Thursday, December 12, 2013
Update On My Kickstarter...
SEASONS GREETINGS EVERYONE!
First off, I hope you are all finding many ways of enjoying the holiday season. I know things get hectic around this time of year and stressful. So I hope all of you are finding joy and comfort in family, friends, cartoons, music, etc.
I know there's a lot going on for everyone at this time, which means I screwed up. This was definitely not the right time of year to have started my Kickstarter. Unfortunately, three's not turning back because once a Kickstarter's been stared you can't hit a pause button and then restart it at a later date. Once it's been set in motion you have to let it run its full course regardless of whether or not it looks like it will succeed.
In my case, the Kickstarter is not doing well and looks like it might fail. I set mine to run 45 days, and with a third of that time already gone I've gotten only 2 pledges totally $30. My goal for funding the editing job for the "The Ship" is $600.00. Again, I've only got myself to blame if it fails. A part of me knew darn well that the holidays are a tough time of year for everyone. I'm a full believer in families coming first, especially at this time of the year.
However, I'm not despairing just yet. I've still got 29 days left in my Kickstarter, which means it does not come to an end until January 11th. With that in mind, I'm still hopeful that I can reach my goal.
I'm just glad that no actual money has changed hands. That's the way it works with Kickstarters. Pledged money is only collected at the end of the time frame, and ONLY if the goal is met. If there aren't enough pledges then no one is out of pocket. No money is collected and the person who created the project has to go back to the drawing board. I learned this only recently myself, when I pledged $5.00 to a project that failed to make its goal. Nothing was charged to my card and all I lost out on was a project gift for supporting them.
That's one of the nice things about Kickstarter gifts, you get at least something for your investment. In my case, a pledge is basically placing an advanced order for a copy of the book in the format of your choice.
In case anyone does wish to donate, even just a little to my project, here's a list of the gifts I have for you:
$2.00 - an advanced PDF copy of the book, several weeks before it is made available to the general public. This format is great for people without e-readers, because you can read it on your laptop or desktop computer (just make sure your unit can actually read PDF files first though).
$5.00 - 1st edition e-copy of the book in whatever e-reader format you need (Kindle, Sony, Nook, Apple, etc.)
$10.00 - first edition Trade Paperback copy of the book.
$25.00 - signed first edition Trade Paperback copy of the book, plus an e-copy in the e-reader format of your choice (Kindle, Sony, Nook, Apple, etc.)
*There are higher levels of pledges offered which you can find on the Kickstarter page itself if you're interested, I just wanted to post the simpler easier ones here.
I know there will be folks out there who wish to help, but can't even afford to spare $5 or $2, and I say "God bless you and thanks for thinking of me". If you still want to help, then please just spread the word about my Kickstarter to others and that in itself could wind up making a huge difference.
The link to the Kickstarter us just below. Thank you all for reading and sticking with me, and let me finish by simply saying "HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours!" Enjoy the season and stay safe.