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Hey hi folks! I'm Alex Zandra, light novel author—though you might have seen me design video games, stream on twitch, make art, or be extremely online in any other number of ways. My seventh book, My Friends And I Were Turned Into Catgirls But That Was Just The Beginning Of Our Cat Wishes Stories (or, Cat Wishes Stories), is a sequel to my light novel Cat Wishes and adds another 64 pages of adventures to the cat-eared cast. And I need your help to bring it to print!
The more people who help, the easier it is to make a small print run work. With your support, these digital catgirls will make the leap to saddle-stitched, glossy-covered printed product!
What You Get
In exchange for your support, you can get a copy of Cat Wishes Stories, along with some fun extras! Available are books from my back catalog (I recommend getting the first Cat Wishes to complete the set), stickers and kiss-cut sticker sheets... or even your name/nickname on the thank-you page at the end of the book!
So that's what this campaign is about: 64 pages, 14 illustrations, a color cover this time—and, as usual, a sprinkling of gender feels. Please help me make this project a reality, and—if you want—become a part of it in the process!
You Mentioned Catgirls?
My light novels tend to be about shy nerds turning into catgirls (when they're not turning into something else, like a demon, a houseplant, or an actual cat) and going on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
That's what happened to Tabbi, Ollie, and Evie in the book that precedes this one, My Friends And I Were Granted Three Wishes By A Cat Goddess And I Swear I Got Distracted When My Turn Came Around (or, Cat Wishes)! The three college roommates had a chance meeting with a cat goddess who granted a wish not all of them were prepared for, leading to a lot of emotional soul-searching involving themselves, each other, and a certain tiger girl grad student.
And time has flown by! Cat Wishes Stories (that's this book!) takes place a year later and consists of a series of illustrated short stories that focus on different members of the cast, all revolving around the same theme: what happens when becoming a catgirl doesn't solve all your problems?
We also learn more about Tora—the aforementioned tiger girl—and how her own story started, many years earlier and halfway around the world.
All this and more (maybe even... handholding) in Cat Wishes Stories! :3
This campaign is all about bringing my latest light novel to print. If you're looking for a digital copy, you can pick it up right now on itch.io!
New To Crowdfundr?
If you're used to Kickstarter-style backer tiers, the sidebar might feel a little strange. Crowdfundr uses a make-your-own-tier system that works much like a shop interface. Just pick the parts you want!
For example, if in a previous campaign you picked a "Signed Copy of the Book" tier, here you add one book and one signature to your order. You can pick and choose! You don't even have to get Cat Wishes Stories if you just want to support the print run but get something else instead.
Important note: the ability to update your pledge hasn't been implemented yet, so if you want to make a change to your order, get in touch with me (via crowdfundr message or email to alex at zandravandra dot com) and we'll work it out!
I've got you covered! Check out the Cat Wishes Combo option, which gets you this book and the one that started it all. You can read about Tabbi & her friends from the start of their adventures!
If you're not sure where to begin, I've set up some pre-made bundles of books to make things simple!
- Cat Wishes Combo gets you two books: the first Cat Wishes and its sequel. It includes everything that's been written about Tabbi & friends!
- All Cat Bundle adds my other, more serious and contemplative cat-related saddle-stitch book, My Friend Took Me To A Feline Therapy Place For My Anxiety And I’m Starting To Wonder Where The Cats Are? (or, Feline Therapy), giving you a nice 3-pack of soft zine-style books that are about cats, people, and cat people.
- Zandraverse Bundle gets you the works: all my light novels! From my first foray into self-publishing (Squid Maids) all the way to my modern witch series Substitute Familiar, including my book Plant Lamp about isolation and growth, it's all there! This is the bundle to get if you like what you see and you want one of everything.
Want more? I've also added my selection of stickers and sticker sheets to the campaign order options, in addition to individual copies of my books in case you want them à la carte.
