If I get $330, I'll release a 3,300 word story to everyone. "Shrimp" is about kids, divorce and the martial arts.
If you, collectively, fund this story with $330, I'll release it for free, in perpetuity, on the internet. I've done this before, as you can see at my internet library. If the funding succeeds, Shrimp comes out under a Creative Commons share-alike/attribution license. That means that you can download it, share it, host it, give it to all your friends or use it as the basis of a rock opera... as long as you keep to the terms.
With the deal thus understood, the question really is: Do you want to read this story? I could assure you that, yes, you do, this is a gem of literature that casts a small but clear light on one minor aspect of modern post-millennium life. But I think it's more reasonable to suggest that you just read a few similar stories.
Shrimp is about ordinary, middle-class Americans who happen to be studying Japanese martial arts in a strip-mall dojo. It's also about fear and divorces and relaxation, but the hinge that joins it all is the pursuit of bushido. If you download Two Things She Does With Her Body, you can get a good sense of how I describe the fighting arts and the people who do them. Regret, With Math shows how I use jujitsu as an element for telling stories about people.
Take a look, read some stories, and decide how much you're willing to pay for more. It's really that simple.
P.S. Oh, and here's the patch you can get by pledging. I'll get other art previews up when I can.
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Jan 12, 2012 - Feb 11, 2012 (30 days)
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A podcast of the story, read by the author in his somber, growling baritone.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $7 or more
10 backers All gone!
One of those lovely, red and gold embroidered Schröedinger's Cat Press patches. Proudly display your support to others in the know, while everyone else just puzzles over the slogan "EGO NON SAPIO."Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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4 backers All gone!
A signed 4x5 inch "GPS" stencil print, done is a sort of Peter Kuper spattered-watercolor style.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $20 or more
6 backers Limited (4 of 10 left)
An 8x5 inch linocut print of the "shrimp exercise" described in the story. (A scan of it is the graphic for this fundraiser.) If you get this selection, you can choose to get it in austere black and white, or in a color (or two-color blend) of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012