Update: We funded in under 5 hours! Thank you!Why don't I have any ideas?
Why haven't I written anything?Why haven't I written anything good?Why won't anyone publish my stories?Why won't anyone pay me for my stories?
The Writer's Book of Doubt by Aidan Doyle is a book of comfort for writers. An acknowledgement that writing can be a difficult and lonely process. It includes essays and advice from a number of writers and will be illustrated by Hugo and World Fantasy nominated artist, Kathleen Jennings.
It will an include a revised version of the Science Fiction Writer's Hierarchy of Doubt accompanied by Kathleen's illustrations. (These are preliminary sketches, not the final artwork).
The book includes guest essays from a range of writers giving advice on how to deal with doubt and providing examples of encouragement and hope. The essays are reprints, but many of them are revised and expanded.
Delilah S. Dawson - No Word is Ever Wasted
Malon Edwards - I'm a Big Black Man Who Writes Science Fiction
Meg Elison - Revenge is a Hundred Dresses
Kate Elliott - The Space You Make For Your Art
Kameron Hurley - 10 Things I Learned From Failure
Matthew Kressel - Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer
R. F. Kuang - The Racial Rubber Stamp
Fonda Lee - The Great Green Monster
Rose Lemberg - Don't Self-Reject
Likhain - Seeing Yourself in Stories
Jeannette Ng - Cultural Appropriation for the Worried Writer
A. Merc Rustad - The Necessity of Hope
Mary Swangin - El Mayarah - Stronger Together
Bogi Takács - How (Not) to Include Trans People as Background Characters
E. Catherine Tobler - Writing, Mostly
Isabel Yap - Whenever I'm in an Extended Period of Not-Writing I am Always Deeply, Deeply Mystified About How the Hell to Start Again
Plus a bonus illustration from Tom Gauld - The Ghost of Future Book Sales
I'll be writing a series of original essays on topics such as:
Why Doesn't My Doppelganger Have Imposter Syndrome?
Redecorating the Pit of Despair
If Your Cat Doesn't Write a 1000 Words a Day, You're Not a Real Writer
If Only I Could Find the Perfect To Do List App, I Could Conquer the Galaxy
I Want My Friends to Succeed, But Not More Than I Do
The Awesomeness Dossier
The Mediocre White Man Confidence Factory
If You Haven't Written Seventeen International Bestsellers by the Age of Four, Forget About a Career as a Writer
Writers' Workshops: the Chance to Tell Other Writers Exactly What They Have Been Doing Wrong
All the Things You Know You Should Do, But Don't
The Good, the Bad, and the Offline
The Superfluous Things that Wear our Togas Threadbare
Networking for Misanthropes
The Optimist's Guide to the End of the World
The Venice of Awkward Comparisons
The 9 and 3/4 Platforms of Rejection
The Search for Happiness Explained by a Randomized Hill Climbing Algorithm
The Writer's Book of Doubt will be available as an ebook (mobi/epub) and paperback.
You can also get an art print of Kathleen's gorgeous Map of Submissionland (there are rewards with or without the paperback)
$5000 AUD ($3650 USD) - Free Wallpaper Image (Everyone who backs at the ebook level or higher will get an electronic version of the Map of Submissionland (FUNDED!)
$6000 AUD ($4400 USD) - An original Martha Wells (Murderbot author) essay on The Ups and Downs of a Long Career will be included in the book.
$7500 AUD ($5530 USD) - Larger art print. Backers at the art print level will have the option of choosing from a 20x16 or a 16x12 print.
$10000 AUD ($7400 USD) - Color map of Submissionland. Kathleen will do a color version of Map of Submissionland. Backers at ebook level or higher will get an electronic version. Art print backers will have the choice between color or black and white print.
$14000 AUD ($10300 USD) - Audio book version narrated by Tina Connolly (available for anyone who backs at the ebook level or higher). N.B The audio version might not contain all of the articles since it will involve purchasing audio rights from the contributors.
Who is This Book For?
Writers who struggle with doubt.
Writers who have conquered all of their doubts should buy copies for their friends.
The Author and the Illustrator
Aidan Doyle is a Melbourne based writer. He is the co-editor of Sword and Sonnet (an anthology of battle poet stories) and an associate editor at PodCastle. He has had stories published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside and Nature and been nominated for both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards. He has been writing for a long time, has never had a novel published, but is not ready to give up. aidandoyle.net
Kathleen Jennings is an illustrator (and writer) based in Brisbane, Australia. She has created illustrations and cover art for many international authors and publishers, and her maps appear on the cover of Christopher Rowe's Telling the Map (Small Beer Press) and in Holly Black's The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King (Little, Brown; forthcoming). She is a Hugo finalist, has three World Fantasy Award nominations, and several Ditmar Awards to her name, and can be found online at kathleenjennings.com and tanaudel.wordpress.com.
Risks and challenges
I ran a successful Kickstarter last year and delivered the anthology a month early this year. The project will be dependent upon Kathleen for the remaining illustrations. She has a track record of successfully delivering artwork for publishers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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