also contributed meaningfully to the conceptualization, development, and planning of this anthology. Nina Waters is the lead editor for this anthology. Our founding vision is to work collaboratively with fanwork creators who wish to publish their original work. You can learn more about us here.

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What is this anthology?

This anthology is the newest collaborative project from Duck Prints Press, the second installment in our Queer Fanworks Inspired By… collection. This time, we will be queerifying The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, and the working title for the anthology is Aim For The Heart.

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Who will be creating the stories and artwork for this anthology? How will contributors be selected?

Authors: All authors for this collection are be fan-authors who are already involved with Duck Prints Press – those who’ve responded to our past calls for applicants and have contributed to our previous projects and/or accepted our invitations to join our Discord. For this project, we favored authors who are part of the Press but have not previously written for one of our anthologies. We currently have 22 authors creating works for this collection.

Artists: Participation in this collection were open to all artists involved with Duck Prints Press (even if they contributed to a past anthology) and we also encourage interested fan-artists who had not previously worked with us to apply. For more information on how recruitment worked, visit the Story and Art Guidelines page. We currently have 15 artists creating works for this collection.

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What is the timeline for this project?

You can see the schedule here.

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Will authors and artists be paid?

Yes. Artists will be paid $50 USD per page of artwork they complete for the book (which will likely be one work per artist, but we may have limited availability for multi-page and/or comic works, depending on how many applications we receive). Authors will be paid $50 USD per story for works between 2,500 and 5,000 words. The rights we ask for in exchange for these payments are outlined in our contracts. You can see a sample of the author contract here and the sample artist contract here.

During our crowdfunding campaign, we’ll include stretch goals aimed at raising enough funds to increase the contributor pay. If we reach these stretch goals, contributor payments will increase in $50 USD increments as each goal is reached, to a maximum of $400 USD per contributor.

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Will story/art rights revert to the authors and artists post-publication?

Absolutely. You can read more about the rights we request and the reversion schedule in the Story and Art Guidelines, and we also encourage you to review the sample Author Contract and Artist Contract that we’ve provided publicly.

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Will contributors receive a copy of the anthology?

Yes, contributors will receive a free ebook of the anthology (in ePub and PDF formats).

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How will the anthology be sold?

Copies of the trade paperback magazine-sized zine-style book and related merchandise will initially be available during a crowdfunding campaign; subsequent to campaign fulfillment, the book will also be available on our website in ebook and print forms. We tentatively expect the campaign to open during the summer of 2023, and the campaign will run for one month. We have not yet decided on which platform we’ll hold the crowdfunding campaign, but most likely it will be on either Kickstarter or Indiegogo. An “extra merchandise” sale may be held once campaign fulfillment is complete, if we have any extras available; alternatively, extras may be retained as prizes/extras for future campaigns.

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Where will net profits from anthology sales go?

If there are any net profits from the anthology, they will be re-invested in Duck Prints Press to help us grow the business and to fund the creation of future projects.

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What formats will the anthology be available in?

These anthologies will be available as an A4 (210 mm x 297 mm/8. 27″ x 11.69″) zine-style paperback, and in ePub and PDF formats.

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What extras and merchandise will there be?

The precise list of extras and merchandise will depend on our success recruiting artists and on how well we meet our funding goals. However, we are currently planning to offer the book for sale in e-book and trade paperback formats, some merchandise on a pick-and-choose basis, and at least one “bundle” option that includes both the book and the merchandise. Merchandise will likely include at least one art print, a bookmark, an enamel pin, a die-cut sticker, and a key chain. We will announce the full list of available “extras” closer to the launch date of the crowdfunding campaign. You can see our current, tentatively proposed merchandise by reviewing the posted draft budget.

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What purchase options will I have?

You will be able to buy the other book, with or without merchandise/extras. The books will be available in print as a A4-sized zine-style paperbacks, and in ePub and PDF formats. If we receive feedback requesting other ebook formats we will consider offering those as well, depending how many requests we receive. Specific backing levels, costs, and options will be explained in more detail closer to when we launch the campaign.

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