As you can see, I’m still having some technical difficulties with my site’s images. I’ve had a few issues from hackers who’ve been playing with site privileges without asking for permission, but I think I’ve managed to repair most of the damage. Unfortunately this little issue with images under WordPress Multi-site is still thwarting me. But that’s not why I’m posting today… [click to continue…]

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It is convention time again. Time for what will be my last con of the 2016 convention season. Yup, I’m talking about the con in my back yard: Capclave. If you’re going to be in the Gaithersburg, Maryland area and you enjoy good fiction and want to hear all kinds of authors and other artists talk about the nature of modern writing, I know where you want to be this weekend. [click to continue…]

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Yes, it is almost time for Balticon, my favorite con event of the year! And that means it is also time to publish my Balticon schedule! Which I would do… if I had it. Which I don’t exactly.B50_banner_1 [click to continue…]

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cropped-RavenCon2016This weekend is Ravencon! I’ll be back at the con as a guest again this year, although the con itself will be in a new site at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg Virginia. I hope you’ll be able to go to Ravencon, and if you do go, here is where you can find me. [click to continue…]

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Pondering Patreon

by Doc Coleman on March 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Asides

Life has kept me busy with a lot of different things lately and unfortunately it has kept me from doing my regular updates on the blog. The day job has been frenetic. I’ve got friends who’ve gone through some tough times that I’ve tried to help out, the Balticon Podcast to keep on schedule, and the everyday effort to keep the home fires burning.

I’ve done a lot of serious thinking about my novel, and I just started the work on Draft 6. But it is still going to be a while before I can announce the book is ready.

prague charles bridggeSo, I am thinking about creating a Patreon campaign to help defray the costs of publishing. The past year of trying to get The Perils of Prague ready for publication has taught me a lot about the industry. Cover art, editing passes, layouts, they all add up. I’ve managed on my own so far, but it all takes away from the process. Working on a small scale as I do, it takes time to raise the funds needed while keeping a roof over my head and food on my table.

For those that aren’t familiar with Patreon, it is a crowd-funding method that allows creators to raise funds for their art by getting donations from patrons, who in turn receive rewards for their monthly donations. Rewards vary depending on the level of donation, on the creator, and on the type of project. Some common rewards from writers include sneak peaks of chapters in work, an early look at short stories, and even copies of finished projects.

I’ve got at least five more stories set in the same world as Perils, and a young adult trilogy in the works. I want people to be able to read these stories and a lot more.  The problem is making those stories a reality. In terms of time, and money. The time is up to me. I need to simplify my life so I can devote more time to writing and editing. Part of that is setting aside daily writing time.

Patreon may be a step towards solving the money problem. Maybe not. The big question is, do I have enough supporters willing to donate a few bucks a month to help make these stories a reality? Would you support a Patreon campaign? Patreon patrons pay as little as $1 a month, depending on the level of rewards they want. What do you think? Should I try Patreon?

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This announcement has actually been a long time coming. I should have posted it months ago, but I’ve been up against the wall with different projects and haven’t had the time to post. For the time being, I’m going to have to put a hold on audio projects. We have a number of unfinished repairs to the studio area that have been put off too long. So, for the time being, the studio will get packed away until the repairs are complete. [click to continue…]

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Swimming Cat Studios LogoIt has been a while since I’ve been able to post. A number of things, personal, dayjob, and writing related are involved in the delay, but that is a tale for another time. The reason for this post is that I’ve felt a bit remiss in not keeping folks informed with the progress of the various projects here at Swimming Cat Studios. To help remedy this situation, We’re launching a new newsletter. [click to continue…]

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Things have been awfully busy and confused at Swimming Cat Studios of late. Yes, the Cat was confused. (extra points if you get that reference!) But today, we’re very happy to be part of a new cover reveal by author Lauren Harris. Today Lauren is revealing the cover of her new book in her Millroad Academy Exorcists series. Some of you may remember the review I posted for the first book in the series, Exorcising Aaron Nguyen. Well, in anticipation of the release of the new book in the series, Lauren is letting folks see the new cover, designed by Starla Huchton.  [click to continue…]

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Balticon 49 has been and gone. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my schedule far enough ahead of the con to post it. This year’s schedule was a little lighter than years past, but I did manage to get recordings for most, if not all, of my panels. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to record a lot of other panels. In years past, this would have been a minor thing. This year, I’m producing the Balticon Podcast! So I really need audio from this year’s con for the podcast! Actually, I need audio from Balticon 46, 47, 48, and 49, because the Balticon Podcast has been on a hiatus for the last few years, and we need to make up the gap. So, who has audio they can share? [click to continue…]

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Winter weather has had its way with me of late. Dealing with the dayjob and shoveling out from under waves of snowstorms have given me relatively little time to give attention to the blog. Today I’m home sick from work, so it occurred to me that I should finally spend a few lucid minutes working on a blog post for tomorrow and #WriterWednesday. So, if it wanders a bit, take pity on me. I’m sick.

One thing that did happen that I wanted to share: I will be a guest at RavenCon again this year! OK, that is kinda obvious from the title of this post, but hey, it is still news.  [click to continue…]

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