I'm pretty much a one man operation, meaning that I do most of the stuff that needs to be done in order to publish a book, from cover art to interior formatting. Basically anything, except for editing.
I'm a very prolific writer. And I can write pretty much everywhere, as long as it's my living room.
But I have a bit of a problem. My computer just died. Without this much needed piece of technology, I can write, I can blog, and I most certainly can't make my book covers.
Right now I'm using borrowed gear, which is just enough to check my dozen or so e-mail accounts. And Facebook, let's not forget about Facebook.
Before this happened, I had an editorial plan made up for 2013, which involved lots of blogging and three major releases:
- La Tiers Du Cylindre (novel, aprox. release date 15th of April 2013) - this is the first novel I self-published in January 2011. Of course, I was way too young to actually know how a book is supposed to look like, or how I was supposed to market and promote it. And I didn't blog. Or have a Twitter account or Facebook page. So I unpublished it and gave up on writing for a few months. But now I'm ready to release a new, better version. You can read the prologue here.
- Dream City (novel, aprox. release date 15th of July 2013) - This is book I've been working on for about a year or so. I'm more than half-way through. It's about a painter, Paul, who's dying of cancer. He wants to leave something behind, something people will remember him by.
- Strangers (short story compilation, aprox. release date 20th of September 2013) - Love and other stuff. Lots of love. Unrequited love. That's something I'm apparently good at.
What I Need & What You Get
If you're reading this, probably you know how important technology is. So I need a new computer, one I can use to work on my novels, do the cover art, the interior design, and stuff. So the bulk of the money will go towards that.
UPDATE: We raised enough money for me to buy a second hand laptop, which ended up costing about $900.
Then there are publishing related costs, to say so:
- editing(which is going to cost at least $500-600 for the first novel alone)
- marketing (buying review/giveaway copies and shipping them, buying ad space on relevant sites, such as Goodreads and other reading communities)
- the cost of the perks themselves - paperbacks, prints, all of those cost money to buy and ship to contributors.
What you get?
Besides the satisfation of helping a fellow writer/blogger out? Well, you get e-books, paperbacks, high quality prints of the cover art. My signature? Does that count?
Furthermore during the duration of this campaign I'll post a new chapter of my next release, La Tiers Du Cylindre, every week.
Also, during the duration of this campaign, my debut novel, Jazz, is available for FREE on Smashwords. Simply use coupon code DQ22T.
Impact, huh? Tremendous! You'd be helping me out more than you could imagine.
I never said anything about personal issues and stuff. My problems are not your problems, and as long as I was able to write, I was happy. It's a simple as that. Writers write because it makes them happy. But since I can't do even that, then there's nothing else for me to do.
Maybe get a real job.
Other Ways You Can Help
I understand that there's a recession going on in the world. And I understand that people sometimes can't afford to be charitable.
But if you don't have any money to contribute you can help out with a tweet or like. It's really simple. You just have to click on a button. And, trust me, that's enough, and it will really help me towards meeting my goal.