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The End of Days (of the Kickstarter)
The Blue Beacon's campaign is flying through its final week. This is an update on where we're at and some clips of how we got here.
All in all, I feel good about how well this campaign performed. The Blue Beacon will find plenty of new readers, and I’m told there’s often a spike of supporters toward the end of a campaign, so I’d estimate we’re on pace to unlock that Bajo sticker at $10k.
While the next five days will provide a more complete picture, I also have regrets. Like, I would’ve spent a little more time in the middle of the month marketing and I would’ve written more updates. Updates and staying connected to readers seems vital, and I think I was just pretty okay at that. The next big mission in this process—printing books and fulfilling orders—is another challenge, especially since there remain some minor late-stage edits to make.
The other thing I’m up to which you may or may not know is shooting Reels about this publishing process on Instagram. So I’m sharing those with you! (Sorry in advance about all the hashtags.
The first is about the main character in The Blue Beacon, Eola Lightstripe.
This one is about how The Blue Beacon came to be made over many years and stages of development.
I made this one about The Blue Beacon’s primary inspirations: Redwall, classic talking animal movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.
In this clip, I talk about my mission with The Blue Beacon: to entertain readers; to impart a passion for the creatures and land of the Pacific Northwest; and to build enough momentum to keep these stories going.
I know, it’s a lot, but just one more! Here’s my most recent Reel, talking about three major aspects of my creative process in making this book.
While there’s still a slew of work to get The Blue Beacon shipped, this campaign feels like a strong debut for the Cascadia Chronicles so far. The first book will soon be out and finding readers, new markets will open up (from local bookstores to Amazon) and the next adventure needs to be written. Meanwhile, I’ll have learned lessons and gained readers from my first Kickstarter campaign. By the time I launch the next book, I’ll be a seasoned vet.
Thank you for following along in this process. You are some very cool folks and I’m grateful for you.