Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

Sesame Street to premiere on HBO in new funding deal

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sesame Street is going from a public thoroughfare to a toll road, so to speak. The show has entered a 5-year deal with HBO to provide funding in return for a 9-month period of exclusivity on new episodes. The episodes will air free on PBS after that period ends. This begins with the new season’s [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

Neil Young pulls all his music from streaming services

By Chris Meadows
July 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Neil Young might be searching for a heart of gold, but as far as he’s concerned, streaming music services are for ears of tin. Today he announced via Facebook that “Streaming has ended for me”. He is pulling all his music from streaming services because streaming has “the worst quality in [...]

Morning Links: Apple Music First Look. Kickstarter Setting Records

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Apple Music First Look: Rich, Robust — But Confusing (re/code) I’ve been testing Apple Music on an iPhone 6 Plus, loaned to me by Apple for about a day. Because of the short testing time, this isn’t a full-on review but a first look. I set out to gather some initial impressions of how it [...]

Independent publishing’s ‘Kickstarter moment’

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishing may finally be having its “Kickstarter moment.” That’s the opinion of writer John Biggs in the piece he posted to TechCrunch today. Biggs discusses how hard it has been for independent published works to get attention from the literary establishment. Then he points out that [...]

What can happen when you get Kickstarter and crowdfunding wrong

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

The short answer to this headline is: The Federal Trade Commission can investigate you for “deceptive tactics” and impose a fine on you that is so heavy that it will be suspended due to your inability to pay – as well as requiring you to refund all the money you received from [...]

CHIP Kickstarter makes full-fledged computer available for $9

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve seen our share of rock-bottom-priced computers in the last few years—the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, Rhombus Tech. But a Kickstarter project due to end in just under two days may have them all beat. Touting itself as “the world’s first $9 computer,” the CHIP system-on-a-chip packs a [...]

Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter under way for latest in cross-genre series

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mythic Delirium Books has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the latest in its series of Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, “a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre [...]

Joshua Hoffine kickstarts the photography project from Hell – or Innsmouth

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Horror photographer and visual artist Joshua Hoffine has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for his latest project, “Innsmouth: A Joshua Hoffine Photograph,” targeting $20,000. Yes, that’s $20,000 for a single photograph. But no ordinary photograph. For one thing, Hoffine [...]

Morning Links: Free things for writers. Whose digital content is it anyway?

By Joanna Cabot
February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brooklyn Bookstore Launches Kickstarter to Save Vintage Sci-Fi (Apartment Therapy) Brooklyn bookstore and publisher Singularity & Co. has launched a Kickstarter to save sci-fi. *** 8 Free Things for Writers (Media Shift) Everyone loves free stuff. Food samples, household products through the [...]

Lightspeed supports Queers Destroy Science Fiction

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the latest crowdfunding projects in anthology publishing has just totally destroyed its funding goal. With nine days still on the clock at the time of writing, Lightspeed Magazine presents Queers Destroy Science Fiction has reached $34,866 pledged of the $5,000 goal in its Kickstarter [...]

For your Hugo consideration: Designers & Dragons

By Chris Meadows
January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a quick reminder: nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are upon us, and if you signed up for last year’s (to get the entire Wheel of Time series that was included in the Hugo voter packet, for example) you’re eligible to nominate now. Nominations are open through March 10, and you can [...]

Kickstarter funds weird science for Lovecraft fans

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Fred Lubnow, a figure fairly well known in Lovecraftian horror writing circles and “freshwater ecologist with a very strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft,” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that builds on his work to date: Lovecraftian Science Volume 1. This expansion [...]

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