The Jungian Jambalaya project is a collection of Hurricane Katrina stories from friends, neighbors, and classmates with whom I grew up in and around New Orleans. It all started with a reflection originally written about a year after Katrina hit, and as I began to reconnect with old friends (click here to read the short reflection titled Post-Katrina Jungian Jambalaya).
I have a publisher who is interested in the book. The publisher requires $1800 as a partnership between the company and author. My funding goal is $2500 in order to make sure the book will be published, cover the packaging and shipping costs of the books that I pre-sell (through rewards) here, as well as the expenses of a professional transcriptionist to transcribe about four hours of audio interviews, plus any other unforeseen expenses. Once this project is fully funded, the publisher and I will sign a contract. The book should be out by the end of the year.
(Note: Jungian Jambalaya is a working title. The finished book may or may not have a different title.)
Risks and challenges
The most obvious potential obstacle is that of time. Although I've collected all the stories already, and most have been edited already, there are still a few that need to be transcribed, and then the final edits must be done and the stories organized to form the book. At this point, I'm on schedule to have the completed manuscript to the publisher in time for release by the end of the year. If situations arise that prohibit me from meeting that timeline, I will make completing the manuscript a top priority, though it may delay the release of the final book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yep! Essentially, that's right. Beginning at the $20.00 donation level, every donation is in fact a pre-order for the finished book. As you move up in donations, the number of books you receive increases, as does the opportunity to also receive Rachelle Crain's New-Orleans flavored artwork - each one created for this Jungian Jambalaya project.
So - some people prefer to look at it as pre-ordering merchandise. Either way you look at it, the backer gets a finished product in return, and the author (i.e., me) gets the product finished and published. Everyone wins!
The Kickstarter campaign is to raise the money needed to complete the project and get the book published. AFTER THAT - 100% of the AUTHOR's royalties from future sales of the book will be donated directly to a yet-unnamed non-profit charity (or charities) in the New Orleans and River Parishes region.
Pledges can continue to be received even after the goal is reached. According to Kickstarter, most projects actually raise 130% of their goal. More money just means more cash to use to help finish the project sooner and provide better publicity!
Here's the official Kickstarter statement on exceeding funding: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/search…
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