Poo Bah: A faerie tale for adults
Poo Bah: A faerie tale for adults
Poo Bah is a fantasy adventure about an Imaginary Friend who goes on a Big Adventure. With your help I can free up time to finish and edit the novel.
Poo Bah is a fantasy adventure about an Imaginary Friend who goes on a Big Adventure. With your help I can free up time to finish and edit the novel. Read more
(I know, I broke all the rules about making pitch videos - I'm not a skilled video editor, last time I did any video editing was in high school, over 20 years ago. Please take it as an enthusiastic amateur video.)
As you most likely know by now, Poo Bah is a novel that I'm writing, and have been writing for almost five years. Right now, the project is approximately 278 pages, which I feel is about 70% of the way done. (In a completely unscientific method, I have zeroed in on 400 pages as the estimation of completion. This may very well not be the reality upon completion.) This started off as a NaNoWriMo exercise (and was successful in regards to word count), and since then I've spent time here and there on it, but only have added about 20K more words to it.
Last year, I had all sorts of glorious intentions of having 2009 be the year I completed the story. That didn't happen. So I redeclared the Year of Poo Bah to be 2010. Well, here we are, half way through, and, yeah... not so much.
Here's the thing; I know I can get it done, with just enough time. I know what has to be done, I know where the story is going. This is REALLY a fun story and the one project that I'm most proud of.
The money. Ah, yes, the money. The money will be used to help me finish the book. That's right, I'll be hiring a clan of ninja to capture people to ghostwrite for me. So, I need the money to pay the ninja clan, and to feed the hostages while they write.
Wait, what? No? Okay, sorry... that's not allowed. Something about kidnapping illegal. Okay, right. The money will be used to free up time by supplementing my income so I can finish the darn story and get the editing done. See, I got laid off from the non-profit animal shelter that I've been working at for six years, because the money isn't there. And, while I am looking for more employment (employment is a good thing), I started thinking about all this time that I have and how it could be put to use. (Right now it's being put to use selling my possessions online, so that I don't lose my house, and looking for a job. But what if I had the buffer to sit down and just write? I could easily have the story finished within a good six to eight weeks. And then another four weeks or so for editing, right? So that's about three months. That would be before the end of the 2010. Which means the goal would be reached, and how cool would that be?)
So that's the first part of the money. Paying mortgage bills so I have a place to live while I'm writing/editing. The second part would be the whole self-publishing thing. I'm really unsure how this is going to pan out, as I'm looking into ALL sorts of avenues for that - Lulu and other print-on-demand publishers, as well as several more traditional self-publishers. So, please forgive me if I'm not all specific on that, but the money will also be used to print copies for the pledges that are eligible for that, as well as marketing, possibly printing more copies to sell/promote, and all the things that go hand-in-hand with promoting. (I was a manager at a bookstore in the 1990s so I do have a pretty good idea of the specifics of that.)
I've set a goal of $2500 - this will supplement my income and print copies of the book for the pledges. More would be great, because that would also be used to fund the marketing and more copies and all of that.
You can see a little bit more about Poo Bah at the Poo Bah site. There will be a lot more to come, including pages available to all pledges, as things progress. If you want to see my main writing site, 770 Days is the place to go. There's a few links from the main page to short stories I've written, a short comic I scripted and more.
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