Er, sorry for shouting.
But really: WE FUCKING DID IT!
It’s just past midnight, the Indiegogo campaign has just closed, and we’ve raised $22,757! Not only have we met our goal, we’ve come within a couple hundred dollars of the first milestone of our book tour stretch goal, which is a loop through the western USA and Canada. We’re so close, we’ve decided we will go ahead and do that part of the tour anyway!
We’re absolutely blown away by the outpouring of support we’ve received. Seriously, there are no words for how grateful we are.
And we have the results of our referral contest! Winners Scott McDaniel, Andi Pants, Amy Gahran and Jeni Brue will get to pick from among the five available prizes: a poly dragon T-shirt, a Relationship Principles poster, a silver poly pendant, three pairs of ears and a tiny hat, or signed first edition of The Polyamorists Next Door.
So what happens now?
Well, first we’re going to sleep.
Then we have to get back to work.
We plan to release the outtakes video to all backers in the next couple of days. On Wednesday, Franklin and I are heading to a cabin in a remote, undisclosed location on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, where we will remain for six weeks while we complete the first draft of the book. We will probably blog occasionally, just to let you all know we’re still alive, but for the most part, you shouldn’t expect to hear from us very much for a couple of months. After all, we have a book to write.
At the beginning of December, our reviewers will receive their first drafts. and we’ll be shipping all the non-book rewards (posters, T-shirts, charms, other people’s books, etc.). We’ll also be filming and editing the backer questions for Badass McProblemsolver, which will be released over the next couple of months. We’re also going to begin working with our designer on the cover, and hope to have a completed version before the end of the year.
Then there’s the manuscript review, second draft, copy-editing, design, proofreading and indexing, all of which will likely take us into May. We’re aiming to hold the launch party and ship books to backers by June.
The book tour? We’re not sure. We’d love to do it as soon as the book launches, but summer’s not a great time for a book tour. Plus, if early sales go well, we might be able to fund a longer tour ourselves, and the fall is a good time for conventions. And honestly? We’ll seriously need a break. (And we have other partners who have been missing us.) So fall is much more likely for the tour.
Backers should be sure to keep an eye on their spam folders as well as their “social” or “promotional” tabs in Gmail (if they have them), as we’ll be using Mailchimp to send out important backer announcements–like the link and password to the outtakes video, instructions on signing up for the launch party, etc.
You might also want to sign up for our email newsletter (signup box at right, or here), as we’ll be using that, as well as the blog, to keep folks informed of important announcements, new blog and video content, etc.