I was just reviewing the…

I was just reviewing the Backer Report for The Stars Change in Kickstarter, getting ready to do the Acknowledgements page listing all the Kickstarter backers, and am overwhelmed once again by all the generosity and faith that made this book happen. Truly, I wouldn't have been able to write it without Kickstarter.

Even though the book ended up being picked up by Circlet Press, which is terrific and has made for a better book (Cecilia gave me some fabulous editorial notes that totally highlight some key aspects I had left a bit buried), that's a small press which wouldn't have been able to pay me enough of an advance to make it feasible for me to write the book. Mostly, even big presses aren't paying advances for unwritten novels these days, unless you're a lot more famous than I am. Advances => childcare => writing time. Kickstarter backers made the book happen. It's a whole new model of publishing, and from an author's viewpoint, it's just awesome.

And while the project started off as a light, fun sort of thing (oh hey, I'll write a SF erotica book, that'll be a blast), it ended up having characters and story and themes I really care about. It's much better than I expected it to be, which is maybe not the sort of thing writers are supposed to admit, but there you go. I hope readers love it as much as I do.

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