In 2020, I’m Publishing a Book.
This is happening. And it’ll be happening for a while.
You cats may or may not have noticed it: I’ve been kind of spamming my platforms with news about the progress of my book’s IndieGoGo campaign.
The stigma that’s often attached to crowdfunding is that us that do it spam our networks and plead for money, because the money’s the important part.
It’s not the important part. It’s not the ONLY important part anyway. It’s not the most important part.
The most important part is what happens after the campaign ends.
See, the biggest strength of running an IndieGoGo campaign is as a demonstration of seriousness. I don’t know if that’s how other people brand it, but that’s how I’m using it. It’s a means of devoting some time and resources to demonstrate that this is important and I’m willing to work hard on it.
Nothing about books is fast. Not the books, not their production. Doesn’t matter how much octane you pump into them, books act as millstones that slow down everything else about culture.
That means if I am going to produce a book, I’m signing up for a marathon. Everything about it is a marathon.
I am going to produce a book. I’m signing up for a slog.
And I’m cool with that.
Here’s why the IndieGoGo campaign:
a) It gives me a reason to talk about my stories a lot for a little while.
b) It gives all you cool cats an opportunity to look at what I’ve been doing and what I’ll be spending the next several months (years) doing.
At this stage, if the campaign makes no more money, I’ll be able to do the bare minimum of what I’d like to be able to do to publish my book. That’s winning. And that means in the beginning of the’20s, my book will exist. That’s winning.
Which means that I’ll be spending the beginning of the ’20s starting the REAL work, the long-term work, for which the IndieGoGo campaign is like conditioning.
I would really like you to look at my IndieGoGo campaign. Not because I want your money. If you want to give me money, that’s cool. Mostly, I want to show you what I’m working on and what I will be working on, because I’m proud of it, and I’m proud of my stories, and I’ll be shoving as much octane into them as a book can hold (not much).
Without any expectation, I ask this: please look at my IndieGoGo campaign. The material in it is how I’m going to be spending, possibly, the rest of my life.