9 days to go in my crowd-funding adventure and what have I learned?
That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked.
I was going to leave this post until the campaign had ended but seeing as I’m the boss around here I thought I would bring it forward.
THINGS I ALREADY KNEW BUT WAS REMINDED OF.
* It takes courage to be any kind of artist, and that applies to being a writer as well.
* It is a bit scary when you put yourself out there.
* At some level, everything is a numbers game.
STUFF I LEARNED SINCE I STARTED THE ‘Pubslush’ campaign.
* For some reason the people who have the least seem to be the first to offer their help [even when you tell them not to].
* A lot of people don’t like ‘signing up’ for stuff. [This one took me by surprise but I guess I can see where people are coming from].
*Offers of help can come from surprising quarters. [This was nice to find out]
* Swallowing your pride and asking for help is good for someone who lacks humility [that’s me I’m talking about]
* When people are used to ‘getting something for nothing’ they are reluctant to change the habit. [I get this. I’m a bit that way myself]
* Most of the people who like my stuff are just as broke as I am. [Not sure what this means but creative people are not usually at the top of the food chain, so I should not be surprised.]
* Short of a miracle [or a very rich supporter] my campaign is unlikely to reach its modest goal [it’s the smallest amount the site will allow] and that’s okay. I’ve learned a lot about myself and it has made me determined to keep on creating. It has even gotten me back into my latest ‘Sam and Scarlett’ novel, which had stalled. I now have my final act and it is head down and bum up until the first draft is finished.
* In the midst of all this I found out that a good friend had fallen ill and the thought was that he was not going to make it. It put this, and a lot of other stuff into perspective. It turns out that he is going to be okay and I have to say that his ‘recovery’ is kind of spooky……. in a good way. It’s a long story but suffice to say that he has made a ‘miraculous’ recovery [he has learned a thing or two over the past few weeks, as well!]
To the small number of people who have pledged funds so far I say a huge thank you. Thank you for showing faith in me and taking the time and the trouble to show it [this includes the good people who found my PayPal button and contributed that way]. I love all my readers but you guys will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for being a part of my dream.
To those who were not able to contribute but took the time to offer words of support and advice I also say a huge thank you. I know your time is precious and I appreciate you spending some of it on me.
P.S. The collection of short stories ‘Passerby’ will be published. It’s just going to take a bit longer.
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Glad to hear your friend is OK.
The thought that someone close is having a life-changing/challenging situation like that reminds one what’s really important in life.
Most artists seems to be broke……..comes with that career choice it seems. I think one not only has to have talent in your chosen art, but be in the right place at the right time, speak the right words and hope to hell the right person is listening (and is willing to act positively on your behalf)..
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A big YES to all of that.
Someone very wise once said that they would rather be lucky than good…….. there might be something in that.
I’m rather enjoying my friends ‘miracle’.
Thanks for your comments…………. how are things in your world? Good I hope.
Unfortunately not (in one way), Terry.
I’m back to being in worse pain than before my 2008 lumbar spine surgery. But if I take enough anti-inflammatories and strong analgesics (prescription), I can get out shopping and short walks, so I’m not housebound (yet).
Trouble is……that its hard to concentrate on my beloved Photography these days, and that………is what used to distract me from the chronic pain.
Doing mainly indoor stuff and pottering in the garden at the moment (as I can’t face the thought of long walks and the resulting exacerbation of pain). Just quick outings.
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