Frequently Asked Questions
Make a pledge of at least $40 (book reservations start at the $40 level, and the higher levels include additional rewards). Once you've made the pledge, you've reserved a copy! I will mail your book as soon as the books are printed and delivered to me. Shipping and handling is already included, and there are no other costs to you.Last updated:
The $40 price for a book of this size is only possible with an initial bulk order of more than 250 copies. If I were to make it available for individual sale on Blurb.com, the per book cost would skyrocket to more than 25% higher—and be simply too expensive. Funding a bulk order now will allow everyone to purchase a book at the more reasonable price.Last updated:
Don't count on it!
If you hope to buy a book, it is highly recommended that you reserve a copy through Kickstarter now, while you can. This will likely be the only print run, and the final book quantity could be as low as 500 copies or less, depending on the total Kickstarter pledges. Remember, this is not a mass market book that will be available anywhere else—it is a micro-publishing project that relies on volume discount printing to keep the per unit cost at $40.Last updated:
As long as you make a $40 or more pledge before the Kickstarter campaign ends on October 17th, you'll be able to reserve a copy of the book. You also won't be charged until the campaign has ended anyway, so there's really no need to wait to make your pledges.
If you aren't able to make a Kickstarter pledge in time, unfortunately, there's no guarantee that you'll still be able to purchase a book. Hopefully, the order will include enough additional copies that I can make available on the Lost Laurel website, at the Main Street Festival, and at other public events. But such a supply would likely be extremely limited.Last updated:
When the complete supply of first edition books have been sold, the book may be made available on Blurb.com. However, because it will no longer be part of a volume discount, the price could be 25% higher or more. Unfortunately, I have no control over the printer's base price; and a book of this size is very expensive in single units and small quantity orders.Last updated:
Even if you've already made a pledge for one book, you can modify it by simply adding another $40 per book (or $55 per signed edition). However, please message me to let me know that you are indeed requesting multiple copies, and I will confirm your order.Last updated:
Since announcing that it will be upgraded to hardcover, the demand for the limited-edition, signed version has increased; and with several folks wishing to add them to previous pledges, I'm happy to report that the hardcover run will be expanded to 200 copies (175 of which will be available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign).
Unfortunately, the Rewards section doesn't allow me to edit the text once pledges have been made—only the available quantity. So the $55 level still says "limited edition of 100", although the quantity has indeed been increased to 175.
As some of you have noticed, Kickstarter doesn't seem to be particularly cooperative when it comes to selecting multiple rewards, and I'm not sure why... If you're interested in more than one reward level (particularly, if you've already made a pledge but wish to make another—to buy additional copies of the book or to select additional rewards) I've asked that you do the following:
1. simply modify your pledge by adding the additional amount
2. send me a message letting me know exactly what the additional amount is for.
In such cases, I have to go in and manually "deactivate" certain rewards once they've been claimed this way, but that's no trouble. For instance, if you add $55 to your pledge for an additional hardcover book, I'll have to manually subtract one from the available total. I'll respond and confirm your order once that's been taken care of.Last updated:
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