When we ran the Kickstarter in 2012 that made it possible to bring the Clockwork Phoenix series back from the ashes, we offered, for $1,000, to create a special edition of the book signed by all the contributors. We had one taker, and this past Monday that single book was handed to its rightful owner.
And here I am signing it.
I asked every writer to sign the dotted line beside their story in the table of contents; sign and date their stories in the book beside the title, and also write down where they were when they signed it, and also sign the blank back page. Anita also signed the back page.
Anita figured out an efficient plan for getting all the signatures. We knew that in July seven of the eighteen contributors would be at ReaderCon, so we decided for the first round to ship it priority mail, postage prepaid, to all the American writers who wouldn’t be at the convention in Boston.
So for the first round, from May to June, the book visited Marie Brennan, Alisa Alering, Richard Parks, Cat Rambo, Patricia Russo, back to me, then Marie Brennan again for some unfinished business.
Here’s the book on Alisa Alering’s desk…
…and here it is in Marie Brennan’s classroom.
Then it came back to me again. Anita and I met with our backer and showed him the accumulating signatures. And once again, I told him that I wanted to be sure he got to handle it, because I couldn’t guarantee its return.