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24 August 2011 @ 11:37 am
Kickstarter campaign  

Okay, I think I’m going to run a Kickstarter campaign.

See, in the middle of writing RAVEN CALLS–which, like all the Walker Papers, is of course a first-person point of view story told by Joanne Walker–something happened and for the first time ever I had the urge (nearly irresistable, in fact), to lark off, change viewpoint characters, and tell somebody else’s story.

Gary’s story, in fact. Not necessarily all of it, because, well, he’s 74 years old and it might take an entire series of its own to tell Gary’s whole story, but he has his own adventure in the middle of RAVEN CALLS. There’s not going to be a chance in-series for me to tell anybody what happens. There’s not time in RC, book 8 picks up *immediately* after RC with a very different storyline, and book 9 is going to be a madhouse with absolutely no time to spare. But I want to tell the story (I want to find out WHAT HAPPENS!!!!), so I’m thinking Kickstarter campaign for a Walker Papers novella.

There are several things about this. One is that I can’t really provide a teaser for the novella, because it happens in the damned middle of RAVEN CALLS and to even provide a few introductory paragraphs would be full of spoilers. I may have to write part of some other thing from Gary’s point of view–maybe meeting Joanne?–just for the flavor crystals. Yes/No?

Another is that while I want to run your average 6 week KS campaign to get the groundwork down, I also want to leave the crowdfund project open so other people can buy in if they miss the KS opportunity. I’m thinking probably the way to do that is to write a KS-only Gary short story that will be included with the novella for people who get in on the ground floor with the KS campaign, and people who don’t get in then only get the novella. Yes/No?

A third is that ultimately I’d want to release the novella as an e-book, probably 3-6 months after it’s delivered to its patrons. Yes/No?

A fourth is I’m thinking of incentive levels. Name-a-character is really not an option for the novella, though it might be for a short story. I can think of plenty of things to do if the campaign brings in various levels of cash–base level is the novella, double that gets cover art, half again gets a second short story, maybe, 2x original goal we start looking at maybe doing a limited edition chapbook of the Gary Sequence stuff. Other ideas welcome.

The fifth thing is that because the story happens in the middle of RAVEN CALLS, it’s not going to be delivered to its patrons until 6 weeks after RC is out, which is March 1, 2012. So the Gary novella would be out April 15th, as a salve, perhaps, for Tax Day. I know that’s several months out, but, well, there’s no way I’m delivering it before then because I want people to have a chance to read the full-length book first! Does that sound reasonable?

I tell you what, this will be V. Interesting. I’ve never written Jo from somebody else’s point of view. I’m totally looking forward to it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on August 24th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes on all of it! :).

The One and Onlytechnocowboy on August 24th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
This idea makes me happy. Gary's an awesome character and he's got more stories that just come out whenever than any character I can think up this morning. I say go for it.
Rachie: heh *hearts* hehrachie203 on August 24th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm in! I heart Gary.

1) I don't think teasers are absolutely necessary for existing readers, and hopefully new readers would start at the beginning, but teasers are fun and i would certainly not turn down part of some other thing for spoiler-free flavor crystals.

2) Extra story for the win. I'm just saying.

3) As a patron, I've never seen any reason why you shouldn't turn your crowdfunded/kickstarter projects into ebooks if/when you want to. I participate in such projects to support you as an author I love, so you getting additional support and attracting new readers to further support you is a good thing. *nodsnods*

kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Well, most of my crowdfunded projects thus far have had a specific end goal of creating content to submit to my publishers, hence the no turning it into ebooks. But this would be a different animal! A new experiment! :)
Rachierachie203 on August 24th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should say as a patron I see no reason why you can't later do what you will with your work (traditional publishing, ebook, etc) in whatever timeline you want. They are, after all, your property. I know some people may like the concept of exclusivity (at least for a period of time) but that's never really mattered for me (in the it would be worth getting one's panties in a twist sort of way). Of course I've always shared well, as ensured by my two sisters always helping themselves to my things! :p

Also, yay for new experiments!

kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Right, I thnk I understood what you meant in the first place, but...yeah, anyway, we comprehend one another. :)
Rachie: How I rollrachie203 on August 25th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Sorry, I have a ridiculous habit of over explaining in my ongoing quest to find the *perfect* wording. Ironically enough I was chilling with one of my fellow social-workers just yesterday lamenting this very thing.
Tarja: Fables - Red bookvierran45 on August 24th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like this idea very much! Count me in. Gary is a wonderful character and it would be very interesting to see Jo from his point of view.
Herefoxherefox on August 24th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Awesome idea! Very interested.
elektra_helektra on August 24th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. Even better if there's a POD option off in the future somewhere . . .
kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd be taking a page from another author's book (er, so to speak) and providing a POD PDF version so you could go get one printed up yourself.
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kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
What if there was a PDF option formatted for POD that you could do yourself?
pgwfolcpgwfolc on August 24th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
I'm in on the project, but I question your use of Kickstarter.

1. AFAIK, it's only open to US-based projects.

2. They take a 5% cut.

3. They set a time limit, and won't let people buy in after the closing date.

Why not run this as a PayPal project, like the ORSSP and other previous efforts?
kitmizkit on August 24th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
1. I have a US bank account.

2. So does Paypal, or close enough to not matter from where I'm sitting.

3. The KS part would be a limited project to lay the groundwork. After that it would switch to Paypal/my sites so people could buy in.

4. Because KS has grassroots of its own and I can potentially reach a larger audience than I could just through my own efforts.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on August 24th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. Thanks. And sorry for the poor wording. I got ready to post the comment and found myself being rushed out the door, which caused me to be more abrupt than was called for.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on August 24th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Gary might be my favorite character in that universe. But I think I'd mentioned that. Good old tortoise.

And I don't think a teaser is necessary. The people who would contribute ought to know who Gary is anyway - saying 'it happens in the middle of Jo's story' should be sufficient.
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on August 25th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
I would support this. I love Gary.
Amandatreehugginhippy on August 27th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
I would SO be in on this. Anything that brings me more Jo :)