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Update: Tweaks to the “Add Magic to Taste” Budget

With the Kickstarter for “Add Magic to Taste” fast approaching, we’ve begun finalizing aspects of our budget and drafting the copy for the campaign! When we settled down to do this, we made a surprising discovery: Kickstarter counts shipping costs toward the campaign “goal” amount. As we hadn’t planned our budget and goals that way, this required a fairly extensive re-tooling of our budget – though, fortunately, we’d already done all the research on shipping prices, we just hadn’t included that amount when we projected that the funding goal for our Kickstarter would be $4,500 (all prices USD). 

We’ve already updated our public projected budget, which you can view here. Note that our projects on sales and costs to produce haven’t changed – the only difference is, we’ve had to up our goal to accommodate the high price of shipping, especially internationally.

Changes we made:

  • Adding our projected shipping costs to the Kickstarter goal amount increased our goal by $2,200.
  • Funds were added to enable us to pay merchandise artists; we’re currently estimating the cost at $30 per piece, and we expect to have a more clear idea in the next two weeks.
  • Originally, packing material was priced from ULine, however we’ve since discovered that ULine donates to some causes we cannot support, and we will be using Valuemailer.com instead; this increased the price of purchasing packing materials by approximately $200. However, on the plus side, we confirmed we can save shipping on some domestic US shipping options by using Flat Rate boxes, and the boxes themselves are also provided by free by USPS, so we’ll be able to modestly reduce costs in that regard.
  • Including the cost of shipping in our goals means that Kickstarter will withdraw their fees from shipping costs (presumably why it’s set up this way, when it didn’t used to be), so also increased the fees we’ll owe them by around $100.

All in all, these changes increased our minimum goal on Kickstarter from $4,500 to $7,000, and increased all our projected stretch goals a commensurate amount.We’ve also updated our FAQ as we transition from the “writing” stage of anthology production to the “sales” stage of anthology production, and it includes the latest information on our projected backer levels and more! You can read all about it here.

Let us know if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions!

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Meet Barista!Dux!

Barista Dux

Do you love this dux as much as we do?

Do you want to support Duck Prints Press LLC in our efforts to publish original works by fanfiction authors?

Would you like your very own sticker of this scrumptious dux?

Do we hear a YES?

Then have we got an opportunity for you! Duck Prints Press LLC, a small, independent publisher which specializes in publishing original fiction written by fanfiction authors, especially those featuring L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ characters, is raising funds to help support our operating costs, and you can help!

How? By pre-ordering a sticker of this dux! This precious creature can be yours for only $3.75 US (and that includes shipping, domestic or international)! 

How it works:

  1. You decide you can’t live without this dux and it‘s sweet, sweet offerings (who could, really?)
  2. You complete this pre-order form: https://forms.gle/K4nn3gHeV8Q1AnUbA
  3. You wait for our pre-order period to end on June 15th, 2021.
  4. We order awesome, original, exclusive die-cut stickers of Barista!Dux from Stickermule!
  5. We send you an invoice (through Paypal or Quickbooks, depending on the preference you indicated on your survey).
  6. Once we have the stickers and your payment, we put your dux in the mail!
  7. YOU RECEIVE YOUR VERY OWN BARISTA!DUX!

Pre-order yours now!

Learn more about us here: 

(also: does it make you sad that our dux doesn’t have a name yet? Back our Patreon, get access to backer-exclusive extras and merch, continue your support of Duck Prints Press, and you’ll get to help us name them!)

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Notification Day!

Oh, wow, is it already April 7th? Today – in just a few minutes after  this is posted! – we’ll be sending out all our acceptance and rejection  letters. We wanted to share a little bit of information publicly as  part of this process, so that everyone understands what the possible  applicant outcomes are – especially since this changed a bit from how we  originally envisioned it.

Our original plan was that there’d be only two categories of applicants – the 20 authors accepted into Add Magic to Taste and however many other authors who weren’t accepted, end of story. However, that plan was made before we knew we’d get over 100 applicants.  You may recall, there was a FAQ question in which we indicated that if  we didn’t get 20 applicants, we’d keep applications open longer until we  had that minimum. That FAQ item was there because we genuinely thought  that was a possibility. Meanwhile, we were using 100 applications as our  “long shot worst-but-best case scenario” number (worst because it would  mean a lot of work for us, best because !zomg! so much interest is  amazing).

