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18 December 2012 @ 03:28 pm
I love my readership. :)  
So after announcing yesterday that I'd be going to Fargo next autumn, there was a rash of "but why aren't you coming to MY city?" (Answer: because your city convention hasn't invited me to be a GoH and pay for my plane ticket there.) I did, though, say that "It's not that I wouldn't like to come to (whatever city suits your personal desires), guys. I'd love to. I am, however, afraid that despite JK Rowling and Stephen King, most of us writers don't make the kind of money necessary to go on self-funded book tours, and publishers only start paying for some of that kind of stuff when you're already #1 on the NYT. I wish it was otherwise! :)"

Somebody then threatened to take bids on what cities to send me to and then start a Kickstarter* to send me on a book tour. *laughs* I just love that they'd even say it. I don't see it *happening*, but I love that the threat was even made. Such cool people. :)

*I donno if you could actually get away with a Kickstarter for a book tour. I mean, I suppose it's *arguably* an artistic endeavour, with a concrete product at the end, but o.O :)
 
 
 
Kate Kirbykirbyk on December 18th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Marian Call, Alaskan geeky folk singer (whom you should look up, I think you'd like her stuff) recently did a kickstarter for a European tour! And there's a live album coming out of it. She did some really interesting thing with patrons voting for venues and when there was critical mass she scheduled a stop in that city. Um, one sec...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mariancall/marian-call-european-adventure-quest

I think you could definitely get away with it. :D
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
*I* have *no intention* of getting away with it. Not that I wouldn't love to be able to do a book tour, but the last thing I need to do right now is add a Kickstarter project that involves INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL to my list of things to do.
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
There should be a smiley involved in that somewhere. :)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on December 18th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's on the insane side, even for you! Let's wait until Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Urban Shaman hits theaters.

But the real takeaway from this is, visit http://mariancall.com/ and listen to the pretty songs. Her song about Highway 5 makes me homesick in ways I didn't realize it was possible to make me feel. And I bet you'd get a kick about her song about Real Alaskan Women.

She's a friend of ThinkGeek, so I've met her a couple of times, and she's Good People.
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
I shall. <3 :)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on December 18th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Let's wait until Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Urban Shaman hits theaters.

That? Would be full of awesome and win.

I'd also want to audition. Hee!
-peartreealley on December 18th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
There's also IndieGoGo and other sites that are similar to Kickstarter, but function under different criteria... if you wanted to make that a reality ;)
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
If SOMEONE ELSE wanted to make it reality. :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on December 19th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Ooh. I would support Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Urban Shaman.

Also, I've made the drive to Fargo for less. This one's on my calendar.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 19th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
It is nice to be wanted isn't it? My fans (of my Llewellyn books) sometimes write and say, "When are you coming to..." To which I have to answer, um, probably never. But thanks so much for wanting me to!

I've got a bed in Upstate NY for you any time. Of course, I can't guarantee the bed won't be covered with cats...
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on December 19th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I've seen people fund book tours by giving away artistic product, sometimes by creating "easy" new products as special rewards.