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".