Kickstarter for Books

If you’re familiar with Kickstarter, then you know exactly what I’m about to describe to you even before I do. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site that allows people to pitch their project to potential backers who then decide if it’s worthy of backing. There are a number of similar sites out there.

Now there’s also Inkshares. Which is exactly the same concept, but exclusively for books. As an author you post snippets from your book on the site in an attempt to build up a following. Then ask them to help fund the project.

Two things immediately popped into my head when I read this. First, there are already so many crowdfunding sites out there that this is likely to get lost in the mix. Second, there are crowdpublishing sites run by major publishers that publish books based on ratings and reviews by readers. Readers don’t pay anything, they simply read a sample and leave feedback.

This site will likely be touted as a nice mix of traditional and self-publishing, but it isn’t. The editorial board will only edit the book if it reaches 750 backers or minimally if it reaches 250. I don’t see anything traditional about that.

I think authors would be better suited to try different platforms before this one. It just doesn’t sound like a winner to me.

Would you use Inkshares to potentially publish your book?

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Second Draft on the Horizon

So, I have no idea how long other writers spend on their second drafts, but I’ve read completely through my book and found only the holes in the story that I expected and the grammar and typing mistakes that are bound to happen. What does that mean? Well it means that my first round of beta readers will be receiving my precious book very soon.

I had considered printing it out for each reader, but yeah, that’s not going to happen. It’d be way to pricey for me at this point, and they should be happy that I’ve chosen them to be a part of this wonderful process!

For those of you who might be wondering what the most common mistake I found was…well, I used the words ‘just’ and ‘had’ a little too often. There were plenty of typing mistakes and at least sentence that read and thought to myself, “Huh?” That was just the one time.

There were a number of positives. The few places that I tried to convey some humor were mostly successful, to me. I liked how all of the main characters turned out, especially Sydney. She’s hilarious! At least I think so.

Anyway, the second draft will be finished very soon! Wish me luck and visit my Kickstarter project pageĀ here to help this book become real!

And so it Begins

I said that I would read a handful of detective books before reading my own so that I would have perfectly written works fresh in my head when I attempt to judge my writing from the eyes of a reader. Well, I decided to read only two books instead of a greater number. I chose to read The Widening Gyre (Spenser #10) by Robert B. Parker and Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole #7) by Robert Crais because these two titles most fit into the genre that I wish to write. I have eight more detective stories on my unread shelf, but those are mostly police procedurals and my book doesn’t fall into that more specific category.

I plan on reading with a red pen and sticky notes to mark things that need changing or that I think can be better. I’m not going to stop and correct everything as I go, but rather I’ll mark the place and take a look once I’ve finished the entire book.

I already have a short list of things that I know I want to change for future drafts and I’m sure I’ll find more along the way.

Wish me luck!

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Let the Rewriting Begin

Well, kinda.

I am all set to begin the rewriting process the day after I finished the first draft of my first book. But it won’t be what you might think. The first aspect of my rewriting process will be to detract myself from my own work and read at least three books before I take a look at my writing. You might be wondering how come I don’t just jump right in and start dissecting every word, page, and chapter that I wrote. Well, the answer is actually quite simple. I’ve spent nearly three months working on the first draft and I want to be able to evaluate it against other works by more accomplished authors.

I’ll probably read 3-5 books that fall into the detective genre so that I have a real apples-to-apples comparison to make before reading my own book.

I feel that I’ll be able to discern the quality of my work almost immediately by doing this. After i read through my book like any other reader would I’ll start working on the second draft. That will be the one that I send out to my first round of beta readers. I’m thinking I’ll have three or four rounds, all different readers, and all picked for different reasons.

If you’ve gotten to this point of my blog, then I know you must be dying to read the actual book! Help make it happen by checking out my Kickstarter page here!

Every pledge helps!

Done! Acabado! Fertig!

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I’ve finished the first draft of my book!

I wrote seven chapters in the last 11 days to finish!

The final two chapters were a whole lot of fun to write. I graduated from college in three years, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been more proud of anything that I’ve done. This is just so….amazing.

I know some of you are probably asking yourself, “What if it’s bad?” And that is a valid question that I’ll be asking myself until I start reading it, but it doesn’t matter! I have met all of three individuals who have written a book, three! So my book may be the worst work of prose to ever be called a book, but it will always be my book.

I would like to reveal a few stats about the entire book now that it is finished. I am 100% positive that these numbers will not be accurate once I start the rewrite process, but they’re good for reference purposes. Here they are.

Total Word Count – 53,743

Total Chapters – 21

Total Page Count (in Word) – 168

Average Chapter Length – 2559 words

Total Editing Time – 62 hours 32 minutes

Average Editing Time for Each Chapter – 2 hours 56 minutes

Longest Chapter – chapter 18 – 3676 words

Shortest Chapter – chapter 2 – 993 words

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The End is Near

My Kickstarter project is in full swing! Access it here.

When I first started writing my book back on May 31 I had a number in mind as far as the word count is concerned. Well I’ve come to the conclusion that it is unnecessary for me to hold myself to that particular number. My story is my story, and it’ll end when it needs to.

Now, on to chapter 20! I got a little emotional while writing this chapter. Why, you ask? The remaining two chapters – that’s right, I only have two left – will tie up a couple loose ends that remain. The story is all but finished! Isn’t that just grand?!

That makes five chapters in the last ten days!

Any person who calls him or herself an avid reader has read several books that bring tears to their eyes. I know I’ve read plenty. I was fortunate enough to be on the other side of that equation with this book. I’m not the reader, I’m the writer! It truly is extraordinary.

I’m not going to reveal anything that happens in the chapter because it’s much too late in the story to give any detail away.

Also, you may recall that I posted stats related to my work once I reached chapter ten. I had planned to do the same at chapter 20, but I’m going to hold off on that because it is so close to the end of the book.

If you’ve read this far you HAVE to stay with me! We’re almost there!

A Chapter for the Record Books

My Kickstarter project page to publish the very book this blog discusses can be accessed here.

That’s right, chapter 18 is one for the record books. Well, my record book. It somehow became the longest chapter of my book, though I struggled to write the first 800 words just yesterday. These things are weird sometimes.

The case is largely forgotten throughout the chapter by everyone involved. Detective Nathan rests at home during the day before returning to Andrew’s home and Sydney and Andrew just relax pretty much the entire day.

But the chapter ends with a conversation between Detective Nathan and Andrew that shows they know what’s coming. And I know what’s coming, but I’m not telling! All they can do is wait and see if they’re right.

Also, I spent a solid two hours last night before finally falling asleep reading my blog. I read every post in order, and I must say, I definitely wanted to read the book after reading all of that. Maybe I’m biased. Just a little.