I'm an Author crowdfunding for my first full-length novel. It's an absurdist, post-apocalyptic satire of the 2016 US election. AMA!

Michael Finley
Oct 11, 2017

The novel centers around a man who wakes up 5 years in the future. The novel has everything, demons, magic, lasers, spies, your favorite politician. You name it, it's probably in there. The novel is meant to satirize the sheer hysteria that surrounds the current American Political Sphere. In this world, there is no Dems vs. Rep., no black or white, every human is useful, and every demon deserves death. AMA!


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What important lesson have you learnt from using crowdfunding so far?

Oct 11, 2:03AM EDT0

I've learned that crowdfunding is all about marketing, if you can't market your skills, then your only chance is to be noticed by someone who will.

Oct 11, 8:02PM EDT0

How long have you been writing about American Politics? Is this your first novel? 

Oct 10, 10:00PM EDT0

This is my first novel, but not my first satirical work on American Politics, previously I have written a tongue-in-cheek How to guide called "How to run for President" that focused on major blunders during the 2016 election.

Oct 11, 8:04PM EDT0

Can you upload a couple of pages so we can have a preview?

Oct 10, 8:53PM EDT0

I absolutely can, I've been trying to figure out exactly where it the best place to upload the first two chapters while keeping their original formatting though, if you have suggestions I'd be more than willing to give them a look! 

Oct 11, 8:06PM EDT0

Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Oct 10, 12:26PM EDT0


This is my only really active social media account, I'm sorry to say, but I am active on it.

Oct 11, 8:07PM EDT0

Is it a good idea to include a video in the crowdfunders and why?

Oct 10, 5:58AM EDT0

I'm not an expert in this keep in mind, but I'm of the opinion that if your work isn't visual, or is say, a graphic novel, that a video is unnecessary. Just ask yourself, would this crowdfunding project convince me more if I included a video.

Oct 11, 8:08PM EDT0

Have you networked with other AMA hosts about the process of publishing books or writing strategies and what have you learnt?

Oct 10, 5:47AM EDT0

I haven't worked with other AMA hosts I'm sorry to say. My process has been to workshop the book with the English teachers at my university. I'd suggest to anyone looking to publish that if you have a university nearby, go see an English professor there, chances are better than good that someone's been published.

Oct 11, 8:10PM EDT0

What inspired you to write this novel?

Oct 10, 5:11AM EDT0

Just a single phrase, "This election was Hell."

Oct 11, 8:11PM EDT0

Where will I be able to buy your book and will it be available in print and online?

Oct 10, 4:57AM EDT0

The novel will be available for purchase digitally beginning, at the earliest, in February 2018, and it will be available for print at a TBD date.

Oct 11, 8:12PM EDT0

Is this your first book?

Oct 9, 8:04PM EDT0

It is indeed. :)

Oct 11, 8:13PM EDT0

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Oct 9, 7:22PM EDT0

The crowdfunding campaign is to pay for a marketing campaign and a professionally done cover. If the campaign fails however, it will not stop the book from being published, it will only delay the print release.

Oct 11, 8:14PM EDT0

Can you give me 3 reasons as to why you choose crowdfunding to launch your product?

Oct 9, 6:10PM EDT0


1) It's inexpensive, and a good way to gain exposure, even if the campaign fails.

2) There is very little chance you will be denied, as opposed to traditional publishing, which may refuse to publish if they feel the book to be too controversial.

3) Crowdfunding is easily accessible, as well as having a good community around it, you don't have to guess if people will see your product. There's a guarenteed audience with those who backed it.

Oct 11, 8:16PM EDT0

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Oct 9, 5:51PM EDT0

I can only speak for crowdfunding a novel, but I'd suggest to be at least a 1/4 of the way into the project before putting it up for crowdfunding, too many people have been burned by crowdfunding to trust a product that doesn't exist in any fashion yet.

Oct 11, 8:18PM EDT0

How much information should I share on a crowdfunder and how important is it?

Oct 9, 5:48PM EDT0

This is a question that varies from person to person. I myself am perfectly happy for people to share my full name, e-mail address, etc, but others may not be so keen on this. My advice would be that if you're unsure, to contact the person directly and ask.

Oct 11, 8:19PM EDT0

Do you have a publisher or are you going to self publish?

Oct 9, 4:23PM EDT0

It will depend, if the project gains a fair amount of traction, then I will self-publish, but if the project fails, then I will go through a publisher. Self-publishing is my primary choice though, as it leaves me beholden to nobody, but the readers.

Oct 11, 8:20PM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Oct 9, 4:03PM EDT0

Exposure, exposure, exposure. I can't say this enough, crowdfunding, at least for me, is almost entirely about gaining exposure for the novel. The more people who see it, the better chance it succeeds. The money, at least in my case, is to provide little things, quality of life improvements and whatnot.

Oct 11, 8:23PM EDT0

How long did it take you to write?

Oct 9, 3:18PM EDT0

It takes me about 2 and a half hours for a single chapter, then about 3 hours of editing for that chapter.

Oct 11, 8:23PM EDT0

Will this novel be printed or only available online?

Oct 9, 12:59PM EDT0

Online at first, print will come at a TBD date.

Oct 11, 8:24PM EDT0

What inspired you to write this novel?

Oct 9, 12:30PM EDT0

One phrase in particular, "This election was Hell."

Oct 11, 8:24PM EDT0
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