I have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help save my business
Dear VOYAGE backers,
I am sending out this update to ask for your help.
After sending several wire transfers, totaling literally thousands of dollars, to my (former) printer outside the US, I was recently informed that they never received any money. Obviously, my head started spinning! After catching my breath, I went directly to my bank, and they confirmed that the funds had been sent and received. But the bank outside the US where the funds were sent kept saying they never received the funds. At this point, my bank opened an official investigation, but made it clear to me that in situations like this, where wire transfers are "lost" by banks in this country, the funds are rarely recovered. My bank said it probably has nothing to do with the printer, but instead the fault lies with the actual bank. In any event, I found myself out thousands of dollars, which were to be used to print and ship my books. I honestly became physically ill for the first few days, as I tried to deal with the reality of the situation. But I took some time to figure things out, and I have found a solution.
After a bunch of phone calls and a few emails back and forth, between myself and some of my mentors, I decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign. I really need help to keep my business going, which includes recouping the funds I lost to get my books printed, and several folks I trust encouraged me to publicly ask for help. So here I am, asking for help.
The link to the GoFundMe campaign can be found below. All donations are greatly appreciated. And it would also be really be helpful if you can spread the word with a post on social media. Thank you so much for your understanding and support in this difficult time.