Primae Noctis will not reach its goal of funding independent editing and promotion via Kickstarter. I want to genuinely thank all of the backers who took the time to support my efforts to bring independent science fiction work written for adults to the market, as well as thank all of the well-wishers who have lent their support in intangible ways to this effort.
A Brief Analysis:
For its funding goal of $5,000, 30 days was simply not enough time to
raise this project's funds on Kickstarter. Although Kickstarter's own
recommended period of funding is 30 days, I don't believe that a
non-young adult science fiction project that doesn't have in-build
graphics or significant marketing collateral can easily raise more than
$2,000 in such a short period of time- unless the author already has
serious street credibility and access. This begs the question as to why
they even really need Kickstarter. As a new author, there are too many
hurdles to simply getting people on your side to begin with. Getting
visibility within the Kickstarter site itself was very challenging, and
It is of note that more than 70% of the pledges raised came from
efforts generated by weblinks outside of Kickstarter, such as Facebook,
Twitter, and from other sources of traffic.
As an exercise in public relations, this Kickstarter campaign has
been of some assistance in getting word out about my novel, which has
gotten me valuable exposure and feedback from genuine players in the
world of science fiction literature. Showman P.T. Barnum allegedly once
commented that "there's no such thing as bad publicity", and for the
most part, he was right.
As for Primae Noctis, I am considering my various options in
moving forward to proceed with a November release via Amazon. I am
still examining ways to get the novel in front of professionals in
sci-fi before independent release, but it is likely that I will turn to
even more informal methods of peer review (such as readers circles) to
get the novel prepared for market.
You can continue to find me at the following places across the web:
Thanks again for all of your wonderful support, friends and strangers,
and I hope to continue to be able to bring Primae Noctis to you sometime