The Kickstarter Journey: In Which We Get Funded And Very Overwhelmed

Well, as the title gives away, Peppercorn Mill was 100% funded! I am beyond thrilled and just indescribably grateful to everyone who donated, pledged, reposted the link and told their friends about it. I know I’ve already said it so many times, in person, on social media, via email, etc, but if you’re reading this and you supported Peppercorn Mill - thank you, thank you, thank you. From the deepest crevices of my heart I thank you.

The Kickstarter made August a pretty intense month. I had a constant pit of anxiety in my stomach, and every time I reposted about the book I just kept getting the feeling that I was driving everyone crazy by talking about it all the time. Around the three-week mark we had a significant lull and for a while there it looked like it wasn’t going to get funded, so I was trying hard to make peace with the idea of it not happening, and I started emotionally preparing myself for that and pondering what my next move would be.

As it turned out, I didn’t have think about that because the donations started trickling back in and more and more people joined in to help promote the campaign at the last minute. With just a couple of hours to go, we hit our 100% goal and ended up a few hundred dollars over the goal.

PHEW!!!

I took the rest of that day off.

But since then I’ve been working hard getting the final layout prepped for printing. A friend very kindly assembled templates for my cover spread and dust jacket, so I’ve been writing back cover blurb copy and the flap copy for the dust jackets and putting it all together in a way that hopefully will look good in print.

Next on the list will be to work out exactly what I need to do in order to fulfil all the other rewards. There are posters and postcards to order, bracelets to make, an audiobook to record.

Lots to do! Best put the kettle on!

Current Kickstarter status: FUNDED. Book is in pre-production. Kettle is ON.
Current mood: Grateful/exhausted.