Newsy-type book stuff.
Hello there, you.
So, I wanted to update you on some stuff.
Voyages in America is on sale at Scorpio Books in Cashel Mall in Christchurch, Unity Books in Wellington,... Read more
Let's start a revolution?
In some lights, maybe I'm done. But this so isn't over. I have a closet full of 700 books still to remind me of all the work that needs to... Read more
SO NEARLY DONE SHIPPING.
If your name is Terry Ward, Camille Ortiz, 'Rattoonist', Cam McLellan, Dylan Thomsen or Michael Ross, I need your details so I can send you a book! Come on. You paid... Read more
Okay, so shipping is kind of a drag. Not in a serious way. Just that it's now me, a one man band, shipping hundreds of Kickstarter and retail orders, knee... Read more
150 feet of bubble wrap...
...has been expended in this house in the last four days. Every book has been bagged. The books that are signed are in bags with little yellow notes on the... Read more
Shipping, shipping, shipping
I'm not going to lie. Shipping is a gargantuan task. I have spent most of the last three days sitting on my couch, bagging and signing books. My hand hurts.... Read more
It's been a long time comin'
The book arrives with me tomorrow. One thousand whole copies.
Some of you have contacted me to request to change your address from what I have on file, and these... Read more
Finished. This phase, at least.
This morning, I reviewed the final PDF of the Voyages in America book and said, "yeah, yeah, that's good, let's make 1,000 of these."
From the first prototype I... Read more
The end zone.
You put one foot in front of the other and then eventually you get there.
I'm stealing a moment to write this on the BART back to Oakland. I've been... Read more
Yours in hopefulness.
A short update. Because, I'm at a point where to be honest, the details of this project wouldn't be that thrilling to you, but that's not to discount that... Read more
Don't think I forgot about you, okay?
I've had "write a Kickstarter update" on my to-do list for an indecent amount of time and as one commenter mentioned yesterday, it really has been too long. So... Read more
2014 is happening, man.
You know how the calendar changes over and the year moves at a glacial pace and then things start happening and before you know it, everything has its own momentum... Read more
Welcome to the new year.
I am jetlagged and have spent much of my day in sweatpants trying to get things done about the house in Oakland, California. Flying southern to northern hemisphere... Read more
My weekly book update comes to you interlinked with hearty Christmas good tidings. I hope that you all have a safe, happy and fun holiday season. I might've... Read more
Change in hemisphere.
I'm writing from my parent's dining room table in Wellington. I took three flights from San Francisco to get home yesterday, going by Honolulu for a layover. I'm not... Read more
Come, let us chat.
Well, it's time for our weekly book talk.
It's late Sunday here and I just carved out a window to send out the ebook rewards.
Sometimes, doing all... Read more
I am wrapped up in a warm sweater in Northern California. It is Sunday morning and I have a cup of coffee in front of me. Life is good.... Read more
The journey begins.
Right after my Kickstarter finished successfully last week, literally hours later, I flew to New York for a long-planned trip for a friend's birthday (it was a blast) and... Read more
WE DID IT.
Electronic communication doesn't carry emotion well, but I wanted to start by offering you the most sincere and warm THANK YOU. It's been a weird, awesome and manic... Read more
$4,000 in 4 days and 12 hours.
Every time I write that figure down it seems more and more reasonable.
Here is a photo from Sonoma, the view from the house where I spent a great Saturday.
It occurred to me that in honor of breaking this last piece of the campaign down bit by bit, that the next big goal for me, is getting to 200... Read more
We're covering so much ground right now (even erasing my, 'well, maybe I'm a bit far behind' feeling I had a week ago').
I don't have anything original to... Read more
Resignation. Stubborness. Resilience.
I have a few thoughts as we enter into this last ten days. They're scattered and unconnected, but many in number.
Thank you to everyone who said nice things about... Read more
I've shared this a few times, but never here. With the blog over, I'm setting myself a small creative task to document of documenting each day with 100 words and... Read more
Voyages in America hits Radio NZ!
This morning I was on the radio. Want proof? Sure. Here you go.
The back nine.
So, we're in the back half now and less than half of the way there, funding wise. Almost half way. But not quite.
I'm on Radio New Zealand... Read more
Why crowdfunding matters (to me)
I don't know, as of yet, if this project will hit its targets. Clairvoyant capabilities would help erase some of the tension, I guess.
But whether or not I'm successful,... Read more
Just a short one today...
Words are harder just now, as I'm adjusting to the shock in changing temperatures between Palm Springs and the Bay Area and to my five-day holiday being over.
I wanted... Read more
Well. Of all the thousands we've raised so far, the sixth one definitely took the longest. Crossing that off is a good omen.
Thank you for all the support everyone.... Read more
I'm learning all the time.
Well, mathematically we're on track. One third of the days gone, one third of the target achieved... and then some.
It's been a campaign of two halves. 80... Read more
Another clip for the pile.
Greetings from Palm Springs!
Booksellers NZ interviewed mefor their newsletter/blog, which goes out to NZ book publisher/seller types. I thought you might like to read! I talk about myself... Read more
The marketing moustache!
I promised on Twitter that I'd shave in a moustache if I reached one third of my fundraising target by Sunday. So here we go.
There's only one way to... Read more
Voyages in America hits Idealog!
Another day, another media write up. (Well... two days, two media write ups, to be precise.)
This time on the website of NZ business innovation magazine, Idealog. Enjoy!
A slower day.
Well, a slower day of Kickstarter-ing. But I figured in 30 days, you're bound to have some slow ones. If you've come and poked around and not yet contributed, I... Read more
The endorsements keep rolling in.
Voyages in America reader Carl Shuker, acclaimed author of The Method Actors, The Lazy Boys, Three Novellas for a Novel and Anti Lebanon, 2006 winner of the... Read more
Voyages in America in the Dominion Post!
An interesting learning curve for me these past few days has been trying to attract media attention for my Kickstarter project.
As a reporter, I'm always crossing paths with PR... Read more
Who doesn't love Saturdays?
I'm writing on my iPhone from Stinson Beach, California. Things are good. We came out and stayed last night and read books and slept in and took a long... Read more
It is my plan, that for every 50 backers or so, from here on in, I will throw roll in new rewards. These will apply retroactively, so all the people... Read more
Keep the good times rolling, yes?
I think when Barack Obama said "Yes We Can" he was referring to crowd funding a Voyages in America book.
Voyages in America endorsement!
Sure you could listen to me for why you should contribute, or you could listen to former TVNZ American correspondent Tim Wilson and past Voyages in America featured guest.
"The... Read more
New article by me!
Hello visitors to this Kickstarter page!
This morning in SF Weekly is an article I wrote about Maurice Caldwell, a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder, for over 20 years.
I... Read more