Why Kickstarter?

Writers don’t need to make money with their writing. However, they have to make money somewhere. Maybe they sell their organs. Maybe they sell their tears. Maybe they sell the hours of their lives to vampiric organ-playing dandelions. Everyone has different ways to make money, is what I’m saying.

Maybe you write because it’s a good emotional release. Maybe you write because you’ve just got awesome ideas. You do not need to monetize that writing to be a writer.

However, you may want to get paid for your writing. It could mean that eventually you don’t need another job, and maybe vampiric dandelions will finally leave you alone.

And if you’re going to get paid for your writing, you need to have a plan on how to do it.

Hey, did you notice that on May 3, 2022, I’ll be running a Kickstarter for my new six-book series, Madelyn of the Sky? You should click on the link there and then select “notify me on launch.” I’d really love it if you’d do that.


Well, personally, I want to be paid for my writing. Granted, I have two novels out currently. I’ve had a number of short stories published. All that is good! However, we’re trying something different this time around.

Why Kickstarter?

First, we chose to self-publish this series. Dawnsbrook is us, Jonathon Mast and his wife. Why would we do that? Simply put, no publisher is going to put out a six-book series in the course of a year. However, in the self-publishing world, this is relatively common. The books are written and edited. Why not get them out there?

Self-publishing can be expensive, though. We need to pay for our covers. That artist has done fabulous work and deserves to be paid, and paid well! We also need to pay for ISBN’s. While there are a number of ways to self-publish, we have chosen a route that we need to pay for those. Frankly, those are our two biggest costs. Using a Kickstarter will hopefully get us those funds!

Seriously. I WANT to read this book, and I wrote it!

Second, we’d like more than just our friends and family to buy the books. Beginning writers are often carried on the backs of their friends and family. Now, if you’re one of my friends or one of the various families I have implanted along the spine of this nation, I’d still love your support! Maybe one of my vampiric dandelions will support me, too! But it’d be nice to have more support than that.

I personally watch the publishing tab on Kickstarter. I’ve backed a number of projects because they look like fun. I’ve discovered some really good authors that way, such as Kendra Merritt and Benedict Patrick. I’m hoping that others will see the Kickstarter and say, “Hey, that looks neat! I think I’ll back it!”

Third, the Kickstarter will serve as a sort of proof-of-concept. We think that people will want to read an entire series in the course of a school year. After all, especially when you’re younger, why would you want to wait a year or longer for the next book in a series? Let’s get it all out there!

Thus, Kickstarter!

So, like I said, if you want to support my writing, go check it out. If you want to support but don’t have money or simply aren’t sure if you want to support, please click, “Notify me on launch” anyway. Just seeing that number go up encourages me, personally! And either way, I’d love it if you’d share the campaign so more people get to see it.

After all, writers do need to make money somehow, either from their writing or from somewhere else. I’m tired of vampiric dandelions personally. I’d love to make money from my writing!

Published by Jon

Jon lives in Kentucky with his wife and an insanity of children. (A group of children is called an insanity. Trust me.)

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