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A book cover of "The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters", a science fiction anthology. Background is stylized art of an astronaut meeting an alien in outer space. Art by Barbara Candiotti. Kickstarter “project we love”.

The Neurodiversiverse is a Kickstarter “project we love”!

Halfway through our campaign, over two-thirds to our goal!

Our Kickstarter campaign for The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters has already reached over $3,400 of our $5,000 goal, with just over two weeks left! Thank you so much to everyone who’s backed, you’re helping to make sure we’ll be able to pay our authors and artists professional rates!

This is a larger funding goal than we’ve had for any of our past crowdfunding campaigns, so having made it this far is truly wonderful.

Selected as a Kickstarter “project we love”!

Project we love. Kickstarter. Circular badge with a heart in the middle and words around the outside.

Kickstarter has a magical, behind-the-scenes mechanism where someone decides a project is a “project we love”. We don’t know how it happens, but we’re so pleased it happened to us! What it means is that now new people will see the campaign, and may be inspired to back it.

Announcing our stretch goals!

Once the Kickstarter campaign hits its funding goal, that means we’ll get the money that is raised. But if we exceed our goals, we’d love to give our backers more. We’ll unlock additional stretch goals as the amount raised reaches new dollar amounts.

Briefly, our stretch goals are:

  • $7,500 – Bookmarks! We’ll include a bookmark for every backer who’s selected physical rewards.
  • $10,000 – Mystery Swag! We’re really excited about the additional goodies we have planned for backers if we hit $10k – but we’ll announce them when we hit our funding goal of $5,000.
  • $12,500 – Even More Fun Stuff! Ditto! We’re working on secret plans to fill out backers’ goodie bags and digital inboxes, but we’ll announce this stretch goal if we reach our funding goal!
  • $15,000 – Audiobook Edition! We really want to produce an audiobook edition, both because we love audiobooks, and because we know so many readers need an audio edition for accessibility. If we raise this much money, everyone backing for $10 or more will get the digital audiobook when it’s ready.
  • $20,000 – The Neurodiversiverse: Binary Stars! If we hit this amount of money, we’ll not only be able to pay for this book, but also put the rest toward a sequel anthology!

So, please back the Kickstarter campaign to help us achieve our stretch goals, and share it with your friends who love bookmarks, audiobooks, and/or neurodiversity!

You can read all the details about our new stretch goals in our latest campaign update.

A book cover of "The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters", a science fiction anthology. Background is stylized art of an astronaut meeting an alien in outer space. Art by Barbara Candiotti.

Our Kickstarter is now live for The Neurodiversiverse

Why are we running a Kickstarter campaign for The Neurodiversiverse?

We believe that creators should be paid like professionals for their work.

Thinking Ink Press is a small publisher, and we want to increase the amount we’re paying the authors and artists of The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters for their work from “semi-pro” to “SFWA” professional rates. To make that happen, we’re running a Kickstarter campaign!

Backing the Kickstarter campaign at any reward tier will help us a ton, and you’ll be able to get great rewards like a copy of the book (of course!), a vinyl sticker or enamel pin of the snazzy logo designed by Kimchi Kreative, a tote bag, and more!

Books and swag with the Neurodiversiverse logo, designed by Kimchi Kreative.
Books and swag with the Neurodiversiverse logo, designed by Kimchi Kreative.

The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters is is a hopeful, empowering sci-fi anthology of short stories, poetry, and art. It’s an #OwnVoices extravaganza with neurodivergent editors, authors, and artists. The anthology offers many different answers to the question: Would neurodiversity be an advantage in an encounter with aliens?

Backing now helps our Kickstarter campaign be more visible, enabling us to reach more supporters. We’re a small press, and need your help to reach our ideal readers.

Coming soon: A neurodiversity-themed sci-fi anthology

Thinking Ink Press is excited to announce The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters, a science fiction anthology to be released August 2024.

The Neurodiversiverse is a book for anyone who loves science fiction, who cares about neurodiversity, or who wants to see optimistic visions of the future. It’s an #OwnVoices extravaganza with neurodivergent editors, authors, and artists.

The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters is a hopeful, empowering sci-fi collection of short stories, poetry, and art. This anthology offers many different answers to the question: Would neurodiversity be an advantage in an encounter with aliens?

Featuring short stories by:

Edited by Anthony Francis and Liza Olmsted.

With stories, poetry, and art by 44 creators about:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Synesthesia
  • Anxiety of various flavors
  • Avoidant attachment disorder
  • Dissociative disorder
  • And more.
Cover not yet final

Heartbroken starships.
Human-sized hamster balls.
Superpowers unleashed by anxiety.
And finally we find out why aliens abduct cows.

Be the first to hear when it’s available for purchase

The Neurodiversiverse: Alien Encounters will be available where books are sold. Sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know when it’s available for everyone to purchase! You’ll be subscribed to our general mailing list, which includes news about other books we publish.


