The Journal: Talking Kickstarter Again

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Topic: Talking Kickstarter Again
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“There is money in publishing. A lot of it. It just doesn’t flow to the writers. Because, frankly, writers are stupid.” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Dean and Loren offer a free class on crowdfunding on Teachable.” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol

Topic: Talking Kickstarter Again

This will be brief. See “Brandon’s Kickstarter” at

Amusing excerpts

“[From] the company town newspaper (The New York Times):

“But self-publishing on the scale Sanderson is proposing is an enormously complicated proposition. Fundamentally, most authors want to write books, not run a publishing house.

“Books require editors, designers and lawyers. Someone has to register the ISBN number and file for copyright. Someone else has to proofread the manuscript, then proofread it again. Printing thousands of copies of physical books, then storing and distributing them, is expensive and onerous.”

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s response:

“It’s as if the past 12 years hadn’t happened at all. As if there weren’t hundreds of freelance copy editors and designers. As if registering for an ISBN is hard. As if hiring a lawyer is even harder.”

“Brandon wrote these four surprise novels. He’ll publish them, and the people who backed the Kickstarter will get copies and other swag.

“Then the books will go on sale at the usual channels. And because they’re indie published, Brandon will make 70% of the gross rather than 19% (if his deal from his regular publisher was spectacular, which it probably isn’t). He’ll be raking in money on indie published books.”

If you want to make money with your writing, read Kris’s post. Then climb out of your safety zone and try a Kickstarter campaign. Or another Kickstarter campaign. As noted in the article, practice makes perfect.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Challenges (Wrong Information Out There)” at

See “A Thousand New Email Sign Ups in a Week? It’s Possible.” at

See “A Close Reading of the Best Opening Paragraph of All Time” at This is a stupid claim. All judgements—good, bad; better, worse; best, worst—are up to the individual reader. I like my own opening paragraph for Confessions of a Professional Psychopath better: “Of the three wingback chairs in my library, only one is upholstered in human skin. There’s a reason for that.”

See “Writers’ Police Academy March Newsletter” at Interesting stuff.

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.

3 thoughts on “The Journal: Talking Kickstarter Again”

  1. Did you read the donut hole short story contest info (leeloflands site).
    Looks really fun but very sketchy on copyright details. Almost looks like you effectively give them up. I might check into it more. I’ll let you know if I do.

    • By all means, check. That will at least let Lee know there’s a glitch he needs to fix in the rules.

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