About this project
Publication Date: May 14, 2014. We did it! Thank you so much!
- We raised twice the desired amount!
- The book will be published on May 14, 2014!
- It will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and at select book stores then.
- All backers in the $100+ category are invited to the Book Launch Ball.
- Follow the progress via my Salons' site or on Twitter!
- The author site is coming in the Spring of 2014.
Inga's Zigzags, a novel by Vica Miller
Inga's Zigzags is the story of a 28-year-old Russian woman who, after a decade in New York, returns to post-perestroika Moscow to start her own business. When her prospects fall through and she finds herself far from the heart of the action, she meets Emma and Alexandra, a pair of wealthy and well-connected magazine publishers, who lure Inga into their bed and then propose to launch a company together. When the threesome starts to fall apart, Inga is forced to make some difficult choices to find her way through the labyrinth of Moscow's intrigues and heartbreaks.
What is the book about?
The book is about evolving, finding one's place in life, about a yearning to belong and feel accepted. Inga Belova is a New Yorker who has an MBA but feels misplaced. She is a double single – as in, divorced with no boyfriend – but then she finds double love. Yet she continues to feel in between – countries, jobs, lovers. She questions her sexuality, national identity, career and loyalty. We follow her from New York to Moscow to Miami to London and Moscow again. Will she ever settle? Whom does she love? What is her life's calling?
It is funny (but sad) how this book is timely, considering the recent crackdown on gay rights in Russia. Inga is a straight woman who discovers same-sex love. Would she be persecuted in the Moscow of today? She wants to pave her own career path, but is it an option in Russia?
Why publish on my own?
I have long worked in technology, and technology has changed the publishing landscape. Today, it is about creative control, freedom to dare, and saving time.
I am writing my third novel, editing my second, and have short stories coming out in various lit mags. I also have a job and two small children. I run Literary Salons and dabble in multimedia arts. The little time I have left is better spent bringing this book to you instead of convincing agents of its commercial potential.
I believe Inga's story will resonate with many but it might be a bit outrageous for U.S. publishers, so I decided to dare outrageous on my own. I believe in the power of the creative community. With your help, I hope to make this book the best it can be and maintain the freedom of choosing the book's title, cover art, and price.
Why support me?
I don't have any literary awards under my belt (yet), but George Plimpton, the founding editor of The Paris Review, called me a writer. I believed him. That's the biggest praise, in my book. And I want you to believe it.
Time Out NY called me a literary patron - I have hosted dozens of writers, published and not, at my salons over the last four and a half years. I'm lucky to have gallery partners who host my events for free. Authors and audience members have told me that they love the experience. Now I'm asking you to become a literary patron, too. Help me bring Inga Belova to you, the reader.
Publishing a quality book costs between $4,500 and $15,000. I can't do it on my own.
It takes a great team to publish a good book, and I already have the team lined up. The money I raise will help pay for the fees of a trusted editor, formerly with a big-five publishing house, of an award-winning photographer (for the cover image), and of an excellent book cover designer. The funds will also cover book production costs and shipping.
Let’s publish Inga’s Zigzags together!
I want to thank all those who have supported me so far with their encouragement, advice and wisdom. I want to thank you for supporting me on Kickstarter. Special thanks to Mark Rosenberg for shooting the video above.
Stretch Goal - $15,000: French Edition
If I am lucky to raise $15K, I will have the book translated into French. A French edition of Inga's Zigzags!
P.S. I like to remind myself that Walt Whitman, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, among others, had self-published their most important works.
Risks and challenges
The book is written, so there is no risk of not having a story.
The only issue I could foresee is a possibility of delay in printing the paperbacks, but I honestly don't think it will happen. The book will be copy-edited by the end of the year, and the cover should be designed in January. It will go into final production in February, which gives me plenty of time for printing and fulfilling the rewards.
I will keep you regularly updated on the progress, be it final edits, cover photograph, jacket design, production, or fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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