First of all, I usually NEVER comment on drama or post about it. I always stayed out of it, at least on the blog. Sure, I talk to friends about what’s going on – but never ever did I wrote a post about this. Yet, this time I feel so strongly that I felt like I needed to put down my thoughts.
Even though I’m sure you all heard, here is a
Short recap about what happened
Stacey Jay – Author of many awesome YA Novels including the just recently released book of awesome “Princess of Thorns” started a Kickstarter to help fund writing the sequel to “Princess of Thorns”.
Sadly, sales weren’t as good as expected so her publisher didn’t want to continue working with her, so a sequel was not possible through classic publishing. This is when Stacey decided to start a Kickstarter so that her fans (!!) could decide if they wanted the see a sequel happen and help funding through a Kickstarter. She pledged for $10.500 and listed for what she’d need the money. Among the classics of editing, cover design etc she also listed groceries to keep her family going for the 3 month she’s need to write the sequel.
“The remaining 7 thousand will be enough to cover mortgage, groceries, and gas for my family during the three months it will take me to write the book.” – Source: Kickstarter
You can read the initial project here.
And now, here is the Shitstorm that came next….:
People apparently got upset over her including money for living, things exploded via Twitter and Social Media which finally led to Stacey taking the KS down and writing an Apology. Oh and this ended up with people complaining that she took it down.. uff!
But I have learned from this mistake and so I apologize to the people I’ve let down by opening the Kickstarter, the people I let down by doing the Kickstarter the wrong way, and the people I’ve let down by closing the Kickstarter. I didn’t want to fail any of you, but I have and I’m so sorry.
The only thing I don’t apologize for is believing a writer’s work has value and should be paid for. Pirating is wrong. So is expecting a writer to write for free because it is their “art.” Source: Stacey Jay Blog
Seriously People! I am so upset about this. I’m upset that she’s upset and felt the need to defend herself. She didn’t let anyone down in my opinion and she didn’t do it wrong, she just did it her way and included a level of honesty that apparently people got the wrong way!
I’m not going to repeat what’s all been said, you can read a summary here!
What I don’t get it Why, oh Why people got so upset and felt the need to openly judge her idea so loudly!
If you don’t like the idea – Sure, that is perfectly fine, then don’t back it up.
If you think authors shouldn’t ask for advances – then don’t back it up. Even though, advances are of course also paid in traditional publishing, so why not ask your fans for an advance? I mean they would all get the book.
I respect everyone thoughts on this, truly I do – even if you disagree with me! I just had a discussion with a friend about this who also has a little different thoughts about this, but all I’m saying and all I’m complaining is how fast and loud this discussion went out of hands.
My personal Thoughts:
I think it was such a great idea! I’m a big fan of Princes of Thorns and I would have LOVED to back her up on this to see a sequel of a beloved book. And yes, I would have happily paid even more than what I’d get – meaning an eBook – and help support her and her family. She is a professional author after all and is not doing this part-time! So, yes please go and write an awesome book that will make me happy! And quite frankly, I would have been loved been part of a group who would have helped her to get this book done!
But of course, that’s just me and my opinion!
Yes, I also think authors need to be paid for their work – also in advance! And if traditional publishing is not believing in you anymore, why not ask your fans? There is nothing wrong with this! It’s not like every author has an income like JK Rowling, most authors struggle with making a living out of their work.
Also I don’t care if that might not be a “classic” Kickstarter Project, who’s the judge of this? Surely only those who decide to back it up .. or decide not to do this.
All she can do is ask and see where it leads her, if there are enough people who like the idea then what’s the harm?
Links to fantastic posts about this topic:
- Terrible Minds : KICKSTARTER TAG TEAM POST: WHAT’S ASKING TOO MUCH?
- Tez Miller compiled some Tweets about all of this where you can also read some of the comments.
- Marina Bartes : Stacey Jay, Veronica Mars, and The Kickstarter Controversy. (She made a very good point that other projects like the Veronica Mars Movie was also supported via KS – and I’m SURE some of this money went into groceries…)
- Dawn Metcalf : Stacey Jay, Kickstarter & Jayne Cobb from Firefly
Freedom of Speech – Sure! But let’s be careful and not hurtful!
Apart from this very special situation – it shines such a bad light on these people who openly and loudly complained in one way or the other. Of course, there is freedom of speech and there is freedom of thoughts, but why do people have to do this is in such a hurtful and horrible open way? We’ve all seen these kind of things happen way too often in these past years. Authors who got openly bombarded whenever they did something “wrong” in their eyes became quite common. Do I think that sometimes these authors could have done it differently? Sure – but still, I’m usually very quite with strong opinions like this.
What we should never forget is that these are all real people, with real feelings who are just and plain humans. Humans do mistakes. Every Day. That’s just what humanity entails.
I would always be careful with speaking badly about others so loudly on social media. Once written it will stay in the internet and it’s hard to take it back. And… you might never know the whole story.
It’s easy to judge on social media when you are not looking these people you are talking about directly in the eye. And it’s easy to misread and misinterpret situations online. I would never write something on social media what I would not say to this person directly in the face.
So let’s get all back to why we are here – to talk about books, to love books and to support authors we love and just forget about those we don’t love 🙂