I finally did it.
I registered my samples with the US Copyright Office, and am ready to post them to my campaign.
If you are working on your own Kickstarter project or other crowdfunding campaign, I highly recommend you protect your work in the same way. Most of us just want to freely share our ideas, but we live in a world in which everyone is not always honest.
Be safe, ya’ll.
You can find my written samples on my Fiction Samples page, and the audiobook introduction will be available on Kickstarter when the campaign officially begins. However, if you would like to hear the audio before then, just contact me.
A large portion of the funding I am requesting is for one week in London as part of researching and completing my novel.
The city is more than the novel’s setting. The people, their cultures and subcultures, and even the geography play a significant part in the story. I visited London years ago while studying in France. I have become so fascinated by the city and it so inspired me that there was no other place I could have imagined setting this story.
Yes, I could sit in front of a computer and research the city, estimate where things would occur, etc. That is not enough for me, however. I am striving to make this novel genuine, inspired by real people and places, and I can only do that if I am present in the location.
One reason I have struggled to finish this work is that I have been unable to afford returning in order to get a better “feel” for the city, and go beyond common tourism.
London, for me, is an essential part of this Kickstarter project, one that, I hope, you will be willing to help me complete.
As I build this Kickstarter project of mine, I try to remain realistic; there are too many projects out there to count, and many of them have something great to offer.
In an effort to show my support, I’m going to post some of them here, and do so regularly. I hope that, in some small way, I’ll help someone’s dream become a reality, even if my Kickstarter project doesn’t turn out the way I hope.
So, one thing I have realized in preparing for this Kickstarter project for my novel, Our Own Mistress, is that copyrighting as much as possible is a must to be safe.
Sure, the likelihood that someone would want to steal my writing is not terribly high, but you never know. Most of us in the creative world merely want to share ideas and have no interest in stealing anyone else’s hard work. But, we know that all it takes is one bad apple to ruin the bunch.
I have already submitted the sample segments I intend to make available to the United States Copyright Office. Though official records can take months to update, assuming I filled in the forms correctly, the site reported that my stuff should be safe under copyright almost immediately.
If you have work out there that you want to publish in any way, or if you are starting up a Kickstarter project, I highly recommend you do the same. Be safe, y’all.
More updates coming soon.
I have always been a writer. I won’t bore you with the struggle I’ve had with my mind and imagination, but I have always been drawn to creative storytelling.
A few years ago I experienced some intimate interactions that left me with new discoveries about myself. I became fascinated with the ways in which power exchanges and pain affect not only our sexual lives, but our personal ones. I have also studied sexuality for over a decade, particularly “deviant” sexuality, and so I was able to explore these things in detail, thanks to academia.
My Kickstarter project, my novel Our Own Mistress, is a labor of love for me. Though it is a heavily erotic novel, it is not erotica. I poured a lot of myself and my understanding of certain sexuality and gender related taboos in this puritanical, patriarchal world. It is inspired by real people, real relationships, and a very real, misunderstood, and misrepresented culture.
The story revolves around a young woman who has always struggled with her submissiveness. To put it bluntly, she has always been a doormat. Due to choices she made under duress, she finds herself alone, and a foreigner in London. Then, just when things appear to be at their worst, she is subjected to violence. However, this violent encounter leads her to the people who, through some “unusual” means, help her realize her strength.
In this novel, I attempt to explore many things I have witnessed and experienced:
- LGBTQA Relationships and Exploration
- BDSM Relationships
- Gender Roles and Identity
- Social and Cultural Misrepresentation
- Surviving Abuse/Assault
Due to the nature of this story, the novel contains graphic sex and violence.
I know it is not easy to fund a work of fiction; there are many, many people out there with good ideas and the ability to bring them to life. It is also not easy to fund a novel with sexual content without it being considered erotica, or “fluff.” Ultimately, none of that matters. This story has filled my head for too long now; it needs to be told.
Coming Soon: Kickstarter Project Info. Part II: London
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I have been working on my fiction projects for a long time now, and I am finally making efforts to focus on one, finish it, and publish it with the help of a Kickstarter project.
In the near future, I will be opening a project on Kickstarter to fund the research needed to complete the novel, register and copyright, print, and ship the novel.
Our Own Mistress is a novel about power, sex, and how people find their balance of both.
For more information on the novel, my plans, and participating in the Kickstarter project, just send me a message on my Contact page, or via any of my available social media accounts. I have samples of the novel available; I even have an audio recording of the book’s introduction.
Photo property of Erin Dunbar. Copyright 2016.