Why Kickstarter

Why I’m Running With Kickstarter

There is a paperback version of Memoirs of a Gigolo Omnibus. I mostly put it together through Createspace so I could have a copies to submit for copyrighting. A few people have asked me if I am selling signed copies. I am. But it is ruinously expensive to pay for the books and shipping in advance of sale, so I’m trying something different. I’m throwing the doors open and inviting anyone that wants a copy to help me reach the goal of funding a Kickstarter project. 
I almost didn’t go down this road. Temptation crooked its finger at me last fall, then I dropped the idea after I saw a couple of Kickstarter projects that left me nervous. I’ve met a few writers trolling around twitter and Facebook who have had Kickstarter projects. The one that sticks out the most in my memory is a first time novelist (writing something about fallen angels or vampires – I don’t really remember) who was seeking somewhere around $20k to help her edit and publish her first book. It wasn’t even written. She’d never written anything before. But she had a vision. And tote bags. I love vision and I admire ambition. I’m ambitious. It’s one of the things I like about myself. I’m also tenacious and more than a bit scrappy. Top that with the fact I’m no quitter and I’ve got what it takes to survive the maelstrom that is the publishing world. 
I’m also willing to work like a bitch to get my work out there and never ever have I expected someone to come along and fund my vision for me. So why I am going to Kickstarter and asking for funding? I need capital to pay for books and shipping. I would love to be able to front the cash to pay to have books printed so I can ship them out when I receive funds through Paypal, but I don’t. I also don’t want to buy a whole bunch of books and have them sitting around my house unsold, a constant reminder that madame wasn’t quite as popular as she thought she was. Like a lot of writers I have a day job, but that just helps me with the three basics. I don’t have the money to pay for a bunch of books from Createspace that I may never sell. Kickstarter gives me the opportunity to offer up paperback copies of the Omnibus to whomever wants to buy one.
I like a lot about Kickstarter, but there are a few things that leave me scratching my head. The things I do like are numerous. It’s public, it’s honest, it provides me with a transparent platform to offer up copies of my book in exchange for guaranteed support. What I don’t like is minimal and speaks to my fussiness. I’ve noticed in the fiction offerings there are some pretty out there rewards. $5k to be a named character in a book. $10k to meet the author. I don’t think I’d be comfortable asking for that kind of money or even receiving it. My biggest reward is $25 for two paperbacks and the max I’m seeking for funding is $200. $5 will get you a signed cover postcard and my eternal thanks. This is not huge. $20k to have dinner with me is just weird. (I’d do it for $5K!)
$1 for an electronic copy of one of my books is the low end of what I have on offer. This seems reasonable to me and my costs don’t justify asking for thousands. Granted I’m relying on friends for editing and computer help, I do my own covers, and I think I’m making about five cents and hour return on my time investment. This is a labor of love at the moment. I could ask for $10k or even $20k for professional editing, marketing, computer, and layout design, but I’m not going to do that. In the end I truly believe it’s about the story and not the hype or swag. If the reviews Memoirs has received on Amazon are any indication, then I’ve got something worth reading on my hands. If you’d like a paperback copy please have a look at my Kickstarter project.

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