So then. I'm back.
And this time, I've got my best story:
This is, yes, the second volume to The Keeper of Dreams: A Dozen Stories and Poems. It's got A House Burning, and a total of 13 (auspicious number, yes) stories and poems. It's going to have an ebook available on Amazon, as well as paperbacks - NOT available on Amazon. I don't particularly like the giant, but it's something of a necessary evil to work with. Oh well!
Like I mentioned in the first Kickstarter, the ebook on Amazon will be an "expanding collection" - it seems a cool idea to be getting new stories in your purchase, and collections seems a good outlet for that. It's something that no one really does on Amazon. And the first volume has gotten some good reviews, both on Amazon, and on various review blogs.
About the project: So after some extensive amount of book signings, I've found that the sweetest part of the book is the "Dreams" section - two pages dedicated to people signing and storing their "dreams." Paperback readers have really responded well to this - you share your copy with a friend, and they sign it; the more you share it, the sweeter your book is. So I've included that part of the book again with this collection.
And since I've had awesome backers for the first project, I'm going to send them freebie copies of KoD Vol. II to thank them for their support. It seems to fit in well with the theme of the ebook, the whole "expanding collection" thing.
This Kickstarter is to pay for the costs of the cover, beautifully illustrated by Alessandra Briggs (www.alliebriggs.com). It's awesome, right? Comes from the story "The Prisoner" in this new collection. Anything over the $300 will go toward blog / newspaper copies for PR, and those freebies that are going to go to the original backers. The other costs (Amazon ebook / paperback layout) are defrayed by my painstakingly doing these tasks. It's only really taken me... what, two years?... to figure out how to do this stuff.
So that's it in a nutshell! Hope you enjoy!
Risks and challenges
So far, I'm getting the second half of the project proofread. That's going to take some time. I'll also need to layout that half of the paperback, and ebook as well (for Amazon). As long as it's edited, proofread, all that good stuff, August should be easy to fit for the Sept / Oct release.
But this is stuff I'm familiar with. (With which I'm... whatever.) The real trick is going to be doing the PR and marketing, which isn't part of this Kickstarter, but the whole of the reason I'm self-releasing this book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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