The Neurodiversiverse Anthology Call for Submissions

The Neurodiversiverse Anthology
Call for submissions
An alien in a bubble starship.
A human brain glowing with ideas.
A galaxy filled with spreading thoughts.
Edited by Anthony Francis and Liza Olmsted

Thinking Ink Press is excited to be publishing a science fiction anthology edited by Anthony Francis and Liza Olmsted called The Neurodiversiverse Anthology.

Submission Deadline: December 31st, 2023⁠

Submit your stories at www.neurodiversiverse.com.

The universe is filled with aliens—creatures with different histories, cultures, and even biologies—who may seem strange to us. But our world is filled with a diversity of people, many of whom find each other strange. One particular group finds the rest of humanity especially strange: neurodivergent people.⁠

Would neurodivergent folks find themselves at an advantage in dealing with aliens?⁠

Let’s find out.⁠

We want to publish your short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and art exploring encounters between neurodivergent people and neurodivergent aliens. We are looking for:⁠

  • Short stories up to 6k words⁠
  • Flash fiction up to 1k words⁠
  • Poetry up to 100 lines⁠
  • Black-and-white line art illustrations⁠

We are paying $100 per short story, $50 for flash fiction, $50 for poems, and $50-100 for illustrations. 

Check out our full guidelines at www.neurodiversiverse.com, and feel free to share them with your friends who write (or read) science fiction!

The Neurodiversiverse call for submissions imagery uses, with modifications, the Wikimedia Commons images Octopus Eye, Water Drop Single, Cuttlefish and Return to the Veil Nebula under the CC BY 2.0 license, the Brain image under the CC BY 3.0 license, and the M31 the Andromeda Galaxy Killarney Provincial Park Observatory image under the CC BY 4.0 license.

The Hereafter Bytes is in the 2022 Pride StoryBundle!

Note: The Pride StoryBundle event is over. Thank you to everyone who bought a bundle or helped spread the word!

Happy Pride, friends! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

We’re so excited that this year’s Pride StoryBundle includes the funny sci-fi novel The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott, along with 14 other excellent queer SF/F books! You can also choose to donate part of your payment to Rainbow Railroad, which helps LGBTQ+ people escape persecution and violence.

Whether or not you’ve already read & enjoyed The Hereafter Bytes, now’s your chance to check out even more SF/F books with queer characters & themes, carefully curated by Catherine Lundoff and Melissa Scott.

The covers of the 15 SF/F novels featured in the 2022 Pride StoryBundle. Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale.
We're Here edited by C.L. Clark & series editor Charles Payseur.
The Adventure of the Incognita Countess by Cynthia Ward.
Sanctuary by Andi C. Buchanan.
The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones. 
Unfettered Hexes edited by dave ring.
The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum by Cynthia Ward.
It Gets Even Better edited by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin.
The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott.
Water Horse by Melissa Scott.
Friends For Robots by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor.
The Sea of Stars by Nicole Kimberling.
Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore.
Pangs by Jerry L. Wheeler.
Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern.

Go to storybundle.com/pride to get them now

If you’re not familiar with how StoryBundle works, here’s a quick overview:

  1. Support five awesome authors by paying however much you think their work is worth.
  2. If you pay at least $20, you unlock another ten bonus books, including The Hereafter Bytes, for a total of fifteen books!
  3. Read on just about any tablet, ereader, laptop, or even your smartphone.

This StoryBundle will be available through the whole month of June in honor of Pride, and then it’ll be gone forever. Don’t miss out!

Later Series Steampunk ebook deal at Drive Thru Fiction

Our three Later series steampunk anthologies are now available as an ebook bundle at Drive Thru Fiction!

Save $3 and get all three anthologies in all three popular formats: epub, Kindle and PDF.

Visit Drive Thru Fiction for this deal: http://bit.ly/TheLaterAnthologies


Sci Fi Book Launch Party – Replay

In case you missed it, here’s the replay of our launch party for The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott and Luna’s Lament by David Colby.

You can get the books here:
The Hereafter Bytes
Luna’s Lament – The Lunar Cycle, Book 3

And case you wanted to start The Lunar Cycle from the beginning:
Debris Dreams – The Lunar Cycle, Book 1

Meet Izy–developing art for a new Flashcard

Every once in a while we get to work with an artist who is creating an illustration of a new character. This is a collaborative process involving the artist, the author, Thinking Ink, and a graphic designer. It’s fun and exciting to see a character come to life in this way.

Here’s a sneak peak at the initial sketch by Ivreese Tong for the character Izy from The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott. This sketch will become a full color illustration to go with a flash fiction story from Vincent that we’ll be publishing on a postcard. That’s our Flashcard format—flash fiction paired with art on a postcard that you can send in the mail.

This project started out as a stretch reward for our Kickstarter backers, but it’s turning out so well, that after the backers get their rewards, we’re going to keep stocking postcards and they’ll be available for purchase.