For stickers, just order the quantity of each kind of product (individual stickers or multi-piece sticker sheets) that you want, and once the campaign is over you'll be able to make your selection. For example, add the 'Sticker' product three times, and you'll get a survey later letting you pick which three stickers you want—it's that simple!
PRINT RUN CONFIRMED! Thank you so much!! We still have a lot of time (and books) left, so let's make this campaign even better! Here's what I have planned so far with the extra funds:
It's been a few years since the last time I printed copies of the catgirl light novel that started it all, so a Cat Wishes Reprint will let me stock up again for the foreseeable future!
Next, I may be the author and artist of this book, but by no means am I the only one who worked on this book and its campaign. Raises For The Team will ensure everyone who helped make Cat Wishes Stories happen, from my editor to my fulfilment specialist, gets a well-deserved bonus!
Also, since I try to make at least one companion sticker for every book I release, I put together a New Sticker Sheet with a tiger girl theme! A fitting way to say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger. (If you've already put in an order but would like to add the Cat Wishes Stories sticker sheet to it, I've added a special "Add-On For Existing Orders" sticker sheet—just order it by itself and I'll match it to your previous pledge!)
I try to keep bonuses in line with the crowdfunder's performance, so Bigger Team Raises just makes sense at this level!
Now, I've been having a lot of fun using Tabbi and Tora's cover looks from Cat Wishes Stories for graphics here and there in the campaign, but it occurred to me that they'd make great bookmark designs. Tora looming over the page? Tabbi peeking up from inside a book? I want to make it happen! I checked with my print shop and figured that Tabbi & Tora Bookmarks is a good premium goal to aim for. (As with the sticker sheets, if you've already put in an order but would like to add the bookmarks to it, I've added a special "Add-On For Existing Orders" option—just order it by itself and I'll match it to your previous pledge!)
UPDATE: Thank you so much for your support!! Everything listed above is going to happen; I've already got some solid mockups, and will be refining them over the next week or two as I get everything ready for the printers. Everything above and beyond this level will help me do something I've been wanting to do for a while now: get a new tablet computer! My aging Microsoft Surface Pro 4, on which I've done all my art since even before my first book, is now 6½ years old and in dire need of a replacement. So that's where the rest will go! Here's to the next seven books. <3
Risks & Challenges
I've done this before—this is my seventh book and my sixth crowdfunding campaign! The print shop I'm working with has printed my previous Cat Wishes books, and though the pandemic and related supply chain issues have made things take longer, at the scale I'm working with it shouldn't have too much of an impact. For the past few campaigns I've also been working with Jen, my shipping and fulfillment specialist. She coordinates all US orders and helps me with the logistics, so the project is in good hands!
Also, the book is done and ready to print. That makes a big difference! All that's left is to fill in the thank you page at the back—so feel free to check out the Thank You VIP options when you contribute.
Thanks so much for your help! Together, we'll make it work. <3
Do you ship domestically?
- Canadian and US orders are fulfilled locally by me (Zandra) and Jen respectively, so those will be domestic. If you're in another country, expect your order to come from either of these locations and go through customs, which may mean more time and/or customs fees depending on where you are. That said, books tend to be tax-exempt in most places.
Why is UK shipping so expensive?
- Sorry about that! Unfortunately I cannot ship to the UK right now due to current export/import requirements and there was no other way to indicate this in the Crowdfundr interface. I'm looking at my options when it comes to getting my books distributed there, so feel free to send an email to uk at zandravandra dot com and I'll keep you posted!
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What's bigger than a cat? Why, a GREAT cat! To thank you for your generous support, Zandra will draw a stylized rendition of your name or nickname at the top of the thank-you page of this print run! You pick the style, accents and accessories, within reason! (no book purchase required)
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Have you already placed an order but want the catgirl & tiger girl bookmarks? Just order this product by itself and it'll be added to your previous order! (New orders, please use the regular Add Tabbi & Tora Bookmarks option!)
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