Dennis Detwiller’s long-rumored new Delta Green novel “Throught a Glass, Darkly” is now up for ransom at Kickstarter. For us E.U. people, contributing $35 gets you both an ebook version of the book (once complete) and a limited-edition hardcover dead-tree copy, in addition to your name in the acknowledgements of the book. I’m in, naturally enough, Delta Green novels and short stories have all been very high in quality at least so far.
They’re trying to raise a fairly substantial sum ($26,000), which will cover both the limited-edition hardcover (for the Kickstarter supporters), the ebook version, and a mass-market paperback. The time limit is two months (up to June 19th). As always with these things, you only pay the “ransom” amount if the project succeeds, so it’s a no-risk proposition.
They (Arc Dream Publishing that is) have also opened up this ransom for retailers and distributors. For example, one of the ransom options is as follows:
PLEDGE $180 OR MORE (Qualified retailers or distributors in Canada or the E.U. only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.) The ebook edition and 10 copies of the hardcover limited edition. For each additional $18 we’ll send another copy of the hardcover. This fundraiser is the only way retailers will be able to order the hardcover limited edition at a discount.
That means that game stores also have the option of getting some copies of the otherwise-unavailable hardcover edition (plus ebook edition), for $18 per copy ($15 for stores/distributors inside the US) including shipping. Might be a fun specialty item for some stores, perhaps, and in any case it’s a nice option.
And hey, there’s also the luxury support option: :)
PLEDGE $4,000 OR MORE LIMITED REWARD 1 of 1 remaining (Elsewhere.) Your name appears in a special dedication in ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’; you get the ebook edition and up to 50 copies of the hardcover limited edition shipped anywhere in the world; and author Dennis Detwiller will fly to your town to perform a live reading from ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ at the venue of your choice (some restrictions may apply) or run a game of Delta Green for you and your friends.