It’s been a whole month since I kicked off my 60-day Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to write/test whether there’s an actual market for a sequel to Restless Spirits, which if all goes well will be the second book in an ongoing series. In that month I’ve given a lot of books away, done an interview, drove my social media followers crazy and more to spread the word and generate interest.
So how’s that working for me?
As of right now, I’ve got five backers who’ve pledged a combined total of $153. And I’d like to kiss each and every one of them.
There are 28 more days to go to reach my $5,000 funding goal. Needless to say, something totally amazing needs to happen within those 28 days to make that happen. Even if it doesn’t reach funding, I’ll still be willing to write the book — and the series — if enough people show up and pledge to convince me that there’s a viable audience for this series, albeit much more slowly than if the campaign were successfully funded.
Five people does not a viable audience make.
You can pledge as much or as little as you want–even $1. Incentives start at $5, which will get you a mention in the back of the book. For $8 you get a digital package which includes the book in all its electronic formats. Paperback packages, both signed and unsigned, are also available.
My threshold to write the book anyway is half of my funding goal or at least 200 backers. That might look like a lot, but really 200 people who want to read this book is a tiny book-buying audience. If I can’t get at least that many people excited enough about this series to even kick in a buck to show support, let alone actually pre-order a digital copy, then it’s pretty clear that writing this series will be a waste of time and precious brain-juice that could go toward writing stuff people might actually want to read.
If you want to read this book, you can’t leave it up to everyone else. You have to be part of this. You have to pitch in. If you can’t pledge, you can spread the word. You can link people to Restless Spirits, or to the mini-sequel Restless Spirits: Love Letter, both of which are free (and if they’d rather have epub versions they can find those links here and here), so they can decide for themselves whether they’d like to read a continuation. You can say a prayer. But you can’t sit on the sidelines and wait for it to happen.
We’ve still got 28 days, guys. We can do this!