So, my first solo collection, Dark Lightning: 50 Flashes of Fearsome Fiction, is well on its way to completion. The fifty stories have been written, and just need that final spit and polish before I send them off to my cadre of beta-readers for their notes and opinions; a cover artist has been commissioned to produce that all-important artwork, and I have a brace of reviewers who have offered to review the collection for their various sites and blogs.
It occurred to me, however, that all of this is meaningless unless people know that the book is out there and, in order to do that, I’m going to have to advertise. I’ve run the figures, got quotes from some of the major horror print magazines and websites, and I figure that £1000.00 should cover a decent burst of initial publicity. I also want to produce a limited edition hardback version of the book, since it’s going to be the first release for which I am solely responsible, and that’s going to set me back another £750 or so. There’s so much that needs to be invested, but I refuse to do things by half measures.
That being said, I’m not made of money, either. I’m a husband and a father-of-two and, frankly, two grand just doesn’t pop up out of nowhere. So, I’ve decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to raise the advertising and hardback print funds. There are plenty of rewards for any potential backers, in the form of electronic, paperback and hardback copies of Dark Lightning, together with my heartfelt thanks.
If you choose to think of this as the cyber equivalent of a dirty of tramp with his hand out for money…that’s fine. If you’d prefer to think of it as a way of pre-ordering an extremely limited edition version of the debut release of a horror writer who could move on to great things…that would be better.
Either way – CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY KICKSTARTER PAGE – have a look around and see if you can afford to back me. Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated.