Making a living as a writer is a tough gig. Sometimes it turns out to be impossible. For me, now having returned to full-time study so I can become a high-school teacher, it’s the latter.
Essentially, after almost two years of living off the proceeds of my book sales, things have kinda… collapsed. That’s the market, man. I could blame any number of factors but the simple truth is that not everyone gets to have a mega-hit, or even a sorta-hit.
What most people would do in this situation is to throw up their hands and say, “Oh, well. Guess I’ll give up this book stuff and start a new-wave punk band called The Mother England Baby Cannon” or something along those lines. Not me. The way I see it, I’ve got two options. One: I tell my readers and fans to cool their jets and put all my projects on hold for the next two years, until I have a full-time job and enough security to resume writing, and flip burgers at McDonalds to pay the bills. Two: I ask you for help.
I really, really don’t like disappointing people.
With your support, I’d like to write and publish three novels in 2014: Century of Sand 2, Rust: Season 2, and Olesia Anderson 7. One fantasy novel, one horror novel, and one espionage thriller.
To do that, I need enough cash to keep a roof over my head and Mi-Goreng in my belly to pump out just under 400,000 words of fiction between now and December 31st. I estimate $5000 would do it. $5000 makes me an employee of my fans instead of McDonalds or KFC or whatever other horrible fast-food nightmare would have me. It makes me your employee, and I aim to work so hard for you that my hands almost fall off.
So if you’d like to see me pump out those three novels this year, instead of in 2016, check out my GoFundMe campaign. At the lowest $5 level, you get one of my upcoming novels in ebook form, which basically means you’re pre-ordering a book and saving a buck! At $20, you get everything I’ve ever written up until now. That’s a lot of books! And at $25, you get everything I’ve ever written, PLUS the three new novels, all in DRM free Kindle and ePub editions! THAT’S A LOTTA BOOKS. And at higher levels you can become a part of one of my stories, get a custom piece of artwork from one of my cover artists, or even have me write a rap about you. WHATTA STEAL.
That’s my spiel done. You know I’m not one to welch on projects. I’ve written and published nine novellas, a fantasy novel and a stack of short stories in just three years. I want to write more for you, my readers and fans, the people who’ve been asking me for more Olesia and more Rust and more from Richard and Ana day after day. Help me do it.