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23 December 2010 @ 12:21 pm
The (possible) 2011 Old Races Project  

Okay, so I just hit 20K on “Year of Miracles” and am feeling pretty confident of delivering it on New Year’s Eve. Yay!

What this means to me in terms of traditional publication is that I’m shortly going to have another anchor piece for a collection. Being me, though, I don’t want to propose a collection to any potential editor until I’ve got it at least fifty percent done. Also being me, I know that as much as I might want to, I’m extremely unlikely to write the necessary stories unless I’m in some way getting paid for them.

So this is what I’m thinking of doing: creating a year-long subscription program to a half dozen Old Races stories, with a new story being delivered every other month starting in February. Buy in later in the year and you’ll get all the stories written up to that point all at once, then the rest as they’re delivered to everybody.

I’d set a minimum buy-in for this, either $10 or $15 (I’m tempted to go with $15, simply because that’s the average people seem to pay, but I dunno). Willing to hear thoughts on the topic.

In the longer term, I’d also send print copies to those people who bought into both the short story subscriptions and “Year of Miracles” once I get a traditional publisher for the collection. This is probably not entirely fair to people who didn’t have a chance to buy into “Year of Miracles”. I’m open to suggestion about how to deal with that–I said unless YoM hit novel-length (which right now I don’t think it will) I wouldn’t have a resale opportunity for it, so unless I go back on that, people are kinda screwed on the print copy opportunity. Is that unfair or is it just the way the cookie crumbles?

What do you think, my loyal readers? Is the Old Races Project worth doing?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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R. Stuartwood_dragon on December 23rd, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Is the Old Races Project worth doing? I'd earmark money for it right away. :-)
pgwfolcpgwfolc on December 23rd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Big fan of the Old Races. A year's worth of stories for $15? $2.50/story? I'd call that a pretty sweet deal. Count me in! Like I said on Twitter, I'd pay more than that!
pgwfolcpgwfolc on December 23rd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
P.S. Congrats on your Miraculous progress. :)
Rachie: fangirlsrachie203 on December 23rd, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
I think $15 is a very reasonable starting price for six stories and would be happy to pay it.

As for the fairness bit, perhaps anybody who wants the print versions but didn't buy into both can pay a higher minimal fee - say $20-$25 dollars? That brings their cost up to the range of what others paid in, and gives them the option to buy in for the print edition even though they would have been able to under the "buy both" stipulation.
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really good idea for the print version option. Thank you!
Lady Doomlithera on December 23rd, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest that. Make a printed copy a premium level donoation, as it were. And I'm totally in like Flynn.
Natural20natural20 on December 23rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere I would sign up to that, and likely pay more.
dqg_nealdqg_neal on December 23rd, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'd buy in. My Kindle needs some content that isn't work related.
Cally Beck: persephoneeldestmuse on December 23rd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've gotten the previous ones, I'll get this one!
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on December 23rd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Just as a practicalities question--is it reasonable to expect to be able to write and deliver an Old Races stories every other month for a year? Without either a) life with a young child getting in the way, or b) the story making a break for it and running off with you.

I would hate to see you commit yourself to something that might be problematic to keep to a tight deadline. Not that I don't think you could do it, but if either of the above scenarios came into play, I wouldn't want you stressing out about fulfilling commitments. I think such a subscription would be lovely, but that you ought to also build in a contingency in case Things Do Not Go Exactly As According To Plan.
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Since at the moment I have one book under contract, due in...APril, I think, yeah, it's probably a pretty reasonable expectation. I won't have more than two books due this year because This I Have Sworn, so I think 2 novels and 30K worth of short stories is quite feasible.

Not, you understand, that a contingency isn't a good idea. O.O
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on December 24th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Not, you understand, that a contingency isn't a good idea. O.O

Just, y'know, thought it was worth mentioning. I know it all looks good on paper, but wanted to make sure you left yourself plenty of loopholes for when life Interferes.

(Not that I know the likelihood of this or anything. O.O)
deliiriadeliiria on December 23rd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
dooooo eeet! I need more Old Races stories!
kit: catie_stripemizkit on December 23rd, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love your hair. :)
deliiriadeliiria on December 24th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
thank you! my hair usually changes colour every month, but I did keep this incarnation for almost a year in 2007/2008. I really wish I could have fun hair without having to bleach & dye it all the time :p
Jannejanne on December 24th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me.
mikaela_lmikaela_l on December 26th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds good :)
Taiyotaiyosan on December 28th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Love your Old Races stories ... count me in.
Taiyotaiyosan on December 28th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, $15 is fine, particularly if that is encouraging to you!
ladynladyn on December 28th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
YES!
I'd buy in as well. I think the $15 is reasonable min price.