Over the Hump!
Whoo-hoo! Thanks to new backers, I'm more than 50% on the way toward complete funding.
It's getting down to the wire. Just a few more days to go. Your support is essential to the project.
I've also found some new budget-trimming savings for the travel portion, so I'll be able to devote a majority of the fund to pre-production and promotion of the sequel.
Preliminary phone interviews with university representatives in Philadelphia have also revealed some pivotal changes I may have to make with the fact-based historical aspects of the book. What could be a daunting task has inspired some new potential plot twists.
Thanks again for your interest and support!
Here's a little effusive blog post: http://jimprovenzano.blogspot.com/2012/04/isnt-it-romantic.html
It includes details on my trip, plus gratitude for the new review of my book from Lambda Literay contributor Dick Smart: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/rom/04/25/book-lovers-april/