January 2nd, 2012


Rose & Bay Awards open for nomination!

Two new categories in the 2012 Rose & Bay Awards now have their nomination posts up: Other Project and Patron.  Other Project covers miscellaneous crowdfunding projects such as music and film.  It also covers projects that contain more than one type of material such as a combination of fiction, poetry, and artwork.  Patron honors the people who put the "fund" into "crowdfunding" by buying what the creators produce.  

Please take some time to consider your favorite Other Project and Patron possibilities, then visit the posts and make your nominations.  If you're not sure who to pick, keep an eye on the Crowdfunding communities -- I've posted a list of projects that I noted during 2011 and I'm hoping that other folks will do likewise.

Special Fandom Snowflake Challenge #1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Drop a link to your post in the comments.

(Link courtesy of [personal profile] recessional )

While I rarely write fanfic, I have done several crossovers that mix my project Schrodinger's Heroes  with various other fandoms.  Quantum physics, alternate dimensions, and your favorite characters ... won't this be fun?

"... And Relative Dimensions" (Dr. Who / Schrodinger's Heroes)
The TARDIS crashes into the Teferact.  The Doctor is bemused by Kay and Tim.

"French Military Victories" (Anita Blake / Schrodinger's Heroes)
Jean-Claude tries to wheedle vampire!Quinn into letting him land the jet on the Teferact's airstrip.  Quinn wants nothing to do with his old master.

"HALware" (Space Odyssey / Schrodinger's Heroes)
Something hacks its way into the Teferact computer system.  Ash is not best pleased by this.

Rose & Bay Awards open for nomination!

The 2012 Rose & Bay Awards are now open for nomination in all categories; click to see full details on the landing page. This award honors excellence in cyberfunded creativity aka crowdfunding in six categories. Please visit these posts to nominate your favorites; the number of previous nominations is also listed so you can track activity.

Art (6)
Fiction (3)
Poetry (2)
Webcomic (2)
Other Project (3)
Patron (3)

You can help by boosting the signal as well as nominating projects and patrons. Blog about the Rose & Bay Awards; mention them on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks. List your own projects or those that you support. Link to the landing page and the nomination pages now; nomination is open January 1-31. Watch for the voting pages to appear later; voting runs February 1-29 (it's Leap Year).

Follow the Wordsmith

Periodically I give people an update on what I'm doing and how you can find my work...

I send out a monthly newsletter via email.  It lists my writing/editing accomplishments for the past month along with a few personal tidbits.  Find out what I've sold where and get links to material visible online.  If you'd like to subscribe to the PenUltimate Productions Newsletter, just send me a LiveJournal private message with your email address and a request.

The PenUltimate Productions website features background information about my writing/editing work along with some samples.  See "About Me" for an author bio, and during January my 2011 Rhysling Award eligible poems are also posted.  "Books Written" contains information about Composing Magic, From Nature's Patient Hands, and Prismatica.  The "Crowdfunding" section has extensive resources on cyberfunded creativity as a business model; see especially the "How To" articles and my own "Serial Poetry" page.  "Hire Me" has a description of my goods and services available to anyone wanting a wordsmith to create content, edit manuscripts, or do other stuff involving language.  "Wordsmithing" is the site blog for recording site updates and other news.

The Greenhaven Tradition website features information on Paganism in general and our coven in particular.  It features a lot of my Pagan writing along with stuff from other members.  See the "Home" section for a summary about us.  The "Activities" section features classes, crafts, recipes, sabbats, and esbats.  "Resources" has links and recommended reading lists about alternative spirituality.  Use the "Sitemap" to find everything on the website.  "Writing" is an archive of Pagan articles and poetry, plus information about my book Composing Magic.

Friend requests are welcome on my other services ...

I'm on Dreamwidth as Ysabetwordsmith.

I'm on GoodReads with an author page as Elizabeth Barrette.

On Facebook, you can find my personal page as Elizabeth Barrette and my professional 'fan' page as PenUltimate Productions Writing & Editing.  The personal page is higher traffic with an echo of my LiveJournal posts plus FB forwards about activism, funny quotes or pictures, NASA news, and other stuff I find interesting.  The professional 'fan' page has no friend limit, and is lower traffic about writing/editing news, my activities, and a feed from the "Wordsmithing" blog on my website.

I manage the communities crowdfunding and cheap_cookin, plus Crowdfunding on Dreamwidth.

Want to support the wordsmith?  There is a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page, or you can contact me for other options.  If I've written or edited something that you especially love and you want to show your support, let me know what it is.  Things that generate income or attention are likely to get more written.

