What is Kickstarter and how does it work?
Kickstarter is a a website that enables people to sell their idea before it's fully made. The community (like you!) pledges a certain amount of money and gets a reward for the different tiers. You'll see those tiers on the right ($5 for a postcard, $20/25 for the book, etc.).
You can update, change, or even remove your pledge at any point before the campaign is over, so if you want to bump your reward up from a $25 pledge to a $50 pledge, you can!
Many campaigns also include stretch goals. You'll find mine a little below! Stretch goals are a way for the creator of the campaign (me) to further reward pledge-makers that want to fund the campaign past it's goal ($25,000 in this case). So, if we get to $30,000 total pledged, I'll do the Live Q&A. If we get to $40,000, everyone gets a second postcard for no extra charge.
If you have questions about the campaign, the book, or how Kickstarter works, feel free to ask!
What is The Drifter?
Link to the first three chapters of The Drifter. (Not Yet Edited)
The Drifter is a 125,000 word thriller novel about an entity which takes over a person's body. How does this occur exactly? Upon death of the Drifter's current host, he forcefully relocates into the last person he touched. The host's consciousness is then pushed to the back of the Drifter's mind where it can do little more than watch everything the Drifter does with their body.
The Drifter is focused on the start of a new adventure with a new host -- Cynthia Spears. She's a no nonsense, driven woman with a very strong personality. As one might expect, she doesn't take kindly to her body being taken over and fights tooth and nail to find a way to gain back control.
Just because the Drifter got a new body though, doesn't mean everything is all rainbow and sunshine. In fact, none of it really is. For starters, he's got to learn everything about his host's life in a very short time, and she's not exactly keen to tell him. Where do they work? Where do they live? Do they have children? Friends? What are they like?
If things were normal for the Drifter, all these questions wouldn't be too big an issue. Give him a couple weeks and he'd learn them, no problem. Over the last few decades though, he's been on a clock. Someone's been hunting him; a man named Bluejay.
Should he ditch Cynthia's life, drain her funds, and leave the country? Or perhaps he should stay put in New York and try to slip under Bluejay's radar. Find out the answer by helping fund the campaign and you'll know in just a few short months!
Why Choose to Kickstart it?
There's actually a lot of reasons I chose Kickstarter over self-publishing with my own money.
First of all, it lets me know if people are interested in the book or not. Friends and family are too small a sample size to be reliable. I want to know whether people are genuinely interested in reading The Drifter.
Another reason is the free advertising. This way, the book is getting out there and interest is being piqued. Speaking of, you should totally share this campaign with everyone you've ever met. Run around the street screaming about it like a crazy person if that's your agenda. Post on message boards. Make a flier and staple it to bulletin boards or people's chests!
Back to the topic, A Kickstarter campaign also helps me raise funds not just for the first book in the series, but also to have enough money left over from sales to fund the second book, which should fund the third and then the fourth.
Lastly, let's be honest, it takes away some of the risk from myself. I'm not using my own money to fund the entirety of the self publishing so of course that's a big benefit. It's reducing my risk at the same time as adding a lot of flexibility to what I can do to make The Drifter a success.
Why should I fund this campaign?
- You'd be helping to fulfill another human's dream. If it was your dream, wouldn't you hope people would do the same?
- The novel is already written. I mean... it's there. It's done. All that's left is professional editing, formatting, and publishing.
- I gotta say, I think it's a pretty good book!
- Think of it this way -- Let's say you're just getting the book tier for $25. That's 125,000 words you just bought. Let's say you read the average of 200 words a minute (12,000 per hour). You just bought yourself a little over 10 hours of entertainment for only $25. Only about $2.50 per hour! That's less than most movies and AAA games.
- It'll probably get you some brownie points from the big guy upstairs. You know, that fat landlord you've got that lives above you eating cheese pizza over the sink like some sort of hobgoblin? Yeah, he'd probably love the book if you used it as rent one month. Oh, and then he'd bake you brownies. Don't eat them though. The dude's a freak.
- Also, I made this nifty (accurate) pie chart that shows exactly how your money will be spent! Note: The guy upstairs cannot eat this pie chart. It's an inedible pie chart. Sorry.
Why's your video look like a pile of hot garbage?
I have little to no drawing ability. I could pay someone to make something really nice along the same lines but really, I'd rather spend that same money on things that directly contribute to making the book better for you guys and gals.
Plus, wasn't it endearing? Just a little? No? Eh, fine. If the Kickstarter succeeds, I'll spend a little of my own money and make you guys a real, cool looking trailer for the book's release. Happy?
How can I be sure you won't just take the money and run?
Well, transparency is key for that. Here's my personal Facebook Page, my Facebook page for the book and my website -- As you can see, I'm an actual living person. Have been for 28 years! Now, that doesn't necessarily mean I can't simply take the money and flee the country. What it does mean though is that you can find me at any moment and bug the living sh** out of me. Is it a mistake? Maybe, but I'm fully prepared to pay the spammy toll of it..
What more can I do? Not much that I can think of... Short of going to the future and showing you I don't just steal the money, there's really no definitive way to show you absolute proof. Message me on here or Facebook if you want. Get to know me if it helps you feel more comfortable.
Risks and challenges
So, you want to know what risks and challenges there are? Let's do some fancy bullet pointing!
- Editing may take longer than anticipated. In all honesty it shouldn't take more than a month at most but hey, it could very well need a second round of editing or even a third. Who knows? It's impossible to tell until the first round is done.
- There may be delays with the publisher when I choose one. It's impossible for me to predict what might happen there as it's a part of production that will be out of my hands. I will however be on their a$$es if delays come up.
- Rewards could be late. Just like with the publisher, it's a part of the system that's simply out of my hands. I can promise you though that every reward will come even if I have to start hand-making everything myself. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, though. I struggle with even stick figures.
- I could die. Let's face it, it's an entirely real possibility. I mean, I never really go anywhere and am in my twenties so that risk is very low, but it could happen. Who knows? If it does happen though, I do have a letter on my desk of what major events will happen in all future books in the hopes that someone will some day take up the mantle. I also already have all the rewards and book publication details in a document on my computer so things should still be handled in that case.
- The Drifter could become real, take over my body, and be forced to flee from Bluejay for the rest of my (presumably short) life. This is a very unlikely scenario.
- Sending rewards to people in countries other than the United States. These can sometimes be costly depending on what's being shipped where. It's a possibility I'll need to change rewards, give refunds, or discuss options with people outside the U.S.
- Motivating myself. I'm going to be honest here because that's what I believe in. I used to have a hard time motivating myself. Frankly, I was lazy. I recently had a major change in my life and realized that I needed to work towards this goal of mine rather than just thinking it would somehow come to pass on its own. There's not a chance in hell that I'll be giving up on my dream now. I just wanted you to know exactly the type of person you're dealing with on the other end of this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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