date: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM
Hi! Aja sent me to you from Twitter. Here’s a list of my initial concerns from looking at your kickstarter page and website for 10 minutes, from my perspective as a publishing…
I really wish the parties involved had consulted with the individuals behind Verb Noire, another small press that came out of fandom with great goals and ideals, who discovered just how difficult it is to make this kind of thing work. It’s great to want to give a boost to writers coming out of fandom. It’s better to KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
I’m also concerned that the bulk of Anna’s questions were not addressed in any way. Like, all of that stuff is still necessary even for a limited print run, and the way to get people off your back about your shit is to give even the slightest inkling you DO have plans, you DO have proper paperwork, etc. Because you’re asking for our money, so we kind of are allowed to ask the questions (those of us who/when we know to ask), and we’re allowed to Reach Conclusions based on your reactions to them.
I figured they didn’t answer my questions because they literally don’t even know what I’m asking because none of them have any kind of publishing experience. Oh, sorry, except for the one person who is an editorial assistant yet working as the production manager. Sure, that will go well.
yeaaaaaah, i’m pretty much sure this big bang press thing is p full of bullshit. would not support.
i would also like to point out you can withdraw your support from a kickstarter while it is still running.
There’s a lot of really, really concerning things about this Kickstarter campaign that Anna (and others) have pointed out—and continue to point out—which are well beyond my area of expertise, so I’ll let them talk. But I’d like to point out something that I am qualified to comment on.
One of my first reactions upon reading the Kickstarter was, “wait, your lawyer here is who now?” Because their “Legal and Business Consultant“‘s bio on the Kickstarter says:
She used to do legal stuff once upon a time in New York.
I was at work at the time, and read that to my boss (who is, in fact, an Actual Entertainment & Business Attorney), and he laughed and said, “so they got their friend who dropped out of law school to be their consultant then?”
Which worried me, because I had also seen this on the Kickstarter page, under the “Risks and Challenges” section:
All of our authors are experienced at finishing novel-length works at an unusually fast pace, and this time they’ve signed a legally binding contract to do so.
Legally binding contracts, huh? Who is writing those contracts? So I looked up this Legal Consultant’s LInkedIn page (it was the first google result for her name) to check her professional credentials and:
Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
Law Practice industry
October 2011 – Present (2 years 2 months)
Performs legal research and organization for cases ranging from tax law to contract procurement.
Oh. Oh I see. Her education does not list any law school. Her current profession is listed as “Writer and Translator (Japanese <> English) “.
As someone who works as support staff (often in a paralegal role) to entertainment attorneys, a lawyer should be writing your contracts. A paralegal without any law school experience is not qualified to be drafting final contracts without an attorney. Paralegals are not licensed to practice law.
So I repeat: who is writing your contracts??? And this is your business consultant as well? Presumably the person who is advising you on financial stuff? And you’re asking for HOW much money???
If all of the other stuff to be worried about with this project wasn’t already keeping me from giving them my money, this alone would have me running screaming in the opposite direction, clutching my wallet protectively.