Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IWSG Dec 2013

IWSG, brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, occurs once a month and exists for writers to voice their insecurities and offer advice. The official website, www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com has been a priceless commodity in my studying and research as of late. I encourage any one interested in writing to have a look!


Hi. Welcome to the insecurity epicenter of the entire universe.

For those of you who've visited me lately, you know what I have going on and can probably guess my insecurity this month. For those of you who haven't, it's this - my Kickstarter for A Sawmill's Hope.

I don't want to mope and gripe about how torn up I am inside about the possibility that it will all be for naught. That's for my wife to enjoy for the next 19 days. Besides, it would probably be quite obnoxious and come off as a cry for pity.

What I will do is this. If you know someone who might enjoy the novel I've written, edited and illustrated, or the art or music I'm offering through this Kickstarter, or someone who just wants to see an indie author come up, please share this event with them! I'll give you at least one very virtual, possibly awkward, uncomfortably intimate, sexual identity compromising, internet hug! (complete with heavy breathing)

Here's the link in its rawest form - http://tinyurl.com/mzvev2u
 

Thanks, guys

38 comments:

  1. Your wife wants to see you cry? That's so unfair...
    Just have faith in it, David. I've heard a lot of Kickstarter projects see a big surge at the end.

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    1. She does! ... Not really. She's had her share of it since I posted the Kickstarter.
      Thanks, Alex. Here's hoping!

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  2. I have complete faith in you and the story, regardless of whatever happens at KickStarter!

    And by the way -- I haven't donated yet, but I 100% am going to within the next few days. With Christmas looming and some other unexpected recent expenses (I'll just say one rhymes with "had to replace the broken water eater"), I will not be able to give what I would like to or what the project deserves. But as wife and I budget for the month, I guarantee I will give something very soon!

    Hang in there -- Silexare and "A Sawmill's Hope" is meant to be. I know it.

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    1. Chris, Ouch! That's no good! (and yet I'm lol'ing at "water eater") Please don't feel obligated to come out of pocket para me! You've done your share of boosting mein fragile ego

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  3. I wish you the very best of luck. Promote your butt off.

    Heather

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    1. Heather,
      thankyouthankyou!
      And, I'm doin it!

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  4. Spouses have all the fun. They get to see the insecurity up close and personal... and hear about for it hours on end.

    I really hope your Kickstarter project turns out better than you even anticipated! Sending out prayers for your success:)

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    1. Thanks Robin. You're right about that spouse bit, by the way. Bray is learning to ignore me when my eyes lose their light and my words grow constipated.

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  5. Adding my wishes for your success and imagining your breathing more and more heavily as you get it!

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    1. I literally lol'ed at this. I'll start breathing heavily now just in case.

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  6. Hey David,

    I saw you while I was out and about visiting IWSG blogs and figured I'd check you out. I just finished your video of "A Sawmill's Hope" and it looks great! I take it Kickstarter is like Indiegogo (I think that's the name). I helped fund an indie book through them for a friend of mine. I'll check out your stuff and see what I can do. Best of luck to you!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Thanks for coming by, M.L.!
      I'm not familiar with Indiegogo (surprisingly, considering the amount of research I've done). Thanks for giving it a look, I hope you see something you like!

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  7. LOL... well that's an irresistible offer if I ever read one. If I know of anyone I'll send them over. I'd considered doing something like that but just didn't have the time to invest in it. I wish you the best of luck tho. Remember you can always make it happen yourself. I did.

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    1. I knew the offer would get 'em!
      I'm in the process of establishing plan B now, Pk. Just in case. Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Yeah, you've undertaken a HUGE project. I hope everything goes your way. I'll be sure to direct those who love fantasy done right to your kickstarter.

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    1. Thank you, Jay. I'm preparing your awkward hug as we speak. :D

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  9. Sounds like you have a great support system in your wife :)
    Good luck with this great project.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. I try not to forget how good I have it!

