There’s been the spark of a trend recently, and it’s one of those trends that makes me stop and wonder about whether or not it’s a good idea. Why wouldn’t it be, you ask? Well, in this instance, it doesn’t sit well with me. It feels like going this route is cheating the system. Enough with the suspense, right? What is it? Writing a book with Kickstarter.
I have linked to two examples, one funded, the other unfunded.
Clearly both authors went with different routes in setting it up. The funded author has also released several books in the past, and has a reader base. However, attempting to write like this, in my eyes, makes it look like the money is more important, particularly if you ask for a ridiculous amount. As Erin Elizabeth Long mentioned in a recent post about self-published authors, they each have to consider their “brand”. Doing something like this could damage it, particularly if it’s an unsuccessful fund. Do you write anyway, and show that the fund didn’t matter (maybe you just wanted money), or forever put that brilliant idea on hold because you couldn’t get the money you wanted?
While it might not be the intentions of the author to come across like this, it can, and it might be harmful. If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, please comment and let me know what you think!