I've loved Pride and Prejudice since I was a teenager. I've seen nearly every movie or miniseries ever made. I've watched Mr. Darcy walk across the meadow and profess his love and hopes dozens of times (did you know that the walk across the meadow takes about 45 seconds? 45 seconds of cinematic splendor!)
Last year I was brainstorming with my daughters about new novel ideas. Somewhere in there we came up with the idea of a woman whose love life has been nearly ruined by her determination to find her own Mr. Darcy.
And off I went.
Within six months I had a completed, polished and ready-to-publish novel. Beta readers (those are the people who read a book and give feedback before a novel is published) have raved. Multiple publishers asked for it and now it's ready to go.
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.
Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.
Here's where you come in. I decided to go a different route with this book, so I've created my own small press and I'm publishing it myself. The problem with this route is that I have a few expenses I wouldn't have with a traditional publisher. I have to purchase programs to typeset the book and create the cover. I also have to have inventory in order to provide books to interested book stores and I have to pay for the swag at the launch party myself.
A lovely independent bookstore in Salt Lake has offered to host a launch party for the release of My Own Mr. Darcy. I need to be able to purchase at least 100 books to take to the launch party as well as some promotional items like t-shirts, mugs, and refreshments.
I love this book and I want it to be successful. Thank you for your help!
Risks and challenges
The risk I'm facing is that after being invited to hold my launch at Salt Lake's premier independent book store, I won't be able to provide the books to them to sell. I also know that without a good launch and positive early reviews, it will be difficult for this book to be a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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