One author, Robin Sloan, is financing his new book project through Kickstarter, and it’s working. It’s an interesting distribution model because readers get to choose whether they want a digital copy, a digital copy and a hard copy, or more. You have until midnight Oct. 31st to get in on the action and to get a copy of the book (detective story about the “digital and the occult.”)
It helps that Sloan has compelling previous work up online, a la his short story “Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store,” which convinced me his new project was worth a look—and worth financing.
I like the idea of Kickstarter, but is it a viable option for many? A few? Or only people who already have a cult following, guys like Joss Whedon? Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” came out last year. It was made as a work of love—with no budget, had no publicity…yet it succeeded, to most people’s surprise. Does this present a new alternative for movie-making, tv-making, media-making that can bypass the studios? Whedon himself acknowledges (in this awesome interview with Ira Glass*) that the model doesn’t scale very well for Hollywood. We haven’t seen a lot of people inspired by this model and following it to stardom.
Similarly, is Felicia Day’s “The Guild” a model (build it with love and they will come) or an exception?
I don’t know, and I don’t really have any answers, just lots of questions…
And I just wanted to point you to an author/book that might be worth following.
*”We did this [interview event with Ira Glass and Joss Whedon] hoping to raise money to teach writing to kids. We’re kind of, you know, into writing. If you listen, and you’re against helping schoolchildren with their homework and expanding their literary horizons, then certainly do not click the donate button. Everyone else, please click. Throw in a buck, or five bucks. We think we might be able to raise enough this way to cover all of 826NYC’s costs for a month which would be incredible and also incidentally blow their minds. Help us do that! Help us shock them with the generosity of strangers on the Interweb.”