Wow. It’s hard to believe it was just thirty days ago that I launched my first crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. The big idea was to fund the cover art, professional editing and other costs of producing “Pilgrimage — A Novel of the Sovereign Era.” The goal was to raise $5,000.00 in pledges before August 27, 2012.

The $5,000.00 goal was surpassed on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. After that, it was all about achieving “stretch goal” milestones — specifically $6,000.00, in which case I would create a podcast edition of “Pilgrimage,” and $6,200.00, wherein I would produce a revised, expanded edition of “Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era” with a new cover. There were other, higher stretch goals, but an extra $1,200.00 in five days seemed achievable.

It was a near thing, but yes, I got to $6,200.00 by the end!
Pilgrimage Crowdfunding Campaign Screenshot

File Under: Couldn’t Have Done It Without

I was surprised and grateful last week when Scott Roche, Justin Macumber, Dave Robison, Steve Saus and Terry Mixon independently came forward with “side rewards” — free e-books and other perks that would be provided to patrons of the campaign when certain amounts were pledged. Likewise when P.G. Holyfield offered to write a whole new Sovereign Era short story for patrons at the $50.00 level, resulting in a whole new official pledge reward.

I haven’t done an official tally just yet, but it’s safe to say that these incentives — and the contributors’ promotion and evangelism on behalf of those incentives — brought the campaign around the bend and well into stretch reward territory. Thanks to those fine creative folks!

What’s Next?

The six days after the campaign allow Kickstarter and Amazon a chance to collect all the pledged funds. As I write this a few hours after the close of the campaign, attempts to collect about $400.00 (about six percent of the total pledged) from nine patrons have failed. I’m sure those patrons fully intend to make good on their pledges, but I understand mistakes and miscalculations happen and it might take some time.

Once everyone has had a chance to pay their pledge, Amazon will hold the funds for two weeks, at which time I’ll transfer the funds to my account, put aside 15% for taxes, and then I’ll know exactly how much of a war chest is available for “Pilgrimage — A Novel of the Sovereign Era.”

Meanwhile… I’ll be writing!

Also, I intend to provide the patrons of this project with a complete accounting of funds they’ve contributed… I think letting the sponsors know how their money is being spent is only right. Patrons will also get “scoops” on progress with the book before I talk about things anywhere else, as well as some extras here and there. I’m excited to be able to give back in various ways.

How Do I Feel?

A little worn out, to be honest, but happy. If August had only been about this Kickstarter campaign, that would have kept me busy enough. I also dealt with the death of my dog, and responsibilities associated with creating and launching websites for two different clients. I’m tired.

But I’m excited to move on to the next step… making a new book; creating a new installment in the Sovereign Era storyworld. That’s gonna be fun… and thanks to 170 or so people, I get to do it!

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and became a patron of my work!