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$99,344,382. And the number of projects funded was triple that of 2010. In the Publishing category, that means 744 projects were successfully funded to the tune of $5,134,388.55, for an average of just over $6,900 apiece. Community? Successful publishing projects had 74,280 backers. (By comparison, film and video projects had more than 308,000 backers, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too proud of ourselves.) But the numbers for publishing projects aren’t as good: According to an article in GalleyCat (, fewer than 32 percent of publishing projects actually get funded. Of the 6,888 publishing projects that have been launched; only 531 have been successfully funded. Still, that’s better odds than we used to have before self-publishing.

Kickstarter is good at providing information about its categories and incentives ( It’s worth looking at as yet another alternative revenue stream for the writer today. Pinterest is another potential advertising venue to get the writer’s name and work out there. They’re not the only ones, certainly, but they’re excellent ways to make use of the power of crowds.

Writers, take note!


Ashley McConnell has published short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as 17 novels in the fields of horror, fantasy, and media tie-ins. A longtime member of NINC, she also has belonged to SFFWA and SinC. She lives in the Southeast with two Morgan horses, 19 cats (one outside), and a few goldfish in the horse tank. She is working on selfpublishing her backlist and developing a new series.

Talking Back to your Brain

Continued from page 9      We can just hear the answers coming back. When you get a viable answer, stop asking. You might get several choices but one will seem right. If you’re so frantic about it that you keep asking and get 50 answers, you make choosing among the answers a task too big, too fearful, and you end up doing nothing anyway. When the answer that feels right occurs, smile, be grateful, and move on to the next small question.

An interesting side fact about the brain is that mammals can’t be fearful while they’re eating. Now doesn’t that explain a lot about why we just show up at the refrigerator during stressful times?

We’d like to reiterate that what you are doing is retraining the way your brain functions and the way you ask it questions.

This takes practice. So sometimes the miracle doesn’t happen for you all at once. Keep at it. The brain will learn to work in more positive ways, and as you learn to catch yourself using negative or fear-inducing questions, you’ll get better at it.

We still both get stuck and have to realize we’ve started asking questions that paralyze our creative cortex.

Then it’s back to the beginning—consciously thinking about small questions our brain can answer. Let us know if this starts working for you. We really believe in this technique.

Do you have other tried and true ways to help you solve problems and deal with fear?


Harry Squires was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Journalism school at the University of Missouri and UCLA’s school of screenwriting. He’s worked in news writing, film production, educational television, and as a corporate trainer. His paranormal mystery What Rough Beast was a critically acclaimed first book. Currently he is working on a nonfiction project and, in November, will release an historical mystery, Fade To Black, set in 1910 Hollywood during the film wars.

Susan Squires is known for pushing the envelope in her writing and has written 14 paranormal novels featuring vampires, wicces, computers, and time travel. She has been on The New York Times Bestseller list, has won numerous awards, and was a Rita finalist. Publishers Weekly called her book Body Electric one of the most influential paperbacks of 2002, named One with the Shadows a Best Book of 2007, and gave her 2010 time-travel novel Time for Eternity a starred review. The latest book in her The Children of Merlin series, He's A Magic Man, is out now. You can find her on the web at or on Twitter at @SusanSquires.

This post first appeared on the Writers In The Storm Blog on January 6, 2012. It is reprinted with the permission of the authors.

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