Needless to say, all ya’ll’s enthusiasm blew us out of  the water in the best possible way. As a result, we actually ended up with four categories of applicants. These categories map roughly to the ratings people received on their rubrics. These categories are:

1. The 20 highest-rated authors have been accepted to Add Magic to Taste!  An announcement of who they are is pending all 20 accepting our  invitation. And also: omg ya’ll. Their stories were so good. So so so  good.

2. The authors rated 21 to 40 are invited to join our  Discord, and we are in the process of planning a second anthology that  we will encourage them to contribute to. There will not be an open call for applicants for this second anthology. It will only be available to our “close but no cigar” applicants to Add Magic to Taste, and the theme will be “transformative works” of a work in the public domain – there’s currently a survey open to our Patrons so that they can decide what the transformed work will be but,  spoilers, the current leader is “something by Shakespeare” and the most  likely candidates are Much Ado About Nothing of Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Participation in this anthology is optional, and no one can contribute  to both it and Add Magic to Taste. We will have more information  about the details on this anthology (such as schedule, pay scale,  finalized theme, and expected launch and merch) sometime next week. To  be clear: all the transformations will be hella queer. We are actually  considering titling the anthology either “Queering (name of work)” or  “(name of work) (but Make it Queer)” just so there’s no doubt.

3.  Among the remaining 62 applicants, there were some works that impressed  us in one regard or another. These works tended to have issues in one or  two rubric categories (such as the writing sample was a vignette  instead of a story, or the ideas were fantastic but the grammar was  lacking). There are 24 people in this category; they are being invited  to our Discord so that they can get to know us and we can get to know  them, and we can offer mentoring opportunities, betaing chances, and  encouragement for their writing.

4. Finally, the remaining 38  individuals – we’re so glad you applied, but we don’t think you’re  “there” yet. Your work isn’t quite close enough to “publication ready”  for us to feel that a little extra mentoring/support will make the  difference. This doesn’t mean we thought your work was bad. Every single applicant did something right.  Truly. We were amazed by the hard work everyone did on these stories.  For the people in this last category – we strongly encourage you to keep  improving your writing, try to find a good editor and/or beta, learn to  read your own work critically, study stories you found successful and  try to emulate them, and take other approaches that will help improve  your writing – and we hope you’ll apply again in the future. We’d love  to see your progress!

Also, in the interest of full disclosure,  we will say publicly: there were seven people involved in the process of anonymizing and rating these stories. (unforth, jhoom,  alessariel, adaille, lasafara, Foop, and  ramblingandpie). You can request your rubric by replying to the e-mail  you receive, but the rubrics are anonymized and you will not know who  rated you.

In addition, five of the seven people who participated in  rating the stories were also applicants (unforth, jhoom, adaille,  lasafara, and ramblingandpie). Two of us were accepted (unforth and  jhoom will be contributors to Add Magic to Taste) and three  of us were not. This matches the expected statistics for the entire  applicant pool, where roughly 40% of applicants were either accepted to Add Magic to Taste or invited to the untitled-but-planned second anthology. Our 5  applications were also randomized, and in a couple instances had to be  reassigned (for example, when I – unforth – opened a particular  document, I recognized within the first paragraph that it was written by  my wife, ramblingandpie, and so it was reassigned. It also turned out  that Alessariel recognized my story, and Foop had beta-read jhoom’s). So  – we treated our own group the exact same as we treated ya’ll’s, and  we’re actually quite proud that we can say – look, the playing field was  even, we did everything we could to keep this fair, just look at our  own outcomes for proof.

To all 102 applicants, we wanted to say: in the end, we want to work  with people who want to work with us. That core desire trumps rubric  ratings, grammar, writing quality, and everything. As long as you want  to write, and want to be published, are open to constructive criticism,  and are working to improve – we are confident that every single person who applied to Add Magic to Taste could, someday, find a home publishing with Duck Prints Press.

