New contributors to the book; Facebook page; expanded backer rewards; closer to goal!
GIGANTIC THANKS once again to all who have contributed so far to The First Time I Heard's Kickstarter fund. As of today (April 5th), the project has earned 36% toward its goal, so hopefully we'll make it by the end of April.
- Essays continue to trickle in for inclusion in the five books. This week, I received some great pieces from musicians in a few great young & up-and-coming bands-- Houses; Quilt; My Latest Novel; Grails; The Green Kingdom; The Sugarplastic. These provide a nice counterpoint to many of the other pieces in the books--I think it's intriguing to read an essay by, for instance, a 50-year-old musician about first hearing Joy Division in their early days next to, say, a 22-year-old hearing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" for the first time.
- A highlight of last week: Craig Gannon, the guy who played live with The Smiths for many of their tour dates and was sometimes referred to as their "fifth member," sent me a great essay. (It wasn't about his first time hearing The Smiths, but rather about David Bowie.)
- I've also recently received essays from some excellent writers: novelists Dave King (THE HA-HA) and Tara Ison (THE LIST); nonfiction & fiction writer Emily Franklin (TOO MANY COOKS: KITCHEN ADVENTURES WITH 1 MOM, 4 KIDS, & 102 RECIPES); and poet Sommer Browning (EITHER WAY I'M CELEBRATING). The varied voices of the contributors are making this series even more unique and interesting.
A few of you have emailed me to ask what else you can do to help out the project. First, let me repeat that I can't thank you enough for supporting the series--but if you can also spread the word, I'd be really obliged, too. Feel free to remind people that donations to the Kickstarter fund come with rewards-- for instance, a $20 backing will earn those folks free copies of three of the e-books as they appear online in the coming weeks. In addition, I'm happy to report that a few more musicians and writers have agreed to sign copies of their CDs and novels that I will send as part of special "thank-you packages" to those who donate 100 bucks or more. The money donated to the project will help fund the cover design, typesetting, and production costs, and most importantly, will serve to pay the contributors for their efforts and talent.
I've been posting music, videos, book links, and other updates to this project's Facebook page, which is found at http://www.facebook.com/TheFirstTimeIHeard .