• Crowdfunding

    THIS. IS. KICKSTARTER!

    THREE HUNDRED! THREE HUNDRED BACKERS, GUYS! THAT WAS MY DREAM NUMBER! I’m going to have to upgrade my dreams!

    Oh my gosh, this is VERY exciting! VERY! EXCITING! 300 backers and the Redeemer Chronicles Kickstarter is nudging €9K now; another 600 will offset a useful-sized chunk of hiring a professional editor, which–it’s totally silly, but that excites me. I’m a pretty good writer, and I turn in pretty solid drafts, but invariably my editors have questions and insights that leave me wondering why on *earth* I couldn’t see that myself, and always improve the books. And I’ve got the copy editor sorted out, and I’m talking to someone about digital file conversion, and I have the cover artist lined up! Oh my gosh, this is starting to get so real! EEEE! EEEEEEEEE!!!

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Okay, okay, I’m going to DREAM BIG! Five days left! In my big dream I will have 350 backers! 10 a day! We can get the word out to 10 more people (who are interested in and able to support a kickstarter) a day, right? Yeah! We can do that!

    oh my gosh. i’m just going to get increasingly incoherent over the next five days, i can tell. there was actually a point in the NO DOMINION campaign where i was so overwhelmed by reader enthusiasm and trust that i simply burst into tears. i’m feeling a little of that right now, honestly. ♥

  • Crowdfunding

    200 backers & climbing!

    The REDEEMER Kickstarter has reached 200 backers and is still climbing! In fact, it’s at 205, actually, and just a whisker under €6k!

    It’s got 10 days left (or will by the time most people read this), and I have a dream of reaching 300 backers. It picked up about 25 last Friday alone, so it’s not impossible! But it’s tricky, because reaching new people–

    Okay, before I go on, I want to say that what follows is not accusation or frustration or anger or anything. It’s just one of the interesting things not only I, but lots of others, have found about crowdfunding, and it’s one of the things we generally can’t figure out how to squeeze past.

    –well, it’s funny. I mean, theoretically reaching new people shouldn’t be all that hard. Between Facebook and Twitter and my blog and G+ and Tumblr and my mailing list (gawd, what a lot of places), I have access, in sheer straight-up numbers, to possibly as many as 10,000 people. A lot of them are probably following me in more than one location, though, so I tend to figure it’s probably more like 3K in actual numbers. So I reckon I’m aiming for about 10% of the audience I can reach with relative ease.

    10% doesn’t sound like that much, but it is! It has to be the 10% that hears about the project, is interested in the project, enjoys supporting crowdfunded projects, and is in a position to be *able* to support a crowdfunded project. And probably other variables I’m not able to think of right now. :)

    And then from the creator’s point of view, you also want to reach that 10% without driving the other 90% (or even worse, the people you’ve already got!) absolutely bugnuts. Better yet, you want to reach more than 10%! You want to reach ALL of your readers! You want to get them ALL as excited about your project as you are! Without driving anybody bugnuts.

    You have no idea how worried creators are that they’re going to drive people bugnuts with their reminders and promotions and all of it. And then the flip side of that is you feel like you’ve been tweetingfacebookingbloggingplussing INCESSANTLY and then three people suddenly say “OMG you’re doing a crowdfund I had no idea!” and run off and pledge and you realize that you’re doing your best and still missing people! So a great many thanks are due to those who *do* see the incessant blogs etc and are patient with them. ♥

    And while all of that is going on you’re also trying to figure out how to reach *beyond* your core audience. People signal boosting can make for a great day (like last Friday, with the 25+ new backers! that was so cool!), but there are projects that go viral, and clearly everybody wants *that* to happen. It’s just–how?! Promotion is hard! It’s exciting and interesting, but hard!

    (Viral obviously also has to do hugely with emotional appeal on the project’s part–the potato salad guy made people laugh, the Tesla museum made people proud, Amanda Palmer’s stuff makes people feel connected. Believe you me, if I knew what project would touch people like any of those, I’d be running it!)

    Anyway, I’m not sure any of this has a lot of profound meaning behind it or anything. Mostly it’s meant to say that I’m having a wonderful time with this project and I’m excited and can’t wait to see it tip over the Magic Funding Number, and that I’ll keep trying to bring backers in and I hope you all can bear with me another ten days! ♥

  • Crowdfunding

    Developing the Redeemer Chronicles

    Ted said I oughta do a post about how REDEEMER isn’t Buffy, and I thought that sounded like a cool idea. Also it’s a chance to show you something that happens when you’re trying to promote a project like this, in terms of story development. :)

    Admittedly, although the first bedeviled creature Rosie meets in the REDEEMER proposal chapters is a vampire, my idea for these books is really *not* to get stuck in a Vampire Of The Week story but to get caught up with a wide variety of demonic creatures. Buffy’s vampires can’t be cured (save forcing a soul on them), but the whole point of Rosie’s gift is that she *can* save a damned soul–

    –but there I was, typing up something like that for a Twitter post, and it came out “Rosie Ransom can redeem a damned soul with a touch–but will she lose her own in the process?”

    and I was all like WAIT WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT WAS EVEN AN OPTION WHAT DOES THIS MEAN!?!?!!

