Who Am I?
My name is Mike Sakasegawa, and I'm a writer, photographer, and podcaster based in San Diego, California. Since 2016 I've been the host of the arts and literature podcast Keep the Channel Open, a series of long-form conversations with artists, writers, and curators.
What is LikeWise Fiction?
I love stories. I love all kinds of stories, really, narrative in just about any form, but there’s something particularly special about stories read aloud, and read well. Reading stories aloud is more than just entertaining, it’s alive and intimate. It’s a point of connection between two people. Think about reading with your kids, or the times your own parents or teachers read to you. For me, these are some of my most treasured memories, and getting to share wonderful short stories with you is an exciting prospect.
More than that, though, I’m more and more mindful of the fact that lots of people have traditionally been excluded from the literary world, especially women, nonbinary people, people of color, and LGBTQ+ writers. It’s critically important, I think, to find ways to support these artists and make new spaces for their work to exist, and new venues for getting that work out into the world.
Put all that together, and that’s what this project is. LikeWise Fiction is an audio anthology of amazing short fiction written by women and nonbinary writers, writers of color, and LGBTQ+ writers. I’ll be featuring stories across all different genres, and with your help I’ll be able to pay the participating writers a generous fee for their work.
How often will episodes be posted?
My initial goal is to produce a 10-episode season, which will be released monthly. However, if I can meet my stretch goals for a 15-episode or 20-episode season, I'll be releasing a new episode every other week.
How will the money be spent?
Here's the breakdown:
- Writer Fees: $5000
- Music: $1500
- Website/Podcast Hosting: $400
- Book Design: $1500
- Book Printing: $1750
- Kickstarter Fees: $1100
That brings the total to $11,250. I've already got a great designer lined up for the print anthology as well as a source for music, and having hosted Keep the Channel Open for three years now, I'm very familiar with how to handle the podcast production and audio engineering on my own.
Whose stories will you be reading?
So far I have the following authors confirmed for Season 1:
$14,600: At this level, I'll be able to fund a 15-episode season, with new episodes released every other week.
$18,000: At this level, I'll be able to fund a 20-episode season, with new episodes released every other week.
Risks and challenges
I've hosted Keep the Channel Open for three years now, so I'm pretty familiar with how to produce a show, how much labor is involved, and what the costs might be. On the other hand, this is the first time I've ever tried my hand at book publishing. I've already got a designer lined up and have run cost estimates with several printers, so I believe that my budget is sound, but there's always some chance I've underestimated some cost or another. However, I'm committed to making this project happen, and plan to cover any small overruns out of pocket.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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