Thank you for your interest. Pre-orders for Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley are now closed! We expect to offer the book, and leftover merchandise, for sale on our website during the winter of 2023/24.
Read on for all the pre-order campaign details…
About the Book | About Adrian Harley | Campaign Progress | What We’re Offering | How the Pre-Order Campaign Works | Pre-Order Options | Stretch Goals | Campaign Updates | Budget | Production Timeline | About Duck Prints Press
About the Book
A memory-stealing cult.
The ever-watchful City of Eyes.
Making small talk.
Join Droplet as she faces all these horrors and more…
Vigilante shapeshifter Droplet has trained her entire life to take down those with more power than scruples, but she still makes mistakes. When a rescue mission goes wrong, a memory-stealing cult of blood mages escapes with kidnapped captives in tow. To save them, Droplet reluctantly teams up with the outgoing, tenacious Azera. Droplet knows better than to trust a human—she made that mistake once, and that person’s betrayal scattered her community across the known world—and she can tell Azera is hiding secrets behind her sunny smile. But if they can’t learn to work together, even Droplet’s own memories could be lost.
Many Drops Make a Stream, Adrian Harley’s debut novel, is the stand-alone first book in a series of related fantasy-mystery-heists featuring the shapeshifter Droplet and the friends and found family who work alongside her to fight the corrupt powers-that-be. Many Drops Make a Stream is rated general (adult) audiences and features shapeshifting shenanigans, a nascent f/f quarrelers-to-lovers pre-relationship, a wonderful extended cast of family and pseudo-family, necromancy and blood magic and spellwork (oh my!), and one (1) very angry goose.
About Adrian Harley
Adrian Harley is an almost-lifelong North Carolinian and a fantasy-fiction aficionado who started delving deep into fandom as an adult. They are an editor of research by day and a writer, also by day. They go to bed early. They have short stories in OFIC Magazine and multiple Duck Prints Press anthologies. They live with their husband and a perfectly reasonable number of cats.
The editor for Many Drops Make a Stream is the Duck Prints Press owner, Claire Houck, under the pen name Nina Waters.
We’re aiming to earn $3,000 from this pre-order campaign.
If we do not hit this amount during the pre-order period, we won’t be able to afford to produce everything we’ve promised and will have to cancel the campaign, refund existing pre-orders, and re-launch with fewer merchandise offerings and a smaller print run. WE’VE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL AND THE FIRST STRETCH GOAL!!! Want to see if we can reach our stretch goals? We will update this page daily with how we’re doing, so WATCH THIS SPACE!
CURRENT AMOUNT PLEDGED: $5,102.82
🎉🎉 GOAL: $3,000 🎉🎉 We’ve Met This Goal! 🎉🎉
🎉🎉 Stretch Goal 1: $4,000 🎉🎉 We’ve Met This Goal! 🎉🎉
🎉🎉 Social Media Stretch Goal 1: 100 reblogs on any one platform 🎉🎉 We’ve met this goal!
🎉🎉 Stretch Goal 2: $5,000 🎉🎉 We’ve Met This Goal! 🎉🎉
Percent Funded: 170.1%
Last updated: 10/1/2023 8:00 a.m. EDT CAMPAIGN OVER!
What We’re Offering
- Many Drops Make a Stream e-book (ePub and PDF formats).
- Many Drops Make a Stream trade paperback book (5.5 in x 8.5 in/14 cm x 21.5 cm, digest sized). Every print book purchased through this pre-order campaign will come with a campaign-exclusive bookplate bearing Adrian Harley’s signature. (Printed by BookLogix.)
- An art print of the front cover (8 in x 10 in/20.25 cm x 25.5 cm), featuring Roiu Cris’s (Tumblr | Twitter | Artstation) gorgeous artwork of Droplet and Azera flying over Sacarus, the City of Eyes. (Printed by PrintKeg.)
- An enamel pin of Droplet mid-transformation from a tiger to her signature goose form, 2 in x 2 in/5 cm x 5 cm, with glitter in the background color. The art is by Aceriee (Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter). (Manufactured by Alchemy.)
- Droplet!Dux die-cut sticker, approximately 3 in x 3 in/7.5 cm x 7.5, features the Duck Prints Press Dux dressed up as a shapeshifting tiger-goose. Designed by Alessa Riel. (Printed by Vograce.)
- Patron-exclusive extra: a wooden coaster (4 in./10.25 cm circular) engraved with art TO BE REVEALED, created by Aceriee. This item is available solely as a freebie bonus for $10/month and $25/month Patreon backers who also support this campaign. (Made by the Press’s own E. Conway.)
How the Pre-Order Campaign Works
It’s simple: order what you want through our webstore and pay for it! All the links are below.
If we haven’t hit the $3,000 minimum by October 1st, we’ll refund your money. Our goal is met! We’ll proceed with fulfillment in early October: we print the book and order the merchandise and send your purchases out to you once they’ve been manufactured. (See below for our projected timeline, and, depending how much we exceed our funding goal by, backers may get More Stuff—see our stretch goals.)
Pre-Order Packages: For your purchasing convenience, we’re offering three bundles! All prices are in USD. Add packages to your cart and enter your shipping address to calculate shipping.