Let's Talk About Ebooks of My Poetry

Recently I posted a list of planned donor perks for 2012 in the Poetry Fishbowl project.  haikujaguar raised the idea of printing the poetry collections through Createspace or Lulu, which I have considered as a possibility for later if there get to be a LOT of them needed.  natf also asked about that, and wondered if it would be possible to buy  a copy -- or preferably, an ebook.

So I'd like to open the floor for discussion.  Some considerations ...

* Right now, the donors get access to some material that nobody else gets to see.  For instance, there are the donor perk-posts, listed on the Poetry Fishbowl landing page, which all donors can read through the "donors" filter and tag.  (There are other perks too.)  The full-year collections that I've done thus far were the k-fan perk in previous years, reprinting in hardcopy what was published here in my blog; but I also did something new at the end of 2011 when I assembled a collection of "Path of the Paladins" including both its published and unpublished poems.  (The k-fans are folks who spend $100+ in a year on this project.)

On the one hoof, if I release more material for purchase, it might make the donor perks seem a little less special.  On the other hoof, it would mean more people could see the cool stuff and potentially expand the audience.  There are also ways of keeping some aspects of coolness for the donors.

* While some folks enjoy ebooks and paper books equally, many people have quite strong  preferences and read mainly or only one format.  Offering some of this material in ebook format would make it available to folks who wouldn't be interested in the hardcopies. 

* For those who prefer hardcopies, conversely, I have plans to release the popular series as paper books eventually.  "The Origami Mage" is nearly complete; finishing it is on my goal list for 2012.  "Monster House" is also chapbook size, though not as fully plotted.  angela_n_hunt at Hunt Press is interested in publishing both of those as paper books.  I'm also likely to release other thematic collections, like what I did with From Nature's Patient Hands (nature) and Prismatica (science fiction) earlier. 

So I don't want to undercut those possibilities, which may affect whether or what kind of ebooks I might publish.  One option would be to make the sale editions 'lightweight' ebooks -- just a title page, table of contents, and the poems -- and then if there's a later edition released in dual hardcopy/paperback format it would have all the extra stuff like an introduction, publication history of the poems, any supporting essays, professional cover art, etc.  If I were to do series collections like this, the public version would only have the published poems, not the unpublished ones that the k-fans would get; all in series-chronological order.

* If I were to do ebook poetry collections, I could offer k-fans the choice of paper or electronic copies.  So far, I've been printing out the k-fan collections at home and binding them in presentation folders, which means I can include a flyleaf page of fancy scrapbook paper and a dedication letter with the recipient's name, so that no two copies are identical.  It's something you can hold in your hands, rather than just words on a screen.  I think those are significant benefits, but there's also something to be said for the convenience of ebooks (resizable font, compact storage, lightweight ereaders, etc.).  Also, self-publishing is on my goal list for 2012 and releasing an ebook would count.

* There are places like Smashwords where an ebook can be uploaded for sale without the author having to do all the handling.  I'm also on the betatesting for PressBooks, which is a place for authors to post their books.  If people are interested in the idea of poetry ebooks from the fishbowl, I could investigate such options in more depth to see if they're something I could really use.

* A possible compromise between donor exclusivity and audience access is something I've been considering with the donor perk-posts and just haven't gotten around to yet: reserving the current volume(s) for donors but releasing "back issues" for sale to everyone.  For example, there are donor perk-posts and poetry fishbowl full-year collections from 2007-2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  The 2007-2008, 2009, and 2010 volumes would be back issues available to the public, once I got them into whatever arrangement might be needed for release.  The 2011 volume just came out in December, so it would become available in January 2013, shortly after the release of the 2012 volume in December 2012.

* Pricing is a bit challenging.  This material would consist of reprints, generally valued lower than new publications.  It would be electronic, generally valued lower than hardcopy; in particular, people are more likely to buy an electronic edition if it's really cheap, and many successful ebooks are going for $.99 or $2.  On the other hoof, it's going to take me a fair amount of time to put this stuff into a marketable format -- the poem files are already collected, but I'd have to look at the different release services to figure out which might work best and what they want a manuscript to be.  So I need to make enough for that to be worth doing, which also means this is only feasible if there's enough audience interest.  If a bunch of people would like poetry ebooks, I can probably make it happen, but not if it's just one or two.

What do you-all think?  Do you read ebooks?  Would you be interested in ebook collections of my fishbowl poems and/or the donor perk-posts?  Would you appreciate being able to buy ebooks as gifts for friends to introduce them to cool poetry or show them what you've been sponsoring?  What do you think about the time delay?  Do you think ebooks like this would prevent doing hardcopy poetry books later?  Are there other pitfalls or possible solutions that you'd like to suggest?

I am especially interested in hearing from my k-fans and my frequent prompters -- all the regular enthusiasts who make the Poetry Fishbowl project work.  I'm also open to input from anyone who's done ebook collections of their crowdfunding material and how that worked for you.  The last linkback perk poem from the 2011 Winterfaire was "With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will," which has 10 verses remaining.  For each person who makes a meaningful comment on this discussion, I'll post a verse.

