IWSG — Failed Kickstarter & People to Thank

IWSG badgeI know that posts for the IWSG is suppose to be the first Wednesday of the month, but I want to post my woes today  I hope no one minds.

Yesterday, before I did the interview, I failed Kickstarter. It ran for 60 days. I was asking for $3000, and only made $212. I had 18 backers. My goal with Kickstarter was to raise money for me to properly publish my book and be able to generate an income from that so I could start getting the proper treatment I could for my disability.

Prior to the start of my Kickstarter, I got denied for Social Security Disability. I have been suffering from an injury for over two years and haven’t gotten the help I need. I am going to appeal it, but my doctors are dragging their feet, and the chance of me getting on it are slim. I decided the only way to help me was to help myself.

I heard that a guy got $50,000 for potato salad. I figured what I was asking for was a low amount, compared to that. If people were willing to donate to something like that, then a few people could donate to me and I could have the jumpstart I need. No such luck.

The experience was rather interesting, to say the least. When things launched, I was told by a few people they couldn’t donate. Took awhile for Amazon to acknowledge it was on their end. It was only down 4 days and I could have stopped and restarted, but I decided to keep going. The person who did my camera work dropped out after the first video, so I had to do low quality stuff in place of that. Which is a lot of work to do.

I emailed over 100 people, asking for their help. A few people responded back, a few agreed to do guest post articles, and a few agreed to do interviews. I am thankful for those people for helping me and I will post their name at the end of this. I posted everywhere I could, on all my social media sites.

I knew that it was possible for me to fail, but not this badly. I only made 7% of what I asked for. I figured I would get closer to $3000. Right now many are telling me to do Patreon or Publsush, or Indiegogo. I thank you for the suggestion, but how about a little empathy here? My chance to get a good jump forward is gone.

I will still try and write. I set myself to do NaNoWriMo. Perhaps it is a bit too soon to really engage in writing after what happened to me, but I know that this story needs to be written and NaNo is the way to do it.

In the process, I met some wonderful people. I think more people know of me, and when I release my book in the near future, more people will be in my corner cheering me on. For right now, I want to feel crummy. I know that may sound strange, but I want to deal with my emotions now and get them out of my system. I don’t want to conceal them and hope they go away. So if I don’t seem that fun, that’s why.

I intend to start posting on my site again very soon, like I did in the past. Might not be until December. I sent an email to everyone that gave me a donation, that in thanks to their support (even though I failed) I would send them a special copy of Terran Psychosis for free. I will also post their names in my Thank you section of my book.

I am moving forward with this. I may failed now, but I will still work to becoming a full-time writer and hope that I can overcome my disability

People To Thank:

These are wonderful people who have helped me in some form or fashion. Take a moment and visit each of their websites, give a nice message and follow them. List is no particular order.

Amberr Meadows
Skye Fairwin
Linda Fausnet
Courtney Heard
Anna Sky
Cyndi Varady
Kathryn Svendsen
David Lee Summers
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Delilah Dawson
Jeramy Globe
Jeff Martin
Rosie Amber
Nicohle Christopherson
Diann T. Read
J. Rose Allister
Michael Offutt
Jason Hough
Rosanna Leo
Gerimi Burleigh
Charlie Hopkins
Kathryn Howes
Angela Ackerman
Becca Puglisi
Chuck Sambuchino
Wendy Christopher
Bruce Jensen
Christopher Lash

If I missed anyone, please let me know. I apologize if I did. Again, I have a bad memory. Even though I failed, I am happy to get to know so many of you.

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