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Yesterday I finished the 1st draft of my second novel “The Ship”. The word count came in at 139, 345. A bit high I admit, but a damn sight better than what my first novel “The Bridge” came in at. That sucker wound up in 195,000 words. Man did that puppy need some serious editing and rewriting. I finally got it down to 102,000 words before I finally released it. Yeah, I practically took a chainsaw to that sucker.
Well, I just got the official word from Kickstarter that my crowd-funding project failed. No surprise really, not since I told everyone I considered it over already a few days ago. Will I try another Kickstarter down the road? Quite likely. It was a good experience I felt. Also, I got a number of good compliments on the video I made for it, which also pleases me.
For those who don’t know, I began running a Vlog (video blog) about a year or two ago, but haven’t touched it in a long time. I may start creating more videos just for giggles. I’ve had several comedic ideas in mind for some time, but just haven’t had the time or inclination to get out and shoot some new material. For the most part, I tried to make my videos informative (usually about writing or being creative). But when I look back on what I did in the past, they were very informative, but static. A guy sitting there and talking at you. Whereas my Kickstarter video I put a lot more thought into angles, a bit of a script, and even a few visual effects. Nothing by Hollywood’s standards, but it was definitely more fun to watch. If I could add some more comedy touches to it, I might have something a bit more fun for people to watch.
The few where I did add comedy were my most popular videos in the past. And I’ve often been told I have a good sense of timing and comedy, so we’ll see. I’ve already got one idea for a Christmas video to a very amusing song which I definitely want to put together for this coming December.
But I digress. I learned a lot from my Kickstarter experience and will probably employ it again down the road. One of the things I learned was to be more careful about the timing. Starting one up around Christmas was a BIG mistake. A number of people wanted to contribute, but times are still hard and they didn’t have much to spare and I understood this. That was my bad and it won’t happen again.
Do I recommend Kickstarter or crowd-sourcing to other writers and other creative minds who are trying to raise money to help finance a project. Absolutely YES! It’s worth a shot and the most you’ll lose out on is time, but you will gain insight about your idea. Was my book a bad idea? Not in the least. I know a lot of people are out there chomping at the bit to get their hands on it when I release the book. Some of you may be saying, “If that’s the case why didn’t any of them help fund your Kickstarter?” Once more I point to TIMING! Even when the book comes out, they may not be able to buy it right away, depending on their finances. But they will buy it eventually.
I’ve noticed books with artwork do pretty well on Kickstarter (children’s books, comics, original artwork books, etc). I think partly because the contributors can see more of what they’re money would be going into, plus a lot of artists can offer original pages or images as part of the rewards they offer contributors.
All I had to offer were copies of my book in various formats (Nook, Kindle, PDF, signed paperback copies, 1st editions, and even the artwork that became the book’s cover).
Also, keep in mind the levels you make available for people to contribute. Don’t just aim really high, aim low too. My goal was $600, if I had 300 people give at $1, then another 60 give $5, I would’ve made it. Remember, it’s a bit of a numbers game. Not everyone will be able to donate a huge amount, but a large number of small ones can take far enough to hit your goal. Just make sure you get the word out there. Kickstarter isn’t going to spread the word for you. That’s YOUR job!
I know this is a lot to take in, but that’s why I’m posting it here. So you can refer back to it again and again. Part of my creating this blog was so others could learn what worked and what didn’t as I travel this road to become a well known author. There’s still a lot of the journey ahead of me, so stay with me. There’s still a lot more experiences I have to share with you.
And remember, if you go the crowd-sourcing way keep in mind the time of year. You may not want to start one around April 15th when people may be having to find money to pay the Tax Man and whatnot. Think about what may be going on in the lives of others. Now the the major holidays over may be a good time to start putting your project together and getting it out there. Will I re-release my project again? Possibly. But it won’t be a for a few months if I do. I’ve pushed the release date back to late May to try and get “THE SHIP” out there as the perfect time for a nice book to read during the summer, which is when the story is taking place. They say timing is everything.
So until next time, take care and keep writing everyone.
Greetings everyone. I wish to make a couple of announcements.
First, after careful consideration and evaluating where things are at, I’ve decided to aim for releasing the book in time for June. This way people can enjoy it as part of their Summer reading.
