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Finding Funding: Writing in a Kickstarter World

Kristen Twardowski

Readers and writers are living in a crowdfunded world. Where once publishers oversaw which books came into print now writers just need to convince potential readers to support them. Writers suddenly have more opportunities, but they are restricted by the market as well.

Origin of the Stick.gifKickstarter is one of the largest venues for crowdfunding publishing projects. In 2016, Kickstarter surpassed $100 million given to publishing projects. Several projects have achieved massive success by appealing to potential readers. These backers raised over $1.2 million to fund a reprint of the online comic The Order of the Stickand backers pledged over $5.4 million to resurrect the children’s reading program Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton. Of course these projects already had supporters who wanted to read their materials. The bulk of writing projects listed in the “Publishing” section of Kickstarter are less successful and are written by relatively unknown authors. A cursory glance…

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Plain Brown Wrapper by Greg Lynch



A native Texan, Greg Lynch grew up in Dallas and has worked careers ranging from reporter to private detective to public relations, most of which involved shamelessly sticking his nose into other peoples’ business and writing about it.

Passionate about writing, Mexican food and college football, Greg lives in Dallas with his wife, his daughter and an assortment of animals.


Impoverished college student Allison Kerry only thought her life was complicated. On a broiling August afternoon in Dallas, it’s about to get much worse. Political blackmail leads to a political payoff gone terribly wrong and the money ends up in Allison’s hands, but she has no idea where it came from or who lost it. When those who lost the money try to take it back, Allison starts to realize she’s stumbled into something far worse than she imagined. To make it through, she’ll have to run a gauntlet of corrupt politicians, hired thugs, a sociopathic dog-catcher, a foul- mouthed mob hit man and a pearly-toothed televangelist.

Armed with only a single ambiguous clue and the help of someone she isn’t sure she can trust, Allison has many questions, few answers and far less time than she thinks to piece everything together.


Ok, this onw made me laugh a lot! It is filled with humour, suspence and spiciness. It is so entertaining that it screams to be made into a movie! I loved the amount of information I was given as a reader. It was just right, not overly complicating the story and giving mee a clear enough image of what kind of characters I am dealing with.

It definitely is a page-turner and the suspence is build just right, as it accumulates one follows how the characters develop with it until all the problems are solved. I great thriller. Lynch has crafted a diverse group of individuals, and each of them has an agenda that is logical and meaningful. Allison and her dream of becoming a lawyer while trying to support her brother and his ill son was one of the most gripping plots of the story. She makes a couple of decisions that may not seem logical to readers, but the decisions fit when someone is put into an illogical situation, as she is.

What  loved  the most is the twists. Althoug, some of them were kind of obvious they came in waves, keeping you constantly on the look for the next chapter. I read it in one breath!

I’m looking forward to reading whatever Greg Lynch comes up with next– I think he will prove to be to Texas what Carl Hiaasen is to Florida. Lynch includes lots of little winks and “inside jokes” for readers familiar with the Dallas area, though any reader could find it relatable. An excellent summer read!!!5FOXGIVEN


The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr



Katharine and Elizabeth Corr are sisters and Essex girls transplanted to Surrey. They both read history at university and worked as professionals in London (accountancy and law). Then they stopped working to raise families, not realising that children are far more demanding than clients or bosses. When they both decided to write novels – on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious they should do it together.

When Katharine’s not writing, she likes playing the harp, learning dead languages and embracing her inner nerd. When Elizabeth’s not writing, she likes sketching, dancing round the kitchen and plotting for more time free of children and cats. They can sometimes be found in one of their local coffee shops, arguing over which character to kill off next.

Their debut novel is the electrifying, dark magic, YA thriller, The Witch’s Kiss, published by Harper Collins in 2016.


Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?


Brace yourselves for your Quidnunc Girl will explode with negative emotions. Let’s start with the fact that both authors are unbelievably intelligent women, therefore I am not exactly sure how they ended up with writing this novel… It was very if not extremely disappointing attempt, coming from two people who could have given so much more originality to the idea.

Okay, you know I love reading YA, and you know fairy tales are my thing as well, so this one should have hit the mark from the very start, but alas. Basically Witch’s Kiss is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with switched role. I loved the concept, it could have being exploited in a much more exciting manner than we find it in the book. BTW I forgot to mention I am giving an opinion on a sample I was given in exchange for an honest review.

Anyway, Jack, the would-be serial killer, has been trapped in an abandoned sleep for 1500 years. Cursed by a wizard to collect the hearts of those in love, he has fleeting moments of lucidity, where he is aware of who he is and fights the wizard’s influence, but the spells that kept both Jack and the wizard, Gwydion, sleeping are wearing off.  Merry is his only hope of being freed from the curse.

So far, so good it reads very well. On theory…

It kills me when authors in general rely on clichés to get by… If you don’t have a voice of your own, don’t bother writing. Like me, I would be an awful writer if I ever attempt it, so I don’t I just sit around pointing out the mistakes of others and suggesting ways to fix them. There are a lot of the usual clichés to be seen in this story, as I already said, but there is just enough variety to prevent it from being an exact replica of other young adult books in the genre. We have the usual special snowflake, we have a far from perfect family dynamic, we have the romance set out to fail, we have the historical aspect going way back when, and we have a couple of the other usual young adult check box necessities. Despite all of this, it did have some unique spins on these things. This is job well done!

What really made it hard for me to read was Meredith: Meredith, isn’t very interesting, and I didn’t glean much of a personality off her – she feels quite bland, and I would have liked to see more about her life at school, and her friendship with Ruby. Her relationship with her mother wasn’t very well-developed, and so later events in the book didn’t have the emotional impact they should have. The witchcraft and magic world-building also wasn’t well-defined, and seemed a bit vague and generic. It could have been more original in that respect. I’m also not a fan of romances where the guy can’t control himself and so hurts the girl he loves – even if it’s because of magic, it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But that’s my own preference in reading romance. I still found Jack to be quite interesting – actually more so than Meredith – but I couldn’t get behind the romance between them. Also, considering there are so many female characters, they don’t get a lot of screen-time – besides Meredith, the characters with the most significance seem to be her brother Leo, Jack, and the villain Gwydion. There was a bit of sisterly witchcraft going on, but all the other witches felt a bit flat and didn’t really get any development, which was a let-down. I think the most interesting and developed female character was her Gran.

I keep on having the feeling that both authors were holding back, as if they were saving themselves for a sequel and that ruined the whole idea. On writing series, your first should grab the reader, not lull them into deep sleep. The concept I love, some of the characters are great, but it ended up being a bit mediocre. I am sorry I have to call it that, but it could have been so much more.2FOXGIVEN