Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Crowdfunding Progress Report

            It’s been over a month since I started my GoFundMe campaign. I’m happy to say I’m 1.6% of the way to reaching my goal. When I look at other artists attempting to fund personal projects that’s a good start, but there is still a long way to go.
            One of the reasons I chose GoFundMe as the crowdfunding option to turn Auteurs,Adaptations and Outsider into an audiobook is because it isn’t an all or nothing fundraiser. As soon as I earn enough to start the recording process, I will book studio time in a recording studio and get the show on the road, one essay at a time. There are ten essays in the book, so I’m estimating that the process will take about ten four hour sessions of recording, editing, and mastering to the strict audiobook standards of Audible and iTunes.
            I’ve started rehearsing the final essay in the book which is the most personal chapter. A portion of the essay called “My Film Odyssey” will be used as a sample for prospective listeners. Once I have the audio sample in the can, I hope to post it to my Soundcloud account. I have been talking to Matt Heilmann at OrganicMedia about directing and engineering the audiobook. We have worked together on many projects. I have faith that he will endeavor to capture my best performance. If there is one thing I’ve learned from listening to hundreds of audiobooks, it’s that the best ones are performed, not just read. In order to live up to the quality I look for in an audiobook, I’ve spent some time reading passages of Auteurs,Adaptations, and Outsiders aloud and recording them to scrutinize my performance. I realize that I’m a bit out of practice. It’s been a while since I read aloud on a regular basis. It may take some time to find the precise voice for each essay.
As I’ve said before, it’s so easy to publish today. You don’t have to wait for a publisher to accept your manuscript. If you have an interest you can blog about it on Blogger or a Wordpress site. If you’re a person of few words, you can make sweet tweets on Twitter or microblog on Tumblr. For those who seek electronic or hardcopy publication, Kindle Direct and CreateSpace have given birth to a self-publishing revolution.
In his book, On Writing, Stephen King recalls the years that he spent collecting rejection slips from publishers, “By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing”. That sort of resilience is rare. Most writers don’t maintain that level of persistence when faced with rejection. When you self-publish, there are no rejection slips to nail to the wall. But now that you are publishing on your own, it’s up to you to find an audience and spread the word. Adding an audiobook to the mix can take your work to a larger audience.
If you would like to help make my audiobook a reality, here is the link to my GoFundMe camapaign: Auteurs, Adaptations, and Outsiders Audiobook Fundraiser


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