Okay, it’s a Sunday, which isn’t a regular posting day for DGC, so here are news and notes about the Kickstarter which is ongoing and other cool site news!
The Kickstarter stands as of this writing at 86% funded! $2,367 pledged, $383 to go.
Plesae note that as soon as the Kickstarter ends, we’re dropping back to Tuesday/Thursday posting, and I’m going to have to raise my rate for earning a Saturday post from $25 to $50. I’m just having trouble keeping up! Daron’s been extra chatty lately, which means longer posts, and they take longer to write. A usual post is a thousand words. Lately, he’s been going on for 2000 or more. I know, I know, he’s working out his stuff. But I only have so many hours in the day, and other deadlines are clamoring.
So: back to Tuesday/Thursday and the new post-trigger threshold is $50. Any week where donations go over $50 will still get a third post! But it’s only good that week. (So if we get $100 some week, for example, it doesn’t carry over to the next week.)
Bonus Erotic Story!!
The latest “bedroom scene” for Daron came after chapter 266, when he left the band for a night in LA, and then met back up with them in San Diego. Folks wanted to know what happened on “Daron’s Night Out.” So I wrote a story. Not just a scene, a full, five-thousand word short story of what Daron did that night. To get this bonus scene, though, you have to be a backer of the Kickstarter. Regular “tip jar” donations do not count for this one! You have to go and put at least a dollar into the Kickstarter and help us make that goal! The PDF is already done and available for Kickstarter backers, who should have gotten a nice notification email about it. If you didn’t get yours, ping me and I’ll send you the special link to the file!
After a few days in a row where the Kickstarter seemed to have slacked off, I announced that on Tuesday I’ll be hosting a Google Hangout from 5pm to 7pm Eastern. Anyone with an Internet connection should be able to see the broadcast of the video chat here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106322465979385944906/posts. Go circle me on G+ though, if you’re on there!
Once I announced the chat, I made a Facebook “event” for it and invited about 75% of my Facebook friends to attend. About 25 said yes, which propogated the info to *their* FB friends, 25 said maybe, and many declined the invite, but then posted to their walls about the Kickstarter anyway. I had been posting to my own wall every day about the Kickstarter, but this really woke people up, I think.
The other things I’ve been doing to try to spread the word about DGC and the Kickstarter is I have been guestblogging like a madwoman. Here’s a complete list of all the DGC guestblogs I’ve published since the KS began:
- At Lambda Literary Foundation — on why crowdfunded self-publishing is a vital part of the ecology of queer/independent publishing now
- At Beth Wylde’s Born 2 B Wylde blog — on how writing a piece set in the 1980s is historical fiction
- At Ryan Field’s blog — on how the realism of homophobia and queer life in the 80s intensifies the emotional impact of DGC rather than making it “mere” escapism
- At Kayelle Allen’s Romance Lives Forever blog — on the ways Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is a love story, ie. is and is not a “romance”. There’s also an interview with Daron there, too!
- At Mary Anne Moharaj’s blog — a piece on how writing in the world of rock and roll is like writing science fiction
There should be two more forthcoming, I believe. One will be a piece at MeiLin Miranda’s blog, about how a long-term ongoing serial like DGC is like a long-term relationship. And also addictive. The other will be for Elizabeth Barrette, on my experience with crowdfunding.
Cover Art Search Begun
Since it looks very likely that we’ll meet our Kickstarter goal, I’m beginning to look for an artist to do the cover of the book. If you have suggestions for who, or samples to show, please don’t hesitate to ping me! ctan.writer @ gmail.com
Remember, if we pass the regular funding goal and make it all the way to $3,500, Daron will do an IM chat with all backers/donors! (At $4,000, Ziggy will do one…)
Okay, that is all for now. Next story post will be Tuesday like usual, and that night will be the online video chat! See you then!