My books need some polish

$4,000 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
Many many decades ago, I was afflicted by the disease of furor scribendi at the tender age of 12.  Sadly, there is no cure.  But there IS a treatment.  One must write, and write, and write in order to survive.

So, I wrote, and wrote and wrote, and have a pile of books now.

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Having had a day job since the age of 10, 50 years later, retirement came a touch early.  As Indiana Jones so aptly put it in Raiders of the Lost Ark, it's not the age, it's the mileage.  But, I still I write.

So, if I have these books written, and published, why do a GoFundMe campaign?  Well, the simple truth is that my books lack enough polish and exposure.

That's it.

I'm picky enough to want to make sure folks get a decent reading experience, and equally importantly, I want folks to read these things, and keep on reading the ones which are coming.

In order to achieve the first goal (a quality reader experience), I need to have my books professionally edited.  To be honest, I'm a decent writer already.  My reviews, what few of them I have (A link to my Author Page on Amazon) all say that.  But they also tend to point out that I occasionally have odd word choices/phrasing that I think is fine, but someone else might not.  Professional editing would smooth over those semi-rough edges, and make for a better reading experience for everyone.

The second goal is more readily achievable, but depends on the first.  That second goal, of course, is marketing and promotion (That's my "fan site").  One shouldn't do much of that until the product has an acceptable level of excellence (at least mechanically, since the stories are definitely a matter of taste and preference).

I set an initial goal of $4000 primarily for editing services.   It strikes me as inappropriate to try to market them aggressively, which I have not yet done, before they're as good as they can be made to be.

It's an ethics/conscience thing with me.

I currently have 19 books out on Amazon, written as well as I can write them, but I'm not a professional editor.  (And the cover art proves I'm not that great of a graphics artist either, but that's not an issue I'm going to finance through GoFundMe.)  That $4000 will be a start, since it typically costs (A link to an author editor service for cost comparisons) more than $1000/book - and that's only for 60,000 words, of which none of my books are that short, and a couple of them are twice as long.

The truth is, in today's publishing world, if you don't have a name already, you don't get traditionally published unless you get a little help from friends.  I'm not really looking to get traditionally published, to be honest.  But I do want my readers to have the best experience they can.  You folks can be those friends I need to get my stuff polished up shiny enough to market more aggressively.

Since I'm retired, and living on my VA disability for the most part, getting the editing done professionally is simply beyond my means.  It may seem petty (it probably is), and if you want to scamper over to the medical necessity campaigns, I couldn't argue that your money wouldn't be better donated there.  But I'd love to know if I had any shot at "fame" and editing is the current point in the process over which I must step to get there, unless, of course, lightning strikes and some random, well-connected-to-the-publishing-world person falls in love with my stuff.  I don't put much credit into lightning strikes, and am only asking for enough to get started here.

I can bear the marketing costs if I think what I have out there is "good enough" for making that investment.

So, dear readers (and, hopefully, donors), there you have it.  My writing won't stop.  My publishing won't stop.  Little in the world will change if this all comes to naught.  I'm in decent enough health, even if I don't get around as well as my peers do.   This is much of what I do today - write.  It is now my life.

No well known author out there today got there without professional editing.  If you want to sample what I do, by all means give it a shot (My Amazon Author Page, again).  As I said, I'm told they're better than most.  Besides, you should know what an editor has to work with.  My prices are low because I don't want cost to be an impediment to a reader's desire to read, and that won't change.  Better still, if you're a Prime member, you can read them for FREE! 

[DISCLOSURE: Reading my books, for free or otherwise, does get me royalties, so it'd be a two-fer if you read some books AND donated!]

And if you want to donate here to the "better reader experience cause", the more the merrier.  If I achieve this goal, I have a shot at achieving a life-long ambition.  There are no guarantees, of course, and I know it.  But this would definitely provide a chance where at the moment there isn't one (other than the lightning strike, which actually happens less in publishing than it does in the real world with real lightning).

Since writing is now my world, getting even this far with a successful GoFundMe campaign would literally mean the world to me.  Any acclaim that comes from a successful GoFundMe campaign would add the sun, the moon and the stars to that world.  With your help, I might be able to live in a whole new universe.

Still, regardless of how this turns out, if you've read this far, you must have the patience of Job.  No matter what you decide, I humbly thank you for your time and consideration.
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$4,000 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
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