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Today is an exciting day. Today I take an important step to becoming a published writer! The Kickstarter is live! This is really happening! The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate – it’s not “my book.” I am but one author in the anthology. But an anthology means there’s something there for everyone! And, okay, as a long-time technical writer, I have technically already become a published writer, but that previous work is stuff that no one actually reads, which sits on dusty shelves (literal and electronic) of government offices, just waiting to be burned in whatever apocalypse awaits us. Which brings us back to this book! I don’t know how many stories will fall into the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic realm, but mine will!

My story is a beautiful tale of family. And the complete and total destruction of the planet. Turns out it’s a terrible and fiery end for a us all, but at least it should be quick.

But no one will read my awesome story if we don’t reach the $11,000 goal since the inclusion of my story is one of the stretch goals. Luckily, this publisher has far exceeded that goal in previous anthology Kickstarters, so the odds are in my favor. But it relies upon you – friends, family, acquaintances, random strangers I’ve collected along the way – to go forth to the Kickstarter and buy.

So, what exactly is this anthology? Who else is in this anthology?

I’ve partnered with Silence in the Library Publishing, and a host of renowned authors including names like Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Rabe, Sherwood Smith, and many others. Athena’s Daughters is a collection of short fiction from some of the best female science fiction and fantasy authors in the industry. This anthology features stories written by women about women. It will also have an introduction by retired astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy.

The publisher, Silence in the Library, believes strongly in the concept of bringing the artistry back to publishing. To that end, every anthology they produce features illustrations for each and every story.

Additionally, my fellow authors and I and the staff at Silence in the Library Publishing, believe that any good project should contribute something to improve the human community. In keeping with that goal, a portion of every book sold will go to RAINN. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

And there is more info on the Kickstarter page!