Monday Update 1-2-12

I've been gone for part of December, so I'm going to do the whole catchup back to my last Monday Update.  These are some posts you might have missed ...
My Crowdfunding Activity in 2012
My Crowdfunding Activity in 2011
State of the Author Address 2012
Goals for 2012
2011 Goals in Review
Read "Snowbound" by rix_scaedu
Read the Advent Story by kajones_writing
Talk and Build a Fire
New Crowdfunding Project: "Run On Sentence CSM"
See Apricot the Mule by ankewehner
Indian Identity
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning with "P"
Read "Richard and Samael at Christmas" by kajones_writing
Watch for "Cassandra's Curse"
Read "Miss Midas" by aldersprig
Icons by djinni
The Massacre at Wounded Knee
Poem: "The Curious Incident at the Guildhall Library" (The Steamsmith)
Poem: "So Like a River" (Path of the Paladins)
Read Some Torn World Articles

Poetry Fishbowl

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be tomorrow, January 3, with a topic of "Heras and Villainesses."  Come give me prompts about powerful female characters, for good or evil.  Here are some current discussions and news about the Poetry Fishbowl:

Let's Talk About Ebooks of My Poetry
Poetry Fishbowl Perks for 2012

"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.


Nominations are now open for the 2012 Rose & Bay Awards which honors crowdfunding excellence in the categories of Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  Please visit the nomination posts to browse projects and nominate your own favorites.  I have been nominated in the Patron category, thank you moonwolf1988!  (The Poetry Fishbowl project is not eligible in 2012, as it won in Poetry for 2011.)  Full details for this award are on its landing page, and the nomination pages have category details. 

Nominations are also open for the Rhysling Award recognizing exceptional speculative poetry.  The SFPA has posted some Rhysling eligible poems online and mine are also available on my website.  If you're a SFPA member, please nominate your favorite poems for this award.

Other Stuff

See "Follow the Wordsmith" for a list of where to find me and my work.

It's very cold here today, and it was snowing a little bit.  Horizontally.  I don't know how much will settle.  The birds were puffed up in fuzzy balls, glaring sullenly at the kitchen window to inquire why the devil the feeders were empty.  Because you ate everything in sight, you little pigs!


Update on Kajones_writing

kajones_writing has some new stuff up ...

Setting Rental is a new feature allowing folks to get stories written about a particular world or structure.  See "Setting Rental," "Setting Rental: List of Settings," "Setting Rental: Donation Information" for further details.  This is fun if you are more attached to a particular place than to a character.

There is a 2011 project review post.  Read about the challenges and accomplishments from the past year.  This project has now been running for about six months.  Woohoo!  Similarly, the December Roundup gives a close-up view of that month's activity.

The current character spotlight is Tamara (from Fae School) and the current collection spotlight is Aurora's World.  You can ask questions about them and talk about what you'd like to explore further. 

The January Free Fiction is "Aurora Blooms (Part 1)."

Poetry Fishbowl Statistics from 2011

The Poetry Fishbowl project began in November 2007 and opened for donations in January 2008.  It has built up a lot of steam since then.  Here are some statistics from 2011:

Total Prompters: 59
Total Donors: 36
Number of K-fans: 9 *
Number of Fishbowl Poems Written: 270
Number of Fishbowl Poems Sold Outside: 3
     "Othertongues" to Linger Fiction (November 3, 2009, Languages & Ways
 of Writing) 
     "The Forest of Infinity" to Star*Line (April 6, 2010, High Fantasy) ?
     "Astronauts and Angels" to Star*Line (March 1, 2011, Things With Wings)
Highest Number of Prompters: 29 (10/4/11 Ghosts)
Highest Number of Comments: 131 (8/2/11 Corruption & Redemption)
Total Poems Posted: 168 + 15 (sale) = 183

* K-fans are people who spend 100+ in a year, inspired by the article "1000 True Fans."  Some of mine are now superfans who would qualify for k-fan multiple times.  (I totally did not expect that.)  Hence the enriched perk structure for 2012.

Between 2010 and 2011, the number of prompters went up and so did the number of poems posted.  There was a modest increase in the number of sponsors per month. 

The number of comments went WAY up, and so did the amount of donations.  Interestingly, those two correlate more often than not, although not perfectly.  I think that when people start riffing off each other, that shows they're excited about the topic, which pulls in more people, which generates more excitement.  And sometimes it generates more poetry, because I've pulled comments for use as prompts too.  This is crowdfunding at its finest, a positive feedback look.  I find that very encouraging. 

I look forward to seeing where 2012 takes us.  Keep an eye out for tomorrow's fishbowl!