Thank  you all so much for your interest, support, encouragement, and  willingness to share your creativity. We truly had a blast reading  everyone’s submissions (and we each gained at least one new fandom after  reading your fic – mine was Red White and Royal Blue, which I bought  and read right after I finished reviewing your stories). This process  has been incredibly, inspiring, and we are so excited to see what’s to  come and read the work that everyone creates as part of Add Magic to Taste and our other future projects.

We look forward to moving forward with all of you at our sides!

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Add Magic to Taste Author Recruitment: Update!

Hey everyone! We’ve been working very hard to get all the applications reviewed, and we’re getting close – we’re definitely on track to have e-mails go out on April 7th as planned, and may (no promises!) be able to get them out a couple days early (but April 5th is absolutely the earliest possible date). We’ve fully rated 89 out of 102 stories, and here’s what we can say so far:

1. Ya’ll did amazing

2. No like seriously holy crap we are blown away.

3. In fact, we are so blown away that, in addition to inviting the top 20 rated authors to contribute to Add Magic to Taste, we’ve decided we’ll invite the next 20 highest rated authors to our Discord and also ask if they’d like contribute to a different anthology (entirely optional!) that we’re currently frantically planning…we don’t know the details of length, payment, etc., yet, but it’ll be “Legal Fanfiction” – transformative works based on an existing work in the Public Domain (current leading candidates are something by Jane Austen, something by Shakespeare, or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – we’ll be inviting all our Patrons to vote, so if you’d like a say, maybe back us!). Participation will be optional to those who receive the invites, and people who accept will no longer be eligible to pinch hit for Add Magic to Taste. More details pending!

4. We also noticed that some of us were kinder graders and some of us were stricter, so we added a step to our review process – instead of just taking each person’s three scores, averaging them, and et voila, we’re done, we decided to statistically standardize each reviewer’s scores. This adjusts everyone to the same scale (which is from roughly -3 to roughly +3, with 0 as average) to ensure that people who got stricter reviewers weren’t unfairly penalized and people who got kinder reviewers weren’t unfairly advantaged. We’re sharing about this in the interest of continued transparency, and for people who request their rubrics after acceptances and rejections are sent out, we’ll indicate both your raw scores and your statistically standardized scores.

We’re really excited to be winding down this process, and we expect to have more information to share about the Legal Fanfiction Anthology and our preliminary list of authors accepted to Add Magic to Taste in about a week!

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Anthology 1 Applications Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for our first Anthology Add Magic to Taste.

From March 1st through March 15th, while applications were open, we received an astonishing 102 applications. We will be reviewing applicant writing samples over the next few weeks, and will contact our selected authors and announce a preliminary list of writers we’ll be working with by April 7th, 2021.

Thank you to everyone for your interest! Please keep following us to learn more as we move forward with making Add Magic to Taste a reality!

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Announcing Author Recruitment for Our First Anthology!

Join us on a mouthwatering magical journey - DPP's First Anthology!

CALLING: FANFICTION AUTHORS WHO DREAM OF PUBLISHING ORIGINAL FICTION!

Duck Prints Press LLC is thrilled to announce that the author application for our first anthology, Add Magic to Taste, are now open!

Times are tough and we thought that what the world really needed were some light-hearted stories to make everyone smile. So, we picked themes that never fail to make us smile! The stories for this anthology will incorporate these themes:

  • Setting: Modern worlds with magic
  • Relationships: Queer love stories
  • Locale: Coffee shops, bakeries, tea shops, or the like
  • Trope: FLUFF!

This post is not a call for story submissions! Like a fandom zine, we’re asking prospective authors to submit writing samples. We’ll select authors based on these samples, and the chosen authors will have creative license to create a story of their choice provided it includes the four required story elements. You must write and post fanfiction to apply to this anthology, but all stories in Add Magic to Taste must be original!

If you want to be one of our authors, this is your moment – read more about the anthology and, if you’re interested, send in an application!

Author applications for Add Magic to Taste are open from March 1st to March 15th, 2021.

APPLY NOW!