Book Tour with author copy purchase

$2,050 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 21 months

This is one of the best short story collections I've read in years, and it should be required reading for anyone who's trying to understand America in 2017."
—Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean (Penguin)

About the Campaign:
This is pretty simple. You can pre-order my new book here at a discounted price of $20, and recieve a signed copy in the mail, from me,  just before the book is released in stores.

(Make sure to select the "reward" you want on the right, and enter your mailing address!  $20, equals one book, $40, two books, and so on, with some special discount packages. )

Proceeds from the pre-order sales on  Go Fund Me go directly to me, the author, to help cover the costs not covered by the press, of the upcoming book tour and additional promotion. 

The Discount:
“Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country," (short fiction) is a 200 page hardcover, which is being released by Seven Stories Press in May, 2017 (distributed by Random House).

It will retail for $25 (with tax) in stores, and you can pre-purchase it here tax free, at a discount, for $20.00 per copy, or select from one the special discount and reward packages, some of which include first edition copies of my two previous books. 

About the Book:

It's "Murakami meets the meth heads. Reader, you have never before seen anything like this."
- Samantha Hunt (National Book Foundation Award Winner)

“Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country” (short fiction) paints a vivid image of the bizarre characters that live on the fringes in America’s heartland. They don't do what you expect them to do. These aren't typical stories of triumph over adversity, but something completely other. 

The eight stories in this literary collection present a brilliantly surreal and sardonic landscape and language, and offer a periscope into the heart of the rural poor.

Among the singular characters, you'll meet: a “zombie” who secretly resides in a local cemetery; a queer teen goth facing ostracism from her small town evangelical church; a woman who leaves New York City once a year to visit her little brothers in the backwoods Midwest, only to discover they’ve been having trouble with some meth dealers and UFOs that trouble the area. In the backdrop of all the stories are the endless American wars and occupations, overshadowed, for these characters, by the many early deaths of their friends and family, that occur regularly, for a whole host of reasons.

Chavisa Woods' Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is part Flannery O'Connor, part Kelly Link: darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic. - Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean (Penguin)

Thank You
This is my first first hardcover release. Seven Stories Press has invested a lot in me, and this book, and I think it can be quite successful.  Thank you for supporting contemporary literature, and helping me fund a more extensive book tour. 


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Alert. I have found that GOFUNDME conflated at least one mailing address with a billing address and the book was not received.

I just want to let everyone know, that if you have not received a book you ordered, you should have by now, so please, if you have not received it, email me with you mailing address at

Thank you for your support.
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If any donors did not yet receive the books they ordered, or if there was any issue with your order (package or number of books) please contact me at

All of the books should have now been received. I hope you are enjoying them.

Thank you all so much for your support.
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All the books have been sent out from all orders. If you have not received your book within 5 days, please email me at

Thank you for your support.
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Hello everyone.

I am back from the first round of touring. Books purchased while I was traveling will be sent out at the end of this week. Thank you all so much for your support.

Also, If you have read "Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country" and enjoyed it, please consider leaving a review and rating it on Amazon and Goodreads.

These ratings and reviews really do impact book sales, and can give a book published by mid-sized presses a serious boost if they do well there.
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Raised by 76 people in 21 months
Created February 7, 2017
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Jonathan Bannister
16 months ago

Heard about the book from this list: Can't wait to read!

Christine Hughes
17 months ago

Charissa, looking forward to sinking into this!!

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