And Seek (Not) to Alter Me 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 owner/managing member. Our founding vision is to work collaboratively with fanfiction authors who wish to publish their original work. You can read more about Duck Prints Press here!

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What is this anthology?

This anthology is the first work in our new series of Inspired Queer Fanworks. For this series, we select literature, poetry, plays, and other works in the Public Domain and create a collection of queer stories and artworks inspired by the original material! The first work we’re transforming is William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” and we’ve entitled to book And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, which is a riff on a line from the play.

To create an exceptional project, we’ve recruited 20 authors and 16 artists to create stories (up to 5,000 words) and art works (full page A4 size) reflecting their queerified take on Much Ado! We’ll be publishing these pieces in a full-color A4 softcover zine.

The creators in this collection are encouraged to be creative – some contributions will incorporate the characters from Much Ado in a new work, while others will create original characters and new works that explore the themes and tropes featured in Much Ado. We’re excited about the range of types of transformative works that our creators are planning to create!

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Who is writing for this anthology? How were writers recruited?

You can see the contributor list here! Authors are those who applied to be part of our first anthology, didn’t quite make the cut, but with whom we still wanted to work.

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Who is doing artwork for this anthology? How were artists recruited?

You can see the contributor list here! We ran an open call for applicants in May, reviewed the applications we received and selected the most qualified; we also did individual outreach to invite artists we thought might be interested, and ask if they’d like to join us.

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Will contributors be paid?

Yes! Authors will be paid 1 cent US per word (up to $50 US), and artists will be paid $50 per single page of artwork. When we Kickstart this project, in October, 2021, we will have stretch goals that aim to enable us to pay up to 8 cents US per word or $400 per page.

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Will story and art work rights revert to the creators post-publication?

Absolutely.

Our contract outlines the following rights for authors: Duck Prints Press licenses exclusive rights to the story in both print and eBook format for one year. Other rights such as right of translation and right to record as an audio book will remain with the author. If at some point in the future we wish to expand in those directions, we will contact authors, recruit those who are interested, and develop new contracts. You can see a sample of the author-publisher contract here.

Our contract outlines the following rights for artists: Duck Prints Press licenses rights solely related to the production, development, and sale of the Anthology. The rights requested are: the right to display, modify, advertise, and transmit the Artwork; the right to produce art prints and other reproductions of the Artwork; and the right to create derivative works such as merchandise and accessories featuring the Artwork. Our licensing of these rights expires after one year. All other rights remain with the artist. If at some point in the future we wish to expand in those directions, we will contact artists, recruit those who are interested, and develop new contracts. You can see a sample of the artist-publisher contract here.

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Who are the people behind this project?

Hi, we’re unforth (Claire Houck/Nina Waters), jhoomwrites (A.L. Heard), Pallas Perilous, Foop, Adaille, Owlish, and Alessa Riel. Please see our biographies page for more information about us.

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How will the anthology be sold?

Copies of the A4-sized book (we’ve been calling it a zine, since this series was inspired by classic fandom zines) and related merchandise will be available during a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign only. We expect the Kickstarter to open mid- to late-October, and to run for one month. An “extras” sale may be held once all copies have shipped, if we have any extras available; alternatively, extras may be retained as prizes/extras for future campaigns. This anthology will also be available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats on the Duck Prints Press website for as long as the publisher is in operation.

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Where will net profits from anthology sales go?

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

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What format(s) will the anthology be available in?

The anthology will be available as a A4 Size (8.3″ x 11.7″/21 cm x 30 cm) paperback (Kickstarter exclusive!), an ePub, a MOBI, and a PDF.

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What extras and merchandise will there be?

The precise list of extras and merchandise will depend on our success recruiting artist contributors and on how well we meet our crowdsourcing funding goals when we launch our Kickstarter. Our current planned “baseline” merchandise is:

  • And Seek (Not) to Alter Me e-book
  • And Seek (Not) to Alter Me paperback zine
  • an art print of the book’s cover art (art by Gio Guimarães, Facebook (giovannabcg) | Facebook (giosdoodlesandartworks) | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter)
  • a tasseled bookmark (art/artist to be determined)
  • a die cut sticker (featuring one of our Dux by Alessa Riel; specific Dux to be determined)
  • an enamel pin (art/artist to be determined)
  • a tea cup and saucer (art/artist on tea cup to be determined)
  • a 5 5/8″ x 8 3/8″, 192 page, lined journal (art/artist to be determined)
  • a set of 20 bookplates (art/artist to be determined)
  • a set of 10 3″ x 5″ note cards with envelopes (art to be determined)

We’ll have a few premium add-ons as well, including a teapot, purchasing our time to edit our beta a project of the backer’s choice, and more.

