I'm always looking for ways to fund our projects that do not involve funding from my own pocket (I need to eat). All the products published to date under the aegis of THG StarDragon Publishing and been from my own funds, from the original block of ISBN's, through to getting the proofs copied and sent to me for review and approval or redoing. My editor has always cut me some slack in the financial department, as she is in a similar position. So my payments to her have not always been monetary, though she certainly deserves a lot more and I work toward making the exchange more equal.
Hence why most of the time when editing services are required, I ask for compensation, and am always willing to negotiate a rate that is fair to both editor and author.
As more people work with us, I hope to make things easier and more lucrative for everyone. That's always been one of my goal. So I am excited to have the opportunity to try out a funding option that allows more involvement. I will be running the first Kickstarter soon for one of my projects, Selkies' Skins. Starting November 1st, there will be the option available to make pledges in return for rewards that range from artwork connected to the story, mention in the print and ebook versions as well as the story's site, a copy of the finished story as print or ebook, all the way through to a complete set of my works. At one level, there is even the option available to have your collection updated free for the length of my writing life. There is still time to give me feedback if you've got an idea for a reward, but don't see it listed. Take a look at what's there.
Selkies' Skins Kickstarter
The event is going to run for a month, and I will be doing regular updates via the update feature, answering any questions that are asked, talking a bit about my writing process, posting snippets from what is not available for reading yet, and possibly even reading parts of the story live via livestream.
I need your help to reach the minimum funding goal to cover the project's most basic needs. I do have other goals for if there is enough participation. Share the link with your friends if you can't afford to chip in even with just a dollar, and ask them to share it as well. In this case, the more the merrier.
Much thanks to Oscelot Haalan of Second Life, for introducing me to M.C.A. Hogarth and her live journal, which led to my finding out about Kickstarter and being able to explore it as an option to help with not only my own creative projects, but possibly being able to help others use it as well in the future when working on their projects.
Remember, we go live November 1st. November 1st is also the last day that Call of the Kami will be free at Smashwords, and it will return to a normal price.