Crowd sourcing seems to be the next big thing in artistic funding.  Can’t find a big company to supply the money you need to produce a children’s book or concept album or video game?  Go places like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and crowdtilt (and there are more and more of these sites popping up all over, from what I can see).

So how do I make up for my lack of fame?  I’m a first-time author with what I and many others think is a fantastic first novel, but no one knows me from a hole in the ground.  I was hand-writing my script for the video while thinking on that very issue.  Now, writing by hand is a different cognitive process from typing – more creative and less analytic, at least for me.  Therefore, it helps me to make intuitive leaps, and is great for outlining, plot breakthroughs, and problem-solving.  So a plan popped up in my head like a defiant finger.

“Dude.  Don’t treat it as a donation.  It’s a *loan*.”

I’ve thought it over, and it makes sense.  I don’t want to make myself a bajillion dollars, especially at the expense of other wonderful people.  I just want a leg up.  That means a loan, not charity.

So here’s my pledge:  anyone who backs my project (link to be added to front page shortly) at or above $50 will be paid back out of the book revenue.

Now, if I don’t make my minimum funding requirement, of course, the money never changes hands, and I go back to saving the old-fashioned way.  But this – I think this could work.  And it appeals to my Midwestern discomfort with taking help from others.

I don’t need this project to be my PowerBall winning ticket.  I just want a chance.  And dammit, I think I’ll make it worth everyone’s while.