November 12th, 2011


The Final Countdown

Kickstarter begins an hourly countdown at 72 hours, it turns out. It’s down to the last 48 now, and the “No Dominion” campaign has broken $16.3K.

This, to put it in perspective, is only $700 less than the most I have been paid as an advance on any single book that I’ve sold to a traditional publisher. Roughly 450 (it’s very close to that number now!) ordinary people have very nearly matched what a New York publishing house pays me.

And it’s market value, too, because what I’m expecting to deliver at this point is on the order of 90,000 words. That’s a novel’s worth of stories, though it’ll be broken up into 3 chapters of a book that doesn’t exist, 4 or 5 short stories, and two novellas. Again for perspective, the Walker Papers novels run between 105-115,000 words, so: yeah. Wow.

I mean, *wow*. I’m completely amazed by this. The campaign’s 400+% funded. I did not see that coming. I really really didn’t. I thought there was a reasonable chance of hitting $12K, because I thought people would want the trade paperback, but I just did *not* expect it to go much beyond that. Holy *beans*, guys.

The “guess what the final # will be, win a short story” contest for patrons is open for another 24 hours or so, so get your guesses in and maybe you’ll get a Walker Papers story of your own. :)

Oh. And also, *laughs* I promised someone on Twitter that if the campaign broke $20K, I would do a video for the patrons of me singing “The Wind Beneath My Wings”. So this is your chance to buy in if you want to see me do that. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)