This morning we passed the $5,000 mark toward our final goal. This is incredibly exciting as we're down to 67 hours to go. That's right... Kickstarter isn't counting this campaign in days anymore. They're counting down in hours.
If you're one of our current backers you obviously want this project to succeed. We have until 9:00 AM on Saturday morning to get to $6,000. Otherwise we don't meet our goal and Kickstarter won't reward us any of the funding you've already pledged. Without funding we can't create the book or fulfill your rewards.
I believe we can succeed. I'm especially convinced after reading an article this morning titled "The Untold Story Behind Kickstarter Stats." The writer of this piece had previously written erroneous information about why certain campaigns "fail" on Kickstarter. After communicating with a professor of business management, she realized her article was wrong due to poorly calculated statistics. What is heartening is that she then admitted that her previous conclusions were incorrect and along with the professor, conducted further research to get the facts right.
My positive take away from her new data is that projects that successfully fund tend to do so by relatively small margins. On the flip side, projects that fail to fund tend to fail by large margins. This is good news for THE CABINET, since we're so close to our goal, with only 16% left to fulfill! We have a realistic goal and we're going to meet it. Keep helping us get there by spreading the word through direct e-mail, social media etc.
Since we hit another milestone I'm going to share another bit of behind-the-scenes information with you. In order to write about the expedition of the Scowerer in THE CABINET I created a custom Google map that shows the ship's journey and triangulates the region in the Northwest Passage where they'll end up. You can look at this in Google Maps by clicking the link. Or, if you've installed Google Earth on your computer, you can import this map file to see my map overlaid on top of an interactive globe.
What's particularly cool about viewing the map in Google Earth is you can view photosets by people who have journeyed to this area of the arctic in present day. In particular there's a great set by the Polar Conservation Oragnization. One even shows a sled dog after finishing polar bear bones for lunch!
Below are some of my favorite photos of the area from the PCO set and others. I'm also including a map of the Belcher expedition in 1852. This is the same expedition we show in the 6 page preview and included the HMS Resolute that was eventually found floating over a thousand miles away. I found the map in Martin W. Sandler's book about the Resolute.
We can push forward in these next few days to meet our goal. You're our ambassadors and we have the power to make this happen together.