Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I TELL YOU WHAT ADD-ONS I WANT? HOW DO I TELL YOU WHAT LOCATION, WORDS, CHARACTER, NAME I WANT? HOW DO I TELL YOU WHAT ARTIST(S) I WANT TO TIP OR VOTE FOR? HOW DO I TELL YOU WHERE I WANT MY REWARDS SENT TO?
For now, just add the appropriate amount to whatever pledge level you chose. When the kickstarter is over you'll get a survey.Last updated:
Start out by deciding if there is one particular limited reward that you are interested in. Then check out the section called ADD-ONS to, um, add on any extras you fancy.Last updated:
Message me to tell me what you're interested in. I'll talk to the artists and see if it's doable.Last updated:
I'll include an option in the survey where you can indicate this preference.Last updated:
Somewhere between 2200 and 6600 words. I'll probably be pretty conservative at first, publishing in final form only a small portion of what I've already written and made available to those with a BACKSTAGE PASS. That's important not only in terms of leaving a cushion in case of unforeseen emergencies (writer's block, sudden death of my computer, MIBs from the Ohio tourism board sabotaging my operation, etc.), but also so that art patrons can choose what parts of the story they'd like to see illustrated, and to give the artists reasonable lead times to complete their assignments.Last updated:
In total, I expect the whole thing to clock in at 66,000 to 125,000 words. In other words, novel length. If I wind up on the higher end of that scale, it might take more than 20 installments to get there.
I'm committing to 10 installments a year for two years, but depending on where the story goes, you might be getting installments three years later.
Maybe the story will never end. I don't know. Either 1) The story will come to its conclusion or 2) the story will go on forever.
But it won't just trail off into nothing. Unless I die, in which case, I apologize in advance for the inconvenience. In the event of my disappearance, either I have gone into hiding to avoid the MIBs sent against me by the Ohio Tourism Bureau, or the MIBs have abducted me and are holding me against my will in the secret facility beneath Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.Last updated:
That is the estimated delivery date for the first electronic installment of Big Trouble in Little Canton. BACKSTAGE PASS will be available before that, and it's possible that a postcard or two will be mailed before that.Last updated:
ALL THIS TALK ABOUT SNAKE GODS AND DEAD STRIPPERS HAS ME WONDERING, IS THIS STORY GOING TO BE REALLY GROSS, VIOLENT, OR PERVY?
There will be harsh language, adult situations, gore, mayhem, and verbal nudity. But probably nothing as explicit as in a Stephen King book. So, while you might not be comfortable with your junior high aged children reading it, they've probably read/seen worse, and probably so did you when you were their age.Last updated:
IF I PURCHASE A REWARD TIER WHICH ALLOWS ME TO CHOOSE WORDS, NAMES, CHARACTERS, OR LOCATIONS, DO I REALLY GET TO CHOOSE ANYTHING I WANT?
Within reason. I encourage you to be creative, because it will encourage me to be creative. Some restrictions apply however. And there may be some very rare circumstances in which you will be asked to make a second choice.
NAME-DROPPING and CHARACTER-BUILDING - There are some very rare instances in which you might be asked to resubmit. If the name is the name of a celebrity, the name of a character that already exists, or an incredibly silly name (Hootie McBoob, Mr. Stinkpants), you might be asked to resubmit. Notice I said *might*. I'm not ruling out celebrities or silly names, just building an escape hatch in case I *really* can't use what you want me to. In terms of CHARACTER-BUILDING, I encourage you to give me as much info as you'd like (notes and random thoughts, a 25-page brief, photographs, sketches), short of expecting me to read a novel. The more info I have, the more I have to work with, and the better I can serve your character. But don't expect every detail to make it into my portrayal of you, your character, or your friend.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION, POSTMASTER GENERAL, and LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT - As it says in the reward, if you choose a location farther than an hour's drive from Canton, you *may* be asked to choose again. However, if I like the location enough, I won't even plug it into mapquest to see if you've made a legal choice.
WORDPLAY - Make your list with abandon and creativity. Proper nouns, slang, short phrases, unusual words are all fair game. However, if every single word or phrase in your list is a) the proper name of someone only you know, b) a 12-syllable word used only by biochemists, c) a very long phrase, d) an extremely vulgar euphemism for a sexual act, or e) in a foreign tongue, you might be asked to resubmit your list. Note that I didn't ban any of the above. I'd just like some variety rather than a one-track list. But, honestly, have as much fun with it as you'd like. The worst that can happen is that I ask you to resubmit.Last updated:
IF I PURCHASE AN ART REWARD TIER, DO I REALLY GET TO CHOOSE ANY PASSAGE, LOCATION, OR CHARACTER FROM THE STORY?
Within the restrictions provided by the artist. Every effort will be made to give you your first choice. However, in very rare cases, you may be asked to make a second choice.
Beyond that, there are scenarios in which you will very likely be asked to make a second choice: 1) your choice is from a segment of the story that is close to being released in its final format, which means the artist won't have enough lead time to finish the art assignment you are trying to make. 2) the artist has already been assigned a passage from that installment of the story, and is therefore "booked" for that month by another patron's art assignment.Last updated:
I AM A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER. CAN I USE LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION OR POSTMASTER GENERAL TO HAVE MY BUSINESS OR ATTRACTION FEATURED IN BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CANTON?
I think that would show business savvy and a wry sense of humor on your part, and I think it would be ever so much fun for the both of us. Keep in mind, though, that you won't have creative control over how the location is used. So, if your charming bed & breakfast turns out to be the location of ritual sacrifice to dark hungry creatures from beyond time, remember, it's just a story. At least, that's what you can tell your customers. We'll know the truth, though, you and I.
If you want more creative influence over how your location is portrayed, I suggest the LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT reward.Last updated:
Message me here or at https://www.facebook.com/JasonDanielMyers with a link to your online portfolio. I'm not sure how much time I'll have to add new artists to the project, but what's an art party without one or two guests who arrive fashionably late to shake things up?Last updated:
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