Saturday, August 11, 2012
SUCCESS A GO-GO
So the Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse sequel was successfully funded through Kickstarter and in addition to thanking everyone involved, I wanted to pause for a moment to reflect on Kickstarter.
First, I want to say that I don' plan to make Kickstarter the routine way I decide to write a novel or not. I still believe in sitting down, writing your novel and taking your chances with it on the open market. But since this was a sequel ... well ... my gut feeling was that it was a bit different of a situation which I've already explained on my Kickstarter page and in previous posts. To boil it down, I wanted to go into this novel with confidence that there really were at the very least a handful of people that wanted this book. Now I know. Thanks.
But a novel isn't like a film project or a comic book project where you might need to hire artists or rent equipment, etc. It's just a dude sitting in front of his computer and typing, right? And while the response to my Kickstarter project was overwhelmingly positive and supportive (I made my modest goal in 3 days) there were a few naysayers who thought it was "wrong" to use Kickstarter to fund a novel, one dude on twitter going as far as to call it "tacky." Maybe. But when you get down to brass tacks, the fact is nobody is forced to participate. When you pledge your money to a Kickstarter campaign you're saying "I want this" and if you don't want it ... well, you don't pledge. Isn't it really that simple?
But like I said, the experience has been overwhelmingly positive, and I will be attacking the novel with gusto. GUSTO! Going into a creative project with enthusiasm beats the hell out of going into it wondering if anyone really gives a steamy poop about what you're doing.
If you have Kickstarter thoughts or links to Kickstarter projects you think we need to pay attention to then by all means let's fill up the comment section.