East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Crowdfunding for fun and profit


I am about to launch my first crowdfunding.
Everything’s set, everything’s ready.

As I mentioned in a previous post, some friends had this idea, of setting me up on a crowdfunding platform (Produzioni dal Basso, an Italian website) and then sit back and watch as people throw me change while I write a story.


It was a shock treatment to get me move my backside – I’ve been toying with the idea of crowdfunding or Patreon for almost two years now, and without a good push, I’d probably still be fidgeting.

Instead, now the deed is done.
Or at least, the whole system’s been set up.

In 90 days, my Italian friends and fan – should they feel like – will be able to make donations in exchange for a novella, no less than 30.000 words, based on a “story seed” provided by the friends who got the ball rolling.
Writing on demand, if you will.

And given the story seed that was provided, this promises to be something a little different from my usual fare – and this is both fun, but a risk: my fans (if any) might decide they don’t care for my experiments, after all.

At the end of the 90 days, on September the 15th, I’ll deliver the finished ebook to all my sponsors.
And then the book will get buried for at least 365 days.
We’ll see in September 2018 what will become of it – if anything at all.

I am having quite some fun writing this new story, and I am very curious about what will come out of all this.
Who knows, I might try it again later on, possibly with a story in English.

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.

4 thoughts on “Crowdfunding for fun and profit

  1. Oh fun! I look forward to hearing how this experiment turns out 🙂


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