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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. A. L. Heard, Alessa Riel, P. J. Claremore, Pallas Perilous, and Lacey Hays have also contributed meaningfully to the conceptualization, development, and planning of these anthologies. The lead editors for these anthologies are A.L. Heard, Claire Houck, and Lacey Hays. Our founding vision is to work collaboratively with fanfiction authors who wish to publish their original work. You can learn more about us here.

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What are these anthologies?

These Anthologies are the newest collaborative project from Duck Prints Press. Two paired projects, both with a Masquerade theme, will tell innovative tales of mlm and wlw in masquerade-inspired worlds, settings, events, etc. The mlm anthology is entitled He Bears the Cape of Stars. The wlw anthology is entitled She Wears the Midnight Crown.

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Who is writing for these anthologies?

You can read the contributor list here!

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What is the timeline for this project?

You can see the schedule here.

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Will authors be paid?

Yes. We will pay a minimum of $0.01 USD per word, up to a total of $60 USD for a 6,000 word story. We will include raising this payment as a fundraising campaign “stretch goal.” Depending on the success of the campaign, contributing authors could be paid as much as $0.08 USD per word (up to $480 USD). All authors will be required to sign a contract that outlines rights assignments, payment, copyright, and other legal issues. You can see a sample of that contract here.

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Will story rights revert to the authors post-publication?

Absolutely. The contract outlines the following rights: Duck Prints Press will retain exclusive rights to the story in both print and e-book format for one year; print rights revert to the author after this period, and we retain only the right to continue to sell the e-book. Other rights, such as right of translation or right to record as an audio book, will remain with the author. If at some point in the future the Press wish to expand in those directions, we will contact authors, recruit those who are interested, and develop new contracts. We strongly encourage you to review the public/generic version of our author contract that we have posted here.

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Will contributors receive a copy of the anthology they contribute to?

Contributors will receive both anthologies for free in digital formats. We hope to add a stretch goal to help us afford to send the contributors physical copies as well; we’ll have more information on budgeting and stretch goals when it’s closer to the crowdfunding campaign launch.

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Who are the people behind this project?

Please see our biographies page for more information about the people behind this project.

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How will these anthologies be sold?

Copies of the trade paperback and related merchandise will be available during a crowdfunding campaign only. We’ll be running this campaign on the story-oriented crowdfunding website Seed & Spark. We expect the campaign to open on June 15th, 2022, and 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. These anthologies will also be available for purchase 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 any net profits from these anthologies, they will be re-invested in Duck Prints Press to help us grow the business and to fund future projects.

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What formats will the anthologies be available in?

These anthologies will be available as a Digest Size (5.5” x 8.5”) trade paperback, an ePub, a MOBI, and a PDF.

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What extras and merchandise will there be?

  • She Wears the Midnight Crown e-book
  • He Bears the Cape of Stars e-book
  • She Wears the Midnight Crown digest-size trade paperback book (5.5 in x 8.5 in/14 cm x 21.5 cm) (Printed by Mixam)
  • He Bears the Cape of Stars digest-size trade paperback book (5.5 in x 8.5 in/14 cm x 21.5 cm) (Printed by Mixam)
  • an 8 in x 10 in (20.5 cm x 25.5 cm) art print of She Wears the Midnight Crown‘s cover art, by Friendly Pigeon. (Printed by PrintKeg)
  • an 8 in x 10 in (20.5 cm x 25.5 cm) art print of He Bears the Cape of Stars‘s cover art, by Friendly Pigeon. (Printed by PrintKeg)
  • Die-cut Dux sticker, wlw edition (3 in x 2.75 in/7.5 cm x 7 cm). Created by Alessa Riel. (Printed by Sticker Ninja)
  • Die-cut Dux sticker, mlm edition (3 in x 2.75 in/7.5 cm x 7 cm). Created by Alessa Riel. (Printed by Sticker Ninja)
  • a high-gloss, tasseled, two-sided 2 in x 7.25 in (5 cm x 18.5 cm) bookmark, wlw edition, with art by Pippin Peacock on the front and the signatures of our authors on the back. (Printed by UPrinting)
  • a high-gloss, tasseled, two-sided 2 in x 7.25 in (5 cm x 18.5 cm) bookmark, mlm edition, with art by Pippin Peacock on the front and the signatures of our authors on the back. (Printed by UPrinting)
  • two interlocking enamel pins, each approximately 2 in x 1 in (5 cm x 2.5 cm), with art by Miss Aceriee. (Cast by Alchemy)
  • a 4 in circular (10.25 cm) woven, iron-on patch (art and artist to be determined). (Woven by Alchemy)
  • red-strapped tote bag stamped with the Duck Prints Press logo created by Alessa Riel). (Customized by AnyPromo)
  • a custom candle, approximately 2 in (5 cm) tall and 2 in (5 cm) circular at the base, with the color and scent special-created for this collection by contributor Alec J. Marsh, owner of Speculative Wicktion.
  • charm bracelet, featuring seven charms (a book, a rainbow, a crown, a mask, a moon, a sun, and a star), hand-assembled by contributor and lead editor Nina Waters using decorative elements featured from multiple Etsy sellers.
  • a box of chocolates from Uncle Sam’s Candy.
  • a large rubber ducky (this one)
  • a 2 in (5 cm) globe bath bomb (one selected randomly from this collection, based on purchaser’s preference)
  • a lace rainbow mask (purchased from E-Bay)

