The Bait Dog Kickstarter Is A-Go

Atlanta Burns.

Teenage girl with a shotgun. Standing up for the used and abused, the bullied and the beaten. A little bit Veronica Mars. A touch of Raylan Givens. Add a dash of Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

Now, she wants a ride in her first novel, and so I give you: BAIT DOG.

Well, I don’t give it to you yet, I guess –

Because now BAIT DOG has a Kickstarter drive.

I’ve got all kinds of cool rewards cooking — not just the e-book but a hardcover and trucker hats and a copy of Fireside Magazine (with another Atlanta Burns short story in it, “Shotgun Gravy”) and, if you happen to be wealthy and/or insane, a chance to come visit me in Pennsyltucky and fire off the shotguns and shoot whatever the hell we can find. (I suspect nobody’s going to bite the bullet on that one.) Be advised, too — you do not need to read SHOTGUN GRAVY first (though you can if you so choose). With a successful pledge of the Kickstarter $5.00 and up, you’ll get access to all the information you need to know. BAIT DOG is a standalone novel; no previous knowledge required.

Also, for every $3000 earned, I’ll write a brand new Atlanta Burns novel. So, theoretically, if we blow past the 100% point (though the Devil only knows if we’ll even get to 100%), there exists the chance for not one but several of Atlanta’s adventures as a teenage detective-slash-vigilante to come into the light.

Atlanta as a character means a lot to me. She’s kind of the patron saint of kicking over anthills and whupping up on bullies who might think to put someone down because they’re different in some way.

Hopefully she’ll mean something to you, too.

As a sidenote, Sweet Sid and Marty Krofft it’s tricky business putting together a Kickstarter video. I mean, on the surface, it’s fairly simple: “Point face at camera and say smart things.” It’s that latter part I had trouble with. You know how many videos ended up with me mouthing off a machine gun chatter of profanity and then trying to bite the lens in half? I’ll give a conservative estimate of… mmm, ohh, 95% of ‘em. At one point I really figured I might just post a video of me throwing up and then crying into my own sick on the hopes that I’d earn a sympathy pledge.

But then somehow it came together and I managed to post a video that was not altogether horrid.

Regardless, thanks for checking out the Kickstarter drive. I do hope you’ll take a look and spread the word and, of course, pledge. I don’t know if Kickstarter is the future for creative types, but it’s certainly a very interesting component of the present and I suspect it will be an entertaining and illuminating ride. Thanks for taking it with me!


  • I really, really hope this works out (and so will be posting my $5 when I get home today) but is this a better prospect than online publishing? I know I was happy to stump up whatever dollars for my kindle copy of “Double Dead”, and Amazon has been begging me to buy “Confessions of a Penmonkey” this week.
    Atlanta definitely rocks though. I loved “Shotgun Gravy” with an unhealthy passion, and very much look forward to “Bait Dog” in whatever form.

    • @Damian —

      Is it a better prospect? It is the prospect, really. This is online publishing, still — the book still gets released, but this is a way for pledged donations and rewards and pre-orders to ensure that the book exists.

      — c.

  • Can I interject two quick questions?

    One, if I am reading this right, the $5 backing for Bait Dog doesn’t actually get one a copy of Bait Dog. That sounds wonky to me.

    Also a semi unrelated question. Amazon says you released SG on Oct 12 and you got what looks like at least 8 reviews in the first week. Did you do anything in particular to get those reviews that quickly?

    Just wondering.


    • @Gregory —

      That is correct The $5.00 pledge gets you the novella that pre-empts BAIT DOG. The $25 is the pledge that contains the pre-order, the thanks, and the postcard (and $25 and up is the only way in this Kickstarter to get a copy of BAIT DOG). I apologize if that’s wonky?

      As for Shotgun Gravy — how did I get the first eight reviews? I don’t know, honestly. The first week saw a supreme spike in sales for that book, so…? And given that it’s a novella, people read fast, I suppose.

      — c.

  • This a pretty awesome program! I just scrolled through and read all of the prizes, and it seems pretty epic.

    I still have no way to read an ebook, but perhaps the hardcovers will be released in a store cheaper to me :P

    Great launch, and I’m wishing you many successes!

  • Releasing the video of you vomiting profanity (or just vomiting and crying) and biting the lens sounds like a pretty enticing kickstarter reward!

    • Thanks, folks! I appreciate you guys supporting the book. Very exciting stuff.

      And @EZ — that vomit/sobfest would make a good “DVD extra,” as someone on Twitter put it…

      — c.

  • Chuck, great idea on getting started but if i was a true die hard fan of your’s, i’d want something along the lines of:
    A. An early version of the book in manuscript form signed by you.
    B. The written over manuscript you recieve back from your editor…the original with their handwriting, unless they are the type who wants the file in word format and they just type in their modifications for you to approve or reject.
    C. A final version of the manuscript in home made format where you drilled the holes to place the rivets that keep all the pages and the cover together. The cover would have to be some hand scribbling on artboard by you to make it aurthentic. A glued in photo of you on the inside would be nice. (I’ve made book covers from metal plate, aluminum, copper, stainless steel. All you need is a steel drill bit.)
    D. The original artwork used for the books cover signed by you and the artist.
    E. Any original doodlings that you and the artist used when developing the cover.

    Well, you get the idea. To me, an author is no different to collectors than anything else. They want something that is a one of a kind from you that will be worth quagmires of money when you die. Picasso paid for his lunches with scribbles on napkins. Your hand scrawled ideas would suffice.
    Just some thoughts.

    • @Mike —

      Definitely some interesting ideas there. I may add more rewards as the month goes on, though some of those ideas may not quite work — but, anybody procuring the $25 already gets a handwritten postcard from me, so that’s something that’s more personal than rote, small as it may be.

      — c.

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