I’d spent the last couple of days stalled out $600 short of the interior illustration stretch goal. For every new backer I gained (mostly friends and relatives helping me rush for that milestone), I lost another one (all people I didn’t know who may have pledged because of the illustrations that were starting to look so unlikely).
I despaired. I found peace. I posted on Facebook about finding peace and then promptly despaired again.
(It’s silly to despair. The book, the cover art, and the audiobook will definitely happen. They will all be awesome. What business do I have despairing when I get to make so much happen with — I remind myself — other people’s money?)
When Jeff Mach, he of the 87,000 Facebook followers, offered to do some signal boost in the morning, I got all hopeful again and posted the project’s link one more time.
Three stalwart friends rushed to pledge, outweighing the one illustration fan who defected.
Now we’ve got 12 hours to raise $440.
The pledge level that’s attracted the most backers is $25. If 18 more people did that, we’d hit the current target.
While I wait out the suspense, I’m going to go look at Kate Baylay’s sketch for the cover art. We made this possible. You guys made this possible. We’ll get to see this one in color: