Something I’ve Been Meaning to Promote

Kickstarter is an interesting place, but for those interested in anything artistic, is quickly becoming a way to go to do things outside the “traditional” process. There’s more of an indie feel, if you will, and a closer connection between the artist and the patrons or end users/enjoyers of that art.

I’ve come close to backing a couple of other projects before, by other writers, but for reasons related to work (and not remembering to get back to the site until after the backing period closed), I missed a couple of boats. But here is one that I have been actively remembering, and would encourage you to support.

(And, as much as I would like to include the video overview of the project, the Embed feature from Kickstarter isn’t cooperating very well…)

It’s a non-fiction book, titled An Author’s Grimoire, and the short description is:

An Author’s Grimoire will be a how-to book for fantasy writers: a nitty gritty guide to telling the story of your heart, and what to do with it once you’ve written it.  This book will include discussions of elements of fiction like pacing, characters and point of view, but with the fantasy writer in mind. Culture-creation, fantasy creatures, uses of magic, and more!

I was at the announcement launch party in Boston (at Boskone) last month, drawn mainly by Elaine herself. Here’s why…

I have seen Elaine Isaak on panels at several conferences over the last couple of years, and at each one she has impressed me with her candor and  intelligence on a variety of topics.

Understand, that in my opinion, one of the best things that can be done at a conference/convention is to impress people that may not have heard of you before and win them to your side. That’s something I’ve kept track of for the last year, when I’ve gone to Cons, if a panelist has won me over by the way they handled themselves, upon my return home I have sought out their works to add to my “to read” stack.

So, if you are interested in writing, specifically writing fantasy, or supporting the work of authors in general, I would encourage you to check out the project, watch the video, and back as you are able.

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