Merchandise varies by backer level. We’ll share more information about art as we reach final decisions, and we expect to begin running teasers on our WordPress blog here and on our social media platforms starting in mid-September.

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What purchase options will I have?

Our Kickstarter is still very much in the “draft” stage, but here are our tentatively planned backer levels:

  • Level 1 – E-Book Only (in ePub, Mobi and PDF formats): plus the option to have the backer’s name listed on a “Thank You for Your Support” list at the end of the e-book. Estimated cost: $15, no shipping
  • Level 2 – A4 Zine, plus the e-book and the option to have the backer’s name listed on the “Thank You” list. Estimated cost: $40, plus shipping
  • Level 3 – A4 Zine and “Items that Ship Flat,” which includes an art print, die cut sticker, tasseled bookmark, and enamel pin, plus the e-book and the option to have the backer’s name listed on the “Thank You” list. Estimated Cost: $60, plus shipping.
  • Level 4 – A4 Zine and All Merchandise, which includes an art print, die cut sticker, tasseled bookmark, enamel pin, tea cup and saucer, journal, 10 note cards and 20 book plates, plus the e-book and the option to have the backer’s name listed on the “Thank You” list. Estimated Cost: $90, plus shipping.
  • Level 5 – Four for Tea, which includes everything in the “A4 Zine and All Merchandise” level, plus three additional tea cups and saucers, a matching tea cup, and a selection of tea from “The Whistling Kettle.” US only. Estimated Cost: $140, plus shipping.

We’re also planning some add-ons, including e-books of our other projects, a chance to be listed on a “thank you” list in the print book, custom book dedications, and more!

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How much does the Kickstarter need to earn to unlock more extras?

Our proposed budget includes funds to cover everything described in the previous two FAQ questions, which will cost approximately $10,000 (including shipping to backers) – that will be our Kickstarter funding goal. We’ve only just begun to plan our stretch goals for this project; we’ll add to this FAQ item when we’ve planned more!

  • $11,000: we’ll commission art for the back cover (artist to be determined) and everyone who backs at a level that includes the first art print (Zine + Flat Stuff and Zine + All Merchandise) will get an art print of the back cover, as well.
  • $14,000: raise! Artists will earn $100 per page; authors will earn 2 cents US per word, to a maximum of $100 per story.
  • $15,000: upgrade from a regular bookmark to a leather bookmarks (these!). And EVERYONE who orders the print book (Zine level or higher) will get a bookmark!
  • $18,000: raise! Artists will earn $150 per page; authors will earn 3 cents US per word, to a maximum of $150 per story.
  • $19,000: an extra sticker, and expansion of the sticker bonus! Backers at all levels that include physical merchandise will get two stickers – one of the bard!Dux, the other of our artist!Dux.
  • $22,000: raise! Artists will earn $200 per page; authors will earn 4 cents US per word, to a maximum of $200 per story.
  • $23,000: upgrade to a journal with a leather cover, for (Zine + All Merchandise) level or higher!
  • $26,000: raise! Artists will earn $250 per page; authors will earn 5 cents US per word, to a maximum of $250 per story.
  • $27,000: a key chain for (Zine + Flat Stuff) and higher!
  • $30,000: raise! Artists will earn $300 per page; authors will earn 6 cents US per word, to a maximum of $300 per story.
  • $31,000: all backers at the (Zine + All Merchandise) level or higher will also get a lovely fountain pen. (This one!)
  • $34,000: raise! Artists will earn $350 per page; authors will earn 7 cents US per word, to a maximum of $350 per story.
  • $35,000: art prints of ALL art in the anthology, for (Zine + Flat Stuff) level or higher!
  • OUR TRUE GOAL – $38,000: raise! Artists will earn $400 per page; authors will earn 8 cents US per word, to a maximum of $400 per story.

That’s all we’ve got so far, though we’re considering others, such as a chance to upgrade from a soft cover to a hard cover publication.

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