Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: News for the Week of 4.26.13: Kickstartin', Gestatin', and Exhastio'in

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Friday, April 26, 2013

News for the Week of 4.26.13: Kickstartin', Gestatin', and Exhastio'in

Hello, Dear Friends and Readers!

Ph-ew! Another exhausting week behind me, and glad of it. Sales are petering out for Three Dances, which is what I expected. Now we’re in what I like to think of as the gestation period. The initial buyers of the book are reading it. If they love it, they’ll start telling other people and sales will pick up. If they don’t, well, then I suppose I should have written a better book.

In the meantime, work has been going well on Soulwoven: Exile. I’m down to the last few chapters, and then it’s time to let it sit and marinate for a bit before it goes out to early readers. I apologize for taking so long to get it to you. I have no excuse but the fact that I want to do a good job, and that there are only 24 and a bit hours in the day.

I think it’s turning out well though, and that you’ll like it.

Speaking of Soulwoven: I’ve been mulling over the Kickstarter idea, and the more I think, the more I like it. I’ve started pricing out the services I’d like to contract for it, and I’m starting to get a sense of how I’m going to structure the campaign. Basically, the more funding the book gets, the better the help I’ll be able to buy for it, and the better the rewards will be for the people who help fund it.

Sound cool? Let me know. I’m going to draft up a survey next week to get an idea of what sorts of bonuses and swag and extras people would be interested in getting in return for funding. The ideas I’ve got range from full editing on their own books (which, since I do it for a living, is pretty pricy to buy a la carte), to signed editions, to personalized notes-in-the-margins editions, to extra novellas and short stories, to gear like t-shirts and mugs and pens and what-have-you.

But what I really want are YOUR ideas. What’s the thing you want most in the world from me? Let me know, and I might just be able to offer it up as a Kickstarter reward.

If you’ve never participated in a Kickstarter campaign before, you should go check some out. They’re heaps of fun.

So that’s what’s up with me. Oh, and I’m buying a house. And moving to Indiana. And getting married. And still managing to get up and work every day.

Hope all’s well with you, too, gentle readers.

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