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  10. Good luck with this. (btw I don't think it's possible for something we've created to ever mean nothing.)

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  11. Hi David, I checked out your previous post and watched the video. I'll check out your Kickstarter project for the novel(although I don't know a lot about Kickstarter...funding, right?). Have a great week. Thanks for visiting my post on Wed.

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  12. Hi Brinda, thanks for coming by!
    It is about funding. And I've put together some prizes to try and make it worth the pledgers' time and money.

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  13. Aloha David,

    Thanks for stopping by and wanted to return the favor.

    IWSG is an awesome community and I'm glad you're a part of it :)

    Wishing you all the very best with your kickstarter project, but I'll hold off requesting a portion of deep breathing!!

    (Grips onto ManCard to check expiration date :)

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  14. Good luck to you! I would be a nervous wreck while this was going on. I shared it.

    The Warrior Muse

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  15. No matter how this turns out, you should be very proud of yourself. It takes guts to try something new, and no one gets anywhere without taking chances. Many successful people didn't succeed at first. The difference is learning from it and coming back to try again. Be determined to succeed and you'll find a way! Wishing you much luck!

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  16. I just backed you because I understand. I would be a nervous wreck too. In fact, that's why I haven't attempted a kickstarter for any of my stories. I'm certain I wouldn't meet my goal and I don't want the disappointment (yup, I'm pessimistic like that.)

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  17. I'm with Lexa on this. Here's a quote that appears on my blog:
    “Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
    - Tom Clancy

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  18. Mark,
    Thank YOU for stopping by! Whenever you're ready for the breathy hug, let me know!

    Shannon,
    Thanks! I'm trying to occupy my time by not paying the Kickstarter too much attention... Not working so far.

    Lexa,
    Thank you. And you're right. (But in this case I'd much rather learn from a success than a failure!!)

    Patricia,
    THANK YOU! You've become an integral piece of Silexare's history! I'm a bit the opposite, overly optimistic - as in "I can do any freaking thing I try!" ... which, more often than not, never turns out quite as I'd planned. And yet then I do it again. (insanity?)

    Thanks Karen,
    Coming from a guy who's built his own universe (books, games, movies, etc.) that's quite the encouragement!

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  19. Hi David, nice to meet you. Good luck with your kickstarter project.

    Btw...regarding your comment on my IWSG, I didn't think it was presumptuous of you to offer your honest opinion. I value the opinion and advice of each and every blog buddy of mine :)

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  20. Wow, the kickstarter project is amazing. This is my first time reading about it.
    It takes a lot of courage to do this. You sound like a go-getter and that weighs strongly in your favour.
    I really applaud you and wish you everything of the best with this venture.
    And thank you for visiting my place.

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  21. Rachna, thank you. That's good to hear!

    Michelle, thank you for visiting my page as well!

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  22. Best of luck with this project, David. I'm sure this will be fruitful since you're putting yourself out there. It takes a lot to start and finish a project, as well as publicize it.

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  23. Thanks for visiting my blog recently, David. Good luck with your project. It looks like you've done a lot of work on this. =)

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  24. Considering how many dumb things receive crowdfunding, you should have no problem raising money for a quality book.

    And using KDP won't make your book exclusive to Amazon unless you enter it into the KDP Select program. I recommend NOT doing that.

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  25. Medeia, thank you. I sure hope so!

    Cynthia, thank you for returning the visit. Either way, I won't consider my work to be in vain.

    L.Diane, you're too right about that! I gotcha. I knew they had some kind of exclusive offer... And taking that would kind of defeat part of the purpose of going indie in the first place! Thanks for the info

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  26. There was a Kickstarter I was following that needs $6000 in four hours. I wrote it off, but the creator did a surge of publicity and made it! So you never know.

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    1. Holy crap! If this is true and you're not just being superbly nice, I'm stoked to hear it! I need far less than that and have significantly more hours!
      Thanks, Maurice

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