Earlier today I got one of those rare LJ pokes from basefinder reminding me it has been several months since I wrote anything here. (Thanks, btw)
Shortly after I posted the last audio chapter of the free, serialized podcast of my book, a former LJ friend/current FriendFace friend of mine contacted me. Was I interested in self-publishing a print version of the book through her very small press and raising the up-front costs through a Kickstarter campaign?
I was not, actually. Well, yeah, I wanted to see a print version of my book, but self-publishing means a whole lot of self-promotion, which is something I'm not overly comfortable with (read: not comfortable with) and I knew nothing about Kickstarter.
Besides, there was a nasty Catch-22 that I couldn't resolve: In order to get people to contribute to a Kickstarter campaign the book needed a professionally illustrated cover. However, we weren't going to have the money to hire an illustrator until after the campaign raised enough money for one.
Said friend/publisher also runs a writing space in MA and, as a result, knows a lot of writers and illustrators. She's managed to barter web site redesign work and managing a future Kickstarter campaign with an artist in exchange for a cover illustration.
And suddenly I didn't have any good excuses to keep saying, "No."
So, I said yes.( Collapse )