My name is Crash Barry and I write about the seamy side of life in Maine. Perhaps you’re familiar with my rollicking novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries or my gritty memoir Tough Island. Maybe you’ve read my column One Maniac’s Meat or my other work in the Bollard or you enjoyed the short-lived Crash Report in the Portland Daily Sun. Or maybe you just stumbled across this project because you liked the name Marijuana Valley.
I think we're curretly living in the best time in the history of the printed word to be an indie writer like myself. While some authors bemoan the collapse of the publishing industry, I think that in the Internet era, the future looks brightest for writers who embrace the new paradigm.
And one of the wonderful things about the new paradigm is the relationship between author and reader. Thanks to social media, email, blogs and my books and newspaper work, I feel I have a real relationship with the folks who read my what I write. And it’s been a great year traveling and meeting people at library and bookstore events across Maine as part of my Tough Island: Live tour.
Which has given me the confidence to attempt to raise the money necessary to successfully print and promote my new book Marijuana Valley, Maine via crowdfunding and Indiegogo. The $12,000, or more, that I hope to raise will be spent on the business side of publishing. While I'm very appreciative and proud of the sales of my first two books, it was a difficult struggle to find the cash to actually get the titles in print. Editing, design, advertizing, public relations and mailing all cost a lot of money. And by pre-selling copies of Marijuana Valley, I'll be able to handle the costs without much stress, thanks to my loyal readers.
In the forthcoming Marijuana Valley, which I expect will be out around the start of 2013, I detail the trials and tribulations of several people –all who happened to live on the same road in rural Maine – as they grew medical marijuana, legally, during the summer of 2010. Marijuana Valley is a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at a tiny slice of the secretive subculture involved with Maine’s most valuable agricultural product.
For the duration of the campaign, I'll be regularly posting updates and special tips and tales related to marijuana and the cannabis subculture, much of which I learned during the last 18-months I've spent researching the topic of marijuana.
I hope you’ll tune in and I hope you'll support this project. And even if you can't help out financially, I'd really appreciate you sharing this details of this project -- and the accompanying film -- with friends and aquaintenances.