Pre-Order Individual Items: All the Many Drops Make a Stream rewards are offered as single-item purchases. You can buy the ones you want, mix-and-match, get multiples, and otherwise customize your backing to your preferences! All prices are in USD. Add items to your cart and enter your shipping address to calculate shipping.
Within 24 hours of when you submit your pre-order, you will also receive an e-mail, sent to the account you used for your purchase, containing a coupon for 25% off one other purchase (of any number of items and any price!) from the Duck Prints Press website!
We have two types of stretch goals for this campaign: monetary ones (as in, goals we’ll achieve if we earn X above our original $3,000 goal) and social media ones (as in, goals we’ll achieve if our post on Y platform gets Z reblogs). You can support us in meeting both these types of goals by helping us spread the word!
Monetary Stretch Goals
🎉🎉 We raised $4,000: All backers who purchased a pre-order package (e-book + merch, e-book + print book, or e-book + print book + merch) will receive a bookmark featuring the cover art! 🎉🎉
🎉🎉 We raise $5,000: All backers who purchased a pre-order package (e-book + merch, e-book + print book, or e-book + print book + merch) will receive an engraved wooden pendant featuring the Eye of Sacarus. 🎉🎉
If we raise $6,000: a HONK cut-wood key chain of Droplet in her goose form will be added at no cost to the orders of all backers who picked a pre-order package!
Social Media Stretch Goals
🎉🎉 We got 100 reblogs on Tumblr.: all pre-order campaign backers receive an emoji of the Eye of Sacarus. 🎉🎉
DPP’s main promotion post on any one platform gets 500 reblogs/reskeets/retoots/shares/etc.: all pre-order campaign backers have the option to be included on a Supporters list included in the e-book and print book. DPP’s main promotion post on any one platform gets 1,000 reblogs/reskeets/retoots/shares/etc.: Adrian Harley will write a short post-story fluff piece that will be added to the e-book and print book editions of Many Drops Make a Stream and sent to merchandise-only backers as a stand-alone e-book.
Help us meet these goals by sharing our posts on different platforms! We’ll add these to this page on launch day!
- Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/duckprintspress/728542378899685376/pre-orders-now-open-for-many-drops-make-a-stream
- Pillowfort: https://www.pillowfort.social/posts/3730620
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duckprintspress/posts/pfbid02CygorjFuhaiDMGBdWsPNvJ92diReFrc1CdHNJSDv2PTGc9Vro37y2rEmkRuVhcqLl
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7108475308483174400
- Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/duckprintspress.bsky.social/post/3k7gzhebn2z2n
- Mastodon: https://pettingzoo.co/@duckprintspress/111070023278615800
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- Top Tropes in Many Drops Make a Stream (9/24/23)
- Teaser 6: Oops… (9/22/23)
- Five “Top Fives” with Adrian Harley (9/21/23)
- Teaser 5: Meet Mr. Sunshine (9/19/2023)
- Teaser 4: Beware the Eyes of Sacarus (9/18/2023)
- The Pre-Order Campaign is Now Live – Back Now! (9/15/2023)
- Meet the Merch (9/14/2023)
- Announcing: This Pre-Order Page! (9/13/2023)
- About Adrian Harley (9/12/2023)
- Teaser 3: To Trust a Human (9/11/2023)
- Teaser 2: Droplet Becomes a Goose (9/10/2023)
- Teaser 1: Beware of Blood Magic (9/9/2023)
- Cover Reveal (9/8/2023)
Projected production costs, in USD, are based on estimated sales of 50 print books and associated merchandise.
Payment to the Author: $250
Book Production Costs: $989
Merchandise Production: $576
Shipping Materials: $153
Estimated Shipping to Buyers: $665
Processing Fees and Taxes: $340
Many Drops Make a Stream is already written, edited, and within a few steps of being ready to go to print. The cover art and merchandise art have already been commissioned and completed. Thus, we’re more-or-less ready to go to print as soon as this campaign is done, assuming we meet our $3,000 minimum. This timeline represents our best-case scenario for satisfying the pre-orders.
- Early October: All funds clear our bank account.
- Early October: We finalize edits and finish typesetting the manuscript.
- Early October: We order all merchandise.
- Mid-October: We order the print books.
- Late October: We review the book proof and make any corrections needed.
- Late November: All books and merchandise received.
- December: We fulfill your order! All physical packages are assembled and mailed, and e-books are distributed.
If there are production delays, if we receive substandard items that need to be re-manufactured, or if other issues arise, fulfillment could take longer. Our worst-case scenario has fulfillment by April 2024. We will communicate about our progress in fulfilling this campaign on the Duck Prints Press WordPress blog under the Many Drops Make a Stream tag.
About Duck Prints Press (and Why You Should Trust Us to Fulfill Your Pre-Order!)
Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York, USA. We work with people who create fanworks—especially fanfiction authors and fanart artists—to publish their original work. We are particularly dedicated to publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. You can read more about us here. This is the sixth crowdfunding campaign that our owner, Claire Houck, has run; all have been successful, and all but the most recent have been completely fulfilled (we’re hard at work on fulfillment for the last and expect to be done in October 2023). If you’d like more information about our track record, we encourage you to look at our past campaigns on Kickstarter and elsewhere.
We have an established track record of fulfilling our campaigns in a timely manner with the highest-quality print books and merchandise, and we’re thrilled to run this campaign through our own webpage for the first time!