Monday, June 23, 2014

Help Kickstart the Beyond Words 2016 Fantasy Author Calendar



For the second time in a row, I have the pleasure of being part of this amazing calendar with photographer Lauren Zurchin to help raise money for First Book and Worldbuilders. All proceeds from the calendar go straight to those two fantastic non-profits. Last year, I had the great honor of designing the full calendar spread to accentuate the gorgeous photos that Lauren had taken. I urge you to consider donating to this project and help us make it happen again! Below is the press release for this year's project with links to the Kickstarter. I'd love it if you could check it out and consider donating!

The BEYOND WORDS 2016 Fantasy Author Calendar is Currently Being Kickstarted, with Lots of Exclusive Author Signature Rewards
By Lauren Zurchin

June 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA—Award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the 2016 BEYOND WORDS Fantasy Author Calendar, in which twelve New York Times bestselling fantasy authors will pose in custom costumes and fantasy-themed photographs for a 12-month calendar.

With the success of last year’s Kickstarter and subsequent calendar, she decided to continue the project with an all-new set of fantasy authors. The line-up includes:

  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Series)

  • Jim Butcher (The Harry Dresden Files, The Codex Alera)

  • Melissa de la Cruz (The Blue Bloods series, Witches of East End)

  • Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles,  The WondLa series)

  • Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Legion Series)

  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians series)

  • Robin Hobb (The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Rain Wild Chronicles)

  • Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me Series)

  • Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Keys to the Kingdom Series)

  • Ransom Riggs (The Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series)

  • Margaret Stohl (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Icons Series)

  • Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan Trilogy, The Uglies Series)

Zurchin is offering limited edition signature rewards on the Kickstarter, including bookplates, photos, and personalized packages. There are also higher end rewards like bookplate and photo combo packs, and photo shoots with the authors’ costumes and props.

Once the calendar is funded the current intent of the proceeds is to go to charity. The Kickstarter goal is $15,000, with a stretch goal of $20,000, at which point author Patrick Rothfuss will be added to the calendar.

The BEYOND WORDS Kickstarter is running through July 10th, 2014.

Link to the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/354009039/beyond-words-2016-fantasy-author-calendar

Link to Zurchin’s website where she talks about the charity aspect: http://laurenzurchinstudios.com/2014/06/2016-beyond-words-calendar-about-this-project/

About the Photographer:Lauren Zurchin been doing photography for over 15 years, founding her business in 2008. She has countless hours of experience photographing dozens of weddings, various types of portraits, and events. She was awarded a reader’s choice award in 2010.

In addition to photography Zurchin is the managing book editor at scifi/fantasy site lytherus.com, and has co-hosted the shurtugal.com Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast.

Website: http://laurenzurchinstudios.com/

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