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08 March 2012 @ 03:43 pm
con or bust donation thought: would you guys be interested in my Steam Powered novelette?  
This year's con_or_bust fell somewhat short of its goal, and I've been wondering whether there was a way for me to help. Given that I have yet to finish my thing from LAST year's auction (but soon! I swares), and the whole intercontinental move thing, I did not feel up to offering something for auction.

But I was thinking, I could put my Steam Powered novelette up online. Current lack of spoons would not be an issue. Would that be a good donation incentive? It's 8800 words long, so it's a good chunk 'o text. I guess the questions are:

1) Is anyone interested who hasn't read it already?

If so...

2) what's a reasonable donation goal? I was thinking I could put the first three scenes up as initial incentive; that's 800 words, rounding to nearest scene break, which leaves another 8000 to go; given that, would $160 be a reasonable goal there? That's 2c/word.

3) Would it be better if I put up a few scenes at a time, whenever donations met interim goals, or should it be all or nothing?

4) And, of course, logistics. People could either pledge donations here & donate directly to Con or Bust, or send me the donations & I'd make a lump-sum donation. (Which only makes a difference, I think, if paypal charges for donations; I'd rather Con or Bust gets as close to the full donation as possible, which may mean a lump sum is better on their end).

Snippet from scene 1:

The Frenchmen slowed at the outer pillars, glancing nervously up. Good. Jahanara’s father had likened the arches to clouds, once, rising into God’s glorious realm — but visitors mostly felt the weight of marble over their heads. And perhaps no weight would quell European arrogance, but splendor sent their minds into predictable paths. Let them think her a simple Eastern noblewoman hungry for trinkets and admiration. Let them think they could map out the movement of her gears. For now.

Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Sherwood Smithsartorias on March 8th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
I am totally on board! Whatever is easiest re getting the cash to the proper recipients . . . maybe we donate directly to Con or Bust's link?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 8th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
<3 thankyou!

What I'm worried about is, if paypal is taking 30c off each donation or something (not sure they are, that's only for business transactions so it depends on what the con or bust paypal is set up as) then I'd rather they don't have that attrition on a whole lot of small donations.

Anyway, let's see if there's enough interest first, I guess? :)
Gaudy Salamandergaudysalamander on March 8th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Another thought: can you sell individual copies? Anyone who wants to read donates $3 or whatever to con_or_bust and you send them a PDF of the story. (If it's not formatted for PDF, I can do the formatting for you)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 8th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
ooh, I could do this. Or I could do this *too*, so that anyone who donates $3 or whatever will definitely get a copy of the whole whether or not it goes up online...
Zeborahzeborahnz on March 9th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I like this idea. Or any of the ideas, actually.
Jhafantasyecho on March 8th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I second this!
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Helen S. Wrightarkessian on March 8th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Count me in. And yes, let's minimise PayPal's take.
Sovay: Cho Hakkai: intelligencesovay on March 8th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Let them think her a simple Eastern noblewoman hungry for trinkets and admiration. Let them think they could map out the movement of her gears. For now.

allegramallegram on March 8th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
For non-profits with a 501(c3) status it's 2.2% + 30 cents per transaction. For non-profits and others without the 501c3 status it's 2.9% + 30 cents (until you hit certain donation thresholds then it goes down to 2.5% and 2.2%).

So a lump sum donation by you Shweta will definitely be the most efficient (unless of course the method of getting you the individual donations is equally costy...)

Oooo, looks like they also charge for anything paid out of country or in foreign currency, (1% and 2.5% respectively), so if you're not going to count as US dollars and Us payment, then you might want someone in the states to make the lump sum payment for you. They have a bunch of extra sneaky fees on their terms of use, I looked though them and think those are the only two additional relevant ones....

Edited at 2012-03-08 08:32 pm (UTC)
Julie Andrewsjulieandrews on March 9th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Is there a crowdfunding site that might work for this sort of thing?
Zeborahzeborahnz on March 9th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
IndieGoGo runs through Paypal and charges 4-9%; Kickstarter runs through Amazon which takes 3-5% on top of the 5% Kickstarter takes. I'd be surprised to find a site vastly cheaper, because there's overhead.