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14 September 2011 @ 07:57 am
Crowdfunding: Other Peoples’ Projects  

TA Pratt’s GRIM TIDES Kickstarter campaign is in its last 48 hours, and has a measly $400 to reach $11K. Go go gadget fundraiser!

Sharon Lee & Steven Miller have posted their latest Splinter Universe short story. Sharon & Steve’s crowdfunding efforts are part of what turned me on to the whole idea in the first place, so clearly I think they’re made of awesome. :)

Liz Williams, who consistently runs crowdfunding projects I wish I’d thought of, is running two right now. One is a commissioned short story for what I think is a bargain-basement price, and the other is her 12-month short story project, which this year actually includes an entire Inspector Chen novel.

This is your Crowdfunding Public Service Announcement. Please enjoy. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
pgwfolcpgwfolc on September 14th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I will check those out. Thank you. :)

Not quite crowdfunding, but similar: Julian Gough's Jude In London has been released as a free PDF. Readers can download at their leisure, then come back to pay what they feel it's worth. Money is split between author and publisher. Of course, it's also available as a traditional novel, which makes the whole set-up even more interesting.

The book itself is... hard to describe. I'm still early in, but so far it seems like an extended dream sequence treated as reality. One strange, surreal thing after another, with no explanation yet as to why. But it's funny and has moments of brilliance and will, if nothing else, keep you guessing. There's also a lot of Irish-specific humor. It also makes reference to his "goat bubble" story (also available free), which is the most brilliant explanation of the financial crisis I've seen.

It's worth a look, I think, if you have the time and inclination. There's certainly nothing to lose.