9 days to go in my crowd-funding adventure and what have I learned?
That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked.
I was going to leave this post until the campaign had ended but seeing as I’m the boss around here I thought I would bring it forward.
THINGS I ALREADY KNEW BUT WAS REMINDED OF.
* It takes courage to be any kind of artist, and that applies to being a writer as well.
* It is a bit scary when you put yourself out there.
* At some level, everything is a numbers game.
STUFF I LEARNED SINCE I STARTED THE ‘Pubslush’ campaign.
* For some reason the people who have the least seem to be the first to offer their help [even when you tell them not to].
* A lot of people don’t like ‘signing up’ for stuff. [This one took me by surprise but I guess I can see where people are coming from].
*Offers of help can come from surprising quarters. [This was nice to find out]
* Swallowing your pride and asking for help is good for someone who lacks humility [that’s me I’m talking about]
* When people are used to ‘getting something for nothing’ they are reluctant to change the habit. [I get this. I’m a bit that way myself]
* Most of the people who like my stuff are just as broke as I am. [Not sure what this means but creative people are not usually at the top of the food chain, so I should not be surprised.]
* Short of a miracle [or a very rich supporter] my campaign is unlikely to reach its modest goal [it’s the smallest amount the site will allow] and that’s okay. I’ve learned a lot about myself and it has made me determined to keep on creating. It has even gotten me back into my latest ‘Sam and Scarlett’ novel, which had stalled. I now have my final act and it is head down and bum up until the first draft is finished.
* In the midst of all this I found out that a good friend had fallen ill and the thought was that he was not going to make it. It put this, and a lot of other stuff into perspective. It turns out that he is going to be okay and I have to say that his ‘recovery’ is kind of spooky……. in a good way. It’s a long story but suffice to say that he has made a ‘miraculous’ recovery [he has learned a thing or two over the past few weeks, as well!]
To the small number of people who have pledged funds so far I say a huge thank you. Thank you for showing faith in me and taking the time and the trouble to show it [this includes the good people who found my PayPal button and contributed that way]. I love all my readers but you guys will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for being a part of my dream.
To those who were not able to contribute but took the time to offer words of support and advice I also say a huge thank you. I know your time is precious and I appreciate you spending some of it on me.
P.S. The collection of short stories ‘Passerby’ will be published. It’s just going to take a bit longer.