You can see how much these options will cost by by reviewing the current version of our posted budget.

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What purchase options will I have?

We’ll have 8 backer level options. Due to the way Seed & Spark structures campaigns, we will not be able to offer add-ons, and all shipping costs—domestic US or international—are included in the prices listed here. Prices are in USD.

  • Level 1: She Wears the Midnight Crown e-book OR He Bears the Cape of Stars e-book. Price: $10.
  • Level 2: She Wears the Midnight Crown e-book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars e-book. Price: $18.
  • Level 3: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book OR He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book. Price: $30.
  • Level 4: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book. Price: $50.
  • Level 5: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book plus associated flat merchandise (bookmark, art print, sticker, pin) OR He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book plus associated flat merchandise (bookmark, art print, sticker, pin). Price: $50.
  • Level 6: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book AND He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book plus ALL flat merchandise (2 bookmarks, 2 art prints, 2 stickers, 2 pins). Price: $80.
  • Level 7: She Wears the Midnight Crown trade paperback book, He Bears the Cape of Stars trade paperback book, ALL flat merchandise (2 bookmarks, 2 art prints, 2 stickers, 2 pins), AND special merchandise (rainbow-strap tote bag, patch, candle). Price: $110.
  • Level 8: the Treat Yo’self Package—everything in Level 7, plus a hand-made charm bracelet, chocolate from Uncle Sam’s Chocolates, deluxe rubber ducky, bath bomb, and a lace rainbow mask. UNITED STATES DOMESTIC PURCHASES ONLY! Price: $150.
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What is the campaign’s funding goal? Are there any stretch goals?

Our funding goal is $12,500. This will produce all of the merchandise described above, pay our authors, cover shipping and processing fees, etc.

We do have stretch goals; primarily, they reflect our desire to pay our authors more than the 1 cent US per word minimum covered by our “base” budget.

  • $15,500: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 2 cents US per word, to a maximum of $120 per story.
  • $17,500: we will commission two additional art pieces (artist to be determined) to contribute back cover art for each anthology. Backers at Level 4 or higher (levels that include the current art prints) will also receive one or both 8 in x 10 in art prints of these pieces, as appropriate (e.g., backers who purchase the wlw book + merch will only receive the wlw back cover print, etc.).
  • $20,500: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 3 cents US per word, to a maximum of $180per story.
  • $23,500: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 4 cents US per word, to a maximum of $240 per story.
  • $26,000: we will produce two additional pins featuring the wonderful artwork of Miss Aceriee. Backers at Level 4 or higher (levels that include the current enamel pins) will also receive one or both additional enamel pins, as appropriate (e.g., backers who purchase the wlw book + merch will only receive the additional wlw enamel pin, etc.)
  • $29,000: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 5 cents US per word, to a maximum of $300 per story.
  • $32,000: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 6 cents US per word, to a maximum of $360 per story.
  • $34,500: additional merchandise item to be determined (we’re considering postcards, key chains, a bonus sticker or two, etc.)
  • $37,500: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 7 cents US per word, to a maximum of $420 per story.
  • $40,500: contributors get a raise! Authors will earn 8 cents US per word, to a maximum of $480 per story.
  • $43,000: additional merchandise item to be determined
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Are there any add-ons being offered for this campaign? What are they?

Seed & Spark does not have the internal functionality to support selling add-ons during our campaign. However, we will offer backers the opportunities to buy some of the items we’ve previously had available as add-ons by purchasing them through our website with an exclusive backer-only discount code. We will be offering campaign-specific rates on our current catalog of e-books and shippable merchandise, and we’ll also have four of our rainbow Dux plushies hand-made by EmPower Fantasy Plush.

If you need a reminder, here are the deets on the Dux: a hand-made rainbow wing Dux plushie, soft and super huggable (but not meant as a child’s toy!), made by EmpowerFantasy Plush based on a pattern by cholyknight. The Dux plush is approximately 7 in (17.75 cm) tall and its adorable plush bottom is 5 in x 5 in (12.75 cm x 12.75 cm). Price: $35 plus shipping.

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