Chapter One of KINGSLEY

I’ve posted the first chapter of KINGSLEY for those considering supporting my KICKSTARTER campaign.

If you’re wondering about the science in this chapter, sadly, the information about the alligators is true.   Petroleum based products such as pesticide, herbicide, etc., are indeed hormone disrupters that can alter the development of both male and female fetuses.    Scary stuff, especially considering how many petroleum products we have in our environment now.        Here are a few links about the subject.


Pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females


 Study: High BPA Linked to Sex Problems in Men




Let’s kick this up a notch!

Kickstarter is a great way to fund projects

and here’s your chance!

I am looking to fund the editing of my novel, KINGSLEY, using Kickstarter.


Mike and Mom in front of HP cafe

Oh, and, PLEASE share my kickstarter project with your friends!!!  Tell them to visit:

Thank you very much!

What is Kickstarter?

Seven things to know about Kickstarter:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 5.8 million people have pledged $1 billion, funding 58,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Amanda Palmer Kickstarter

“ There’s just something magical about Kickstarter… You immediately feel like you’re part of a larger club of art-supporting fanatics.”

— Amanda Palmer, who rallied 25,000 backers to support her album, book, and tour.

4. Creators keep 100% ownership of their work.

Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere — or a private screening for you and your friends. One artist raised funds to create a wall installation, then gave pieces of it to her backers when the exhibit ended.

5. Creative works were funded this way for centuries.

Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.

Stephen Heleker Kickstarter

“ The most democratic way art has ever been made.”

— Stephen Heleker, who raised $21,000 for his short film “Smoke”

6. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.

It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends’ projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas. Some projects take longer than anticipated, but creators who are transparent about issues and delays usually find their backers to be understanding.

7. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.

We’re an independent company of 78 people based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We spend our time making Kickstarter a little bit better every day, answering questions from backers and creators, and finding new projects to share. If a project is successfully funded, we apply a 5% fee to the funds collected.

We believe that creative projects make for a better world, and we’re thrilled to help support new ones. Building a community of backers around an idea is an amazing way to make something new.


Guest Article: Kickstarter for Writers and Publishers

Originally posted on Book Publishers Northwest:

Bethany Joy Carlson recently gave a special workshop on Kickstarter for BPNW members in February. For those who couldn’t attend, she offers the following advice:

Popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has raised over $1Bn for artistic projects, including over five thousand projects tied to publishing. But most Kickstarter publishing category campaigns fail to raise even a fifth of their targets. Since Kickstarter fundraising is all or nothing, this means only a third of book projects launched actually go on to publication. Data nerds like me may want to visit for the full post-mortem. Suffice to say: raising money to publish your book is really hard.

A book project that was successfully crowdfunded.

A book project that was successfully crowdfunded by the author.

But it’s not impossible. I have produced successful Kickstarter campaigns for writers, ranging from a gritty New Jersey mob memoir with a ten-pin twistto an adorable children’s picture book introducing entrepreneurship. Their successes were not…

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Writing takes discipline,  just ask the Hook’s famed contest judge John Grisham, who spends hours every single day at the keyboard, and has more than two dozen best sellers to his name.

The winners of  the HOOK’S 2013 Short Fiction Contest are further proof that putting in the time, day after day, year after year, can pay off.

Second place: Carolyn O’Neal

Second place winner Carolyn O’Neal found the inspiration for her story, “Silent Grace,”  last summer while reading an Esquire magazine article about the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
“The oil that comes out of the Middle East is relatively clean,” she says. “The tar sands, they have to boil it down. You use a whole lot of fresh water. That means they’re diverting massive amounts of fresh water from everybody else.”

Her protagonist is a young First Nation girl whose life is affected by her family’s involvement in the tar sand operations, and O’Neal– who has honed her writing at WriterHouse under the tutelage of one-time Hook contest judge and 2009 second place contest winner David Ronka– hopes the topic will pique interest in the complexity and dangers of oil extraction, no matter where it takes place.

“Fiction can change the world,” she says. “That’s what I want to do– make people a little bit aware of what’s going on.”

O’Neal has also presented at the 2013 Virginia Festival of the Book on the topic HOW TO CREATE A GREAT WRITING GROUP.   She is a member of BACCAliteray. com.