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12 January 2011 @ 11:09 am

The problem I’ve had with revising RIGHT ANGLES TO FAIRYLAND, the classic tropes middle grade/YA fantasy novel I wrote in, whimper, 2002, is that since 2004 people have been paying me to write other things. It is very, very difficult to justify taking time to work on ANGLES when the money is coming in from, y’know, everything else.

It has literally just occurred to me that I should make revising the damned novel one of my crowdfunding projects. Like everything else I do, it would be a limited edition/one time offer sort of thing, because I need to be able to sell it to a traditional publisher and they are still by and large leery of publishing web-published content, but…

Truth is, ANGLES is the best thing I’ve ever written. It may be the best thing I’ll ever write. And that would get it *done*.


(x-posted from the essential kit)
Legolas McGeeseveredscythe on January 12th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
I'd buy the hell out of it. Your writing is fantastic!
R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on January 12th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'm in!
Flitterbyflit on January 12th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a brilliant idea!
Colettebellinghwoman on January 12th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I await the appearance of the relevant buttons :-)
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on January 12th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Where do I pay?
mikaela_lmikaela_l on January 12th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm in!
Which reminds me, I need to sign up for the Old Races project. *wanders off to do that*
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on January 12th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
I would sign up for that. :)
Ellen Million: thudellenmillion on January 12th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I am all yay about this!
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 12th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I would love that. And you can tell the publishers I would buy a dead tree copy since I am a luddite without an eReader (and prefer the physical books :).
madmiss on January 12th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)

<- Did you see, people like Tor, are allowing some authors to simultaneously publish in print and release a 'free' e-book under Creative Commons.
Though I know nothing about Creative Commons.
I may have to change this.

*edited to add more words*
Amberleyamberley on January 12th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
The Future of publishing and like that
It's very reasonable not to work on unpaid things; babies gotta eat!

If you can sell it direct (as a Kindle e-book or a limited physical edition or both) for enough money, why do you care about selling it to a traditional publisher? (Unless you have contractual obligations about rights to future novels.)

Limited-time electronic editions seem like an odd business model - it makes it impossible for new readers to go back and buy your backlist. Limited physical editions make sense, since there has to be a print run, and collectors place a higher value on first editions.

Have you considered doing it as a Kickstarter project? They take a small cut, but no money changes hands unless the project is 100% funded. Although they might not be workable for a non-US resident.