I have to admit, I’ve been pretty obsessed with this crowdfunding business. I’ve been on Inkshares for not quite a month, and I’ve sold 33 copies of the novel. I have until February 9 to get to 250.
Despite a lot of false starts, crying and gnashing of teeth, I’m really happy I did this. A few reasons:
-The Inkshares community is AMAZING. I have found so many cool writers on there. I’ve been backing their books, reading, and reviewing. I admire their tenacity and determination. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it, but the journey has been a good one so far.
-I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I’m willing to do in order to put my work out there.
-I’m getting deeper into the bookish/reading community and re-discovering my love of books. Which is great, because when you work in a library (especially as a manager) you can get a little burned out on that.
Honestly, I have no clue what I’m going to do if I don’t make it. Inkshares offers the option of extending a campaign; I could do that. I could see if I get placed in a contest or chosen for a syndicate. Or, I could pull the book and simply indie publish. Another perk of this whole thing is that I’ve been networking with a group of smart, talented indie writers, and I know they could help me get this off the ground.
Whatever happens, I’m pretty sure this book isn’t going to be published traditionally. I’ve had a lot of great feedback, so I want to get it out to my readers as soon as possible. That’s another great thing I’ve discovered: a link to a community that wants to read this book. And that’s everything I’ve ever wanted – to see the thing in print.
I’m getting ready to release a companion short story, and I’m excited about getting that out into the world. Maybe my next book will find a “real” publisher – maybe it won’t. Does it really matter? The most important thing, I’ve learned, is immersing myself in this world, the world of books and stories, the world I was born to be part of.