Guess who doesn't need Twitter hemorrhaging followers right now? Me. Definitely me. I must have decided to pick the worst month to do a Kickstarter. What was I thinking? I completely forgot about NaNoWriMo, meaning author engagement will be down since they'll all be writing. And with most of my audience being authors...well...this could have been a better calculation. Now with Elon's takeover, I'm watching potential Kickstarter supporters melt away like anything during an Arizona July for the rest of the year. What. A. Pain.
Well, it doesn't matter. The Kickstarter must go on. People are already losing interest in my little novel. If it's not available for purchase soon, the rush from friends and family will fizzle into nothing before the book even hits the shelves.
I'm out of my depth regarding book marketing, but I'm confident in my ability to sell the novel. I've been researching many free places to advertise and a few with a price tag. I've got a good idea for my marketing plan, and I'm excited to start. The toughest thing will be signing up for all of the book social media sites. There are so many lesser-known ones that I think I might get a lot of traffic there.
This weekend, I turned my book into an EPUB, which was easier than I thought it would be. All I had to do was download Calibre, which was a piece of cake. My formatting is basic right now, but I'm going to add a little bit of pazzazz to it since I've got a few cute fonts I can use for chapter headings. I want to add a small image to the header, but I'm still unsure of what kind of image I'd want. Probably hands with flame or something like that.
I've decided to do NaNoWriMo and Kickstarter simultaneously. I know that it means I'll have a hectic month (the family has two birthdays coming up), but it might help me maintain some balance. If I succeed in NaNoWriMo, I'll be done with the first draft of the second installation of the series. It would be a dream to publish The Flickers of Fall and only have to edit Book 2. That would make my year, so I have to get both done.
I am very nervous about this Kickstarter. I've never asked for money for anything, and it's hard for me. A part of me wants to throw my book up on Amazon for free, but I want a pair of professional eyes to look at it. It bugs me that I only need $1000 to make all my dreams come true. It's not enough for a loan, but just enough until I can't ask someone for it. At least, no one I know. Maybe Elon will cover the bill since he's run everyone that would've donated to my campaign away. :(