Despite the weather bouncing like a rubber ball in a fast-paced game of jacks, I’ve been having an exceptionally strong week in terms of writing. I’ve been able to knock out several episodes of All Maid Up, and I’ve finished at least one chapter of Thicker Than Blood every day this week. My word count in just seven days is higher than the last three months combined, so it’s safe to say that the article I read on being weird has got me back in the groove.
I’m working on a couple of side projects for petty cash, and coming up in the next month or so, my editor will be launching an Indiegogo campaign for Roll the Bones, book three in the Peter the Wolf series. I’m arranging the goodies that Tara gives out as incentives, but she’s setting up the campaign so she can collect all the funds for her diligent efforts. Even if we meet the goal and get her a decent editing fee, I’m still cutting her in for 10% of sales, just like I have for the first two books. But as I think I’ve said before, sales haven’t been high enough to pay her properly for all the work she’s done. Which is not to say sales have been terrible. They’re just not enough to properly pay my editor what she deserves for all her work in the last few months.
I’ll be honest and admit I’m nervous about this campaign. Neither the fate of the book nor the series hangs on its success, but I do want to give Tara more money to help her care for her toddler and pay some bills. No, I’m nervous because I don’t know if I can convince enough people to donate to make the whole effort worth all the work Tara’s put into the books, and into the campaign itself. I’ve had friends online who ran campaigns for their books and hit their goals within two days of starting, and then I’ve seen others run a campaign for a full month and only make a quarter of their goal. Add to this my history of weak promotions and weaker reception to said promotions, and I’m feeling more nervous about this than I ever have submitting my work with publishers. Cause really, if you get a rejection from a publisher, there’s always someone else to go to. If you can’t get a project funded from the readers, there’s not many options left. (more…)