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 – 03/29/13 – Kickstarter! Game of Thrones! Geek & Sundry!

Happy Friday folks, some of you are off on holiday and I consider you to be amongst the most foul and dispica– SORRY ABOUT THAT! My cat wrote that last part, hehe, silly kitty. Think of me as you sit around not working.  I MEAN IT! Oh and if you have HBO, you could make up for the fact that I have to work today by inviting me over for some Game of Thrones on Sunday.

  • MCA Hogarth (who was featured a little earlier this year on this blog) has a post up on the Science Fiction Writer’s Association website about Kickstarter, is it the right thing for the project you’re working on? She would know, having successfully funded five of her own in a single year. She’s even written a book about kickstarting.
  • If you’re as jazzed as I am that the new season of Game of Thrones starts up this Sunday, maybe you should consider having a dinner party themed around the show. Eatocracy has an article and full menu to inspire your tastebuds and your imagination while you watch along on Sunday.
  • SF Signal has the lineup for Geek and Sundry season 2. I’m interested in seeing what Felicia’s Ark will be about. It’s also exciting to see them try out their first animated series (though the musical element doesn’t appeal to me very much). And naturally, the big one in their stable since The Guild is (apparently) over, Table Top! Cheers to her and hoping that it’s another successful year.

Morning Cuppa – 03/18/13 – UnGeeks episode 5! Kickstarter! Free book!

It’s Monday and you’re boo-hoo-ing in your Cheerio’s about it and possibly vurping up corned beef and cabbage. Take a gander at what I’ve got on tap today to get that spring back in your step…

  • There’s a new episode of the podcast I do every week(-ish) up, Unqualified Geeks. This week we have guest ungeek and Omar’s brother, Jared joining the fun. We talk about Kickstarter, Veronica Mars, graphene-based super batteries, and more!
  • The Kickstarter discussion came about because of my frustration with people who start them without considering the end date but then the Veronica Mars kickstarter created a bit of a stir. The biggest question seemed to be, why do we need to kickstart something that a major corporation will profit from? Chuck Wendig responds on his blog about this today.
  • Whatever your opinion is of Dan Brown and his specific brand of thriller, I find it interesting that Doubleday is giving away free copies of The Da Vinci Code as a promo for his upcoming release, The Inferno. While the promotion is live, from the 17th-24th, you can find out how to download the free copy from Dan Brown’s website.

Kickstarting a new way to publish

As someone employed in the media profession, I keep an eye on new trends but also wait for them to fall apart (I know, I know, call me a cynic if you must). Which is why, when everyone started going crazy talking about Kickstarter lately for that very reason, I tried to stay away. My feelings were reinforced when some outstanding flops started cropping up. The Amanda Palmer imbroglio has also been an interesting issue to follow.

But then something happened. My mood shifted. It may have just been from over-saturation or it may have been when I heard about outstanding success of the Ouya gaming platform. Or who could forget the bullied school bus monitor that received over $500,000 on the competing site Indiegogo?Continue Reading