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A Bicycle Tour Memoir on Kickstarter

bikeScientist David Kroodsma hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for his memoir, The Bicycle Diaries: My 21,000-Mile Ride for the Climate. Kroodsma (pictured, via) will use the funds to cover the cost of hiring editing, designing, and self-publishing.

This book chronicles Kroodsma’s adventures on a bicycle tour across two continents. Throughout his journey Kroodsma gave talks and presentations on climate change. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This book incorporates climate change in three ways. First, having an outreach project created a unique journey, as I sought out interesting people and had far more meaningful interactions than if I were merely biking without a project. Second, I studied how the places I visited could be affected by climate change, and the full-sensory experience of biking through them provided a firsthand and personal account of what is at risk. And third, such a trip changed the way I see this global issue, and the book shares this new perspective.”

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Big Bang Press on Kickstarter

Morgan Davies, an editor, hopes to raise $40,000 to launch “Big Bang Press.” This small independent publisher will focus on acquiring manuscripts written by fan fiction writers.

Follow this link to read excerpts from some of the books they plan to publish. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We have selected three original novels by fanfiction writers, ranging in genre from Young Adult Fantasy to Literary Fiction…If our project is successfully funded, A Hero At The End Of The World, Juniper Lane, and Savage Creatures are on track to be published starting in the Fall of 2014.”

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A Steampunk Version of ‘Wind of the Willows’ is on Kickstarter

Australian writer Krista Brennan hopes to raise $6,600 on Kickstarter for a steampunk version of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel, The Wind in the Willows. The funds will be used to produce an eBook, a black-and-white paperback book, and a full-colour hardcover edition.

Brennan’s project, Steam in the Willows, will contain forty illustrations. In the past, she has worked on steampunk versions of The Holy Bible. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“One of the key messages of Wind in the Willows and the modern maker movement is the same: Yes, it is very shiny and new, but do you really have to buy another mass-produced, gas-guzzling SUV, Mr. Toad? Steam in the Willows is about celebrating and weaving both of these fine things together. “

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A Steampunk Picture Book is On Kickstarter


Ryan Dunlap hopes to raise $6,000 for his steampunk picture book, The Littlest Clockwork. The story follows the friendship of a young boy and a clockwork girl.

The funds will be used to cover costs of self-publishing, printing, and shipping. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Littlest Clockwork is a children’s picture book featured in the novel, The Wind Merchant, a steampunk fantasy novel I Kickstarted back in early 2012. In the novel, the children’s book goes by the title The Littlest Elder, which is another name for a Clockwork person in that world.”

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Pop-Up City Bloggers on Kickstarter

The blogging duo behind Pop-Up City hope to raise $10,000 for The Pop-Up City Book: City Making in a Fluid World. The 260-page book will contain 150 illustrated projects.

They plan to publish the finished book in April 2014. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We, Jeroen Beekmans and Joop de Boer, are the brains and hearts of The Pop-Up City, an Amsterdam-based blog that showcases eye-opening ideas, concepts and trends that make a change in the city of today and tomorrow. On a daily basis, we write stories about individuals, enterprises, and cities all around the world that come up with refreshing ideas and solutions to deal with a permanent stage of change, ranging from urban hacks, modular hotels, and parasite cinemas to pop-up retail concepts, rooftop farms, and houses on wheels.”

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Independent Bookstore, The Book House, on Kickstarter

Bookseller Michelle Barron hopes to raise $10,000 to open The Book House at its new location. This St. Louis-based independent bookstore has been in business for the past 30 years.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of re-modeling the new store. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Our new location at 7352 Manchester Road is in the heart of a wonderful community, surrounded by many other locally owned businesses in the special historic district off Maplewood Missouri. The new store will be almost 8000 sq feet (more than twice the size of our old location!) with plenty of room to expand with special areas for local authors and new releases, a children’s room, art and rare books room, extra space for book signings, events, book clubs and community programs.”

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The Crochet Coral Reef Project on Kickstarter

The Institute For Figuring (IFF) hopes to raise $27,000 on Kickstarter for Crochet Coral Reef: The Book. It will feature essays from an art critic, a science historian, and IFF founders  Margaret and Christine Wertheim.

The finished book will also honor the work of the 7000+ contributors who took part in crocheting for environmental advocacy. For more information about these coral reef crochet creations, check out this TED Talk. We’ve embedded a video about the book project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The Crochet Coral Reef project was conceived as a direct response to climate change. It has mobilized people all over the planet to respond to this crisis in a powerful, constructive and collaborative way. The book will spread the word about climate change in a format that is highly accessible, scientifically astute, and visually stunning.”

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Frederick Douglass Graphic Novel on Kickstarter

Artist Audran Guerard and writer Daniel Roy hope to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter for their comics project, The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of supplies, live models, editing fees, printing, and distribution. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel will be a graphic adaptation of Frederick Douglass’s life based on his two autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and My Bondage, My Freedom. The graphic novel will be composed of three 50-page volumes and will feature gorgeous watercolor art.”

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Gluten-Free Cookbook on Kickstarter

e2661378a3d07aabd7f330ec04c42906_largeFood blogger Marie Porter hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for her gluten-free cookbook project.

The finished book, titled Beyond Flour, will contain at least 75 recipes. If this campaign is successful, Porter hopes to release the book by October 2014. Here’s more from about the project:

“Most gluten-free recipes are developed by taking a ‘normal’ recipe, and attempting to come up with the perfect balance of alternative flours to substitute…I take a bit of a different approach: developing the recipe from scratch, throwing the original methods out the window. Rather than just swapping out the flours, I also look at utilizing other supporting ingredients and different techniques to achieve the perfect end goal…not just a ‘reasonable facsimile.’”

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Fantasy Author Calendar Completed

calendarSoon it will be time to buy a new calendar for 2014. Earlier in the year, photographer Lauren Zurchin ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a fantasy author-themed calendar project called “Beyond Words: A Year of Daydreams.”

The calendar is now complete and features photos of fourteen authors dressed up as fantasy characters. Each calendar costs $20; the proceeds generated from the sale of these calendars will be donated to First Book and Worldbuilders.

The participating authors include Lauren Oliver as a trapped spiritGregory Maguire as a steampunk automaton, Cassandra Clare as Autumn, and Christopher Paolini as Death. Here’s more about Paolini’s photo shoot:
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