TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 7 Kickstarter


Eruditorum Press is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Kickstarter, for TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 7: Sylvester McCoy. You can check it out here. The goal is a modest $2000 which, given that it's made it to $165 in the time it took me to log into the site and start this post, I expect we're going to make, but there's stretch goals every $1000 after that all the way up to $14,000, which will add up to thirteen bonus essays if we can make it through them all. The crown jewel is probably at $10,000, where I'll do an interview on the Sylvester McCoy era with the legendary Kate Orman, but there's good stuff throughout, from covering Mark Gatiss's Doctor Who debut Nightshade all the way up to finally writing about The Pit. (And no, that's not the actual cover; it's just what James had time to design this month. Though I do kinda love it.)

You may be wondering why I'm doing a Kickstarter for Volume 7 given that I didn't for the initial releases of any previous TARDIS Eruditorum. Two basic reasons. 1) Books I sell directly via Kickstarter net me a far higher royalty than books sold through Amazon, and so I'm moving to a Kickstarter-based model for all future releases. 2) I'm kinda broke. It's nothing crushing and unmanageable; I've got a month-to-month income that's roughly commensurate with expenses. But my saving account is currently at "ha ha ha no," and that's kinda stressful. Hence Kickstarter.

But that's depressing, so let's talk about cool stuff. Like the Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover edition that will be signed, numbered, and never for sale ever again after February 28th. Or the opportunity to catch up on the entire TARDIS Eruditorum series in print or digital at a nice and healthy discount. Or, if you really don't have much but still want to support, at just $1 you can read a preview of the TARDIS Eruditorum entry for Deep Breath. (Which, btw, the Patreon is just $19 away from the full compliment of Capaldi-era Pop Between Realities, Outside the Government, and You Were Expecting Someone Else essays if you want to back that too.)

Whatever you can give is extremely welcome. And if the money isn't going to work out for you to donate this month, you can at least spread the link far and wide. Word of mouth is effective marketing. Twenty seconds on Twitter or Facebook makes a real difference to me.

I'll be noisy throughout the month with Kickstarter promotion, including, in the very near future, the running order for the Capaldi era. Thanks for your support, and for reading. And one more time, here's the Kickstarter link.


darkspine10 3 years, 1 month ago

Just backed this, my first kickstarter backing ever.

Being a relative ebook noob, what format will it be in? Will it, for example, work on an Amazon kindle?

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David H 3 years, 1 month ago

Any ebook without DRM will work on an Amazon Kindle if you convert it in Calibre, which is free software.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 3 years, 1 month ago

I'll provide the book in both .epub and .mobi forms, which cover the vast majority of ebook platforms, Kindle included. (You'll want the latter format for Kindle.)

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John Binns 3 years, 1 month ago

That should so be the cover!

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Aylwin 3 years, 1 month ago

If nothing else, the visual rhyme of the number 7 and the question marks is too melodious to discard.

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Kat 3 years, 1 month ago

The true cover must be great, because this is lovely.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 3 years, 1 month ago

The only thing I know about the cover is that James has been talking up his idea for Volume 7 for years.

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John G. Wood 3 years, 1 month ago

Excellent - the timing was particularly good, since I was actually £12 in the black and could afford to pledge $5 straight away.

For some reason I assumed you'd be covering The Pit - so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that final stretch goal...

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The Whovian Zorker 2 years, 5 months ago

Wait...Kickstarter? January? Closed SEVEN MONTHS AGO?!? How?!?

Ahem...sorry. As someone who has the first six volumes (and Recursive Occlusion), every once in a while checks Amazon to see if Volume 7 is out, and just happened to do a google search and find a ([Sixie] Closed? CLOSED?!? [/Sixie]) Kickstarter that I would have pledged Day 1 had I heard about it...is there going to be any other way of getting a printed copy?

(One might very well ask why I didn't know about it from this very website. Actually, One probably wouldn't bother asking, although Six and Twelve, and possibly Three, would be bold enough to raise the question. And maybe Ten or Eleven, depending on the kind of day they are having. Well, given that I prefer to read the articles in print, and would be otherwise tempted to read ahead, I...don't access the website that much. Hopefully Nine wouldn't call me a stupid ape because of that, although if I have sunk my chances, he just might....)

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Lurking Presence 2 years, 4 months ago

Just wanted to chime in as well. I backed the previous kickstarters and completely missed this one. Will there be options to purchase a print copy in the future? Thanks.

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ATardyTardis 2 years ago

I also have all the other print volumes (via Amazon.UK) and missed this (now closed) KickStarter as I was also regularly checking Amazon to see if 7 was on the horizon. Like some recent posters above, how can I now obtain a printed copy of Volume 7? Thanks!

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Jonny Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

I am currently reading each volume of Tardis Eruditorum whilst re-watching classic Doctor Who, 1 story per week, for the last few years.
Presently I am going to start the McCoy era in a few months, so how do I get hold of a copy of Volume 7? So I am able to keep reading your books along side the stories. Is Volume 7 going to be sold through Amazon, etc?

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ATardyTardis 1 year, 5 months ago

Still have not seen a response on here to my previous comment 7 months ago. Missed the Kickstarter and it's closed and now I can't pledge. Have all other print volumes and really want this? Surely someone is reading these comments that is in the know and can respond to let those of us who missed the Kickstarter and let us know how we can get involved to obtain a copy? Be very grateful if that occurs. Thanks!

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Elizabeth Sandifer 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry for the slowness of my reply; must have missed your earlier comment getting posted.

The book will be available for sale on Amazon when it's finished, and you'll be able to get it there. I'll make an announcement on the site and on Twitter once it's out.

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ATardyTardis 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh thanks so much for getting back to me on this Elizabeth. I know you are very busy but this is greatly appreciated. I will look out for your wonderful book with great anticipation on Amazon. Cheers and good luck finalising it.

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