A love story that traverses continents through letters, oh and throw in a quarter life crisis, a road trip to Vegas & two crazy bff's.
Three Questions: because a quarter life crisis needs answers
When I started this novel, I had no idea where it would take me. All I knew is that I needed to take back some of my creative control that I had lost while auditioning for other people's projects in Hollywood, and getting rejected based on things like hair color, or height.
Writing was a way to do that.
I can't take credit for the "three questions" idea completely. As I was getting to know my beau, he thought it would be a good idea to ask each other three questions each letter while he was in Africa (seeing as we had only met for one night in Vegas). Of course, as a lady, I was thrilled.
I took that concept and brought it to this book (well, that's half of it). It's dedicated to any woman who knows how tough it can be to figure out if a childhood dream is still your adult dream, if falling in love is worth the possible pain that follows, and for the person who knows what it's like to have a life-long best friend.
Elevator Pitch of Book
Eight hours in Vegas.
A promise to meet in Chicago.
Four months apart while he traverses through the depths of Africa and she "aspires" through the haze of Hollywood.
Three questions each letter.
Their intense connection is clear, but fate is only as strong as timing allows it to be. She has a life-long passion that is finally turning into a career. He has landed enough British pounds to travel the world for the first time in his life.
Will their honest answers be enough to bring them back together?
Why Did I Self Publish?
Rather than go the traditional route of seeking a publisher, and/or literary agent, I decided to self-publish the novel. It was freeing, and I felt in complete control. There are some downsides to that route - namely, it all costs a lot of money, and is extremely time consuming. That's OK, it is my baby, and I don't mind the extra time.
I really believe in this project - which is hard for me to say, since I am absolutely my biggest critic, but I am proud of it, and I have worked my butt off for it. This is a story that women around the world will be able to relate to.
Ideally, I would love to take this book on tour, but I am realistic with what I can raise here, and would prefer the following items before the book tour. If we can raise more, for every $750 more I raise over the $4400, I will add a city to the list. I will start with Los Angeles, then New York, then Baltimore, then Miami, and so on. If you donate the total $750, and would like for me to come to YOUR city, I will wholeheartedly love to do so, and will grab a drink with you!
Please note: in the video, I say $6000, however, the initial goal will be $4400.
The costs that I'm focusing on otherwise surrounding this project are broken down as follows:
- Book trailer (average cost): $1,500
For the same reason that Kickstarter urges its users to create a video for their project, book trailers are becoming more and more important in the publishing industry. Visual sells.
I remember the first time I saw a book trailer, I thought it was novel (no pun intended), and a bit strange. However, it did sell me on buying the book ("One Day") because I actually thought it was going to be made into a movie, and wanted to read the book before the movie came out (at this point, the movie rights hadn't been sold yet).
We are a visual world, and authors need to take advantage of this. Also, this book trailer, if done right, will help immensely in selling the movie rights to a production company, and/or a literary agency.
- Book marketing/Pre-Ordering: $650 + $1,250 = $1900
Since I work in social media, I am a huge advocate of marketing through platforms like Twitter, Facebook & blogs. Most of this type of marketing is virtually free. However, Facebook ads, guerrilla marketing & small items like postcards, press releases & email marketing cost small amounts of money that adds up over time. This paid advertising is extremely effective in gaining new fans & selling more books.
Also, in order to sell books at fairs, conferences, etc, I will need to buy at least 200 copies to have on hand. At cost, they are $6 per copy. $6 * 200 = $1200 plus shipping $50 = $1250
- Back Cover Design/Reformatting: $200 + $400 = $600
I am very happy with the cover designer who created my front cover, however, I couldn't afford a back cover, so I did it myself. The formatting of the novel was always done by myself, and I would love to be able to have a professional reformat and design the back cover. This makes the experience that much better for the reader.
- Kickstarter & Amazon payment Fees: $400 (or 7-10% of money raised)
See here for info on their fees.
Where you come in
As a contributor to this project, you will not only get updates as to how the project is going, but you will get gifts from moi. See the right hand column for specifics.
If the project doesn't get completed funded, then you get your money back!
Please feel free to email me at meagan at ladywholunches dot net for any questions about this project.
Click here for a recent interview in The Next Web.
Click here for a recent article in the Towson Patch about a hometown girl done well.
No. Although there are similarities to several things that happened in my life, this is not a true story. :)