Here you go. Your chance to help a fellow writer get their book into the world.
Yes, Ripley has started a Kickstarter project to help get her book published at a standard she can be proud of (including professional editing and cover design – done by my fellow Dunedin Writers’ Workshopper Kura Carpenter). It’s the sort of thing I will likely have to do, too, although I think there is a New Zealand alternative (for tax purposes it’s simpler, I assume).
I haven’t looked into it for myself, yet – I’m still holding out for this competition to maybe earn me a critique. But, if I’m honest, I’m not holding my breath. Even if I have a good and marketable story, I suspect my story isn’t a good fit for the judge of the competition, so I can see it slipping by just on that point. I was thinking about it earlier this afternoon, actually. I’m a little concerned because I have written a fantasy story. But it’s probably heavier in romance that the traditional popular fantasies … but, then I remember reading a Lois McMaster Bujold story, and it was pretty heavy on the romance … I didn’t love it, actually, but a lot of people do. Anyway, my point is that I can see how a traditional publisher might pass on my story for the difficulty in easily marketing it. But then, that’s one reason why I’m considering going indie. Still, I will need to find a market for it. Hmmm. I’m kind of hoping a few good Goodreads reviews will help. But I’m betting there’s more to it than that!
So, right, where was I … Yes. If you can mange it, please go and support Ripley. She is the reason there is a Speculative Fiction community in New Zealand. I plan to add my own pledge. But as we are having trouble paying our credit card bill at the moment, but have a loan due to be paid off next month, I’m going to wait to try to line it up with next month’s credit card bill … It’s not perfect, but it gives me the illusion that we’ll be able to afford it! But I’ll feel kind of stink if I go asking others for money in a month or two’s time if I haven’t been generous myself. Anyway, I’m hoping to make up what I can’t afford to pledge by drumming up extra support from you guys … (o: Any help you give will help me feel better for what I can’t offer at this time.
And good night.
2nd December 2012 Update: Ghost Hand is now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook!
- Cryoburn – Lois McMaster Bujold (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Author Spotlight: SF and Fantasy Writer Lois McMaster Bujold (siripaulson.wordpress.com)
- What’s the difference between capturing an emotion and creating a mood? (io9.com)
- Looking for new novels – flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters (ask.metafilter.com)