The Road Ahead
You did it.
As of 11:30 this morning, Uncharted Books officially met its $10,000 goal. It took about 7 days, 200 backers, and an astonishing amount of support from the community. Retweets/reblogs from Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, and Superchunk didn't hurt either.
I want to thank everyone who has pledged so far. I can't express how much this means to me personally, not to mention to the local independent community. Your support and enthusiasm has surpassed anything I could have hoped for. Fully funding a Kickstarter in a week is nearly unheard of. If this isn't a mandate, a statement from the people that indie bookstores continue to be viable and in demand, I don't know what is.
But we're not finished yet.
We have 23 days left on this Kickstarter, and I intend to use every second of it. We met our $10,000 goal, which means no matter what happens, everyone who pledges gets their reward and we get that precious, precious funding. There's no cap to how much money we can raise. We hit the minimum, but there's no limit to this thing except the public's generosity.
Here are some of the improvements your pledges from this point forward will contribute to:
- Larger, more complete inventory
- Quicker start to social programs
- Extra rewards for backers
- Improved construction -- higher quality, more attractive shelving, flooring, ceiling, etc.
- Actual payment for contractors and artists -- I can pay them in cash instead of in Papa John's and PBR!
- Preview day extravaganza -- we can make the backer-only preview day a real event to remember: catering, homemade baked goods from Piebird, and, if we raise enough, an open bar
- Upgraded technology -- credit card processors (instead of cash-only), more robust back-end tech, and (eventually) online sales
- And most importantly, wiggle room -- we won't start out completely strapped for cash, which allows us to be more experimental, to branch out more and try new things right out of the gate instead of worrying about making the first few months' rent
If you have more suggestions, especially for literacy projects that need a home, please leave a comment or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Keep following our social media push on Twitter (@unchartedbooks), Tumblr (unchartedbooks.com), and Facebook (facebook.com/unchartedbooks), and keep retweeting and reblogging. We couldn't have gotten this far without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Help me push this all the way through to November 18th, and let's bring an even better bookstore to Logan Square!
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The Hobbit: You get a sneak peek at our inventory and access to behind-the-scenes videos, photos, and blogs. We'll also add your name to the Thank You section of our website.Estimated delivery:
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The Scarlet Letter: You get some stickers, a sweet button, and a bookmark. And behind-the-scenes access, of course.Estimated delivery:
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Great Expectations: We'll mail you one of our favorite books, or you can stop by the store and pick out any paperback to take home. Comes with a stickers, bookmark, and buttons.Estimated delivery:
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Treasure Island: You get a 5% lifetime discount card! We'll also mail you a book, or you can pick one out at the store once we open. You also get an invitation to our backer-only preview day. You'll get a chance to see the store before we officially open, shop for books, hear some live music from local artists, and eat some free food!Estimated delivery:
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Big Fish: Uncharted Books tote bag! It's totes rad! It also contains an assortment of random (but awesome books), a handful of buttons and bookmarks, a preview day invitation, and that 5% lifetime discount.Estimated delivery:
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High Fidelity: You get a lifelong 10% discount (including online orders), free admission to any of our events, the Big Fish swag bag, and a big hug when you come by the store.Estimated delivery:
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The Name of the Rose: We'll name a shelf in your honor! You also get the High Fidelity rewards, but the discount increases to 20%.Estimated delivery:
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Animal Farm: The first pledger to donate on this level or higher gets our most valuable book, a first edition Animal Farm, as well as everything from the previous level. Holy buckets!Estimated delivery:
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As You Like It: Tell us your favorite book, which we will permanently keep in stock and on prominent display. You also get Name of the Rose stuff, natch.Estimated delivery:
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American Gods: You get a lifelong 30% discount, as well as two massive shopping sprees that you can give as gifts, plus Animal Farm stuff, PLUS you can cut to the front of the line any time you visit our store.Estimated delivery:
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Infinite Jest: Let's be honest: if you're dropping 10 grand on a start-up bookstore, you can afford more books than I can offer you. So in addition to the other rewards, we will do everything in our power to partner with and promote you or your business with ad space in-store and on our website. Our backer-only preview party is in your honor. If you're a writer, you're welcome to write book reviews for our site. Also, I will personally help you move once (if you live in Chicago).Estimated delivery:
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