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{CFL goes off above head}
I could use y'all's thoughts on something here:

it occurred to me that, since one of the obstacles to my doing ebook versions of my fiction is the want of an ebook-reader-like device to proof the damn things on (since George is, ahem, not exactly an option for sitting and reading long texts, as I've long since learnt) -- does it sound reasonable to try a Kickstarter to get myself an ebook-reader-like device to use in production of said ebook files, with incentives like "a nice convenient ebook file of Tin Man", "that + an ebook of Hiraeth when the main storyline is over", "all that + I'll knit you a Silly Hat"... etc? I've been having trouble wrapping my head around how the Kickstarter model applies to fiction, but this seems like the sort of small finite goal that would be very do-able, with a concrete connection to "...and then I can do this thing for you with it"...

Good idea? Bad idea? Horrible breach of etiquette? SEWIWEIC...?

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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: October 25th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I think people do kickstart the production of books and e-books, and the price of an e-reader could presumably be included in the total goal. I wouldn't list the e-reader as the only or major thing the money was needed for, but it could be included along with needed software, self-publishing fees, and y'know, something for your actual time spent writing and editing.

Disclaimer: I have not crowdfunded myself, but have done some research into it for work and for a friend's potential project. Sat in on a couple of talks at Maker Faire, from which I would recommend 1) Look at other people's crowdfunding posts for similar projects and see what is standard, and 2) Look into Kickstarter alternatives (e.g., IndieGoGo, RocketHub), compare the sorts of projects on all, and see which one is best suited to yours. IndieGoGo does a lot of art-related stuff; I think RocketHub is mostly science.
natf From: natf Date: October 26th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
You might want to look at haikujaguar's ebook on how to do a kickstarter. I believe that she posted links to it recently. She has completed a number of successful kickstarter campaigns for publishing her ebooks.

Ah, here's the post.

Edited at 2012-10-26 09:37 pm (UTC)
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