After much thought, late-night nail-biting, early-morning fretting, mid-day obsessing and weeks of himming and hawing, I'm doing it.
I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign for Tessalation! on World Math Day, March 1, 2016!
This is a project that started out with modest intentions (as so many do). I was going to hire someone to do some illustrations, slap some text on that baby and publish on Kindle, you know, just wait for the money to flow in. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Let's call this the Bathsheba version of bringing a book into the world.
A lot has happened between then and now. For one, I got some early support from friends and family who were pre-ordering the book BEFORE IT EVEN EXISTED! And they didn't just want a digital book. They wanted a real, flesh-and-bones, go-to-bed-with-you book to love and keep.
Let's just say that the stakes rose very quickly for me, and I am glad for it.
So what does this mean for me in the next couple of weeks? Well, after talking to some great Kickstarter creators who have successfully brought their projects to fruition, I am making my plan for a Kickstarter launch on March 1.
Why March 1?
Well, I gave myself a deadline, which has forced me to focus. It was inspired by Jessica Abel's amazing recent blog post about focusing on The One Thing that will help you get your work out in the world.
I'm a journalist at my core and I *heart* deadlines, so I picked:
WORLD MATH DAY!
I'm going to be putting Tessalation! out there in a big way over the next couple of weeks, and I'm going to be overcoming the really, really uncomfortable action of the ASK.
Asking for social shares, asking for support, asking for someone to drop off some chocolate to get me through this.
I am so very thankful for everyone who has supported Tessalation! up until now, and I look forward to writing updates and making some amazing extras and rewards for every level of the campaign.
The biggest ask will be for launch day. The stats show that if you can fund your project at 20% on the first day, your chances of succeeding are greater. am going to be asking you to support the project in any way you can, either by committing to one of the levels or by sharing the campaign (or both!). Rest assured, I am thankful for any help I can get, and no amount of help is too small.
Thank you for staying tuned and for your support!
Emily Grosvenor, author of Tessalation!, a children's book about tesselations and patterns in nature.