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My Kickstarter Campaign Has Ended

My Kickstarter campaign has come to an end and I’m sorry to say it was not funded. I want to thank all the backers who did step up and pledge. Your support means so much to me. I am still going through with The Fourth Prometheus, however, now, I just have to wait a little longer to get the money together for the final editing. As it stands the book is coming along really well and I am still excited to get it out there.

Reflecting on the whole process with Kickstarter I still believe it is a valuable tool, but for crowd funding to work you must bring your own audience too it. I do browse around the site from time to time and have backed projects based on the description, but by and large I go to Kickstarter looking for projects from sources I know. In the first week that my project went live, I received numerous emails and comments from PR companies and people offering their services (for a price of course). For example for $500 I could get a mention on Engadget. For $1,200 I could get a radio spot. These could have been all very beneficial for the campaign, but then again if I had $500 I wouldn’t need to crowd fund. The old adage, “it takes money to make money,” has never been truer in audience building.

Another side that I had to face is the tool itself. I set my funding level based on what I needed and what I knew I could raise if a portion of the people who have bought my books backed the project. This came to be far from a reality and it may speak more about the familiarity with sites like Kicksterter or even online commerce in general. Not every person has the mindset of an investor. This isn’t really investing in a traditional sense, there is no risk and the reward is known. It’s more like a layaway plan; you put up money for a product you receive at a later date. Not everyone in your audience will feel comfortable doing this and you should take that into account.

I do plan on using Kickstarter in the future for other projects. The process itself was painless and even taught me something or at the very least forced me to think a little differently about my work. This is a crucial step as my book went from a product of my time and mind to an item for sale. I urge other writers to think about what crowd funding can do for your projects and remain open to the idea. Who knows in a few more years this may be the normal for how manuscripts become book.

This Is It

the fourth prometheusThese are the last 7 days to get in on my Kickstarter campaign. It’s your final chance to see your name listed among the believers in my latest work, The Fourth Prometheus. Take a moment and click over to Kickstarter and look at the available options and commitments to back my project. The time is winding down. As a special bonus I’ve updated the project with the first chapter so you can get a sample of the book.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1487090582/the-fourth-prometheus 

Campaign Update

My Kickstarter campaign for The Fourth Prometheus continues on. I decided to giver backers and potential backers alike a taste for the novel I will add an update a week with a page from the book. The first one went out last night so I decided to add it here as well. Enjoy.


 

The burst of steam coming off the machine left Giselle’s cheeks red. She was used to the sting and hot steam, hot metal, the smell of burning oil, pretty much anything that a mechanic of her ability and expertise would have encountered. To the people of Boston the name Mathers was equally famous for her father the scientist and Giselle the metal worker artisan. She tightened a couple more screws and ran the oil line back around the metal strut. Soon her Father’s greatest design would be ready, if it didn’t kill her first. Giselle ran her sleeve over her face sopping up the moisture on her cheeks. She caught her reflection in the chrome of the machine. Her green eyes wide and youthful played behind her high cheekbones and beneath a mound of tight red curls held firmly in place in a tight French braid with both barrette and pins. Good looks ran in her family but it was her scientific mind that she most treasured. She reached over and pressed the ivory button beside the flashing red acorn light on her workstation panel. “What is it, Leland?”

“Sorry for the intrusion, but Drs. Forester and Bach would like a word with you in the drawing room.”

“Oh for the love of General Grant. I am right in the middle of finishing up the cooling system.”

“I assured them that this unannounced visit would not be welcome.”

“You still let them in.”

“To not do so would have been rude. Will you be joining them?”

Giselle tossed her screwdriver onto her work bench. “I will be right down.” She then threw her gloves and goggles to their places on her bench among the sprockets, work gears and spring tensioners.

Giselle reached for the leather ties on her apron but decided to leave it in place. She did let her hair down and welcomed the feeling of it on the back of her neck and shoulders. She took her finger and dabbed a bit of grease from one end of the machine and applied a generous smudge across her right cheek. No point in not looking as busy as she was.

As she entered the room Leland handed her a glass of water. She smiled at him and then looked at her visitors.

“Dr. Mathers your last report to the commission has some severe holes in it would you not say?”

“Not holes, Boris, missing information.”

Dr. Foster cleared his throat. “Missing information then, how do you account for this?”

Giselle walked over to the window across from the entrance. “Would you prefer missing information or erroneous information?”

“The Foundation would prefer a completed project, fully documented and delivered with no further delays.”

The Big News Is…

the fourth prometheushttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1487090582/the-fourth-prometheus 

The big news from my previous post is that I have taken the jump into crowd-funding. I currently have a project live on Kickstarter.com for my most recent novel, The Fourth Prometheus. I’m pretty excited to be doing this as it is a first for me. I had been reading up on the next phase of publishing in the digital age and thought I would see how it works. I have backed several other Kickstarter projects so I was familiar with how the process works. Essentially people who visit the site offer to back my project at various levels of commitment. In return they will receive a copy of the book or books once and if the campaign is a success. That is what makes it relatively risk free. If my commitment goal of $750.00 is not reached no money changes hands.

The project will remain live until April 8th. I have spent some time looking over other projects on the site and thought this would be a good fit for me. The money generated will cover the final costs of editing, formatting, and cover design. The best news is the novel is done and will be releasing irregardless of the success of the project on Kickstarter, but if you want to get in on something special I have some great rewards for people who come on board. Every person who signs on will get their name in the acknowledgements section of the book and a copy of the eBook. For $15 you will receive a signed copy of the paperback, and for your reading convenience a copy of the eBook as well. Contributors at the top tier will have their name appear in the novel as a character. Here is a little description about the novel:

It is the fall of 1897 and Dr. Giselle Mathers has completed her late father’s grandest invention, a mechanical man. To honor the brother she had lost in the War Between the States she paid an artist to create a perfect likeness of him. She is horrified to learn her creation, Enkidam, has fallen in love with her and would kill for her. Giselle, working with a suspicious Constable and ace code writer, must re-code Enkidam’s processor while dodging the scheming rival scientist who wishes to build an army of disposable soldiers, all based on Enkidam, and the trigger-happy marshals she has enlisted to help secure the project.

As you probably guessed The Fourth Prometheus is a Steampunk take on the Frankenstein saga with a little bit of the myth of the Golem thrown in. You can bet I will be doing all that I can to see that I meet my funding goal as I am very confident in the work. I will be updating here and on Kickstarter with my progress throughout the campaign. Join me in helping Enkidam live.