“A lot of people think that if they start writing their first novel and no publishers are interested then they’re just going to put it on the Kindle for 99 cents and become millionaires. The people who are becoming millionaires are outliers,” Pratt said. “If I were starting from nowhere and I didn’t have a big publisher grow my audience, I don’t think anyone would care. I don’t think my Kickstarter would have done that well. So I can see where they’re coming from and understand the frustration; a few years ago I was trying desperately to get any publisher to look at my novels too. But I worry that reality is not going to conform to their wishes.”—Tim Pratt went straight to Kickstarter instead of his publisher for his fifth novel, but cautions new writers about going it alone nonetheless.