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25 June 2010 @ 01:13 pm
Crowdfunded poem plan  
This is a followup to the misnamed poll a couple days ago (I can't keep crowdsourcing and crowdfunding distinct in my head). Anyway! I am not sure if crowdfunding poems will work, but I'm going to try it for a week or two and see how it goes.

(This is just the plan, btw; I'll make another post today to announce the start etc).

Clarifications (to questions that came up in the last post):

1) The amount is not per-donor, it's total. So if 10 people chip in a dollar, then yes, that counts as $10 :)

2) I will not offer rough drafts. I will not offer poems that should be trunked. I will not offer poems that I've sent everywhere possible and failed to sell, though I may offer poems that I've sent a few places, if I believe they were bounced for reasons of fit rather than quality.

I will only offer a poem if it is a) done and b) of quality comparable to my published work.
(For minimum standards, here are the last three poems I was happy enough with to post, but not about to try selling.)

(Context: Since about March, I haven't had the energy to send anything out at all unless there's an obvious potential fit with markets I know and love, or unless someone says SEND IT TO X! Because, health.)

2b) I may still post rough drafts under lock. They will have nothing to do with this :)


I'll post to tell you a little about each poem I offer, so that I'm not asking you to fund them blind.

I was surprised that so many of you care about poem length! I'm personally most impressed with very short poems that aren't slight, because I can't write them. (And I happen to think most of the long spec poems I've read need serious pruning). HOWEVER since you do care, here's what I figure I'll do:

If I'm funded by noon on the relevant day, Pacific time, I will post a poem every Monday and Thursday while the Clarion 2010 workshop runs. That's for the next 6 weeks, starting Monday.

If I don't meet threshold, I'll send the poem to all donors, but will not post it, and will not continue to offer it.

I'll do this on the honor system -- if you donate, post the amount in comments to the latest relevant post or send me email at shweta @ shwetanarayan dot org. I do need to know amounts in order to figure out if I've reached threshold.

For a short poem (under 25 lines), my funding threshold will be $10. For a long poem (25 lines or longer) it'll be $20. All donations go to the Clarion Foundation, and I will match donations up to $150.

Be aware, though, that credit card fees eat about 30c of each transaction, so if you send in a dollar Clarion will get a bit less than 70c. So a larger single donation helps Clarion more, though it won't affect what I'm offering.
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on June 25th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hi! I mentally earmarked some funds for this, and I still plan to use them IF. . . you don't agree to this proposition.

I'd like to volunteer to meet your matching. If you don't mind? To provide a little extra incentive for people to donate?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 26th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow, that would rock!

...Maybe see if poems are making their threshold, and if not switch tactics?
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on June 26th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
That sounds good. :D
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on June 26th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
And -- I'm going to be tabulating everything, so I can tell you how much is not you, at the end, if you'd still like to match me!
shweta_narayan: authorpic1shweta_narayan on June 26th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I'll let you announce your plan as you think best though, if that's okay :)
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on June 29th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Oi. I'm not done running in circles yet, but I got one of the circles to bring me by here briefly, at least.

I'm going to post in my LJ tomorrow directing people towards this project, and also saying I intend to match donations.

I figure you can make, or not make, whatever sort of announcement in your LJ that seems suitable to you, unless you'd like me to leave a comment on the most recent sponsor poem?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 29th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Yay! When you post, I will post linking to you, if that works :)
Sovay: Morell: quizzicalsovay on June 27th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
(For minimum standards, here are the last three poems I was happy enough with to post, but not about to try selling.)

Actually, I think you should send "Here I am, quietly" somewhere.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 27th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the vote of confidence :) But I haven't the spoons to research mainstream poetry markets at this point, or even really to think about markets I don't already know really well.
Erzebet Barthold: appleerzebet on July 5th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Don't forget about CdF! You know us! We love your work, and I speak for all editors on staff. :D
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on July 5th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I :heart: CdF, and have a few oddities that I'm hoping to send your way, but I have to finish them first...
Erzebet Bartholderzebet on July 5th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I just tried to donate through the links to paypal on the Clarion site and it seems those links are outdated. I sent an email to the webmaster to let him know, but I'm letting you know that as soon as I can, I'm sending them $20 by paypal so that I can absorb the fees. Poetry please! :D
shweta_narayan: happyshweta_narayan on July 5th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
now with the right icon!
Oooh! Thank you :)
You just fully funded next week's poems and started on week 4, which I have not written yet *gets working*!
Erzebet Barthold: ascenderzebet on July 5th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: now with the right icon!
And they've fixed the link, so now I can say I have done it! The lure of more of your poetry was too great, see. $20.00, as stated.

Get busy! :D
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on July 5th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: now with the right icon!
Yes'm! *grins*

I just posted today's poem, and also a special offer :)