It may sound like an Indy car race, but The Circlet 100 is actually an innovative new scheme dreamed up by Cecilia Tan to raise money for the funding of Circlet’s latest print book. This is how Cecilia and Circlet describe the venture:
Circlet’s first printed book in over three years, Best Erotic Fantasy, is ready to be manufactured. Bookstores have ordered it and readers are clamouring for it. But cash flow is so slow, that paying the printer to fill the orders might take so long that bookstores interest could wane before they receive their orders.
Circlet is reaching out to readers for help by starting a group called the Circlet 100. They are seeking one hundred readers who are interested in their brand of erotic science fiction and offering them a limited time CD-ROM packaging twenty of their e-books, a retail value of $128, for only $50. It’s a fundraiser, but it’s not a ‘donation’. It’s an opportunity to make a one-time purchase that will make a huge difference in this small press’s bottom line.
Readers who want even more can also get the Deluxe version of the CD which includes not only all twenty e-book anthologies, but also seven single-author titles, among them Faewolf, Alpha, Robotica, and Edge-Plays, as well as receive a special ‘Circlet 100’ teeshirt. The total retail value, $187.73. Shipping is included.
It’s not the first time Circlet has done a fund drive. Best Fantastic Erotica, printed and publishing in 2006, was funded with an ‘NPR-style underwriting campaign, where readers could buy a thank you or a message in the book, similar to the ‘buy a brick’ campaigns for new buildings. Since then, the company has been publishing mostly in the e-book realm, building up a healthy library of electronic titles.
We are still committed to the printed book as a medium, but it can be such a big hit financially to go to press. I believe there are enough readers out there, though, who want both e-books and print books who will take us up on this amazing e-book sale offer and know that they are doing something good for the print side as well.
The fundraising effort can be tracked at Circlet.com where a real-time graph, provided by ChipIn.com, shows how close to the $5,000 goal the collections have reached. To see the progress or chip in yourself, visit http://www.circlet.com/?p=1107
Lovers of quality fantasy/sci-fi-based erotica, what are you waiting for? Hop over to Circlet and join the 100 Club!