As a result of this decision I’m declaring the Kickstarter a failure and ended. Mind you, I am not angry or upset by this. In fact I think it may be a blessing in disguise. I will have more time to rework the book and possibly have some Beta-testers read it to get a better idea how my unpaid team and I do at getting it edited as best we can. If there still seem to be a lot of problems, then I may try another Kickstarter or find another way to raise the money for a professional editor.
I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who did pledge to the Kickstarter. The Kickstarter was not going to succeed, but I do appreciate your belief in me and your support.
Remember “THE SHIP” is still coming. I am not giving up on it. I’m just giving myself more time and breathing space to get it in the best shape possible. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.
ALSO: I will be appearing in an anthology being printed over in England soon, so I’ll keep you all appraised about that as I hear more on that front.
On a final note, I will also be releasing another book later this year. “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” which is destined for a Christmas release, since that will be the time frame of the story. In the meantime, you can read entries by the characters on my blog that is dedicated to that novel. Keep in mind, the entries you read online will NOT be appearing in the novel. They are merely to help prospective readers become a little more familiar with the characters and their histories, before the book comes out. After all, I can only fit so much into one book. (grin)
Thanks for your attention and support. Take care and keep writing everyone.
Well gang, I’ve got one week left in my Kickstarter for getting “The Ship” professionally edited. Right now it’s sitting at 55% funded. $330.00 have been pledged, but there’s still another $270.00 needed to make the goal.
Will it happen? I don’t know. If it doesn’t, then it’s back to the drawing board and try to do the best I can with my backup team and the release date will be pushed back again. Not my favorite option, but whatever will be, will be.
If you want to make a pledge there’s still 7 days left. No monies change hands unless the goal is met. Remember, pledging is like reserving your own copy of the book. Everyone who pledges will be receiving either an e-version or a paperback depending on the level you can pledge.
Before I get into promoting my new blog, I thought I should explain myself to you all. The reason why I’ve created “The Vampire Blogs” was simple. It’s part experiment, and part story building. With the popularity of vampires in books, it was only a matter of time before I found myself getting drawn in, although I had sworn to avoid the genre. Yet, like any writer, I couldn’t help speculating on ”Well, if I did a vampire story, I’d make it more original and do this, this and this…” Naturally, an idea came and began to snowball on me.
I wanted to keep most if not all the typical strengths and weaknesses of the traditional vampire, while at the same time making such a being fit into my Para-Earth Series world. The being I would have a reasonable explanation for the various abilities such as shape-shifting, turning into mist, etc. I would also give him a few new traits that fit with the being I had made him out of. I won’t go into any more details at this point, because I don’t want to spoil things for the readers of the novel when it comes out.
So, I created Nathaniel and made him into a vampire. Is he good or bad? Well, I’ll let you all find out over at the other blog and in the book. He’s human, let’s say that much. He can be good or bad like any person. It all depends on how he’s treated and if he’s pushed too far.
Still, none of this answers the original question of why I created an actual blog for a novel that isn’t going to be ready until December. The answer is very simple. I wanted to see if I could generate a lot of interest for the book, by giving my prospective audience and chance to get to know some of the characters in advance. To let the readers inside these people’s heads and know where they’re coming from and what kind of lives they’ve led. Remember, like in any book, these lives are going to be turned upside down and forever changed by the end of the novel. Whether these changes are going to be for good or for bad, only time and the novel will tell.
But there was also a secondary purpose for creating the blog. It is going to help me as a writer to get to know these characters as well. I’ll have time to really figure out who they are, what events have shaped them, and what are their hopes and dreams. I’ve encountered so many people who always wanted to know more about certain characters in books we’ve both read, but sadly the authors don’t always have the time to give us more. Unless the writer is doing a long series, there are always so many unanswered questions about the people we meet within the pages of those books. Maybe the author doesn’t even have all the answers, I know I didn’t sometimes. So this time, I hope to have those answers and can share them in advance with all of you.
Whether or not this experiment is a success or failure, time will tell. But you’re all invited to come along for the ride and see what happens. Please leave feedback here or over at ”The Vampire Blogs”, because I’m looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on what they are seeing.
I just finished putting up a new entry there today, where my lead character “Nathaniel Steward” has just finished his first entry. Come and meet the vampire who I hope will capture your hearts and minds…
“The Vampyre Blogs” are here. Click below to get your first glimpse into the life of the first vampire from the Para-Earth Series. Feedback and comments are welcome and encouraged.
