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Bringing Home the Bacon

I have a client who doesn't pay me reliably. This is, as one might expect, a nontrivial source of stress from time to time.

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.

Project #1
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?

Project #2
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.

Project #3
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.

Project #4
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?

Project #5
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!

Poll #1660254 Bringing Home the Bacon

Project #1: Tentacle Monster Tarot

I'd be willing to support this project on Kickstarter.com
I'd be willing to buy a Tentacle Monster Tarot deck for $45
I'd be willing to buy a Tentacle Monster Tarot deck for $65
I'd be willing to get access to readings on the Web site for $4.99/year
I'm not interested in this project.

Project #2: Travelogue

I would be willing to spend $1.99 (the cheapest I can actually make money on after credit card fees) for a PDF of the Travelogue
I would be willing to spend $4.99 for a PDF of the Travelogue
I can read it for free on your blog; that's good enough for me!

Project #3: Pr0n!

I'd be willing to spend $4.99 on an eBook of the Training story
I can read it for free on Literotica; that's good enough for me!

Project #4: Poster of the Map of Non-Monogamy

I'd be willing to pre-order a poster for $10 (at that rate, I'd need to sell at least 50 to do a print run)
I'd be willing to pre-order a poster for $15 (at that rate, I'd need to sell at least 34 to do a print run)
I'd buy a copy of the poster for $19.95 if you get it printed
I can see the Map on the Internet; I don't need to hang it on my wall

Project #5: eBook versions of the content on the xeromag.com Web site

I'd find it useful enough to spend $1.99 on eBooks of various parts of your BDSM Web site
I'd find it useful enough to spend $1.99 on eBooks of various parts of your poly Web site
I'd find it useful enough to spend $1.99 on eBooks of various parts of your BDSM and poly Web site
I can read it for free on the Web; that's good enough for me!



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 24th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
what's the deal with the screening? is this for everybody or did i say something offensive? or is it just for this post?
Dec. 24th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
It's just this post. I want to make sure that people feel they can leave honest feedback without worrying what other folks might say.
Dec. 24th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I really like the xeromag.com material you've posted. It's very useful to me and, and I refer other people there all the time when they ask me about BDSM and/or polyamory. But I'm rather old school and would really enjoy having a PAPER version of the material. No need to keep this comment screened.
Dec. 24th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
I refer people to your Xeromag site when they have questions about poly, so I'd hate to see that taken down as a public resource.

I'm interested in fiction eBooks, and would potentially buy the Training series -- although I'd like to check it out on Literotica first (you would not BELIEVE how frantically busy these past couple of months have been, and it's bidding fair to be the same for the first few months of 2011) . . . I'm not sure how I'd feel about the nonconsent issue until I have a chance to dip my toes in and see if it gets me hot or makes me squeamish.

If you theoretically wrote more of a BDSM-themed scenario, I'd pick it up as an eBook.

I don't personally want the Tentacle Rape Tarot (not my cup of tea), but I'd be willing to support it on Kickstarter, and if it gets made, I have a friend who I think might enjoy it, depending on how the art style turned out.

And I *adore* your travelogues (and have been sharing them with Kira, who has a long-distance Polish boyfriend) . . . however, I'm not in the market for any physical books right now -- I'm moving in a couple of months (if all turns out well with my apartment application, which they seem to have NO urgency in completing), and I need to divest myself of a good chunk of my possessions already. However, I do think they have potential as a book, for people who buy coffee-table books :)

Feel free to unscreen if desired!

-- A :)
Dec. 24th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'd actually like the posters in a smaller size, something I can take to the poly meetings and display. The current Map of Sexuality is rather unwieldy for transporting, hanging for 2 hours, taking down, & taking home.
Dec. 26th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
I would actually buy the tarot decks at some point (especially if some part of it was signed!), but just can't float that kind of cash right now. Maybe a couple of years, when I finish school. (No pics on the site? No artwork yet?) (Cashflow is also what's keeping my shiny copy of your map from getting this kick-ass custom framing I have in mind.)

Not familiar with kickstarter... will have to look that up later.

I'm not into travelogues in general.

Love Literotica. Have started reading some of the stories you mentioned... very much enjoying them so far!

I've only barely looked over your Xeromag stuff, but if it's anything like your blog, I'd probably be very interested, and might even be interested in it as a physical book I would pay for (or an ebook) - not sure if it would lend itself to a coffee-table book? But without looking further, I can't definitively say one way or the other right now.

Again, all subject to current cashflow.

No need to screen.
Dec. 27th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
I'd be in for all of the ebooks, but would love to see some of these on the Apple app store. The formatting possible in an app simply can't be matched in a pdf. The beauty of that approach is it also makes it dirt easy to send as a gift to someone. I have more than a few friends I'd buy copies of these for.

No need to keep this comment screened.
Jan. 7th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
I love the idea of the tarot cards, but $45 is about the top limit I'd pay even if the art was great. I definitely wouldn't pay to get access to the website, though.

Feel free to unscreen this.
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