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10 October 2011 @ 09:35 am
Kickstarter :)  

Over the weekend, my friend E & I had this big discussion in which she told me I wasn’t squeeing enough about the “No Dominon” Kickstarter campaign. I said I was trying not to drown people in it, which she’d understood, but she still thought I wasn’t squeeing enough. So this morning I shall squee some, and talk about why crowdfunding excites me. :)

First off, the campaign is well over $7500 now, though not yet really near $8K. I suspect (in another lesson learned) that calendars aren’t an exciting enough Rollover Reward. :) I think it’ll probably get there, but it’s a good lesson for next time.

(Odds are it will be an Animals Calendar, because the campaign would have to reach a truly phenomenal dollar amount to justify doing the COMPLETELY AWESOME calendar idea I had after the fact, which is doing a CE Murphy Urban Fantasy Calendar, with location photos from all my urban fantasy novels: New York, Seattle, Boston, Cherokee County, Ireland–and the real Thunderbird Falls, which is outside of Anchorage. But I’ve only got a 6 hour layover in Seattle coming home, and that’s not enough time for even the most strategic strike force of photography expeditions to succeed.

Tell you what, though. If the campaign hits $8K before I leave for NYCC on Wednesday morning, I’ll bring the real camera along just in case. If it hits $9K (only $1400 away!) before I leave, I’ll at least do a desktop download version of the calendar, though it may be heavy on Irish & NYC locations rather than the other places. :))

Anyway, I’m still getting huge delight in having people subscribe–it’s over TWO HUNDRED FIFTY PATRONS now!!! that’s closing in on 100 more than my previously-most-successful crowdfunding campaign! o.O! <-- surprised scuba guy emoticon

And it is all reminding me that again and again, the thing that really hits home for me about crowdfunding is that essentially random strangers are coming together to help get art made. That sounds terribly snotty, I don't really think of my stories as art (I think of them as books or stories), but storytelling /is/ an art, the oldest art, and so: coming together to help get art made.

Even more specifically, to help get art that would not otherwise exist made. It's enormously unlikely that I would have written "Hot Time" or "Year of Miracles" or any of the ORSSP if I had not been supported, quite literally, by the kindness of strangers. I *wanted* to tell those stories, but I can't, as a rule, afford to tell stories for free, and novellas/short stories are a much harder sell in the fiction market than a full-length novel. But as it turns out, it seems that while I can get publishers to pay me for books, I can get--just people to pay me for novellas and short stories, and that means they're *totally* making a space where I can do things I would never otherwise be able to. And that's *amazing*.

I *love* that we're living in a time where instead of an artist requiring a single, extremely wealthy patron, it's possible to do something like a Kickstarter campaign and have hundreds of ordinary-income individuals become patrons instead.

*Kermitflails* That's what art and patronage *should* be: complementary and broadly accessible. Art is not for the wealthy, it's for everyone. The joy of being able to help support it should not be reserved for the wealthy, either, nor should the rewards of patronage (projects dedicated to/named for/inclusive of you, etc) be solely for the rich. I've done a bunch of silly little things already to say thank you to individuals who have hit benchmarks within the "No Dominion" campaign, and that's part of what this is all about: all being in it together.

So, y'know, thank you. This is an incredible thing you guys are doing, and I love you for it. (and in case you missed the link up above, the campaign page is here. :))

(x-posted from the essential kit)
roseaponiroseaponi on October 10th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I still haven't been paid for my big project of the year :( or I'd have bought in already! Maybe soon...

I've been exploring Kickstarter a bit myself - have you looked at the comics section recently? (I know you blogged about the Womanthology awhile back)

kitmizkit on October 10th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
It's open for more than another month, so you've got time. :)

I have to be careful looking through Kickstarter so I odn't spend all my money!
Jason Drakejasondrake on October 10th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
What about a Photo Contest with fans in or near those locations. Or others really. You could take digital submissions and if their picture got picked for the calendar they get a copy of it?
kitmizkit on October 10th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
oh my god, what a COOL idea!
Jason Drakejasondrake on October 12th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Glad you like it :)
Greymalkingreymalkin on October 10th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Six hours...?
Hmm. Well depending upon exactly what locations (and how many) you would want to shoot, I bet we could make it happen - assuming there's no local-professional-sports-franchise event starting up or letting out within (or too near) that window. Also, what day will you be passing through? We have a lot of infrastructure reconstruction going on, which effects how quickly one can get around. But we'd be happy to chauffer you around for a whirlwind photo-shoot-excursion. Let us know what locations you'd like to shoot, and we can map out the most efficient route, and have everything set up before you arrive. Would you need any props or equipment? I can't make any guarantees, but we do know a couple of photographers, and so might be able to get ahold of some lighting equipment, etc.

Alternatively - and only if you're willing to face another trip through TSA-land (assuming the stop is on your way back to Ireland) - Herself and I could come hang out with you at the airport while you wait. Or, better, we could come pick you up and bring you back to our place for a home-cooked meal; we live, like, 20 minutes from the Arrival gate, depending (like everything in the greater Seattle area) upon traffic. Beats sitting around in the airport, no matter how nice the remodel has made it. Maybe?

kitmizkit on October 10th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Six hours...?
No, it's really not practical, not when we've got to be at the gate 2 hours before for international flights and stuff. It'd be too insane. And I think, given that we're traveling with the baby, that we'd probably just better stay at the airport and on the far side of TSA Doom, even though it would be vastly more pleasant to come spend time with you guys. o.O :) Thanks for the offer, anyway!
Greymalkingreymalkin on October 10th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
For some reason I didn't realize - though I guess I should have - that it was the whole famn-damily traveling, and that you would have to take Young Indiana into consideration. I hope he's as good a traveler as his namesake.

Sorry we won't get to see you, though! Maybe next time you're out this-a-way?
Jannejanne on October 10th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I tried to up my pledge amount a bit, but the kickstarter/amazon payment thing is totally broken for me. Do you have alternate payment options for the amazon challenged?
kitmizkit on October 11th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, you can just Paypal me. It won't go onto the KS page toward the total, but sine we'e past the funding point anyway that doesn't matter so much, and I'll keep track. :) Payapl address is open AT mizkit DOT com.