I started today with a pretty typical to-do list. I had story research to do, an interview, some bookkeeping and a story to write. And, of course, I had to keep up with my daily blogging. Just as I was about to transition from bookkeeping to story research, I thought, “Hey, I should check the tracking number on my books to make sure they’re on track to arrive on Friday.”
Until yesterday, I had nothing but positive things to say about Kickstarter. I spent a month luring all my friends, family and acquaintances there to support my book. I happily watched the company take 5% of their donations, because – hello – I don’t know how the internet works well enough to capture that other 95% anyway. But despite how deeply indebted to Kickstarter I felt two days ago, I am now ashamed to be associated with them in any way. I feel disgusting to have used and promoted their services.
What day is it? What month? After the 30 days of the intense Kickstarter campaign, time seems to have changed speeds. Whereas every day in February felt like a lengthy and dramatic event in and of itself, I’m finally back to moving through time at a normal clip, and even stopping to do things like cook dinner and go to the dog park.
On Monday, with six days to go before our Kickstarter deadline of Sunday night, Swedish Lessons hit our goal of $7,000. Woo-hoo! This is no small deal. A key element of Kickstarter is that it’s all or nothing. If we’d raised $6,500, we would have gotten zero, and there would be no book. And I would be very sad.
There have been two big goals going on for me in February. One of these has been difficult to miss. For the past three weeks I’ve been blathering about my Kickstarter campaign to fund the self-publishing of my book, Swedish Lessons. If you haven’t heard about it, perhaps you have been comatose, or delivering a ring to Mordor, or temporarily living among wolves. If so — welcome back! — and here’s where you can get all caught up: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/natalieburg/swedish-lessons-a-memoir/
So as it turns out, running a crowdfunding campaign is pretty much a full time job. This would be no big deal if I didn’t already have one of those. [giggles nervously; hopes none of her editors are reading this] The work as all been fun, however, especially this week, during which we passed 50% funding and celebrated with this ridiculous video.
The Kickstarter campaign for my book, Swedish Lessons, has been going great so far! We’re 41% of the way to our goal, with 22 days to go. There’s still a lot of work to do, but I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the amazing support everyone has already given the project. Woo-hoo! We’re getting there!