October 14, 2014

Help Ghostwoods Books kickstart fair trade publishing

Ghostwoods Books, a small press based in the UK, are trying to kickstart a better world for authors and editors alike. It’s a great cause on its own, and with the money – £11,111, or about $17,680 – they can get a lot of possibly great books into the grubby hands of readers. Among those, the Haunted Futures anthology stands out.

If this project is funded on top of their other rewards all backers will receive Haunted Futures, a book that will only be possible if this Kickstarter is funded. A multi-genre anthology with stories by Warren Ellis, John Reppion, Liesel Schwarz, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Blackmoore, Seanan McGuire and more, maybe even you! Illustrated by John Coulthart (Lovecraft’s Monsters). The print book will also available in paperback and hardcover editions as a reward.

As of writing, the Kickstarter campaign is closing in on 50%, with four days to go. That’s not exactly great odds, but it is possible. Go pitch in to help fund some quality fair share publishing.

Still on the ropes huh? Tell you what, I’ll do what I did to help the Fireside Fiction Year 2 campaign, and write a short story which you’ll be able to download for free. I like my publishing fair, you see. So! Not only will you get the awesome stuff from the Ghostwoods Books perks, I’ll publish a free short story here too. What are you waiting for?

October 14, 2011

September 20, 2011

Backing books on Kickstarter

I love Kickstarter, the crowd sourcing site where you can help others realize their dreams. It would seem that authors use it quite a bit, as Tobias Buckell pointed out to me. Buckell’s got a book looking for funding up there himself, and you should check it out.

I’m considering trying Kickstarter myself. I’ve managed to crowd source an ebook (on WordPress) in Sweden without using an external service, but I definitely see the benefits from using something like Kickstarter.

Is this the future of writing, when all the publishing houses die and we all self-publish? I don’t think that will happen, but there is something in this method of getting the funds to publish, something old. Remember the time when courts appointed musicians, and rich people paid authors to write just because they wanted to make sure the author kept reading? Yeah me neither, but in a way we’re there again. Only difference is, this time around we can all chip in.

October 5, 2010