I also really like the idea of starting to get paid for writing, seeing as how (a) I do it all the time anyway and (b) I really like doing it.
In addition, I have some other projects I'm working on, which have the potential (or so i think, at any rate) to become a regular source of income.
So that's where you come in, O fellow citizens of the Internettubes. I am using you guys as my Internet Reality Check. I've got several things I'd like to start working on, and I'd appreciate some quick poll answers to get a sense of whether or not you folks think these trees are appropriate candidates for some barking up upon...err, that sounds awkward, but you know what I mean.
zaiah and I have created a new Tarot deck, the Tentacle Monster Tarot, whose theme is tentacle monsters and the schoolgirls they love.
It started out as a bit of a joke, but as we worked on it, we started to realize that it was shaping up into a very interesting project. We started out with a conventional Tarot deck, but frankly, the traditional Fool's Journey story arc is rubbish. It starts out good, but it loses coherence and falls apart about two thirds of the way through.
So we scrapped it and came up with our own. You can see a list of the cards here. You can even do online readings here.
What we don't have is an artist or the money to print the deck. However, I'm thinking about putting up a proposal on Kickstarter.com, which is a Web site for getting funding for art and creative projects. This proposal would include enough money to pay an artist and print some (very nice) cards.
What do you think? Is there any interest in either promoting such a project or buying a Tentacle Monster Tarot deck?
A few folks have emailed me saying they'd like to see a downloadable version of the Travelogue I've written here. I'm currently working on a PDF/eBook version of the Baltic portion of the Travelogue, with some new commentary and higher resolution pictures. It looks like it'll be about 200 pages or so by the time all is said and done. (I hadn't realized that I'd written that much!)
Considering its length and how much work is going into the eBook--I'm laying it out like a high-end coffee table book--I'm wondering if this is the sort of thing folks would be willing to pay a couple bucks for.
A while back, I blogged about the emails I get from the popular "Training" story I put on Literotica. I't s a very popular story, which I'm working on finishing.
I'm also considering rewriting it, cleaning it up a bit (it's currently about 135,000 words, which is a bit unwieldy), and offering it up as a downloadable eBook. I'm also wondering if this is the sort of thing that people would be willing to pay for.
The Map of Non-Monogamy that I've done has actually turned out to be even more popular than the Map of Human Sexuality that I did and turned into a poster.
I'm considering making a poster version of the Map of Non-Monogamy. As with the Map of Human Sexuality, the only way I can afford to do this is by getting folks to pre-order the poster; if I get enough pre-orders to pay for the poster run, I can do it, otherwise all the pre-orders get refunded.
So, how many folks might be interested in that project?
I'm also thinking of taking sections from my poly and BDSM Web site, bundling them up as eBooks with specific themes (for example, all the jealousy parts of the poly Web site, all the 'never do this' and 'how to' parts of the poly Web site, all the kinky sex ideas from the BDSM site, and so on) and making them into downloadable eBooks for about $1.99 or so, which is actually the lowest I can charge and not have all the money vanish in credit card merchant fees.
How many folks might find that useful and worthwhile?
So here's the poll bit. I'd like to get your feedback even if you're NOT interested in any of these things. I've made the results closed, so there's no social pressure to say that you'd be interested in supporting a project if you're not.
If you'd like to make any comments, feel free to leave them to this post. I'll make the comments screened, so that nobody else will see them unless you specifically say it's OK to unscreen the comments. I'd love to know what you have to say!
Project #1: Tentacle Monster Tarot
Project #2: Travelogue
Project #3: Pr0n!
Project #4: Poster of the Map of Non-Monogamy
Project #5: eBook versions of the content on the xeromag.com Web site