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Pay a Pirate, But Not at Sword-Point

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Did you realize I know somebody in a pirate band?

Yes, that’s a thing.

Maryland has a pirate band, and their fourth CD is in the works. What’s more: they are, for the first time, crowdfunding it. There are plenty of perks. Even though it just went live yesterday they’ve already got over a quarter of their goal amount pledged!

Details from the Kickstarter page follow:

Pirates for Sail is Maryland’s #1 pirate band! Founded in 2005, we sail under the questionable leadership of Captain Nathaniel “Gute” Morgan, bringing our repertoire of sea shanties, traditional tunes and other piratical music to festivals and parties all along the East Coast. Learn more at PiratesforSail.com or our Facebook page!

Fells Point Privateer Festival 2016
Fells Point Privateer Festival 2016

Crabby Road

Crabby Road will be our fourth full-length studio album, following A Shot Across the Bow (2008), Band on the Rum (2009), Dark Side of the Lagoon (2012), and our 2016 EP Faire Warning.

Kickstarter

This is our first crowdfunding campaign, but we have faith that our fans, and pirates around the world, will show their support. The money will be used towards paying for recording and engineering expertise, for the printing and packaging of the CDs, and for royalty payments for song covers. We’ve budgeted for a 15-track album. If we can surpass our goals, we can pay for more studio time, which means more songs! More money = more music!

So join our campaign and follow along with exclusive behind-the-scenes updates! We promise scurvy isn’t contagious.

Rewards

In addition to Crabby Road itself in either CD or digital formats, we have lots of great stuff to give our backers, including pins, T-shirts, shot glasses, handmade items and more! Check out the different pledge levels to see all the cool stuff you could snag.

(And in case you’re wondering what a Black Spot is, go forth and be educated! Robert Louis Stevenson described it in Treasure Island. Our interpretation will be inscribed with the name of your choice and a personalized message of up to ten words, and will be an ominous and confusing keepsake for generations to come.)

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My Favorite Level

My personal favorite reward level is Lord High Admiral:

You, you amazing person, are a friend of pirates for life! You’ll get everything at the $1000 level, including the private concert, but you’ll also have a pirate to do your bidding! We’re a diverse crew with many skills, so select one personal service from the list below and we’ll do it for you, while the rest of the crew tags along for the fun!

– Black Dog Nate will officiate your wedding (where permitted by law) or MC your special event
– Jackal will give a you a guided tour of the Gettysburg battlefield
– Alice will provide a professional photo shoot of you and your family (or partner, pet, baby, etc.)
– Gute will give a presentation on the history of piracy (perfect for schools or libraries!)
– Mr. Grossnickle will serve as grillmaster for your backyard barbecue (you provide the grill and the meat; we’ll bring the side dishes)
– Thudd will present you with a custom, handcrafted pair of bracers
– Lassie Lyons will give you a beginner or intermediate lesson on the fiddle
– Finn will give you a voice lesson and teach you some sea shanties
– Something we haven’t thought of yet? Talk to us!

Includes

  • Access to all campaign updates
  • Your name on Pirates for Sail’s web site
  • Watch a tear fall from One-Eyed Mike’s one eye
  • Live streaming event access
  • Autographed compact disc copy of Crabby Road
  • Digital copy of Crabby Road
  • A personalized handcrafted Black Spot
  • Autographed Pirates for Sail T-shirt (S-XXXL)
  • Limited-edition Pirates for Sail pin
  • Pirates for Sail shot glass
  • In-person concert from Pirates for Sail
  • Personal service from a Pirates for Sail crewmember (see above)

Estimated delivery Apr 2017

Ships to Anywhere in the world
I mean…how do you not get into pirate service? Check out the crowdfunding campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/piratesforsail/pirates-for-sail-presents-crabby-road

Authors Unbound

Here is a UK-based publishing opportunity that embodies the hybrid publishing ideology we’ll be seeing much more of! Take a look at what Unbound is doing.

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The Unbound model is very straightforward: The author pitches an idea and if enough readers support it, the book goes ahead. Unbound is both a funding platform and a publisher, fulfilling all the normal publishing functions but also splitting a book’s net profit 50/50 with the author. As their website explains:

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First, the author pitches an idea

Unbound allows you to listen to authors’ ideas for what they’d like to write before they even start. If you like their idea, you can pledge to support it. If we hit the target number of supporters, the author can go ahead and start writing.

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If you like it you can make a pledge

There are several levels of support, each with different rewards. The higher your pledge, the greater the rewards you’ll receive, from your name in the back of the book to lunch with the author.

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From there, you stay up to date

As soon as you make a pledge to support an Unbound project you gain access to the author’s private area, or ‘shed’. Here you can get updates on the book’s progress.

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And then you get the book

After the book is written, designed, edited and printed, we send it to you, either as an ebook or a limited edition hardback or paperback.

For the first time, you will be able to hold in your hands a book that wouldn’t have existed without you.

Visit the Unbound site at http://unbound.co.uk/.