A few years ago I had an idea for a novel about someone who could alter the future by interfering with the results of coin tosses. The mechanism for this interference would rely on principles of quantum mechanics: the randomness of quantum phenomena would be amplified to a macro level, making the coin toss truly random. In a sense, this “randomizer” device would be a real-world Schrödinger’s Cat: a way to transfer the indeterminacy occurring at the atomic level to a much larger scale. After going through several iterations of the idea, I hit upon the idea of writing the story as modern day noir thriller. I immersed myself in noir fiction like The Postman Always Rings Twice and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and movies like The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil and Chinatown. I also read a ton of books on quantum mechanics, from Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces to Jeffrey Satinover’s The Quantum Brain. Once I felt I was in the right (wrong?) frame of mind, I sat down and started writing. When I was about halfway done with the first draft, I half-jokingly suggested on Facebook that a good title for a “quantum physics noir thriller” would be Schrödinger’s Gat. I knew from the reaction that it was a winner.
The money raised will go toward printing advance copies for reviewers, editing/proofreading, meeting award obligations, and marketing/publicity. The idea is to create some buzz online shortly before and after the publication date so the book gets some traction in the Amazon rankings. This is the strategy I used for Mercury Falls, and I'm hoping to replicate that success.
Risks and challenges
The book is written, so no worries there. Schrödinger’s Gat is actually the seventh book I've written. My first novel, Mercury Falls, was a self-published success before being picked up by 47North, Amazon's sci-fi imprint. Since then I've had three other novels published, and I even wrote a book about how to self-publish a novel. So you might say I know something about writing, publishing and marketing books.
The biggest risk is that there's no market for a "quantum physics noir thriller." Publishers tell me that it's hard to sell a book that straddles genres. Personally I don't think they're trying very hard. I guess we'll find out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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