Keith Raffel here.
There’s an old Japanese saying
that I’m very fond of. It goes something like this: “Every person should walk
to the top of Mount Fuji, but only a fool would do it a second time.”
Color me foolish.
I spent three years working as
a full-time novelist. I had just finished my fourth book, A Fine and Dangerous Season, when I went to a New Year’s Party. The
host asked me what I was going to do next. I told her I didn’t have an idea for
a new book. She asked if I would consider going back into the Silicon Valley
fray and taking on a day job. I told her maybe, it depended on the job, and poof!
– a few months later I was working at a DNA sequencing company. Fascinating
work but that company was just purchased and so now I’m ready to give full-time
writing another whirl no matter how ga-ga a Japanese sage might consider me.
I’ve tried publishing the
traditional way and I’ve tried publishing e-books myself. Both ways worked
fine, but I want to expand my readership. To quote another sage, Albert
Einstein: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting
So I am moving to full-time
novel-writing for a second time, but am trying something different.
When Rob Thomas wanted to make
a Veronica Mars movie, he raised $5 million from fans to get the project kick-started. Now I am not looking for that kind of money, but I do want to
kick-start publication of my fifth novel, a thriller set in Jerusalem titled Temple Mount. I am terrifically excited
at the prospect of building a groundswell of support for Temple Mount among readers of my novels, both past and future. I’m
even ready to rely on supporters to crowd-source the editing of the manuscript.
I just hope others will join
this possibly foolish, but probably sane author in getting Temple Mount published using a new crowd-publishing model. You can
check out what I have in mind here. Don’t know if it’s going to work, but I’m
going to give it a try. Please don’t be shy in offering advice and wish me