Friday, June 22, 2018

1 Year Ago {100% on Kickstarter}


I wasn't quite sure when the date was for the end of the War of Loyalties Kickstarter campaign; so I checked recently--and when I found out it was this Friday, I set a reminder on my phone. 

A year ago today, sometime around 9:30, we hit 100% funding. 

That opened up the door to so many dreams--to paying an editor. Choosing the cover designer I really wanted to work with. Creating beautiful posters for characters (including one of Jaeryn's iconic vow). A year later I have a book of my own in print--that has been loved so kindly in its maiden voyage. 

It was a dream that started with a lined piece of paper, a pen, and an old orange folder seven years ago. 

That Kickstarter money covered costs and then some. It covered font licenses that I hadn't planned on, in order to reimburse other creatives for their work. It covered shipping (those were crazy days standing while postal workers slapped stickers on many boxes.) It covered necklaces and shipping boxes. But more than that: your investment in the project fueled me in those last edits to try to make it the very best the story could be. I wanted to honor your investment--and that helped me in that final re-write it really needed. I had a tribe. A waiting audience. That was an incredible gift in itself. 

While there were a couple of learning-curve rough spots, overall the journey of publication was a dream come true. It was a journey of enough. Enough money. Enough time. Enough joy and knowledge. Enough help. It was a gift from God that I hope I will still be looking back on and remembering when I am old. 

Perhaps I should make the reminder on my phone a yearly one: an Ebenezer stone to mark the way. 

Your 100% made it possible to hold my book in print 100 years from the time the story took place. It made it so I could sell books at our homeschool convention. It's brought across my path fans of characters I love. Next weekend I'll even be bringing copies to a World War One tea. And as I sit and write, there are several boxes of books across the room from me that will find their way to homes. 

Thank you to all of you who poured out. Because of you, I get to use the long-dreamed-of title, "Author".


12 comments:

  1. That was a special moment for sure! :D So glad, Schuyler-friend! It is indeed wonderful to see God's provision, isn't it! :)

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    1. Yes, indeed! Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers all along the way. You have been such a faithful friend, and are so kind to rejoice with me! <3

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  2. I remember that night and also that picture-both happy memories of God's provision. I love you my daughter and am proud of how you have honored God with your gift of writing. Looking forward to your next book.

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    1. They are wonderful memories! Thank you so much for your words of blessing. <3 They really mean a lot.

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  3. Congratulations! I can't imagine how pleased you must have been to finally reach this goal!

    ~Jordan

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    1. Yes! It was amazing--and so cool to look back on! :)

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  4. Wow, one year; what a journey this has been. So many prayers and so many examples of God's faithfulness. Thank you for all the work you have poured into WoL and the gift you have given us in such a well-crafted and memorable story. I am richer for knowing and loving the characters and thinking through the themes.

    Much love,
    Kyla <3

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    1. Thank you so much for loving and receiving it and giving it a sweet home. That means so much to an author! <3 Love you, friend!

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  5. Awww! This is too sweet. I can't wait to see what God has planned for you next!

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I really appreciate it. <3

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