On Thursday, May 27, 2013, the New Orleans Book Examiner featured an article detailing the incredible gem that is the Bundle of Holding +3 as well as a brief interview with its creator Allen Varney. The New Orleans Book Examiner then followed up with an interview with bundle member, Matt Forbeck.
Not to be outdone, fellow bundle member and Kickstarter fanatic, Greg Stolze opened up about his experiences with the Bundle of Holding and the publishing industry. The first part of the interview can be found here.
Q. What inspires you to write?
A. Oh, the usual suspects: Whimsy, revenge, fear, a narcissistic craving for attention and validation. If you mean more specifically, I like to look at simple changes that have growing, resonating effects. (Sometimes, not so simple.) There’s a wonderful story in the idea of “Aliens launch an invasion using teleportation technology and what effect does that have on a guy who works on a garbage truck.” (I just don’t want to do the ride-along.) Fiction is always about “What if it wasn’t this way, what if it was THAT way” to some extent. I like big changes because I’ve lived through big changes.
Q. I understand you have a Kickstarter in the works, can you tell us a little about that project?
A. Well, I’ve designed several superhero games and settings, and I’ve always been fascinated with that genre despite never being a real collector or fanboy.
“SINNER” is a novel told from the supervillain’s point of view, after he turns himself in to cops who couldn’t catch him and submits to a prison that couldn’t really hold him. The book is, in some ways, a mystery, orbiting the question of how a fairly nice guy wound up holding assorted individuals, businesses and nations hostage and then what event led to a mass die-off of both heroes and villains, with Sinner turning himself in to the cops?
The book’s coming out one way or another, but I wanted to put it on KS as an opportunity to let people get it cheaper, sooner, and signed by the author.
Q. What are some lessons that you’ve learned from your Kickstarter experiences?
- Only commit to what you know you can do. The farther along a project is, the less likely the creator is to shoot himself in the foot (and his audience in the wallet).
- Resist the impulse to add lots of vaporware add-ons. ESPECIALLY don’t put on stretch goals that either delay the release of the main project, or which require an entirely different set of skills to design, produce and distribute. (I think of this as the “T-Shirts Will Kill You” rule.)
- Don’t beg, but don’t act entitled either. Talk about the great stuff the pledgers get. They are not there solely for YOUR benefit as a project starter. They’re there for product.
- If people don’t want to pay, don’t get all pissy about it.
Q. Do you have any other upcoming projects/appearances?
A. I’m working on model for crowd-funding an ongoing webcomic based on “eCollapse”, one of those superhero games I mentioned. It could be described as “low-rent superheroes in a crapsack future” but it’s equally justified to say that the characters in it aren’t really superheroes.
They just THINK they’re superheroes. Nick Butler’s doing the art, and you can see some sneak peeks at character design on his Deviantart account, http://hippybro.deviantart.com/.
Speaking of comics, I also talked my way into scripting a story for “The Sleep of Reason” which is (yes) another KS project. This time it’s a collection of horror comics, and I was able to bring Langdon Foss in.
I’m really stoked about that one. You can see the project here (and, as a bonus, its deadline is farther off than the Bundle and SINNER), with the art from my bit Update #5.
Q. “The Sleep of Reason” kickstarter ends on July 10, 2013. What do you mean by “I also talked my way into scripting a story for ‘The Sleep of Reason'”?
A. Well, I’ve never had the opportunity to do a comic script before. OK, Foss and I did pitch a back-of-the-magazine idea to “Amazing Stories” back in the day, but this’ll be the first time it actually gets printed, bound and put in the hands of readers.
Here’s how it happened: Someone on an RPG site mentioned “Templar, Arizona” (an online comic strip) in some context I don’t even remember any more, and I checked it out. I started following it, and was amused enough by the author’s comments that I made a few of my own. I believe at some point someone referred to me there as “Someone who claims to be Greg Stolze.”
It was a huge ego boost to know that someone considered me a person worth impersonating online. One day, she tweeted that she was thinking of doing a horror anthology and I replied that I totally would contribute to that. Then nothing, and then a week or two later she mentioned again, “My husband keeps saying I should do a horror comic anthology” and I again replied “I WOULD TOTALLY TOTALLY DO THAT.” So when she started to seriously get in gear about it, she invited me to make a pitch. I asked Langdon how much he could commit to, worked up something around that length, sent it in and it got accepted.
The Bundle of Holding +3 just added another bonus book bringing the grand total of books to nine but the Bundle will no longer be available after Monday, July 1, 2013. So grab your bundles and help out a couple of good causes while you are at it! For more book news, follow the New Orleans Examiner on twitter and subscribe for email updates!
- Bundle of Holding website
- Greg Stolze’s Site
- Matt Forbeck’s website
- PEN International Site
- Electronic Frontier Foundation Site
- Mur Lafferty’s Site