Media, CD explanation, new target and new rewards
I had a busy day yesterday, doing interviews for BBC Somerset and BBC Points West, the local TV news channel for the area. James Currey, J.P. Martin's grandson, also appeared on both spots. Some kind fans managed to record them, so here they are - hope you enjoy them! In the radio interviews, you get more of James in A and more of me in B. They also both contain clips from the recordings that will be on the CD. The video is of the whole programme, and we start at 19.30 minutes in. You might have to let it buffer for a bit. You can also watch almost all of the clip here, although I don't know how long it will stay up for.
It's great to be getting Uncle back out there, although they didn't exactly result in a stream of new pledges...
While I think about it, there has been some confusion over how to add CDs or additional books to your pledges. Kickstarter only allows you to choose ONE reward level, but you can pledge more than that level costs. So if you are in the UK and wanted a book and a CD, you would choose the book (£37 reward level) but pledge £49 pounds in total. When the end of the drive comes, I will send out a survey asking you to allocate any extra money you have pledged, so you don't need to tell me now. Same with a book - add the correct amount to your pledge, but keep the same reward level and we'll work out what you've ordered at the end.
If you are on one of the limited reward levels, please make sure you don't accidentally pick another reward level when increasing your pledge - you run the risk of losing your slot!
I've been asked about 'stretch goals' - new targets for the project. Sadly (well, not that sadly, I'm quite pleased really) you blew through all of my planned ones in the first 24 hours. Here's a new one, though - when we reach £21,000 I'll be able to make a small payment to (or donation to charity on behalf of) the kind people who have agreed to write me introductions. They all volunteered to give up their precious time for free, which is great of them, but I feel it would be nice to make some gesture of thanks. I realise that doesn't impact the rest of you, but I thought you should know.
Sadly I'm still waiting on my quote for a larger print run and potential improvements to the book, but I can say that if we reach £22,000 I can upgrade the paper quality from 100GSM to 110GSM - that may not mean much to you, but it will make the paper thicker and more sturdy, and the book nicer as a result.
That should be enough to keep us going over the weekend, and hopefully on Monday I'll have more info.
I'll be adding a new reward level soon after I send this email - lunch in Central London with James Currey, me and any of the introduction-writers we can arrange. I don't know if there will be any interest in this, but I found it fascinating to talk to James about his memories of the project, so perhaps others might as well.