A few hours ago the kickstarter for my novel Saviors was launched and, as of now, it has raised $320. As someone who is thrilled when I have enough money to spend on a paperback book, I’m frankly astonished. And if the novel actually reaches the $1,500 goal, I’ll probably faint. Beyond that, serious medical attention might be required.
I’ve recently read a number of great books, including Suite Francaice, Fire in the Blood, Jezebel, The Night Circus, Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe, and Prelude to Foundation (all of which I highly recommend), so I am hoping to write at least two (possibly three) posts on them in the coming week. But for now, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my blog and supporting my writing. And, of course, I wanted to talk about Saviors.
I’ll be blunt: I have wanted to publish novels for as long as I’ve been able to think. Childhood friends might remember me orally telling (and performing) fantasy adventures, high school classmates might recall the first novels I wrote, and those who have known me over the last year might recall evenings when I refused to go out because I needed to work on a chapter. Or maybe you’ve seen one of my youtube videos or just “met” me through this blog. Regardless, writing means more to me than anything and all I want is to share my stories with others. That’s why I’m eager to use kickstarter rather than go through a more traditional route. My hope is that, through kickstarter and social media in general, I can reach people like you who are truly interested in my work. To paraphrase Joss Whedon, I’d rather have a thousand people who really loved my stories (and with whom I could interact with and help whenever and however I could) than a million fans on facebook who were only mildly interested in anything I produced.
I want this kickstarter to be the start of something big. If Saviors is successful enough, I will undoubtedly use kickstarter again to fund the next novel (which I’ve already started working on – it’s tentatively titled Dust Covered Dreams) and I’m also considering finishing up work on a graphic novel. But beyond any specific projects, I want to really get to know my readers and help them out. Whether I can help by reading material or in some other way, I am just excited at the prospect of really engaging with a larger community.
That’s all I can really say for now – check out my previous blog post for more info on the novel or just watch the video on the kickstarter page. I’ve provided the links below.
Thanks again for everything and I’ll keep you all posted!