I've pledged $150. I really believe in this project, and I will be donating my extra copies of books to libraries in my area. Of course, I'm VERY hopeful that we will be able to unlock Fayola, but I must admit to some disappointment that we have no guarantee the other princesses' stories will ever be told! Does it all come down to lack of funding? All of the backers to this project realize the lack of diverse princesses is a problem, and the stories you've proposed all seem like a wonderful way of addressing this, but just because our vision exceeds our grasp right now isn't reason to give up on these stories that should be told. Will there be another campaign? I know you have already answered a question like this, saying you need to focus on the current campaign - but I wonder if people would feel a lot more comfortable about donating a larger amount if there was some promise about the future of these princesses!
First, thank you so much for your support! That's fantastic.
As to your question — I'm a little tight-lipped about this because I don't want to make promises that I can't keep. So I can't say: we're going to do this, this, and this. I can't make any guarantees.
What I Can Say
I can say that I want to see all the princesses in print. Heck, I want to see them on teeshirts and I want to see little plushies of them. I want to make Princess Charming a brand with presence — which may sound a little dirty corporate speak, but I want this project to leave a lasting impression and touch a lot of lives. And that means not giving up on the project just because the kickstarter didn't skyrocket to $35,000.
Anna and I have talked about our post-Kickstarter strategy, and we have a plan in place. Some parts of it, especially the parts that are scheduled for more than a few months from now, are highly contingent on how things play out. Not only the remaining hours of the kickstarter matter but also things like how many of which book get ordered and the vagaries of shipping, domestic and international. I am practicing getting very comfortable with the phrase "we shall see."
It would have been great if the kickstarter funded all fifteen books right out of the gate. Barring a last-minute $20,000 pledge, though, that's not going to happen. So after fulfilling our backer rewards, Anna and I will be treating the funds raised as our starter seed capital. We will make books and we will sell them. Those sales, and the exposure we get once we have actual product out in the world, will determine what happens from there. In other words, Princess Charming will become a going concern.
Fayola Needs Just $1320 This Weekend
And it's at this point I have to stress that starting off with six books in the series will be a much more solid foundation to work from, so making Fayola's stretch goal is still our top priority. We are so close — just $1320 in the next 39 hours. So please please please: share share share.
One princess is a point; two princesses is a line — and continuing the line that the kickstarter gave us will be much easier than turning the point into a line. Unlocking Fayola this weekend will provide Anna and I a powerful boost in continuing the Princess Charming project.
If you would like to keep abreast of Princess Charming developments, we will be creating a mailing list that you can opt in or out of in the backer survey next week. We'll give you progress reports on the unlocked titles, tell you when your books start shipping, and announce when each new book is available for sale.
In the next few weeks, we will be launching http://princesscharmingbooks.com — and by "launch" I probably mean we'll be installing a cute little wordpress blog. Updates will also appear there, for folks with an aversion to mailing lists. Once we have books, they'll be available through that site.
And all that would not have happened without your help. We have a great start on this series of books, and it's because of your generous pledges and your vocal support. So thank you, thank you, thank you so very much.