There is no convenient time to break your leg
There is no convenient time to find your soul
There is no convenient time to submit to force
There is no convenient time to starve
There is no convenient time to have a child
There is no convenient time to lose your will
There is no convenient time to have a flat tyre
I had hoped, by now, to be selling a book called King Arthur vs Devil Kitteh. But, as is the course of things, obstacles have been encountered, delays endured, and it’s still a work-in-progress. But I find myself facing a new dilemma: once it is ready, when and how do I launch it?
My intention had always been to run a Kickstarter: I’ve had great success with the previous two that I’ve run. But I’d wanted the Kickstarter to complete at a time which means I can deliver the book around about this time of year, in time for Christmas.
I really don’t want to wait another year before launching the book; but I now have more significant concerns than that: will anybody be able to afford it?
Like I said, my previous two Kickstarters have been very succesful. But they have been for relatively cheap zines, they have piggy-backed off well-supported community games jams, have been moderately cheap to produce (unlike the properly bound hardback picture-book I have in mind for King Arthur) and, most importantly, were released when “spending money” was still a thing.
Sure, for many people around the world, it still is. But quite specifically here, now, in the UK, things seem to have changed rapidly for the worse. Fuel and food prices have gone up astronomically, and the government which has overseen this country’s decline over the last 12 years seem determined to push us into another round of “austerity” (AKA bubble-up economics). Friends in retail tell me that they’re turning over 20% of what they did this time last year. When is a good time to launch a £20 book which many, I know, will love but, let’s be honest, nobody really needs?
I don’t have an answer. All suggestions gratefully received.
Meanwhile, I flddle in my hilltop home as Rome slowly burns. I’ve been tinkering with AI “art” and, my god, it’s addictive. While I’m extremely sensitive to the concerns of artists who stand to lose work, wow, aren’t these beautiful? (I want to stick some on T-shirts and sell them, but… ethics, damn it).
Back to King Arthur: while my brain takes its time over mulling a release date, you’d be doing me a great favour if you signed up to be notified when the Kickstarter starts kicking, you can do so here. Also, why not sign up for my email newsletter using the form below – one day, I may even send out an email.
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