Good news, challenges and a boon for you
First the good news:
1. As of Sunday morning, four days after we started, we have a successful, fully funded campaign! Astounding. Thank you, thank you! Thank you one and all!
2. We also have “the Hundreth” my nickname for the lucky individual who took the plunge and made a generous pledge to bring us to 100% on Sunday. His name is NATE EMERSON! He backed all the way from Hong Kong!
Nate was the butterfly wing that tipped us over the top, from all the way across the world. I made Nate a special digital victory drawing, which is really for everybody because you’re all the reason we’ve made it to 100%. You are the butterfly wings beneath this book’s … wings? Well anyway.
3. This project was singled out as a 'Project We Love' just yesterday here on kickstarter!! This will also help widen the circle and find the audience for this book.
The specific challenge in front of us:
Every penny of the last two crowdfunded projects went into the printing of each book. Amazingly, it worked out almost to the penny. I’m trying to bring this about here. Step one was succeeding in a campaign. We’ve succeeded! Step two is raising enough funds to a viable level to print. I am confident we’ll get there, but we're not there yet.
4. We have 24 days left in this campaign. I’m thrilled about this. Why? Because $3,000, by the last quote I got for printing this hefty book, will pay for the shipping on this book, from the printer to me. While I continue to shop for a better deals, if we want this to be a beautifully printed, properly sized, bound and finished book, we’re going to need more like four times this initial goal.
Now I’m going to share with you some of my back-of-the-envelope chicken scratchings.
Raising $3,000 is plan C. Raising $8,000 is plan B. Getting 500 copies reserved before the end of this campaign, or the equivalent in pledges, is the primary goal for this Element’s Book in the next 25 days. We have about 100 reserved right now.
How will it happen? Well, I don’t fully yet know. But here’s what would really really help us get there:
A. Keep the momentum going by sharing - talk it up this Weekend around the Tofurkey or wild boar whatever you're planning to eat with your people. Share a screenshot of this image on instagram, facebook, email, with the link, and any other of your favorite ways to share. Let people know that you just backed or plan to back this project and why. You can then paste this link https://kck.st/2QPYaRm to get them to the project.
B. If you haven’t yet backed the project, please do before the holiday melee strikes! The sooner the better to keep us moving forward and using the time we have.
These two actions will make a huge difference.
C. If you have friends, colleagues or family with press connections, or special interests in education, art and science and their overlap, parent groups or any other ideas I haven’t thought of, please introduce them to this project!
And my added promise (the boon) to you:
I want to make it easier for you to give this book as a 2018 holiday gift. And so, *if* we get to $8,000 by Dec 1, for those backers who request it through Kickstarter messaging, I will send a handmade Gift Card for the holidays, waiving the $10 additional I currently have in my FAQ for this holiday bonus. If you need it for Hanukah and we've reached $8000 by Dec 1, message me and I'll send one off to you by Dec 5. But only if we get to 8,000!
Please let me know if there’s anything else that you think would help get us to 500 book reservations and thanks for reading all the way through! You are a trooper. :) Fingers crossed - back now - share far and wide!