Kickstarter: A Good Tool For Writers?

kickstarter logo

kickstarter logo (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

I was approached by a family member who thought I might be interested in Kickstarter.  If you’ve never heard of this project, they basically give authors, film makers,  entrepreneurs and anyone else who has an idea or dream, an opportunity to promote their project and ask for money to fund it. It’s an excellent idea and provides lots of support for anyone who would like to generate a following  which encompasses not only financial support but just support in regards to like minded individuals who may share the same idea.

Over at Litreactor, lots of reasons why Kickstarter can be good for writers. They’ve listed prime examples of how it could be a benefit and also a few that show why it may not work for everyone. If you have had an experience with Kickstarter or are considering it, I would love to hear all about it.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

It used to be that if you wanted to record an album or write a book, you had to beg your parents for money or get a job flipping burgers, just to keep the lights on and the booze flowing while you toiled at your art.

That paradigm has shifted, thanks to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, where you can post a work-in-progress, request funding by enticing people with exclusives and rewards, and ultimately fund your dream without the indignity of filing out an application at the local Starbucks.

It’s like a public endowment for the arts. It democratizes the process; the people choose what they want to hear or see or read. Sounds cool, right?

But the site and the process aren’t without criticisms. Some people regard it as little more than digital panhandling, and Kickstarter has been accused of not policing its own back yard; allowing projects that never come to fruition, and not protecting customers when money disappears.

Quick aside: Last night, on my commute home, I sat on the subway next a couple in their mid-30s. The guy was telling the girl about Kickstarter, and said they should figure out some way to get people to give them $10,000. Read more here.

Incredible Things That Happen Every 60 Seconds On The Internet

With the new year on fast approach it’s time to consider what’s been happening on the internet. Are you ready for the next step in your plan? Do you even have a plan? Have you set any goals in making the internet apart of your everyday network? If not, here is a view of what is happening on the internet every 60 seconds.

Perhaps you may want to consider making yourself  known  in this very active environment. For example, if you have a book that is ready for the market, there are lots of ways to share that information and find potential buyers. Make 2012 the year for building your online platform, networking and connecting with others and selling your product.

Incredible Things That Happen Every 60 Seconds On The Internet.

Ebook Publishing by Cornell DeVille

EBOOK PUBLISHING

HOW YOU CAN PROFIT FROM THE 21ST CENTURY GOLDRUSH

by Cornell DeVille

 If you are a novice to the world of ebook publishing, then this book may be of interest to you. DeVille has developed a short, sweet and to the point 16 chapter guide to help you create, write and format, and market your idea. Ebook Publishing is a quick guide to help you get started down the road to publishing and making money for your ebook.

 DeVille explains the process and provides readers with the new tools that are available and where to find them on the internet. If you have consistently made up excuses DeVille convinces you why you should move forward. Ebook publishing is a growing market and a $1 Billion dollar a year, thus far, business that is predicted to grow even more. Why not get on board and get paid for your valuable information.

 DeVille helps you get started with cover design along with how to format your project to Kindle and Amazon. Readers will learn how to set pricing and where to advertise your finished product. If you need help with editing, proofing or copy editing, links to popular sites are included. This is a great resource for the new ebook author.

To learn more about Cornell DeVille and for a chance to win this book as a giveaway please visit his site at:

http://cornelldeville.blogspot.com/

Storybook Software For Writers

manuscript

Are you having trouble keeping track of what your characters are doing and saying? Would you like to have each chapter grouped or cascaded for a better view? If so, you may want to check out Storybook. It’s a free software program for writers and it looks pretty cool.

I plan to download it and give it a try. I want to organize my manuscript and plan out my characters and what they will be doing throughout my story. I am only on chapter 3 of the manuscript and hope that I can organize everything before I really get into the meat of my project.

I’ve already written my outline and Storybook has a place for that too. With Storybook I supposedly can manage characters, scenes, locations and chapters. There is also a chart tool that can be used to track characters. Sounds like a pretty handy tool for writers.When you get a moment check out the site and give it a whirl. Let me know your thoughts.

Happy Reading & Writing!