Just last week, Torment: Tides of Numenera (a computer game based on the world of Numenera, the tabletop roleplaying game that I’m currently working on) broke the Kickstarter record for reaching one million dollars in just a few short hours (beating out even the Ouya, the game console that everyone’s gaga for). This week, that record was broken by a Kickstarter for a Veronica Mars Movie (which, as of this writing, has already hit 2.7 million in just one day). Whatever else you think about crowdfunding, it’s changing the business world, especially in terms of media and gaming, and has the potential to change it even more in the future.
Most of you who read me regularly know that I’m a crowdfunding supporter (with some caveats, as always). Yes, crowdfunding is “cool.” Yes, it has some flaws (as someone who is behind schedule on delivering her own product, because it’s still at the printer, I feel some of these flaws keenly). But it has a ton of benefits as well. Monte Cook and I talked about some of these when we co-wrote Kicking It: Successful Crowdfunding, but since then, even more benefits have come to light:
Even before I became a published writer, I knew I needed a writer’s website. So I set out and learned how to build one. I used Homestead (which should tell you how long ago this was) and I taught myself HTML and frames. It was blue and full of text and ugly as sin (I wish I still had a screenshot of it, to be honest), but it was mine and I was very proud of it.
I rebuilt my site with wordpress a few years ago (you can still see it here). Before I started that site, I did a ton of research on writer’s websites to figure out what I should include and I did a lot of thinking about my writer’s brand. The site I ended up with was golden with hints of red, and focused on my erotica, which I was writing a lot of at the time.
As my career continued to grow into other areas, the site grew with me. But at some point, I began struggling to include and showcase all of the elements of my writing. My writer’s brand was changing, and I knew that I needed a different color scheme, and a different way of organizing the many aspects of my writing career.