In five days, I’m going to do something I have never done before. I am going to ask people for money. For myself. For my work. For my book.
I have asked for money before, for a good cause. I’ve asked to raise funds for a sick child, for hungry kids, for a new widow and her kids, and for a community garden. But I’ve never asked for ME.
Some of you have read my e-book Golden Angels. (We’ve had more than 2,000 downloads, so someone besides my friends has read it.) It’s gotten a ton of great reviews (30 to be exact. With 4.9 stars. And not all written by my mother, either.)
People keep asking “When can I buy a copy? I want to give it to my friend who has just lost their pet.”
For those of you not following the sea change that’s happening in publishing… nothing is as it was. It’s entirely possible to produce and distribute your own high-quality work and—with diligence—find the audience for it. There’s no stigma attached to self-publishing. It’s not even called vanity publishing anymore… it’s now called artisanal publishing. You don’t have to convince a publisher to take a chance on your work, you can put it out there yourself.
And so I did… to share Buddy Girl’s story, to honor her, to help others through their grieving process. And to celebrate the enormous gifts pets bring to our lives.
And yet… there is doubt about a print version. Will it sell? Do enough people really want the book? Will they actually buy it? How many copies should I print?
If I print 300 copies, they cost a hefty $14 each. If I print 3,000, they are $4 each. Do I take the risk and print 3,000? What if they sit in a warehouse for years, mocking my hubris at thinking it would sell?
So I’m turning to Kickstarter to ask people for money. If there are enough people who really DO want the book, the Kickstarter will fund and we’ll print some copies and I’ll see how it goes.
If I don’t make my goal, the project doesn’t fund and it stays an e-book, which is fine.
Daisy and I will just need a little therapy to recover.
I’m launching the Kickstarter on Monday with all the details. It will run until August 18th. I’d love your support at any level. It’s not a “good cause,” it’s a great one. Because I believe my work is worth it. I’m worth it, and I think my book is worth it.
This post is dedicated to some amazing women who have inspired and supported me in this project over the last year. My local writing group: Laura Bashar, Kim Burnell, Lisa Dearen, Mimi Holtz, Mary Papoulias Platis, Liz Schmitt, and Priscilla Willis. Without your generosity, encouragement, and deadlines, I would never have sent Golden Angels to an editor, may not have finished it, and definitely would not be taking the leap into print. You girls rock.
I also want to cite three strong examples of manifesting your dreams. Vicki Abelson has been an inspiration to me, check out her Vicki Abelson’s Women Who Write to see what kind of talent she surrounds herself with. Singing Chef Jackie Gordon shared so much knowledge, wisdom, and openness about her successful Kickstarter project Chocabaret. And Chloe Jeffreys, Sharon Hodor Greenthal, and Anne Parris inspire me every day with the community they have created. Thanks to all of you.