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Just 70 hours to go, and not feeling hopeful

A month ago, I decided to Crowd Fund the costs of getting my book edited, and a cover for it designed. I chose Indiegogo as it seemed a good site. But now, after a month just three people have contributed.

Don’t misunderstand me. This is not a grumble. As I said in my last post, knowing a hundred people, simply isn’t enough!

So what is likely to happen? Once I’ve picked myself up, dusted myself down and started over again, the book is unlikely to be published this year. First time writers are often told it can take five years. Next year will be my forth, so maybe things aren’t to bad.

Thanks for reading,

Edwin

see http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123677?a=710539

Knowing over 100 people is not enough

Back in July, I posted about my intention to crowd fund for my debut crime novel. This is part of what I said then …

July already! Where does the time go? Time for my monthly blog. It’s rare for me to blog more often because writing a novel is a slow process. Well today there is some news, and it involves you, too.

Crowd Funding.

I’ve ummed-and-arred about this for months. Should I, shouldn’t I? I decided to do it – thousands do, so why not me? So to cut to the chase, here’s the link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123677?a=710539 for my campaign to raise funding to enable my debut novel to be professionally edited and have a graphic-artist design the eBook and print covers. 

So I went ahead and started my campaign. I was attempting then, to raise $4,850 to allow me to pull off this mammoth task by October. That’s now just 2 month away!

I looked at similar campaigns, before setting up my own, to see what other successful campaigners did. Many in the writing category have raised thousands of dollars above their target. Others seemed to raise thousands of dollars for some, seemingly at first, very odd causes. A man in Australia sat on a toilet for 3 days and raised loads more dollars than he was hoping for within the first week. A campaign in Vancouver has so far raise 65,000 dollars more than the target, and it’s only half way through. Neither of these campaigns were for writing, the first was for clean water in Africa, the second for maltreated animals.

So what happened with my campaign? Very little. My dream has not worked out, though there are still 13 days to run. So far the there’s $250 in the pot, less costs of 9%. Why? Why has Why? – the current working title for my novel – not worked out, despite comparable perks in successful campaigns .

I think the answer is simply that I don’t know enough people. Catch 22, eh. The more you know, the more chance of support.

So what can be done? What can you do? The answer is simple. Tell everyone you know who likes a good read and wants to help new writers, to visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123677?a=710539 to see if they’re interested to join in.

I have reduced my target to $1,000 having found an editor who doesn’t charge the earth, yet does a good job. And I think I’ll have success to with a cover design, which having dabbled, I might even do myself. If $1,000 is raised, I can crack-on and get eBooks out in October – the relevance of this you’ll see if you visit my campaign – but print copied will be into next year.

Thanks for reading. Now go tell somebody.

What is DI Crosier up to?

Answer: searching for an editor. He’s approached a few for samples of their work so, he said, “he can choose who to have mauling his words”. It’s a very sensitive issue for him, I’ve been warned, so I dare not say too much!

Not content with that, he’s casting around for book cover designers too.

He wants to have his novel Why? out as an eBook in October. ‘Why?’ I said, ‘what’s wrong with next year?’

‘Because it’s the 6oth anniversary of England’s worst train wreck,’ he reminded me. ‘There’s no way a publisher can respond in that time, even if they wanted too. But with the technology you have at your fingertips, well everything is possible.’

I was very impressed with his far-sightedness. After all, there’s Crosier bumbling about in 50s & 60s – when faxes hadn’t been invented, let alone iPads – yet he knows about eBooks; truly remarkable!

‘If the Queen is celebrating 1952,’ he banged on, ‘then so will I. And mark it with my book, to boot.’

Then he said, rather uncharacteristically I thought, ‘If the Queen wants to tour the nation doin’ her Jubilee thing, why don’t she run about with that Olympic thing?’

‘What Olympic thing?’

‘The candle,’ he says.

‘You mean torch. Well,’ I said, ‘at least she could set fire to your book with it,’ but I have to admit, that remark didn’t go down to well with Mr C.

He gets a bit protective about it between you and me. Not surprising really; he’s been at it for nearly three years, causing me to spend a small fortune on ink-jet cartridges.

What’s more, being an ambitious railway detective, he wants limited editions in print out in November/December, quote “in time for the Christmas rush!” Very ambitious I thought.

Not only that, he’s insisting I crack-on with marketing it too. Then he says, ‘If that er, Whots-his-name, you know, James bloke can run around the globe floggin’ his book, the least you can do for me, Ed, is write a few blogs for me.’

‘Peter.’

‘I lad, that’s ‘im.’

He doesn’t want much, does he? He’ll not give up, though he still can’t do it all himself. He’s got me working my backside off. Here’s how you can hep him, no ME!

Visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123677?a=710539 where you can find all the details. And there’s lots Perks there too for you to choose from, though between you and me, he said he wants to keep some for himself – cheeky monkey I told him.

Must get back to it, no rest for the wicked – that’s the villains in his damn book, not me. I’m ever so nice.

Edwin

PS Now he’s wondering about another name change; Aftermath. That will be the forth title; oh God, when will he stop?

Want to be in my gang, sorry Crowd?

July already! Where does the time go? Time for my monthly blog. It’s rare for me to blog more often for two reasons. One I don’t want to be a pain in the neck – bombarding you with rubbish like, I had to take the cat to the vet yesterday to have a boil on its head lanced – and two, sometimes it’s difficult to write about something relevant to my writing. Writing a novel is a slow process. Well today there is some news, and it involves you too.

Crowd Funding.

I’ve ummed-and-arred about this for months. Should I, shouldn’t I? I decided to do it – thousands do, so why not me? So to cut to the chase, here’s the link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123677?a=710539 for my campaign to raise funding to enable my debut novel professionally edited and have a graphic-artist design the eBook and print covers. If you know anyone who can do these, please let me know.

My target also includes the cost of printing a limited edition of hard and paper-back books for my supporters.

I’ll not take up any more of your time, so hop over to the Indiegogo page to see how, if you wish, you can help.

Or take a peek at the latest version of Chapter One from my debut novel Why? Why – Chapter One  Yes the working title has changed again. You might have known it as Crosier’s Progress, or Searching for Closure. But I listen to those who make constructive comments, so now it’s Why?

Thanks in advance,

Edwin

Crowd Funding

Hello Everyone,

Well, the title of this blog is a well-used term, but it is wrong surely? I’m not donating money to a crowd. I’m hoping a crowd, most complete strangers to me and each other, will fund some of the costs of getting my debut novel published.

I’ll let you know in the next few days when you can become a member of this elite crowd.

You’ll get something for your $$$s too: Perks. No, not Perks-Must-Be-About-It as in the Railway Children, played wonderfully by Bernard Cribbins – not forgetting the delightful Jennifer Agutter … oh my. Do you remember that scene towards the end of the 1970 film?  – you know, the one where the mist and steam gradually clear to reveal Bobby’s father.

There’s mist and steam right at the start of Chapter One in my novel. Except my train doesn’t slowly disappear; just the opposite. It comes dashing like a mad-thing from the mist to kill, scores. But I digress.

Consider your $$$s as advance orders. And just what Perks you can have, I’ll tell you about very soon.

Thanks for your time,

Edwin