So, we’re in the final 24 hours of the Kickstarter. It looks like we’re going to fall just short of the goal of the illustrated version of the Three Doctors post – though I suppose a last minute push is possible. Someone buying the Soldeed video, for instance, would put the goal in sight…
EDIT: Actually, we’re now just $600 from doing the Blake book. It could just about happen…
In any case, if you want to get in on the Kickstarter, you probably should get going – several of the reward levels are deals that I’m not planning on offering again at the end of the Kickstarter. Most notably, the $10 “starter kit” of ebooks is the only time you’ll be able to get the first three volumes of TARDIS Eruditorum at that price for the foreseeable future. And while I may offer commissioned essays and signed books through other means soon, I don’t intend to offer essays that will go into the books again at all.
Finally, a general answer to questions I’m sure I’ll be getting – I’ll be in touch with all of the backers through several means. First, I’ll send out a backers survey in the next few days to figure out the Kickstarter-exclusive essay topic (basically, I’m going to suggest the upcoming Marc Platt audio The Beginning, and unless there’s a sizable objection, do that) and to get everyone’s e-mail. At that point I’ll have a Soldeed-esque THREEEEEE ways of contacting you: your e-mail, Kickstarter updates, and this blog. I will basically use all three regularly when I need to update you with anything.
No, failing to meet the $15k stretch goal does not mean I will never do the Blake/Three Doctors book. It does mean that I’m going to wait until I see how the Logopolis book does, however, before I make plans.
Any other questions I’ll happily answer in comments. Or discourse at length about what I have or haven’t learned doing a Kickstarter.
In any case, I just wanted to use today’s post to say: whether you have donated, are about to, or just can’t manage it, thank you. The last month of running this blog has been an absolutely wonderful ride. I was hoping to be able to get to the original $1k goal that would let me pre-fund the Hartnell book itself, and was prepared to fund it out of pocket if I fell short.
I woke up the next morning clearly not having to worry about funding the Hartnell book again. And that’s just been the beginning. I get to do a special edition of the Logopolis post, to start selling t-shirts, mugs, prints, and other cool stuff, and to start in on the podcast commentaries, all of which are terribly exciting.
And perhaps most importantly, it formed the point where I really started thinking of this as my primary job and source of income, with adjunct teaching as a sort of hobbyist sideline. Which is a really nice and satisfying place to be. That the Kickstarter month coincided with the new site launch, getting to do the DePaul event, the new series, and a bunch of other stuff is just tremendously, wonderfully gratifying.
So having said that, let’s carry on. I’ll keep targeting five updates a week, three of which will be Eruditorum entries, plus a nice weekend chat thread. The blog will remain the same old thing that you know and love, except for those of you who know and hate it, in which case it will still remain the same. And over the next year or so I’ll tease and explore some other projects as we move forward – the oft-mentioned British comics project, yes, but also… other idle ideas I have. So those will surface someday. But first, tomorrow, The Long Game, and the oft-desired discussion of forty-five minute episode structures and their limitations. (Well, one part of it. Father’s Day is part-written at the moment and also about that.)
But mostly, you know.