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GenCon 2013 Interview: M. Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 pm

GEDC1287During GenCon 2013, I had the chance to speak with Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio and author of Mad Science Institute. I asked him about Exile’s use of Kickstarters for publishing its game products, and this is what he had to say. Me: Tell me what Exile’s been doing with Kickstarters. Sechin: Exile has been a recent comer to the Kickstarter market, but we’ve found it extremely useful to not only jumpstart a project that would take a little longer to get going, but to also get the word out and to give people a...

Ryk Spoor launches Kickstarter to fund new Oz novel
March 15, 2014 | 5:27 am

polychromeHere’s a worthy-looking Kickstarter project. Ryk Spoor, one of the Baen stable of authors, is looking to self-publish Polychrome, his modern-day pastiche on the public-domain Oz setting. He’s already offered it to multiple publishers, but none of them seems to have been able to figure out quite what to do with it. He hopes to raise at least $5,000 to cover the cost of having the book professionally edited, formatted, and polished up for self-publication. Of course, you can make the argument that he could just self-publish it as-is, for free; if it’s good enough for a zillion other...

Assassination game Dustcloud closes its Kickstarter project, plans to relaunch in 30 days
January 25, 2014 | 3:00 am

30daysJust a brief update on an article from a couple of weeks ago: Dustcloud, the laser tag assassination game using short-range radio zap guns that link by Bluetooth to a smartphone, has decided to cancel its Kickstarter and relaunch in 30 days with some changes. The writing was pretty much on the wall: almost halfway through the 40 day period, it had only reached about $28,000 in pledges—just over 1/4 of its goal. As the Kickstarter progressed, they noticed a lot of reluctance around the idea of having to pay a nickel each for the virtual bullets (“speks”) for...

Story Surgeon: Copyright infringement or fair use?
January 23, 2014 | 2:34 pm

storysurgeonWriter Beware has an interesting post today linking to a Kickstarter for what WB’s Victoria Strauss calls “an app for copyright infringement.” The app is called “Story Surgeon,” is seeking $15,000, and the idea is that the app will let you create edits to an e-book, save the edits, and then share just the edits. Someone else can then take the same book and the same edits and “reconstitute” the edited book with that program. This is not exactly a new idea. We covered Chris Walters discussing the same basic idea slightly over two years ago: ...

Dustcloud brings virtual assassination to the digital age
January 9, 2014 | 10:23 am

dustcloudEverything’s better with smartphones. Reading, navigating, playing silly games…and possibly, that might soon include laser tag. Yesterday I found out about a game called Dustcloud, which is undergoing a Kickstarter right now that wants to combine laser tag, the game of “Assassin” (often played with water guns or paintball pistols), GPS, and social networking, for a geolocation-based game you play anywhere, on the spur of the moment, with total strangers. It’s been getting some good buzz from news sites such as Engadget, Re/code, and Time. It looks exciting, and I’ve gone ahead and kicked in for it, but I must...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games
October 6, 2013 | 5:00 pm

GEDC1300I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even before it came out in print. I caught up with him again at GenCon 2013 for another brief interview. We touched on e23’s ongoing success, but Reed had more to say on the subject of Kickstarters—something that was on the minds of a number of other writers and industry...

Kickstarter for In The Dark: Horror Anthology
September 26, 2013 | 1:38 pm

I just backed my first Kickstarter, and I thought some of you might be interested as well. The project is a fully illustrated horror anthology, In the Dark, and it's got some great names: Brian Keene, F Paul Wilson, Rachel Deering and many more. It's 250 pages of spine-chilling goodness, with 20 original stories. They are trying to raise $30,000 by Halloween, and in about a day, they've raised over $8,000. Some of the cool reward levels are already gone, but there are still some good ones left, like a 9x12 watercolor commission of a monster of your choosing by Thomas...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Mike Stackpole
September 12, 2013 | 3:44 am

GEDC1274Here’s the first interview from my attendance of GenCon this year that I’ve had the time and energy to transcribe. It’s a follow-up to a three-part interview I did a couple of years ago (part 1, part 2, part 3). Mike Stackpole has some interesting things to say about Kickstarter and Storybundle. His speculation about the effects of the Apple trial has been largely rendered moot at this point by the judge’s subsequent decision not to impose the harsh penalties the DoJ wanted, but they were reasonable guesses at the time. Me: Since last we talked two...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...

Veronica Mars Novels to Follow Kickstarted Movie
July 16, 2013 | 9:02 am

Veronica MarsThis is the kind of media circle of life I like to see: GalleyCat is reporting that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas plans to release some Veronica Mars novels as a follow-up to the upcoming Kickstarter-funded movie. From the article: "The books will contain completely new stories, and will be stand-alone novels that will appeal to fans of the show, as well as general mystery readers. The plot of the first book in the series will begin where events of the upcoming “Veronica Mars” film end, and will feature an adult Veronica Mars." I remember reading interviews with Rob Thomas during the run...

Kickstarter reacts too late to stop offensive ‘seduction guide’ from funding
June 22, 2013 | 11:45 am

Self-publishing can tend to attract sleaze (as Amazon could attest after having distributed not one but at least two different self-published pedophilia guides), and it is sometimes tricky for a self-publishing distributor or enabler to keep track of everything it’s allowing. The latest business to find this out is Kickstarter, whose automated crowdfunding campaigns have made it something of a self-publishing darling lately. It started when comedian Casey Malone noticed and blogged about a nearly-complete Kickstarter program aimed at producing a “seduction guide,” using material gathered from this reddit thread. The guide offers men advice on getting women to...

Siva Cycle Atom is Pedal Power for Your Gadgets
April 26, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Siva Cycle AtomThis Kickstarter project has funded pretty quickly over the past couple of days, and I certainly expect it to overfund significantly before the campaign is over. The concept behind the Siva Cycle Atom is using a bicycle as a generator to power a battery pack, which can be used to charge electronic devices via USB. The Siva Cycle Atom is designed with top of the line magnetic rotors and powerful lithium batteries. As you ride, it harnesses the kinetic energy to directly charge a device or store the energy in a battery. The Atom is for the modern commuter cyclist, the urban biker, the...