    That, my friends, is the writer brain at work. And now I know that that’s going to be part of the long term story. Buffy’s always been in danger of *dying*. It’s also always been assumed in the Buffyverse that if you die, you go to some kind of Hell–but Rosie’s coming from the other end of the spectrum. In her world, if you die, you assume you’re probably going to some kind of Heaven…except, crap, if her talent leads to damnation…that’s a whole diffn’t kettle of fish. How far can Rosie go before the balance tips? What happens if and when it does?

    So now I know why one of the later books will be entitled SALVATION. (Working titles right now: REDEEMER, DEFILER, TEMPTATION, SALVATION, and this could easily be an up to 7 or so book series, so I may need a few more in there…! :))

    The truth is there’s a lot going on under the surface for why I want to write these books, too. Foremost–and this is a not-so-secret, at least to me, aspect of it–is that 1945 is a period of major social, political and economic upheaval, which makes it…a perfect lens for looking at today through. *Especially*, to me, the human rights/feminist angle, because Rosie’s part of the first generation of United States women who grow up with the vote. She’s held a job through most of the war. She’s a feminist–and she’s both proud and a little scared of that fact.

    And she has friends who wouldn’t regard themselves as such, which is a good source of conflict. She also has–well, she has her Scooby Gang, guys, and one of the things I really want to do is tell a story with an ensemble cast. The Walker Papers are straight-up Joanne’s story, and the Negotiator Trilogy focused on Margrit and Alban. Rosie’s got friends: Irene, Maxine, Hank, Richie. They’re the Scoobies. They have–oh, man, guys, they have so many secrets and I’m kinda dying to tell them but I can’t. :) You can figure out Maxine’s by reading the chapters (but Rosie hasn’t figured it out yet!), and Hank’s will start developing straight off in…chapter four. :)

    But even avoiding spoilers, there’s stuff with these characters, things I didn’t necessarily think about when I was writing them initially, that are still reflective of where we are today socially. Hank’s got a physical handicap in a world long before the American Disabilities Act started making the country a little easier for someone with a bad leg to get around in. There’s so much the-way-we-were versus the-way-we-want-to-be that I’d love to be able to quietly highlight in these books, and I’m really looking forward to doing it.

    All I need is about 125 more backers. :) The clock is ticking; we’re down to 13 days and counting. I really hope it makes it!

    The Redeemer Chronicles Kickstarter: REDEEMER is waiting for you! :)

  • Crowdfunding

    Kickstarter Ahoy: The Redeemer Chronicles!

    Guys, I TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND, okay?

    I kept trying to work out the reward levels for the Old Races project and just couldn’t. It just wouldn’t work without knowing how long the main event, KISS OF ANGELS, was going to be, and I couldn’t bring myself to write it right now, so I wibbled and wobbled and flopped around and went through all of my “I wish I could do this” projects and finally landed on REDEEMER, which is what happens when I mash up Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Rosie the Riveter in my head and set an urban fantasy in 1945.

    The war is over…but for Rosie the Redeemer, the homefront battle is just about to begin!

    It’s July 1945, and handsome young Johnny B. Goode is home from the war. Reportedly shattered by his experiences, he takes a night shift job at the local factory. It’s no surprise that the girls there are smitten with the handsome young soldier, but as they start to leave their jobs–and no forwarding addresses–Rosie Ransom begins to suspect there’s more to Johnny’s homecoming than believed.

    When Johnny tries to turn a vampiric bite on her, Rosie kills him in self defense–and sees his soul, pure and uncorrupted, rise into the ether. Within hours, she’s approached by handsome, dangerous Hank Turner, who believes her to be a Redeemer–a rare talent who can save a lost soul even after demonic possession has taken place.

    Rosie, facing the loss of her factory job as men–and her fiance Rich Thompson–come home from the war, is eager for any future that grants her the independence she’s come to cherish as a working woman. If there are monsters to slay, she’ll embrace the opportunity. Because without Rosie’s help, the scare started by Johnny may turn into a full-fledged nightmare…

    (This *is* your grandma’s urban fantasy!)

    Tomorrow there will be sample chapters. There might even be a Kickstarter link. O.O :)

  • Crowdfunding

    New Senyaza Kickstarter!

    guys guys GUYS guys guys

    I have been terribly remiss in shouting about Chrysoula Tzavelas’s Senyaza Kickstarter. This is for her third book in the MATCHBOX GIRLS series, and I’m in the middle of reading it right now and it is so. good.

    Like, early on (because it’s set in Seattle, mostly, sort of, and bcaus I’v got crossovers on my mind) I was reading and I tweeted to Soula that we should really do a Walker Papers/Senyaza crossover good.

    Then a couple hours later I was like “or maybe not because the glory of Soula’s writing would make mine look like the pikersville it is and that would be embarrassing” good.

    In other words, *good*.

    And! This is a particularly good time to hop on the Senyaza train if you haven’t already, because for $12 you get all 3 Senyaza novels *plus* all the short stories Soula has written/will write in the Senyaza universe, which is a terrific bargain.

    And also I kind of know the bones of what’s going to happen in book 4 due to a brainstorming session in the war room a few weeks ago and I’m all just like “AAAAH GRABBY HANDS GRABBY HANDS!” so you want to be ready for that, I bet. o.o

    And now I have to go finish reading it because I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. ‘scuze me.