I wrote a novel called Mask of the Other and people have been enjoying it. Now I'd like to put it into audiobook format.
Mask of the Other is inspired in equal parts by the nihilistic horror cosmos of H.P. Lovecraft and accounts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both journalistic and fictions like The Hurt Locker. You can read a sample of it at its home page, which also houses the sequel paid for right here on KS, "Whatever Happened to Lala?" (But if you're thinking of backing this, don't read that yet! Spoilers!)
I've produced pocasts of me reading my fiction in the past, and while those were well received, they convinced me that I did not have what it takes to do right by a novel. Turning a ten page short story into a podcast strains my abilities, and the estimated length for Mask of the Other would be around eleven hours.
So I went to a website called ACX and started taking auditions from voice talent. Trevor Dutton (who can be heard doing voiceover quotes in the video) immediately impressed me with his clarity and rough vocal melody. As both producer and talent, he can do up the whole book for about $2200. I'm asking for $3000 to cover that, plus Kickstarter's cut, the finance processing fees, and incidentals like mailing costs for rewards.
If you pledge, you help me bring my book to new audiences, and (perhaps more importantly) you get a copy for yourself at its lowest cost. Trevor gets paid, I get a revenue stream, and you get an audiobook full of monsters. I can't wait to hear it.
P.S. If you want to read the reviews on Amazon, just click right here.
Risks and challenges
As I see it, the risks to pledgers are as follows. One, that they won't get the physical objects promised as backing (patches, linocuts, print volumes), and two, that the audiobook itself will not be available. I'll address these individually.
Regarding the physical premiums, I have them right here, in my office, as I type this. They are complete and ready to go, and if they get lost in the mail (as sometimes happens) I'll replace them. My history with this is pretty good: If you ask the backers from my other projects, I'm confident that most (possibly all) would say that they got what they were promised in a timely manner, and that when things have gone awry I've made every reasonable attempt to correct them.
But the bigger concern, of course, is the audiobook itself, which is NOT yet complete. The text of the novel is done, so there's no failure point there, but I'll admit that I haven't worked with Mr. Dutton before. However, he's shown a lot of enthusiasm for the project, genuine as far as I can judge. More importantly, he gets half up front and half on acceptance of the completed audiobook.
The absolute worst case scenario is that Dutton takes the first payment, does nothing, and leaves me holding the bag. I think that's astronomically unlikely, because if you're a voice actor you don't want to torpedo your own career for half money down. But if that should happen or, God forbid, he gets sick or injured and is unable to continue, here's my pledge to you.
IF THE AUDIOBOOK IS NOT COMPLETED, I will still send out all the premiums I can and will, moreover, issue a full refund to each backer if I'm able.
That's my promise to you.
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