So I recently left my job as Director of Policy and Enforcement at Microsoft's Xbox LIVE service to strike out on a new path. I'm looking at a variety of opportunities but I know the one thing I really want to do is concentrate on my writing. Seeing how well kickstarters have done recently I think this is the way to give it a try. Under the normal publishing model, a publisher gives you an advance (to basically let you pay your rent while you write) and then deducts that advance from royalties you make once the book is finished. Kickstarter allows one to remove the publisher and basically let people who are the primary audience fund the project. Having already published one non fiction book and been hard at work on another, my newly found free time has allowed me to explore a couple of stories I didn't have time to explore before.
One thing that has always sort of bothered me about "end of the world" fiction is how they always seem to rely on society as a whole becoming dystopian to add drama to what is already a pretty dramatic thing. I think of "Children of Men" and was always sort of disappointed that the government had turned totalitarian and facist. Why? With no more new children, resources wouldn't really be an immediate issue. And if we knew the race was dying out, wouldn't such energy spent controlling the freedom of the population be better channeled into finding a solution? The idea, it has been explained, is without future generations there's no need to not be selfish, that hope dies completely.
But I never bought that. The backdrop of the governmental drama and power struggle was not needed nor well told.
So I thought of a story where something terrible happened, and through struggle together, humankind tried to surmount it and find out what caused it. By no means is it a "pollyanna" take on things, but the idea is more: if the crisis were bad enough, would nationalities and government self interest really be applicable or even worth pursuing?
So we come to "After: A Series of Stories Following the Events of Feb 22." A project I estimate to turn out to be around 50,000 words, maybe more.
But why a kickstarter? Well books cost money to edit and publish, do cover design and marketing, etc. And I already have two I'm working on. But this one is the one I am having the most fun writing, so I thought I would "pre-load" the cost of some of the production items to help me be able to work on it faster. If I dont make the goal I'm sure I'll still publish it, and anything that goes over will simply help me get it out that much faster.
So! I created some kickstarter brackets that I hope are appealing to you! No matter what your bracket, everyone who contributes will also get the first 3,000 words emailed to them free as soon as the project is funded! Let's see what happens!
We're already there! I'm simply shocked, and therefore I'm going to go into overdrive to figure out how I can use the extra funding to make what your reward even more awesome. Things I am considering: free audio version for everyone over 25$, for those below 25$'s a unique short story for that entire tier, etc etc etc. I'm already hard at work figuring out how I can make the extra funds go to reward my backers.
Of course! Not only will every single backer recieve a personal thanks from me, everyone who contributes will get a .PDF or .EPUB copy of the finished work.
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