Firstly, a huge thank you to all of you for backing Queen of the May. We may not have reached our target, but your support still means a lot to me. However, the project doesn’t end just yet! I will finish writing Queen of the May — I’ve spent my spare time in the last few weeks thinking about background, character development, and plot, and have started writing new scenes to add in. I’ve a fairly clear To Do list in terms of editing the story ready for beta readers and I’ll crack on with that over the coming weeks. I hope to get it out to my beta readers by the end of May, get revisions in by the end of June, and finish the final draft by the end of July.
Once the story is finished, you’ll be able to get hold of it in all the major ebook stores, or free from my website. I will also get 50 copies printed up, but not bound. It turns out that getting small books bound is really expensive because you have to sew the pages together, you can’t just glue them (the pages tend to simply fall out if you do). At short run volumes prices get silly, so the only way I’ll be able to produce this as a physical object is to hand-bind every copy. I’ll confirm options and prices in due course, but it’s likely to be a choice between a very simple binding in buckram bookcloth, and a super deluxe full leather binding.
Overall, I find myself quite comfortable about the way that things have turned out. I could have set the goal lower, and I think I probably could have whipped up enough support to hit $5000 but, as with Argleton, that would have restricted me to working on the project only in my spare time. Given Argleton took nearly two years from conception to completion, that isn’t a situation I would relish. At $10,000 I could have actually devoted the vast majority of my time to it, as I would not have had to worry about getting new consulting work in. For me, it really was an all-or-nothing proposition. Either I raised enough to pay for my time, or I didn’t.
More importantly, I’ve also realised that I’m putting the cart before the horse a little bit. Whilst Argleton has had a great reception from those who’ve read it, I still don’t have a high enough profile to be able to run a career off Kickstarter. I think it’s possible to do so, but one needs to have a much bigger community for it to really work. So I’m going to focus on getting the horse and the cart in the right order, which means writing a lot more and spending less time in Excel trying to figure out reward levels. In some circumstances, Kickstarter can turn out to be a form of yak shaving. Well, my yak’s naked now and it’s time to focus on the writing!