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Update #10

Re-launch! How you can still help.


I just can't be kept away from Melville Jacoby's story.

Thanks once more to those of you who already tried to back me here on Kickstarter. As you probably know by now, if you pledged to support my campaign you WERE NOT CHARGED because, I didn't reach my $25,000 goal here on Kickstarter. But if you still want to help tell Melville Jacoby's story you have a new option. 

To help out, visit: and decide how much you want to donate. It should be self-explanatory where you can make a secure donation, but feel free to ask me any questions you have.

I'm now using WePay to process payments directly on my Web site. Just so it's clear, you don't need an account with WePay to donate, but you do need to make a new donation there if you still want your money to go toward my telling Mel's story.

I'm ready to dig right back into this project. In addition to continuing to pursue fundraising from the community, I'm planning to pitch literary agents and others in the publishing industry about Mel's story. If you have any contacts with agents or acquisitions editors who may want to hear about this project please put them in touch with me, or tell me how I can contact them. 

Your support continues to ensure that I can keep focused on this project, and I'll also welcome anything you can do to share the project with others. Again, the link is I'll still be tweeting updates about Melville Jacoby using the hashtag #meljacks. I'll also use my blog to continue to put out updates like the ones I've had here about what my research turns up.

I'm still tweaking my web site to include these updates and everything else related to this project, but even before I'm done doing so you can support the project. You'll notice that I've kept a few of the same incentives and donation levels, but I've also streamlined things a little bit (I'll still happily organize a once-in-a-lifetime rail journey for one or two special donors). Make sure to let me know when you donate what incentive you want.

Once again, if you still want to pledge your support, remember that you weren't charged here at Kickstarter. To contribute, you can use the secure form at or make your donation directly at WePay (but you don't have to sign up with WePay to support me).

Finally, I don't want to discount the role this Kickstarter campaign played, even though I didn't reach my fundraising goal. As I mentioned previously, my campaign here sparked widespread attention to this project, focused my attention and energized my effort to make Mel's story a priority. So I'm very appreciative of everyone who helped make all of this happen.

Thanks, and I'll see you on my web site!


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