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Hooking Leviathan

The Leviathan anthology project is raising money through crowdfunding.


From: Jeff VanderMeer <vanderworld@hotmail.com>
To: vanderworld@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thu, February 17, 2011 11:20:21 AM
Subject: [VanderWorld] VanderWorld Report: The Return of the Leviathan
Series!!
(How You Can Help)

 Dear Fellow Weirdies:

Things are heating up again around VanderWorld. My nonfiction collection
Monstrous Creatures is out in March (links below), with the sumptuous
coffee
table book The Steampunk Bible (coauthored with SJ Chambers) out in May
and The
Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities out in June from
HarperCollins--along with lots of travel. The Weird: A Compendium of
Strange &
Dark Fictions is definitely now scheduled for October from Atlantic.
 
I've also just reached an agreement with Underland Press to do a book
tentatively titled If You Lived Here: The Top 50 Fantasy Worlds of All
Time.
Other projects include a possible deep space generation ships saga
connected to
a well-known movie franchise, the ultimate SF/F writing book, a two-novel
duology titled KOMODO, and a couple of other things I can't talk about
yet. I've
also been tagged as a consultant by a Hollywood producer for a movie.
We'll see
how that goes.
 
But the news most near and dear to my heart is that we're reviving the
Leviathan
anthology series, with an emphasis on new writers, and writings in
translation,
too. This month, I'm conducting a fund drive to help that project--if we
get to
$1,000, I will dance. We're at about $675 right now. See below for the
details
on how to donate. Thanks for any help you can provide.
 
I hope all is well. I know I owe many of you emails.
 
Much Love,

Jeff
 
 
Leviathan 5: The Next Wave, the latest in the award-winning fiction
anthology
series edited by my wife Ann and me, will focus on new writers of weird
fantasy
fiction, and will also endeavor to have an open reading period as
world-wide as
we can make it. This means many writers who don’t write in English will
be able
to submit, to our brigade of foreign language editors.

The publisher is ChiZine, and they’re providing a budget that is
respectable for
an English-language anthology. BUT, we will need more funds for the
translation
component. (See below for more info.)
 
So…all of February is fund-drive month here at Ecstatic Days. Our goal
is to
raise $1,000 in 28 days, to add to the $300 in donations already received.
Your
name will be listed in the book, and you can donate easily through paypal
to
vanderworld at hotmail.com or via check to “Jeff VanderMeer”, POB
4248,
Tallahassee, FL 32315.


IF we reach the $1,000 goal, I will do an interpretative dance based on
the
title story in my story collection, “The Third Bear,” which will be
taped and
put up on YouTube for your enjoyment. Trust me when I say that…I am a
terrible
dancer…and very bad at interpretative dance…and, um, a dance based on
The Third
Bear…I could do myself an injury on accident… (Note also that per this
post, I
can confirm that my collection Third Bear has earned out, which means my
pledge
to use all royalties received from the book toward Leviathan is no idle
claim.)
 
MORE INFORMATION:
 
Ann and I have finalized most of our plans for Leviathan 5: The Next Wave,
which
will be published by the awesome folks at ChiZine Publications. This
anthology,
the latest in the World Fantasy Award winning and PKD award finalist
series,
will focus on weird fiction and fantasy from newer writers, probably
defined as
writers with two or fewer books published in English. We are going to do
something fairly unprecedented in the history of genre and have between 15
and
20 associate/foreign language editors in other countries so that many
writers
who do not write in English would be able to submit. Up to 30,000 words of
the
100,000 words might be fiction newly translated for Leviathan 5.


But to ensure we have a budget that allows for paying a decent wage to
translators, and to cover anything unexpected that comes up, we will be
doing a
couple of fund-raisers. ChiZine is already providing a solid budget, but
to do
this anthology “pure”—with no solicitations from established
writers–this extra
step is necessary. I would note that Ann and I are not taking any
editorial fee
upfront–this is a labor of love and something we feel is necessary to
further
spotlight new writers and international writers.
 
The first “fund-raiser” is simply this: 100% any royalties received
from my
forthcoming nonfiction collection Monstrous Creatures or my 2010 short
story
collection The Third Bear will go toward funding Leviathan 5. This is no
idle
threat since the advances for both were low enough that royalties will
kick in
soon.


Monkey Brain Books has also been kind enough to provide a free PDF of my
prior
nonfiction collection, currently on the order page for Monstrous
Creatures. If
you download that PDF, consider buying Monstrous or making a direct
donation.
Any direct donations for this project can be sent to me via paypal at
vanderworld at hotmail.com with “For Leviathan 5″ as the subject line.
If you
would like to become a major investor, ping me as well.
 
Right now, the plan is for an open reading period for Leviathan 5 starting
in
late 2011 and extending into the spring of 2012, for publication in spring
of
2013. Projects like this require a long lead time. Payment and firm
reading
period information will be forthcoming once we’ve finalized our plans.
 
PS For those wondering, the “best of Leviathan” volume will probably
come out prior to Leviathan 5.

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