We made it, we made it!!
A large donation put us over the goal this morning!!
I have had a crazy day so I haven't been able to write about it until now, but I still can't believe it!
I've been so amazed throughout the last 11 days at the compassion and generosity coming out of the woodwork — friends I haven't actually spoken to for years who have reached out and given me a virtual hug. It wasn't just that one incredible backer, it's the other 131 of you who have come together and made this a reality. I'm so touched and privileged to count so many of you as friends and so lucky that the rest of you found your way to this project.
Donations are still coming in even after we hit our goal so now comes the big question:
Do we dare to dream bigger?
As many of you know, I started this campaign with a two-pronged goal: earn enough money to place a minimum print order for Dark & Light and fund Malachi's ABM lessons. The money we have raised so far will print 500 copies of Dark & Light and send Malachi on one (approximately $3,000) trip to the ABM center in San Rafael. With a new goal we can do even more. I have an idea of what I would like to do (hint: No. 2), but you are my community now and I want your input. Here are our options:
1. Print more copies of Dark & Light to have on hand when the hoards realize what a fantastic book it is. The more backers we get, the more copies I know will need to be printed, the cheaper each copy will be and the more money Malachi gets.
2. Fund the development of the second book in the series. As I mention on the project page, I have two sequels in mind but I need the time (i.e. childcare) to develop them. If we meet our new goal, all you backers will get a free ebook copy of the second book. In that way, we all benefit from growing this project into as big as it can get.
3. Turn Dark & Light into an app with talking pages and other interactive features. I've had a couple of people interested in this option already. I would need to raise enough money to pay a developer to create an app, not to mention figure out how the app business works.
I wanna know what you think! Please vote for your choice in the comments section!
(BTW, some of you might be like: "Shasta, your book is great and all but I gave you that money for Malachi, why do you want to spend it on other stuff?" Well, I pledged to leverage the money you've invested in this Kickstarter into a perpetual source of income for his life-long issues. As much as I have been genuinely inspired and uplifted by this Kickstarter process, wouldn't it be wonderful if I never had to fundraise for him again? That's my dream and I thank you for being a part of it.)
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My sincere thanks and updates from this project! (But, c'mon, don't you want to just buy the book? Yeah, that's right, you know you do.)Estimated delivery:
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An ebook of Dark & Light in whatever format you desire (ePub, mobi, PDF, etc.)! (Note: ALL backers at the $10 level and above will also get the ebook FREE along with their board book.)Estimated delivery:
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A professionally printed copy of the book, Dark & Light: A love story for babies! (**Please add $5 for domestic shipping and $10 for international shipping.**)Estimated delivery:
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! The first 50 people to buy the book get FREE shipping!Estimated delivery:
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An autographed and numbered limited first edition of the book, Dark & Light: A love story for babies! Could be worth millions one day! (...I said "could.") Includes shipping.Estimated delivery:
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An autographed and numbered limited first edition of the book, Dark & Light! PLUS a sneak peek at the second book in the series! AND a print copy of the author's novella, A Twist of Fate. Includes shipping.Estimated delivery:
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An inclusion of your name with a thank you on the credits page of the book! Plus all of the $35 rewards AND you get a sneak peek of the third book in the series!Estimated delivery:
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Hi mom! Er, I mean, hello! Patrons at this level will get a call from the author, Shasta Kearns Moore, to say thanks and chat about her ongoing projects. Or if you don't want to talk to me, I can read the book to your voice mail in a wacky voice (options include opera, hillbilly and a New Zealand accent). Plus all of the $50 rewards!Estimated delivery:
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Receive a one-of-a-kind original crayon artwork from Malachi and Jaden, which will be tastefully framed with a picture of the artists and the cover of Dark & Light with a brief note commemorating your generous contribution.Estimated delivery:
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Wow. OK, you can have the ORIGINAL storyboard that I created when I first thought of this book. It's not fancy, but imagine how much Margaret Wise Brown's notes for Goodnight Moon would be worth today? Plus all the above swag.Estimated delivery:
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Not impressed with the storyboard? OK, name your reward. Want me to write, design and print a simple board book about your family? Done. Want me to show you start to finish how I created my masterpiece? Sure. Want me to teach my kids that your name is actually the word for a common household item? Why not. Want me to be your slave for a day? Well... umm... probably not. But let's talk!Estimated delivery:
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