allura (allura) wrote in writers_guild,

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Greeting, introduction, and Kickstarters. If this isn't allowed, I apologize and will remove it.

My name is Jami Grey, and I'm a novel writer. I have a fancy BA in English Lit., which means absolutely nothing but that I am a huge nerd for books. But some books didn't come out the way I wanted them to. Harry Potter, I'm looking at you! Stephan King, you are also on my target list. Jim Butcher...just write faster!

The link above leads to my kickstarter project, a novel. If you visit the site, you'll get a sample of where it's going to go.
I've supported some kickstarters here and there, mostly gaming, since it is my other main interest next to reading and crafting.

I'm looking for ways to support my novel writing habit. Right at the moment, the money is earmarked for publication and promotion.  I'm looking to find the right way and place to get the best response to my kickstarter.  Can anyone lend me a hand?
I hope I have not come across as crass, as I truly do need someone to help navigate the minefield with me.

Jami Grey
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Hmmm, I'm not sure your project here will earn much considering there are thousands and thousands of writers out there every day who manage to write novels without any money at all, myself included. I recently self-published two novels as ebooks. I sell them for .99 and 1.99 each, respectively, through Amazon and Smashwords (which includes online retailers like iTunes, Barnes and Noble, etc.). I would suggest that you write your book, find a beta reader who will edit/offer feedback for free, and do some research online about self-publishing, or if the traditional route is what you're aiming for, a literary agent and/or publisher.

I guess it just seems strange to me to have a kickstarter page for writing a book. In my opinion, the only people who will benefit from pay for the creation of a novel are already established authors with an established fanbase (ie. Stephen King, etc.) and they don't need the money to write books. It seems very unlikely you will receive any money from strangers to write a book as an unknown author (except for maybe friends and family for a bit), no matter the subject matter.

Good luck.
Agreed with the two people above me, and I wanted to share this article in case you were considering a vanity press like Author Solutions:

I found it informative and eye-opening - and it provides a couple of helpful links on self-publishing.

I also recommend posting stories on the 'net for free in places where people will see them (Fiction Press and Archive Of Our Own both work well for this). It's a good way to test your readership potential. I can understand if people don't want to do this (you want to jump right into publishing), but if you're open to it, it's a useful way to gain practice in writing for an audience - and sometimes a few tidbits of useful feedback, too.