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Kickstarter Fights Lawsuit After Pulling Plug on Book Project

12 June 2013

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ever wonder what sort of legal trouble would be in store for Kickstarter if the upstart platform decided to terminate service for a user in the midst of a big fund-raising campaign? Wonder no longer because the subject is front-and-center in a pending court dispute.

The plaintiffs in the case are Kristen “M.K.” Ducote and her husband and professional race car driver, Chapman Ducote. M.K. is the author of a book entitled Naked Paddock about life, love and drama in the world of professional motorsports. At the end of 2012, the Ducotes decided to use Kickstarter’s platform to raise funds they say were needed to publish the book.

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But in January, after Kickstarter approved the initial project, and five days after it launched on the site, Kickstarter allegedly hit the breaks.

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“The unexpected and unexplained actions by Kickstarter in suspending the Project on the website at the same time the Kardashian appearances were occurring on television was an unexpected and huge shock,” said the lawsuit first filed in Florida state court in April. “It is almost as if Kickstarter decided to pull the plug at the exact moment they knew MK, Ducote and [their publisher] War Chest needed them the most.”

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The lawsuit is premised on the theory that Kickstarter holds itself out as a successful innovator in the field of crowd funding with advertisements that state that $500 million has been pledged to more than 3 million people for over 35,000 projects.

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But Kickstarter also gives reasons why it believes the lawsuit fails.

First, the popular crowd-funding platform points to its Terms of Use, which states that “Kickstarter reserves the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign at any time and for any reason.”

The Ducotes accepted the Terms of Use, says Kickstarter, which allegedly “explicitly negate(s)Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim.”

Link to the rest at The Hollywood Reporter on Yahoo and thanks to Elizabeth for the tip.

How Kickstarter is replacing the traditional publisher

31 March 2013

From author Michael J. Sullivan on A Dribble of Ink:

I’m a huge supporter of the hybrid model. Traditional publishing opened doors for me that I couldn’t get when I was self-published. Now that my books are in libraries and bookstore, my audience broadened. I received more foreign deals, and the advances on those were probably larger than they would have been without Orbit. There was even book club and audio versions produced, which paved the way so to Theft of Swords being named a finalist for an Audie (the audio book equivalent of the Grammy). These are all good things, but there are also aspects that I miss from my self-publishing days.

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Cash flow is one of the biggest. Money in traditional publishing comes in chunks separated by vast amounts of time. An advance is sometimes split over three or four payments. For instance, I receive a third when the contract is signed, another third when the manuscript is accepted, and the last third when the book is released. Multiple books deals are common in speculative fiction so that “big advance” is often stretched over several years. Also, eighty percent of titles never earn out, so the advance is the only money the author will ever receive. Even for those that do, royalty checks only come twice a year. With self-publishing, income comes every month like clockwork. It makes managing your life much easier.

Control is another obvious perk. I don’t dislike the covers that Orbit has produced, and as I said they sell well, but I do have my own “vision” for the package of my books and it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to produce Hollow World exactly the way I want…right down to the fonts used and the teaser copy on the back cover.

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I do know the incredible income potential of self-publishing. At my height I was earning more than $45,000 a month and I know hundreds of self-published authors who are earning more than comfortable incomes. In fact, I know more self-published authors who have quit their day jobs and earn a living wage than I do traditionally published ones.

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Hybrid authors, and particularly those that utilize Kickstarter as I and Brad have done, solved all of these problems. The Kickstarter provides the author with production capital, and if it goes well, will also receive an advance. Readers can buy with confidence because the author has previously received that all important “stamp of approval” from the publishers, and also validation from prior readers (the highest contributors to the Kickstarter) because they are willing to put down money to get more of what that author produces. Authors, who know firsthand the importance of editors and the value that they provide, will hire professionals from the money the Kickstarter raises.

Link to the rest at A Dribble of Ink