Kickstarter

Kickstarter News: A Star-Reckoner’s Lot … a Kickstarter to look at!

I made my second start at writing thanks to Kickstarter.  It gave me the funds to move forward, to get my books written, and pushed me forward to be seen and picked up by my publisher.  So when I was approached the other day by another author looking to do the same, I took the time to read through his writing to see if I should help.

Darrell Drake’s been doing some mighty fine cooking.  I’ve read the first few chapters of his current draft and I want to read it all.  I’m going to hold off … but that’s only because I want to save it for the final, clean, fully revised book.  I’ve put some of my very few munnies down on the barrel for this project and I suggest you take a look at it yourself.

Here’s the link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darrelldrake/a-star-reckoners-lot

Monday Musings: Pay It Forward! a.k.a. Helping Your Favorite/Fellow Author

Today’s musings aren’t anything new.  You see, this weekend past I was approached by a fellow author trying to get his book put together.  He needs funding and has taken to the popular crowd-funding approach to do so.  He wanted me to take a look at his book and then, if I liked it, to help him signal boost and help him out.

Now, if any of you ever look at my Twitter feed, you know that I’m not a fan of the mass retweeters out there, who fling constant advertisements about their books and retweeting other ads.  There’s advertisement and promotion … then there’s that continual yelling in your ear.  If I don’t like that, how is this sort of thing involving Kickstarter any different?

It’s the simple difference between a simple request done privately and massive unwanting annoyance.  It’s also the difference between being given the choice, fully informed, to do what I want instead of constantly being tagged to ‘RT PLZ’ or the like.  Helping to signal boost indie authors is one of the primary reasons I started my book reviews to begin with, after all, so backing this kind of approach is my bag of tea.

What this comes down to is that there are right and wrong ways to support your favorite authors.  Should you tell your friends about them?  Sure!  Should you review and rate their books?  Of course!  But you don’t do them any favors by constantly signal-blasting about them.  It’s like any other kind of nagging; it gets old fast.  Instead of making your friends read this favorite author of yours, you will likely make them avoid it like the plague out of sheer annoyance!

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Weekend Update: Just a quick one!

Some quick updates for the weekend!

  • I’m just about at the halfway point of writing for Incorruptible.  It’s been a wild ride and I hope I finish out this first trilogy in a way everyone will enjoy.
  • Felipe informs me that the first Kickstarter reward poster will be done very soon.  I’ll be fulfilling those rewards and then, after a little bit of time, I’ll start having those posters available for purchase.
  • I have been busy this weekend, but there will be a Starving Review next week.
  • Lastly, I’ll be out of town the week after next, from the 26th to the 31st.  New articles will be sparse, but I should get a few in.  I’ll be spending most of that time, though, spending time with my mother and sister who I haven’t seen in, oh, 18?  20? years.

Sneak Peek: Character studies from The Push Chronicles

For those of you who followed the Take 2 Kickstarter, the push goal after we made our main goal was to allow for the design and printing of art posters for both The Push Chronicles and Three Seconds to LegendFelipe de Barros was up for the challenge and has been hard at work!

Felipe wanted the chance to draw more of the cast of both series and include them in the posters, so I’m proud to show some of his character studies as a nice sneak peek at the coming posters.  The first round is a Kickstarter exclusive, but I’ll be putting them up for sale through an outlet I have yet to determine after they have received theirs.  Now, without further ado, studies for Extinguisher and Medusa from The Push Chronicles:

studies_1 studies_2

Kickstarter News: It’s over and we won!

Though it was fully funded on day 1, so this isn’t a super huge shock.  It’s still pretty awesome to have pulled it off and it will ensure that the writing will go on and gain more traction!

Thank you to everyone who shared, liked, and spread the word about the Kickstarter!  Every bit helped!

Now, it’s time to plan!

One day to go: Kickstarter Take 2 ends in 24ish hours!

The title says it all!

The good part is that we have already met and exceeded our initial goal.  Hurray!

The bad part is that we are just INCHES from a $750 stretch goal.  $15 US from not only funding more work, but netting all the contributors free posters with the book art and two special works done exclusively for the Kickstarter.

So, if you want to contribute, now is the time!  If you can’t contribute, share!

You can check out the project by clicking the My Kickstarter tab at the top of this blog or by clicking HERE.

Kickstarter TAKE 2: Now with a Video and Life-like Expectations ™!

So it’s on now.  I’ve revamped the project with up-to-date art and info, as well as a project video.

Also, I lowered the goal to under what we raised last time so ….

Let’s do it!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021763596/the-push-chronicles-and-three-seconds-to-legend-ta

Close but …

… no cigar.  The Kickstarter has just ended and we came up short.  I’ll be honest, though, I am impressed that we did raise over $750 US … not bad for a starving author who has only just been published.

There’s hope for the future, though.  And as many of you know, we authors are nothing if not resilient.  Picking myself back up and getting back on the bike, here are the plans for the future:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021763596/the-push-chronicles-and-three-seconds-to-legend/posts/988062

Kickstarter Update: You are probably sick of it but … 24 hours to go!

I’ll be frank.

I’m sure you don’t read this blog to hear me beg and plead for Kickstarter donations.  You want to read about writing, politics, or my novels, right?  So, with that said, I apologize ahead of time for this, but …

OMFG!  24 hours to go!  Not there yet!  *runs in circles, pinwheeling arms, until collapsing in a twitching heap*

If you had ever considered donating, even a little, but were procrastinating, now is the time to stop that and chip in.  We aren’t to the last minute yet but …. that isn’t far off.

Weekend Update: Second editions done, incoming sequels, and OMG! Kickstarter deadline!

This week has been a good one, for the most part.

My dog is doing well now and I have gotten both the second editions of Indomitable and The Opening Bell published!  Both excellent things and only the first steps to a lot more nice things coming down the aisle.  Now it’s on towards publishing some sequels, which should come by the end of the month.

In addition, I’ve gotten some nice reviews this week so the support and validation make for a happy writer.

The last big knot of anxiety is my Kickstarter.  If it doesn’t succeed, well, it will be a blow to the self-esteem, but not the end of the world.  The books will publish and I will undoubtedly open a second Kickstarter with a lower goal, more in line with what I have proven I can raise.  Still, if you read this and want to support it, there’s only 68 some hours left to do so.  We are so close to the goal, it’s still not out of sight!

Hope your week and weekend are going as well!