Kickstarter – for first time novelists?

There’s an author whom I noticed some time ago doing a kickstarter campaign to help fund their novel. Lots of authors do this and I’ve happily contributed to campaigns that have helped raise funds for copy editing, new cover art, what have you. This one caught my eye though because it was raising money for a book that hadn’t been completed yet. Or even started.

I read the description over and over, looking for the part I must have missed but nope, it wasn’t there. To be fair, they do have a lot of publishing credits, just never a novel. The part that really surprised the hell out of me is that they actually got their funding, though.

I’m not knocking them for it, I think it’s impressive that they were able to convince people to fund them. It is a heck of a lot more bold than I could be though. I can’t imagine the pressure I’d feel to produce after so many people invested in something I hadn’t made yet.

And yes, I’ve been deliberately vague about who this author is, I don’t want to embarrass them or make them feel like I’m singling them out. I’m more interested in the concept than the person behind it anyways. Ultimately, I don’t see this as being much different from a first-time business owner asking for crowdfunding. It seems like a bigger risk on the part of the investor but as long as they’re cool with that then more power to them.

Well, what do you think? Would you fund a first time author? If you are a first timer, would you risk asking people for money before you had anything to show them?

Morning Cuppa – 02/19/13 – Cinematic Titanic quits! Neil Gaiman writing more Sandman! Crowdfunding publishing!

I’m back from vacation and heading back to work this morning, but am happy to say that I’ve begun writing a new project. Not sure where it’s going yet but I’m hoping I can take it either into a novella or into a full, novel length adventure. Time will tell.

    • The folks at Cinematic Titanic have announced that they’re hanging it up after their touring commitments this year. The project, which feels like it just started to me is celebrating its fifth year. They’ve never done any touring in my neck of the woods so I never had the opportunity to see them live.
    • Is crowdfunding the future of indie publishing? This commentary/interview looks at the successes of anthologies and the failures of standalone books. I think that it’s hard to get anything crowdfunded on the publishing end unless you’ve got a celeb/noteworthy name or two tied to the project.
    • Neil Gaiman is writing more Sandman. Holy crap.