With content largely being complete, and the editing process well underway, the time has come to officially announce that EGGSHELLS will be hitting Indiegogo on Wednesday, March 7. You'll be able to crowdfund the book from noon JST (1PM Australian, 3AM UK) on the seventh, which is 10PM Eastern/7PM Pacific on Tuesday March 6 for US backers.
After looking at other publishing options, going as directly as possible to the consumer seemed to be the best route for all concerned. The book is very near completion right now, so there's slim to no risk for backers. All that's needed is enough money to pay for the art and editing, as well as to physically print an initial run of books.
-Will there be perks?
Of course! Perks are being nailed down right now and will include some very special items beyond simple book copies.
-What formats will the books be available in?
For now, trade paperback (hard to give an exact page number right now as things are being moved around, but it'll be around 400-425 pages) and digital. There may be other formats if the demand is there and provable.
- Any idea of tier pricing?
Details on the campaign are still being finalized. After lessons learned from running the Lion's Pride campaign in 2015, I can say there'll be more book for less money when it comes to EGGSHELLS, but if you want to pay more, you'll be gladly accommodated and richly rewarded.
-Can I sample the book before committing?
A sample chapter will be available when the campaign starts.
If you have any other questions about the campaign, don't hesitate to hit the contact form or Twitter.
Meanwhile, I recorded an interview with Fred Richani at the Sports Courier a few weeks ago, making (to the best of my knowledge at least) my Manhattan local TV debut on Thursday. You should be able to find the interview at https://thesportscourier.com/ sometime very soon, if not by the time you're reading this. It was a fun chat, talking a lot about Japanese wrestling history, how media coverage of wrestling is differs to the west, and about the Inoki-ism era of New Japan. Give it a listen, and don't forget to circle March 6 or 7 on your calendars!