Hi all! I need to share some good news and bad news with you.
Good news is that Connie's Long Way Home has reached over half of its funding goal! Here is a screenshot of what it currently looks like:
So that's the good news. I realize that many Kickstarter campaigns don't make it this far, so I'm super grateful that people believe enough in this project to back it. Many people deserve hugs right now, plus the pledge rewards, plus hordes of Halloween candy.
What's the bad news?
Well, the deadline is approaching. There are only two weeks left for the Kickstarter to reach its goal. If you don't know how Kickstarter works, this means that if we don't reach our goal of $3,000 by November 18th (2:59 AM EST), no funds will be collected - and the book won't be printed. Now you can imagine how that may feel after all the hard work that the author and I have put into this. Alas, such are the rules of Kickstarter!
I know that you probably feel like I've been advertising this thing a lot lately, but that's because it's super important to me that this book happens. It was a fun and collaborative process, and I really feel that the message of the book will help kids and parents during difficult times. This book would have comforted me growing up.
Here are some ways you can help the campaign grow to meet its goal by November 18th:
Backers can choose anywhere from $1 to $500, with a softcover copy of the book at $10. The most popular pledge right now is tied at $25 (signed hardcover) and $50 (signed hardcover & tote bag). If you're wondering what $500 is, it's a signed hardcover plus a digital painting commission.
Kickstarter makes it easy to share on social media with friends and family. I now think letting people know in person is effective, because social media can be too cluttered sometimes. Whatever works for you. Just remember that this book is for children and their loving parents/grandparents, and possibly even nerdy illustrators (like me!).
Any ideas on how to help get more people interested in the campaign are greatly needed right now. Know of a location that may be good for flyers? Have a friend who is a social media guru? Got some feedback on what we could be doing better? Don't be a stranger! Reach out to either Colman or me if you've got an idea.
Thanks for reading!