BIRCHTHORN IS COMING FOR YOU
This is my first stab at self publishing and the Kickstarter vehicle is how I hope to fund it. Basically, the people who join the project are the folks hiring me to write the book. But this isn't just paying a set price for an ebook, paperback, or hardcover - it is becoming part of the story! As this book is being written the first 80% will be available on a blog for the folks who contribute, to read and comment, suggest and guess. You'll see the story in its rawest form, the creation process, and be able to weigh in. And Since only the beginning of this story has been written, I have left pledge points open for you to become a part of it, too. Become a victim of Birchthorn or even a supporting main character!
I don't know if any other author has tried this type of funded writing project, one that doesn't just promise an ebook but lets you help be a part of the story, too. And when you pledge to be a part of this, you are also helping this farm out immensely, going into winter and keeping wolves from the door. I have started this story several times and not finished it. I didn't finish it because there was no deadline, no contract, no pressing need. I understand that isn't a very noble reason not to write a novel but with everything else going on here at this little farm, it was always pushed aside for projects with deadlines and editors. WEll, now Birchthorn will have a big contract, all of you, and I CAN'T set it aside once it basically becomes a book deal between us. And there are several perks for all levels.
So What can you do? You can pledge, of course! But also, please share this with your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Friends! Email it to folks you know who like reading mysteries, or like the idea of being able to follow along on the road to creation. It only has 14 days to be funded, so I ask you to do this quickly and know each sent email, each share on Facebook, and each pledge is a shining light for this small farm. So I thank you, and I am excited to write and publish Birchthorn, and I hope you are too!
Get to the Campaign here!
Update from 1:30PM
The kKickstarter for Birchthorn has Ten Backers already! Ten folks who all opted to be a part of this story and support the farm! I can't thank you enough! Here's what your pledge means might happen if I reach my goal!
1. I'll be a writer with a mission, a deadline, and a project again! Or as otherwise called: employed! Thank you for the purpose you give, the sense of duty to create a story, and your anticipation for the suspense!
2. The money earned will pay for the publishing and distribution of this Kickstarter-only book. You will not see Birchthorn in bookstores any time soon! This is how you get a hard copy in your hands, the very first edition! And you are a part of it! An ebook might become public later on but right now there are not plans to make this available any other way but through Kickstarter!
3. The small advance included will help this farm in ways you can not imagine and take a weight off my shoulders of some heaviness. I have written about the state of CAF in more detail at the Clan Blog, but to sumarize without drama: this book deal will literally save my farm, keeping it out of threat of foreclosure.
4. Even a single dollar pledge is a sign of kindness and faith, and I hope all who can and want to donate do, and soon! It is over in 2 weeks! And if I don't reach the goal, even just a few dollars below it, I do not get any of the money at all and none of the people who pledged are billed. So know the importance of this, and the need, and be a part of this if you can!