Well, 2013 was a rollercoaster of a year for me. There were some great highs but an awful lot of lows that really made this a tough one for me.
Losing my father-in-law was probably the hardest thing to go through. I looked up to that man so much and he gave me such great advice and encouragement. To watch him fight the good fight and then lose to something other than the cancer, was gut-wrenching. However, to see my wife’s family pull together and know I was a part of them, helped a lot. As did this Christmas. This was the first one without him and was going to be especially hard for my mother-in-law. Helen (my wife) and I had her and my brother-in-law over here for the holiday where we decked out the place and managed to create a magical Christmas in which it felt like he was right there with us the whole time. We all felt his presence, and that made me feel so much better.
My debut novel “The Bridge” came out and 1477 copies were grabbed up. Most of these were thanks to free e-book giveaways (about 1370) by my count. Was it worth doing that? I think so, because as a 1st time author I needed to get my product and my name out there. I’m hoping this will translate to a large number of people willing to actually buy the second book when it comes out in March 2014. Because I won’t be doing free promo-giveaways again because in order to do that, I’d have to first release the book to Amazon only for 3 months. That would leave all my Nook, Apple and Sony e-reader fans waiting on the sidelines. I don’t like that idea, it seems unfair to my audience and I cannot operate that way. I care about the people that are interested in reading my work.
Foolish? Maybe. Idealistic? Certainly. But that’s couple of things that make me who I am.
For 2014 I’m hoping to put out at least 2 new books. ”The Ship” of course in March. Then I’ll be introducing a new set of characters and their first story in December. ”The Vampire Blogs” will be my first Christmas story. My protagonist will be a blood-sucker with most, if not all, the usual powers and weaknesses and no sparkling. He will also be a good-guy. I have plans of starting a blog dedicated to events in his and the other characters lives before the book actually comes out to give the audience sneak preview into the workings of their minds and how life shapes their personalities. Please let me know if you like this idea in the comments section below. Most of what will be shown in the blog will probably not show up in the book, so these ‘blog’ entries will be an added treat for my readers.
Depending on my schedule in the coming months, I might have a third book come out which will involve Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie once again and take up where both “The Bridge” and “The Ship” leave off. Little hint for everyone about the final scene coming up in “The Ship”. Hee-hee…
I will be attending more classes at my local Community College starting in Feb., with the hopes of entering University in the Fall of 2014. We’ll see how everything goes and how life is treating me. The amount of free time I have will have a definite impact on how much writing I get done. So keep your fingers crossed for me. I’m dedicated to getting “The Ship” and “The Vampire Blogs” out for certain.
Other goals and dreams for 2014 involve spending more time with my wife and hoping our financial situation improves so we can get out and try more things. Kayaking, Parasailing, Ballroom Dance and other activities have long been on our list of what we’d like to try or do more of. We’ll see how things go.
So, as 2013 comes to a close, I pray the coming months are kind and treat you all even better than the last 12 have. More writing tips will be coming soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you must travel please be safe and stay well.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL… and keep writing.
Well, with 2 weeks left, it looks like my Kickstarter is going to fail. Really bad timing on my part I’m afraid. I’ve gotten a number of compliments on the video I did for it. But, it just wasn’t the right time to do something like this.
So what’s going to happen if it fails? Simple, I’ve assembled some more people I can trust to help me edit the upcoming book ourselves. My current Beta-readers are telling me they’ve seen a big improvement in my writing style compared to my first novel. They say I’ve matured and the editing problems they’ve seen are much fewer. I seemed to have learned a lot from my first go and they are still reading the first draft. So, that says a lot I think.
One of them is a published author and is going to come and stay with us in January and we’re really going to go over the entire 2nd book and do some serious editing together. I hope the final result will be really pleasing to all.
To the editor I had lined up, all I can say is. We’ll see what happens on the next one. I still want to work with you, but finances are just not going to let it happen just yet. Fingers crossed that the efforts me and my team put in help to make “The Ship” a big success.
In the meantime, here’s the link for the Kickstarter. After all there’s still 2 weeks left. If it happens great, if it doesn’t, at least you all know I have a back up plan. Enjoy the holiday season everyone.