Some quick updates. Nothing received on the book art front yet but I know that will be coming in due time. I heard from my friend who is helping me and things are moving forward. There is no rush at this point simply because I think for now I’ve decided against either starting a gofundme or kickstarter option to put together the money for the “Dim the Veil” edit.
Without going into the details, I’ll just say that unless I can offer more than a “free” copy of the ebook of the novella, I don’t feel like I can justify asking people to donate or invest more than the cost of the novella itself. Going with either of those crowd funding options would have (in my mind) required me to offer a gift/reward of equal value. At this time, if someone decided to donate $10-20, there is nothing I can think of practically to offer in equal exchange for that amount of money. Not at this point at least.
The downside of this is that I will not be able to get the novella edited and released in the timeframe I had originally hoped. It will take time for me to put together the amount required to pay for both the line and copy edit. At this point, I could not in good conscious release the novella without taking that step. Quality is so important to me as a writer.
I’m thankful I encountered this realization and do not look at this as a defeat or setback in any sense. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that while I’m a writer and storyteller, I am not (I wish it weren’t so) a professional fiction editor. I’ve invested time and resources in getting better at self-editing but there is a skill set that I don’t necessarily possess in comparison to the editor, Victoria, I’ve since worked with.
I do plan on getting better though, having asked Victoria for feedback on any repetitive mistakes she may have noticed in the short story provided in the newsletter (I hope those of you who signed up and received it enjoyed the story!). I have her redlines and comments and I will make it a priority to study and understand the corrections and changes so that I can fix any bad habits I’ve developed over the years (it happens…).
One other positive is that I will be working on the short story for the second newsletter, which will be released at the end of August for all of you! Yay! I will have Victoria edit that short story as well and it’s format will be different than the last. My hope is that I can continue to offer up quality content and still learn to write more better (I did that on purpose, ha!).
Call to Action: While I won’t be starting a crowd funding option to save towards the “Dim the Veil” edit, I will be looking for an alternative way just so I can set aside money and be able to track my progress. If for any reason you do want to invest in me and my writing, I will not turn away the compassion. Contact me on my website and we will discuss the details. This will be beneficial to anyone in the long run. You will get exclusives and when I am able to, gifts worth the amount you gave. I thank you all of you for continuing to come here and read what I have to say. It means the world to me!