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An uplifting debut collection of poetry.
Explore the furthest reaches of the universe and the deepest parts of the human soul with this raw & uplifting debut collection of poetry.
Explore the furthest reaches of the universe and the deepest parts of the human soul with this raw & uplifting debut collection of poetry.
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If you have happened upon this page, it's because somehow, someway, or through someone, the universe has pointed you in the direction of Elayna Mae Darcy's debut collection of poetry, Unraveling Light.

"I am unraveled.
A life illuminated.
Prepare to meet me."

Unraveling Light is a soul put to paper through scribbles and prose. It is a heart that beats even though it's been battered. It is a story of a life lived through impossible odds.

Made up of five sections—Self, Life, Love, Create, and Change—the collection as a whole is meant to inspire hope, in spite of hurt. While the poems take on the inward struggles of body image, heartbreak, and depression, they also expand outward to try to make sense of the state of the world, what it means to tell stories, and why we treat each other the way we do. The words in this volume serve as not just the written sum of one person's experiences, but as a celebration of surviving them.  

As a thank you for supporting the book, there are some magical rewards you can receive, which will only be available to those who support the campaign. Support at the Sparkler level, and receive a handmade bookmark & a thank you note signed by the author! 

Want to be one of the first people in the world to receive a signed copy of the book? Then look no further than the Lantern level, where you can get the cool swag listed above, and a signed book personally addressed to the name of your choosing! 

Need more one-of-a-kind awesomeness to celebrate your excitement for the book? Those who contribute at the Lighthouse level will get all the items listed above, along with a 5x7 photo print of one of the hand-drawn images from the book, signed on the back with a personal note from the author!

Need some illumination on the other awesome perks you can claim? Check out the sidebar where all our rewards are listed!

What many don't realize is that while the act of writing itself is a solitary practice, publishing a work takes a village. It needs to be edited, revised, made available for purchase, marketed, released... you get the idea. These things, even for an indie author, require funding, that with a single income, are a stretch to try and cover. Here’s the estimated breakdown.

ISBNs: $300 
Marketing Materials: $100
Copy Editing Services: $100
Perk Fulfillment Shipping: $200 
Hosting a Book Launch Event: $50 
Ingram Spark Publishing Services: $50 

This is the bare minimum that would be needed in order to bring this collection from being a word doc on an anxious writer’s computer, to a beautifully bound paperback book on your shelf. And by donating during the campaign, you get the bragging rights of saying you helped bring a book to life. That’s pretty magical.  

As with any creative project, good things take time, so here is what you can expect the timeline to look like for the duration of production…  

We look forward to the journey ahead to reach this goal, and should that happen before the campaign is up, we're excited to share stretch goals that will allow us to bring the book to an even wider audience. From the very depths of Elayna's writerly heart, we thank you for the love. We thank you for your faith in these poems.

Thanks to the overwhelming support for the project, we've so far raised more than the initial amount, so it's time for some new goals! Let's see if we can get the campaign to $1500 before it's over on the 25th!

What will that extra $600 do? Here's the breakdown...

  • Cover travel costs for a small book tour ($300)
  • Allow us to purchase more marketing materials ($100)
  • Bigger, snazzier book launch event ($100)
  • Secret surprise perks ($100)

The one you may be confused about is the surprise perks, but I have something I've been working on behind the scenes I want to be able to do for y'all, so if we hit that goal, people at EVERY perk level (including you $5 Lighters) will have an extra dash of light to look forward to. �

Got burning questions you want to ask me? Want to see what my creative process looks like? Want to hang out IRL and talk about poetry? WISHES GRANTED. 

During the second week of the campaign, I'll be hosting a livestream right here on Kickstarter to work on some art for the book and answer questions with you! It'll be a fun filled hour of creative chatting & shenanigans. 

But what about the hanging out in real life I mentioned?! This section's for you! I will be hosting my first ever solo poetry reading, as part of an event called Unravel the Night, which will be taking place Tuesday, April 24th at the Warehouse on Watts in North Philadelphia. This venue is amazing, and is perfect creative space for a night of refreshments, revelry, poetry, and sharing stories. Please be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event so we know how many people to expect! This is a free event, but as it takes place on the last night of the Kickstarter, donations are encouraged! Hope to see you there!

Risks and challenges

The $900 budget will allow for these bare minimum expenses to be met. However, if we should manage to raise beyond the initial amount, we look forward to adding stretch goals, which may include a small book tour! This could also potentially push back the publication date to July to allow for a wider release. Keep an eye on the UPDATES section of this campaign for more details on that as we progress.

Either way, this book will be in your hands very soon, and we can't wait to see it out in the world and working its way into your hearts!

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