Now that the Kickstarter is complete, I can finally say it - we did it, and we raised more than 250% of our goal!
You all have been insanely generous--this Kickstarter was an amazing success, well beyond what Rebecca and I were hoping for. For those of you wondering why we had the fundraiser running so long (45 days for $3K), we honestly weren't sure we could raise the $3K...when you publish under a "free content" model, fundraisers can be terrifying, so we were trying to leave enough of a time cushion for people to read the archives on our site, if they were interested.
But we reached out goal of $3K in a week, and we instead had to scramble to think of new prizes for higher totals. Since we ended very close to $8,000 on Kickstarter but raised some additional funds in our site store these past 45 days, we're going to push up the overall rewards to the $8,000 level. That means your total donations have unlocked the following:
1.) A bonus short story on the site for a character chosen by vote.
2.) A bonus short story from our second series (Tokyo Ghosts).
3.) A Character/Talk CD modeled off the Japanese style for a character chosen by vote.
4.) The development of a Tokyo Demons tactical card game.
5.) A bonus short story with the theme, plot, etc. chosen by vote.
The ONLY prize we didn't unlock was the Tokyo Demons: Book 2 video game at $9,000, but we haven't shelved the idea yet--we may raise a separate (smaller) fundraiser on the site later or find some alternative method of funding, since that is BY FAR the most expensive and difficult spin-off we were thinking of. :) We'll keep everyone informed of this at www.tokyodemons.com
Backers will receive a survey shortly asking for contact info, credit name, shipping address, etc. so you can receive your prizes. Most of the Book 1 prizes will roll out over the next month or two (the eBook will be ready soonest, in a week or two), and Book 2 should begin sometime in June. And it's only starting because of YOU.
Thank you, again, from the bottom of our hearts. You guys are seriously awesome.
-Lianne and Rebecca