Crowdfunding VS Self-Publishing

I decided to crowdfund my collection of poems with Inkshares, rather than self-publish or work with an independent press. I’ve had a lot of questions as to why I chose this model.

The answer is simple: skills.

I am not a graphic artist, a publicist, a marketing specialist, I do not have extensive networks in the business, nor am I qualified to lay out a manuscript for print with a professional eye, etc.

I write and translate for a living, I copy-edit and know how to make a text the best it can be, but it’s not the same as packaging a cultural product such as a book.

I put my faith in specialists, much in the same way we delegate specialized tasks to doctors, lawyers, notaries… I decided to bank on Inkshares because they are on the rise, they are dedicated, and they were recommended by someone I trust. They can connect me with top-tier editors, distribute via Amazon/Ingram, and market me in a catalogue that includes Daniel Wallace (Big Fish). It has been a pleasure, and a learning experience, working with them so far.

Crowdfunding is to sell a product before it exists, to sell an idea. That’s an ambitious leap of faith with a book.

I was for a long time vocally against the commodification of literature. I liked to think in eternal ideals of text as pure art, the market as a soulless framework I could somehow side-step once I had been “discovered” by an agent. As if I stood completely apart from all the aspiring writers out there. But I realized something important: I am not special. No one is going to sell my writing for me. Even if I did find a big-name publisher, I would have to brand myself, brand my work, and package it like everything else we see on the shelves. What I want, more than anything, is to connect with readers and in a world of commodities, I am just one among thousands. I believe in my writing, and while I am my own worst critic, I must also be my biggest fan, vain as that may sound.

The book project I have in mind isn’t only about text, it’s about illustration and how the two can resonate together, it’s about making an objet d’art, a vector for my signature brand of reading experience. Working closely with professionals, collaborating with them, will allow me to achieve this goal better than I could on my own. I’m not waiting to be discovered anymore. So I took a leap of faith.

If you want to know more about the process, I’d be happy to talk about it.

TL;DR: Crowdfunding with a company who are solely dedicated to publishing quality books will make this final product better than I could make it on my own.

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The Case of the Missing Babies of Tokyo

ICYMI, my article “The Case of the Missing Babies of Tokyo” published in Medium got quite a lot of attention, and even made the Top 20 of most recommended articles on March 28th, 2015.


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Published on Thought Catalog: Clubbing and Sociology

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My latest article published on Thought Catalog. The original title was “Who’s Mixing?” but that I quickly realized was weak. I suggested another, in line with TC’s titling policy: How to club as a 20-something humanities major (I was 29 when the party took place… I think). But in the end, titles are all about SEO…

Hope you enjoy! Leave comments even if it’s just “first!” or “what a douche” or “this is heteronormative and misogynist and offensive to all humans everywhere”.

Thought Catalog – Part II

Part II of my Well-Travelled article just went online on Thought Catalog. TBH, I’m not a total pessimist (not all the time…), these articles were just a gut-reaction to how people generally view travellers: invariably lucky and privileged. There is truth to that cliché, I wouldn’t swap my life for anyone’s (except maybe an astronaut’s), I just wanted to balance it out a little with a dash of dark comedy. Enjoy!

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Published on Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog(ue) is an interesting place; good comedy, an intimate, minimalist style, has a sort of gonzo 2.0 thing going on. I’ve always found the editors consistent and the writing often quite good, so it’s an honour to be featured alongside kickass writers like Chelsea Fagan (forthcoming novel, keep your eyes skinned), Christopher Hudspeth, Ryan O’Connel, and two poets I highly recommend, Brandon Scott Gorrell and Tao Lin.

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