Why I Love Kickstarter


It's even prettier in hardcover.

It’s even prettier in hardcover.

So my friend Christopher Buehlman has written this book called “The Necromancer’s House” and I just received a signed copy of it in the mail. A few months ago I had noticed on Facebook that he was promoting a Kickstarter campaign for the completion and printing of this book and I knew right away that I would be pledging to it (even though I didn’t actually get around to submitting the pledge until a day or two before the deadline).

“The Necromancer’s House” is his third book. I’d read his second book “Between Two Fires” and enjoyed it very much- and I’m not just saying that because he was my boss for a summer back in 2010. Back when I worked for him he was Christophe the Insulter at the Renaissance Faire outside of Chicago. Working for a professional insulter was not the most obvious career choice I’ve ever made, but it was probably one of the best lessons I could have ever taken about the delicate dynamic between a comedic performer and an audience who wants to be scandalized and insulted without actually being scandalized and insulted.

But my point is that the Kickstarter campaign was really just a chance to be a tacit participant in the success of a friend that I liked and respected and if I’m really honest with myself then that is really the only reason I made the pledge. Up until right now I didn’t actually care about the actual book, I just cared that a friend have the chance to write it- even though I’ve scarcely spoken to him since.

I think this, more than anything, is what Kickstarter gives us that we never really had before- a way for an audience member like me to put my money where my mouth is and provide a vote of confidence in someone who I want to see succeed.

As an added bonus, it also means that beautiful, hard-cover, inscribed books sometimes land in my mailbox right at the exact moment when I find myself lamenting that I want to sit and read a good book again. For anyone considering a Kickstarter campaign: don’t underestimate the value of physical objects. Sure they are more expensive to mail, but they are valued SO much more highly by the person who receives them.

I haven’t dared to begin reading it yet, lest I get distracted for three or four days in the midst of production and classwork, but I am treasuring it for Thanksgiving break when I might have the chance to sit still and devour it in one gulp.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 29, 2013.

One Response to “Why I Love Kickstarter”

  1. This book came in the Shelf Awareness newsletter today. Looks really interesting. It’s always lovely to have a personal connection to a work of art, too.

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