The Patron and Kickstarter method of funding life and projects.
More and more we are seeing writers and others in arts and science go to the public for assistance for everything from funding a film, to producing an anthology, to creating a comic book, to producing a new battery to run cars, to making a watch, which surely must contain a genie who has magical flatulence to support the cost required by the startup money needed. Some projects are so successful that they fund hundreds to millions of dollars over the startup capital needed to produce the … whatever it is.
I’ve used this method myself, using Kickstarter to fund the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. We were successful. We finished the project. It was grueling and I’ll never do it again because it was the “Project from Hell,” which I’ve written about here and won’t bore you with it […]
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Welcome to a special release-day edition of Quick-Tip Tuesday. Today is the official publication day for Shadow’s Blade, book III of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson (following Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes). I have a giveaway going on my Facebook page; my publisher, Baen Books, is giving away five copies on Goodreads; I’ve been posting teasers from the book and last week I recorded an interview for the Baen podcast. Pretty standard release time stuff.
I love this book and this series, and would very much like to write more in the Fearsson universe, so if you have not yet started reading the Fearsson books, please consider picking them up and giving them a read. And if you have been reading them (thank you!) and have been waiting with bated breath for this newest volume to drop, now’s a great time to order your copy. We’ll wait. [Cue […]
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Okay, I’ll admit, I rarely see anything good about mornings. I firmly believe that morning exist only to keep night and afternoon from bumping into each other too much and getting muddled about. At this point in my writer’s journey I’ve firmly embraced my role as one of the “night people,” and as such, kinda hate mornings.
Except I get a lot done when the house is quiet. And I get a lot of kitty time.
Because the internet is for cats. And if it’s good enough for Scalzi, it’s good enough for me.
One of the things I talk about a lot at conventions and at writing groups is writing for anthologies. I participate in a fair number of anthologies each year. Not nearly as many as Gail, but my fair share. I also edit anthologies, and now, in my new role as Publisher of Falstaff […]
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For the last couple of months I’ve been talking about self-publishing my first indie title. At the bottom of this post, I’ll put links to the other three parts in case you missed them and want to go back and have a look.
The Incubus Job released a little over a week ago and I want to talk about a couple of miscellaneous issues that I ran into in the process. Things I learned, as it were.
First, where to upload to and setting up accounts. The most major outlet is hands-down Amazon. If you aren’t selling there, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Typically you make 70% if you price above $2.99 and 30% if you price below. You can go into the KDP Select program, which potentially will pay more and pays according to how much of your work is read. To join that program, you cannot […]
Continue reading Self-publishing Part 4
How many of you have complete manuscripts that you have yet to send out for publication? A lot of you, I’d wager. For some of you it might be a novel that you’ve finished but want to revise one more time. Or maybe two more times . . . For others it might be a short story, or several. All of them are finished, but none of them feels quite ready. You can’t imagine showing them to an editor, at least not yet. One more pass. Just a little more revising and polishing.
And you may be right. The works in question might need a bit more work. Or they might not. For all you know, they’re ready now. For all you know, the only thing standing between you and that first sale, is your reluctance to let go of your work.
I see this a lot with aspiring writers. […]
Continue reading Quick Tip Tuesday: A Challenge to All — Time to Take the Plunge!
Happy Day-After-Valentine’s Day, Y’all! Picking up where we left off, let’s talk about small presses. (I know it isn’t a rose or candy, but it’s good info.)
With stores ordering fewer and fewer books, publishing houses publishing fewer and fewer books, and more and more readers ordering electronic books (the book purchasing percentages of the Jane Yellowrock series are now 81% electronic) we have more and more writers, even high midlist name writers, looking at small presses. Herewith are a few of the Pros (prose?) and Cons of the SMALL PRESS.
Cons 1. No books on bookstore shelves 2. Poor likelihood of library purchases 3. Poor likelihood that the small press will work with distributors like Baker & Taylor and Ingram’s 4. Which makes it difficult for indie bookstores and chains to even know about your book 5. Few small presses even put out an electronic catalogue 6. Small presses […]
Continue reading The Beginning of the End Part 3 — The Small Press
So last time we were together, I told you that you weren’t going to make any money hand-selling books at conventions, that conventions were a money-losing proposition anyway, and that the only reason any of us ever go to conventions is on the off chance that lovely Canadians will bring us booze to our panels or we’ll get to show Nicholas Brendan where the men’s room is.
Both of those things have happened, only one to me, but I was there for both. The Canadians with alcohol was far less surreal than Xander not being able to find the loo. But I digress.
No, really, I digress. It’s what I do, like teachers teach, or painters paint or doctors…dock? Yeah, that off-the-wall Christopher Durang reference doesn’t work even for me (but if you’ve seen or read For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls there’s like a 5% chance you’ll remember the […]
Continue reading How to Sell Books at Conventions, Part 2