East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

A birthday gift: writing on-demand

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So it went this way.
For my fiftieth birthday, a lot of friends decided to conspire to get me a birthday gift.
They operated in separate groups, pursuing different aims.
One of the gangs of knaves I call friend had this idea: commission me a story (in Italian) and offer it on a crowdfunding platform.
Neat, what?

And so this is what I will do in the next two months.
In the next ten days, I will study the crowdfunding platform handbook and see what I can and can’t do.
I’m thinking of perks for the backers, extra contents, the works.
If we want to do it, we might as well do it as professionally as possible.

Then, we’ll launch the project on the 15th of this month, and for 60 days I’ll work on an idea provided by the conspirators, in order to outline, write, edit and format a novella-length story.
On the 15th of August the project will close, I will deliver the story to the backers as a multi-format ebook, and nobody else will ever see it again.

Right now I have the basic premise, a few ideas, a setting and a general direction in which to let my plot go – all based on the request my friends posted me (and that was pretty hard, because it was too open… but I’ll talk about that).

I think there’s nothing better, for someone who’s trying to pay the bills by writing, to be asked to write more. And be paid for it.
Also, this is an interesting experiment – I might try it again in the future, and it is part of the learning process.

I’ll keep you posted about the developments.
I might put together a set of instructional posts about my experiences with a crowdfunded novella on-demand.
Let’s see what happens.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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